Entrance Audition Requirements

Requirement by Category

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VOICE

TRUMPET

HORN

TROMBONE

BASS TROMBONE

EUPHONIUM

TUBA

SNARE DRUM

MALLETS

TIMPANI

VIOLIN

VIOLA

CELLO

DOUBLE BASS

CLASSICAL GUITAR

PIANO

FLUTE

OBOE

CLARINET

BASS CLARINET

BASSOON

SAXOPHONE

JAZZ STUDIES

 

Voice

Applicants should prepare to perform two selections in contrasting styles (approximately 10 minutes total) as follows: 

One selection, classical in style, in a foreign language (Italian, French, German, Spanish)

One selection in English in a classical, folk, or musical theater style 

The candidate should prepare a combination of materials that showcase their technical and lyrical abilities. 

Suggested Repertoire Sources

Italian art songs or arias from the 17th or 18th centuries

English or American art songs from any period, including folk song arrangements, (Dowland, Campion, Handel, Haydn, Purcell, Copland, Barber, Quilter)

Any selection from the American music theatre repertoire

Other examples of acceptable audition material:

Fauré | Lydia 

Grever | Alma mía

Handel | Here Amid the Shady Woods

Marcello | Quella fiamma che m'accende

Price | Night

Schubert | Lachen und weinen

R. Schumann | Du bist wie eine Blume

A. Scarlatti | Già il sole dal Gange

Vaughan Williams | The Vagabond

Trumpet

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Arban | Studies (any)

Solo Repertoire

Artunian | Concerto

Balay | Petite Piece Concertante

Godicke | Concert Etude

Haydn | Concerto

Hindemith | Sonate

Horn

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Kopprasch | Etudes

Maxime-Alphonse | Etudes

Solo Repertoire

Beethoven | Sonata, op. 17

Mozart | Concertos No. 1 or No. 3

Strauss, F. | Concerto No. 1 

Trombone

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Rochut | Melodious Etudes

Solo Repertoire

David | Concertino

Galliard | Six Sonatas (any)

Guillmant | Morceau Symphonique

Rimsky-Korsakov | Concerto      

Orchestral Excerpts

Mozart | Tuba Mirum                                   

Berlioz | Hungarian March                         

Wagner | Ride of the Valkyrie                      

Rimsky-Korsakov | Russian Easter 2nd tbn solo      

Brahms | Symphony #1

Bass Trombone

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Rochut | Melodious Etudes

Solo Repertoire

Barat | Introduction and Serenade

Galliard | Sonatas (any)

Lieb | Concertino Basso

Lebedev | Concerto in One Movement

Euphonium

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Rochut | Melodious Etudes

Solo Repertoire

Barat | Introduction and Dance

Senaille/Falcone | Allegro Spirituoso

Tuba

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Blazhevich | 70 Studies for Tuba (any etude)

Rochut | Melodious Etudes

Solo Repertoire

Barat | Introduction and Dance

Capuzzi | Andante and Rondo

Haddad | Suite for Tuba

Hartley | Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba

Snare Drum

Applicants should prepare one etude of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Cirone | Portraits in Rhythm (any etude)

Peters | Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies (any etude)

Mallets

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, one etude of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Ford | Technique Through Music (any etude)

Goldenberg | Modern School for Xylophone (any etude)

McMillan | Masterpieces for Marimba (any etude)

Timpani

Applicants should prepare one etude of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples: 

Carroll | Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani

Peters | Fundamental Method (any etude)

Violin

Any three octave major scale

Any three octave minor scale

Whole bow for one scale, slurs for the other, arpeggios for one of the two keys

One movement of an unaccompanied work (any composer)

Any movement of a concerto (cadenza optional)

Viola

Any three octave major scale

Any three octave minor scale

Whole bow for one scale, slurs for the other, arpeggios for one of the two keys

One movement of an unaccompanied work (any composer)

Any movement of a concerto (cadenza optional)

Cello

Any two or three-octave major scale/arpeggios and one minor scale/arpeggios

An etude by Deak, Dotzauer, Popper, or comparable material

A movement from a standard sonata by Bach, Handel, Marcello, or comparable material

Double Bass

Any two-octave major scale/arpeggios and one minor scale/arpeggios

An etude from Simandl, Rabath, or comparable material

Any movement(s) from a standard sonata by Eccles, Marcello, or comparable material

Classical Guitar

Any two selections from of the following:

Renaissance

Narvaez | Guardame las Vacas; Pavane, Cancion del Emperador

Milan | Fantasias I-V,Pavanes

Baroque

De Visee | Suites I-XII (without full ornamentation) 

Corbetta | Suite in A  minor

De Murcia | Prelude and Allegro

Classical

Carcassi | Etudes Op. 60 

Carulli | Etudes

Sor | Etudes Op. 6,29,31,35,44,45,60

Guiliani | Etudes Op. 48

Romantic

Villa-Lobos | Preludes

Mertz | Liedeslied,Lied ohno Worte Op. 13 

Ponce | Preludes

Contemporary

Brouwer | Simple Studies

Piano

All applicants should prepare to play one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves.

Applicants should prepare two pieces in contrasting styles (excerpts are acceptable), approximately 10 minutes total. Suggested repertoire for each instrument listed below. Substitute selections are allowed.

Repertoire can be chosen from this list or from repertory of similar difficulty:

Scarlatti | Sonatas

Bach | Two-part Inventions

Mozart | D minor Fantasie, K.V.397 

Mozart | G Major Sonata, K.V.283

Chopin | Waltzes

Schumann | Scenes from Childhood

Debussy | Children's Corner Reverie

Shostakovich | Preludes, Op.34

Tcherepnin | Bagatelles, Op.5

Flute

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Rubank | Advanced Method Vol. 1 or 2 (any etude)

Cavally | Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1 or 2 (any etude)

Solo Repertoire

Bach | Suite in b minor

Faure | Morceau de Concours

Griffes | Poem

Handel | Sonatas (any)

Mozart | Concerto

Telemann | Sonatas (any)

Vivaldi | Six Sonatas (any)

Oboe

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Barret | 40 Progressive Melodies (any)

Brod | 20 Studies (any)

Ferling | 48 Etudes (any) 

Hite | Melodious and Progressive Studies (any)

Solo Repertoire

Cimarosa | Concerto in C minor

Handel | Sonatas (any)

Marcello | Concerto

Telemann | Sonatas (any)

Vivaldi | Sonatas (any)

Clarinet

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Rubank | Advanced Method Vol. 1or 2 (any etude)

Hite | Melodious and Progressive Studies

Rose | 32 Studies

Solo Repertoire

Debussy | Girl with the Flaxen Hair 

Finzi | Five Bagatelles

Mozart | Concerto

Stamitz | Concerto in B-flat 

Tartini | Concertino

Weber | Concertino

Bass Clarinet

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Boni/Voxman | Largo and Allegro

Bozza | Ballade

Galliard/Merriman | Adagio and Allegro

Bassoon

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Milde | 25 Studies (any)

Weissenborn | Practical Method (any etude)

Solo Repertoire

Galliard | Sonatas (any)

Mozart | Concerto

Telemann | Sonata in F Minor 

Weber | Concerto

Saxophone

Applicants should prepare one major, one minor (all 3 forms) and one chromatic scale, two octaves and two pieces in contrasting styles of the applicant's choice (excerpts are acceptable). Approximately 10 minutes of music total.

Examples:

Etudes and Studies

Ferling | 48 Famous Etudes (any etude)

Rubank | Selected Studies (any etude)

Solo Repertoire

Bozza | Aria (alto or baritone)

Eccles/Rascher | Sonata (alto or baritone)

Glazunov | Concerto (alto)

Handel | Sonata No. 3 (alto or baritone)

Heiden | Sonata (alto) 

Maurice | Tableaux de Provence                                

Teal | Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player (alto or baritone)

Teal | Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player  

Voxman | Concert and Contest Collection for Alto Saxophone (baritone)

Voxman | Concert and Contest Collection for Tenor Saxophone

Ostransky | Contest Caprice (tenor)  

Singalee | Solo de Concours (tenor)

Jazz Studies

Applicants should prepare to play one major, one minor and one chromatic scale, two octaves.

Applicants in Jazz should prepare two standard jazz tunes, and must improvise on each. Suggested repertoire for each instrument listed below. All applicants must perform with an Aebersold-style play along CD or a live rhythm section.

So What 

Blue Monk

Summertime 

Blue Bossa 

Maiden Voyage

Take the A Train 

Song for My Father 

All Blues

Footprints 

Cantaloupe Island

Jazz drummers must demonstrate various styles, including Medium Swing, Fast Swing, Jazz Waltz, Bossa, Samba, Mambo, 12/8 Afro, Funk, Ballad w/brushes, Odd-meter groove.

Drum Set and Amps are provided. Guitarists and Bass players should bring their own cord.