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Graduate Studies Audition Requirements

Master of Music degrees in Music Education, Composition, Conducting, Music History and Literature and Music Theory Pedagogy do not require an audition on a principal instrument (or voice).

Listed alphabetically by instrument.

BASSOON
Mozart Bassoon Concerto – 2nd movement and the exposition of the 1st movement; one movement of any other standard concerto or recital piece; five orchestral excerpts of the candidate’s choice.

CELLO
One unaccompanied piece (excluding etudes); one standard concerto (all movements).

CLARINET
All major and minor scales; one etude from the Rose 32 Etudes (applicant's choice); Concertino by C.M. Von Weber; and the Concerto by Mozart.

DOUBLE BASS
One standard concerto; four orchestral excerpts.

FLUTE 
1st movement of either the Mozart Concerto in G or D Major; a second piece of your choice that contrasts stylistically with the Mozart concerto, preferably a French Conservatory piece; two movements of any Bach sonata.

GUITAR (Classical Guitar)
Two movements from a Bach suite; a theme and variations or sonata/allegro movement by Sor or Giuliani; two Villa-Lobos etudes; a contemporary work by a composer like Martin, Brouwer, Henze, etc.

HARP
Two contrasting solos of choice and one orchestra excerpt of choice.

HARPSICHORD
A major Bach work, another work from the Baroque period (preferably a suite by Louis Couperin or a work by Froberger) and a work selected by the auditioning candidate.

HORN
1st movement of either 2nd or 4th Mozart Horn Concerto; 1st movement of the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1; all major and melodic minor scales; four to six contrasting orchestral excerpts.

OBOE
1st movement of the Mozart Concerto; Ferling Etude #1 and Ferling Etude #2.

ORGAN
Transfer and graduate students should include a Baroque piece, a major Bach work, a piece in the romantic style, and a contemporary piece, preferably one demonstrating technical dexterity.

All auditioning organ students must include a complete repertoire list, specification of the organ on which the audition was recorded, when applicable, and a listing of the dates when each work was begun. Bring these to the audition or submit them with the recording.

A short sight reading exercise will be administered at the audition.

PERCUSSION — audition on all of the following:
KEYBOARD
All major and minor scales and arpeggios (two octaves); one two-mallet etude or solo; one four-mallet etude or solo, plus three to five standard orchestral excerpts.

TIMPANI
Any etude by Goodman, Hochrainer, or Delecluse using three or four drums, plus three to five standard orchestral excerpts.

SNARE DRUM
One etude from 14 Modern Contest Solos by John S. Pratt; one etude by Cirone, Delecluse or comparable, plus three to five standard orchestral excerpts.

PIANO
Audition repertoire should include music from three stylistic periods. The following list is designed to help prospective pianists select appropriate repertoire:

  • Baroque: A Bach prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Volume One or Two; a two-part or three-part invention; a French or English suite or partita; or two or three Scarlatti sonatas (Undergrad = one mvt; M.M./PD = all mvts).
  • Classical: A sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (Undergrad = one mvt; M.M./PD = all mvts).
  • Romantic: A composition by Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or Rachmaninoff.
  • Impressionistic: A work by Debussy or Rave.
  • Contemporary: A composition by Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Kabelevsky, Copland, Persichetti, Dello Joio, Gershwin or any other recognized twentieth-century composer.

SAXOPHONE
Any major concerto OR movements 1 & 2 or movements 2 & 3 of the Creston Saxophone Sonata; and major and minor scales.

TROMBONE
of choice; two contrasting etudes (i.e. one melodic, one technical); two orchestral excerpts; and major scales and arpeggios.

TRUMPET
Two contrasting etudes from Charlier 36 Etudes and/or from Bitsch 20 Etudes; four-to-six orchestral excerpts; and one of the following: 1st movement of the Haydn Concerto, 1st or 3rd movement of the Tomasi Concertoor 1st movement of the Stevens Sonata.

TUBA
All major scales; two contrasting etudes from either Blazevich (Book I), Kopprasch or Bordogni (Rochut); three to five contrasting orchestral excerpts of an applicant's choice; and one of the following: Hindemith Tuba Sonata or 1st movement of the Vaughn Williams Concerto.

VIOLA
Two contrasting movements of Bach; one movement of a concerto; and three orchestral excerpts—one that includes spiccato.  No etudes.

VIOLIN
Three pieces of different styles. One piece may be a caprice or etude.

VOICE (Requires submission of a “pre-screening” video by December 1st)
An aria from an opera or oratorio; two art songs in languages other than English; one contemporary art song; applicants should also submit a copy of a program from their senior recital or equivalent performance.

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