graduate auditions

Audition Date

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Graduate Audition Requirements

Master's of music performance students should be prepared to play selections from the list according to instrument.

Bass

Choose from the following or something of comparable difficulty:

  • Dittersdorf Concerto in E Major (movement 1)
  • Dragonetti Concerto (first or second movement)
Cello

Choose from the following or something of comparable difficulty:

  • Haydn C Major Concerto (third movement)
  • Elgar Concerto (first movement)
Clarinet
  • Mozart "Concerto," complete
  • Stravinsky "Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo," complete
  • Weber "First" or "Second Concerto," complete
  • Poulenc "Sonata," complete
Euphonium
  • Major scales, melodic minor scales and chromatic scales over two octaves or greater
  • Two contrasting solo works or movements totaling at least ten minutes from the standard repertoire to showcase musical and technical abilities
  • Four orchestral or band excerpts from the standard repertoire
  • Sight-reading may be included on this audition
Flute
  • JS Bach, Sonata in b minor BWV 1030
  • Sonatine by Dutilleux
Horn

Two solo works from the Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth Century period which may include or be similar to:

  • Haydn or Mozart Concerto, the Schumann Adagio and Allegro, a Franz orRichard Strauss Concerto, the Hindemith Sonata or the Bozza En Foret
  • A standard etude from the collections from Gallay, Mixime-Alphonse or Kopprasch
  • Three orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire such as:
    • the Beethoven Symphonies, a Tchaikovsky Symphony or Overture, a
      Shostakovich Symphony or a comparable work
Organ

A major Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach and a nineteenth- or twentieth-century organ work

Percussion
  • Marimba: a solo at the level of works by Keiko Abe, Gordon Stout, Ney Rosauro or a comparable work
  • Timpani: demonstrate familiarity with the major orchestral excerpts and fluency in tuning
  • Snare Drum: an etude at the level of Cirone, Goldenberg or Firth
  • Optional Skills: drum set, rudimental snare drum or vibe
Piano 

The student is required to play three works by memory representing three style periods. These works should be comparable in difficulty:

  • A classical sonata movement from Beethoven, Op. 10
  • Any Prelude and Fugue of J.S. Bach from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • A contrasting work on the level of a Chopin Nocturne
Saxophone

Jacques Ibert Concertino da Camera, Alexander Glazounov Concerto, or work of comparable difficulty

Trombone
  • Major scales, melodic minor scales and chromatic scales over twooctaves or greater
  • Candidates should have strong reading ability in treble, tenor and bass clef
  • Two contrasting solo works or movements totaling at least ten minutes from the standard repertoire to showcase musical and technical abilities
  • Four orchestral or band excerpts from the standard repertoire
  • Sight-reading may be included on this audition
Trumpet
  • One piece in the classical style which may include Concertos of Haydn, Hummel or Neruda
  • One piece from the twentieth century which may include or be of comparable difficulty:
    Hindemith Sonata, Stevens Sonata, Kennan Sonata, Arutunian Concerto or Bozza Caprice
Tuba
  • Major scales, melodic minor scales and chromatic scales over two octaves or greater
  • Two contrasting solo works or movements totaling at least ten minutes from the standard repertoire to showcase musical and technical abilities
  • Prepare four orchestral or band excerpts from the standard repertoire
  • Sight-reading may be included on this audition
Viola
  • Movement of a concerto such as: Walton, Hindemith, Bartok, of Weber
  • Movement of unaccompanied J.S. Bach
Violin
  • Movement of a concerto such as: Mozart, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Lalo, or Bruch
  • Movement of unaccompanied J.S. Bach
Voice

Six memorized selections consisting of the following:

  • Art song in English (can be by an American or British composer)
  • German lied
  • French chanson or mélodie
  • Opera or oratorio aria
  • Selection in Italian (only if aria is not in Italian)
Name Department & Office Contact
David Holdhusen
  • Chair, Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
MUSIC
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 114A