Majors are not offered and auditions are not heard in classical saxophone or euphonium.

Flute

  • Flute applicants must submit a screening audition for review via the Audition and Screening Dropbox on your Applicant Portal.
  • Screening Recordings and Recorded Auditions must be audio/video recordings. Audio only recordings will not be accepted.
  • Screening deadline: December 4

Screening Requirements

Faure: Morceau de Concours for flute and piano; minimum of one additional piece of applicant's own choice.

Final Audition Requirements

Two or three selections—including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces—of contrasting styles from standard repertoires. It is recommended that the piece required for screening, Faure: Morceau de Concours, not be one of the final audition pieces chosen. Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi.  While not required, orchestral excerpts are welcomed and encouraged.

  • Bring a printed program listing your audition repertoire to your live audition.

Please note: Due to the off-campus performing schedule of Alexa Still, on-campus flute auditions will not be offered on March 3.

Oboe

Two or three selections—including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces—of contrasting styles from standard repertoires; major and minor scales. Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi. Oboists should also perform one of the Sixteen Grand Studies of Barret.

Clarinet

First movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Movement II; two contrasting études from C. Rose’s 32 Studies; two standard clarinet orchestral excerpts of contrasting styles; major and minor scales and sight reading are also required.

Bassoon

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Concerto or solo piece of your choice, 1st and 2nd movements
  • One lyrical Weissenborn étude
  • One Milde scale/chord study from Op. 24
  • Major scales - full range
  • Marriage of Figaro Overture, mm 139-171

Artist Diploma Applicants

  • Mozart concerto, 1st and 2nd movements
  • One Milde scale or arpeggio study from Op. 24
  • Excerpts:
    • Scheherazade cadenza and lyrical solo
    • Rite of Spring opening solo
    • Marriage of Figaro Overture, mm 139-171
    • Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony 2nd movement, mm 274 to the end 
    • Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony 4th movement, opening solo

 

Trumpet

  • Two solo pieces of contrasting styles. Example: Kennan Trumpet Sonata, movement 1, Hummel Trumpet Concerto, movement 2.
  • Two etudes of contrasting styles. Example: Charlier, etude #2. Arban, Characteristic Study #1.
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mussorgsky- Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
    • Stravinsky- Petruschka, Ballerina Danse
    • Respighi- Pines of Rome, offstage solo
    • Beethoven- Leonore Overture #2 and #3 trumpet calls
    • Mahler- Symphony #5, opening call

Horn

  • first movement from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2, 3 or 4
  • first movement from Strauss' Concerto No. 1.
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • first horn solo from Till Eulenspeigel (two calls in F)
    • the second movement solo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5
    • the solo from Brahms' Symphony No. 3, slow movement.

Tenor Trombone

A solo of your choice; Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies for Trombone, No. 7 and No. 13; orchestral excerpts including Wagner's Tannhauser, the opening solo, Berlioz "Hungarian March" from Damnation of Faust, the "Tuba Mirim" from Mozart's Requiem, and Ravel's Bolero, the solo.

Bass Trombone

A solo of your choice; Bach's Cello Suite, No. 5, Sarabande; orchestral excerpts including Haydn's Creation, Berlioz's "Hungarian March" from Damnation of Faust, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Tuba

Two or three selections—including movements from sonatas, concertos, and other solo pieces—of contrasting styles from standard repertoires; major and minor scales. Compositions chosen should demonstrate the applicant's ability in phrasing, sustained playing, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied tempi.

Please note: Due to the off-campus performing schedule of Dennis Nulty, on-campus tuba auditions will only be offered on March 3. If you wish to audition on campus but cannot attend the March 3 audition, you may email Professor Nulty to arrange a special audition date.

The Percussion Audition includes all three areas:

Marimba, Xylophone

  • One composition, or movement from a composition, of your choice with four mallets and another with two mallets.
  • A variety of major and minor scales. 
  • Sight reading with two mallets.

Snare Drum

  • Two études or compositions of diverse styles demonstrating musicality as well as technical ability. 
  • Sight reading.

Timpani

  • One composition or movement from a composition.
  • Demonstration of tuning ability. (Mr. Rosen will ask you to match pitches and tune various intervals from given pitches.)

Preferably, the compositions should be works written specifically for the instrument, rather than transcriptions. 

Please note: regional auditions are not offered in percussion.

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