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Graduate Woodwinds Auditions

Flute

Candidates will be asked to perform the following:

  • 1st movement of the Mozart G or D concerto, including cadenza
  • 1 movement of a 20th or 21st century sonata
  • 1 piece of your choice
  • 3 orchestral excerpts chosen from the following:
    • Daphnis and Chloe, Symphonic Metamorphosis, Brahms 4th, Leonore #3, Mendelssohn's Scherzo, or Carnival of the Animals

Clarinet

Candidates will be asked to perform the following:

  • Major and minor scales from Baermann Book III
  • Sightreading
  • Mozart Concerto - Exposition of Mvt. 1 and Mvt 2 (entire)
  • Two contrasting etudes from the following list of composers:  Cavallini, Rose, or Jeanjean
  • A selection of your choice  

Oboe, Saxophone and Bassoon

Candidates are required to perform four pieces of varied styles and periods. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument. All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Photocopied music and taped accompaniments are not allowed.

Graduate Brass Auditions

Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba

Candidates are required to perform four pieces of varied styles and periods. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument. All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Photocopied music and taped accompaniments are not allowed.

Graduate Strings Auditions

Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp

Candidates are required to perform four pieces of varied styles and periods. Repertoire may be solos or etudes written for the instrument. All instrumental auditions will include sight-reading. Photocopied music and taped accompaniments are not allowed.

Graduate Percussion Auditions

Candidates should prepare the following:

  • One concert piece or etude for snare drum
  • One rudimental piece or etude for snare drum
  • One two mallet piece or etude for marimba
  • One four mallet piece or etude for marimba
  • One piece or etude for timpani
  • Orchestral excerpts for snare drum, keyboard, and timpani 
  • Sight Reading on Snare Drum, Marimba, Timpani
  • Drum set – optional 
Graduate Piano Auditions

Graduate Piano

Candidates are required to perform a thirty-minute program representing important works from at least three of the following historical styles:

  • Baroque period (e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Rameau, Couperin)
  • Classical period (e.g., Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart)
  • Romantic period (e.g., Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann)
  • Twentieth century (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Hindemith, Prokofieff, Schoenberg, Copland, Barber)

Candidates may be asked to perform all or part of their prepared repertoire.

Graduate Organ Auditions

A 30-minute program should be prepared to include the following:

  • One major work by J.S. Bach or another Baroque composer.
  • Two additional pieces in differing styles from the Romantic period or later (e.g., one lyrical, one virtuosic piece).

Playing from memory is encouraged, but not required. Ample time and pistons will be provided for registering the program.