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All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay
  • Repertoire list

Please find more detailed application information here.

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 22, 2017.

Pre-Screen Recording Requirements for Flute, Clarinet and Trumpet Graduate Applicants

Flute Prescreen Requirement: Please upload a video recording of the following requirements: 

  1. Two contrasting pieces: one piece may be an etude, but the two pieces should be by different composers (so not two movements of the same work).
  2. Two orchestral excerpts chosen from the following list:
    •  Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 (mm. 328-360)
    • Bizet Carmen Suite No. 1 (Entr'acte mm. 1-23)
    • Brahms Symphony No. 4 (IV. mm. 93-105)
    • Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (mm. 1-4 & Reh. 2 to Reh 3)
    • Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo: 1 mm. before Reh. P to the end)
    • Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf (Reh. 2 to Reh. 4) 
    • Ravel Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2 (3 after Reh. 176 to 2 after Red. 179)

Trumpet Prescreen Requirement: Please submit an audio recording of 5-10 minutes that is representative of your ability. The musical selections do not necessarily need to come from the audition requirements.

Clarinet Prescreen Requirement: Please upload a video recording of the following requirements (10 minutes total):

  1. One solo of your choice
  2. Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn - Scherzo
    • Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol

All prescreen materials should be submitted electronically with your music application. Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 23, 2017.

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Saxophone, Euphonium, Tuba

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A first movement of a major concerto or similar work
  2. Three-five standard orchestral audition excerpts of your choice
  3. Other repertoire (which may include solos, etudes, or excerpts) of your choice, if needed, to fill out a program of 30 minutes for the MM and 60 minutes for the DMA. Selected portions will be heard
Bassoon

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

A pianist is not required for solo works.

  1. First movement of either Mozart, Weber or Hummel Concerto
  2. Two additional solo works or movements of contrasting style, including at least one from the 20th or 21st C.
  3. At least five standard orchestral audition excerpts from which selections will be made.
Saxophone

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

1. Two contrasting etudes from Bozza Etude Caprices, Lacour 28 Etudes After Messiaen, Lauba Neuf Etudes, Koechlin Etudes for Saxophone and Piano, Karg-Elert 25 Capricen und Sonate

2. Solo repertoire to be selected from the following, or a work of similar scope and difficulty:

  • Albright Sonata,
  • Aphergis Alter Egos (tenor)
  • Asia The Alex Set (soprano)
  • Berio Sequenza IXb, Sequenza VIIb (soprano)
  • Bolcom Concert Suite, Lilith
  • Dahl Concerto
  • Denisov Sonata
  • Hurel Opcit (tenor)
  • Husa Elegie et Rondeau, Concerto
  • Larsson Concerto
  • Ibert Concertino da Camera
  • Lennon Distances with Me, Symphony Rhapsody
  • Mihalovici Chant Premir (tenor)
  • Scelsi Tre Pezzi (soprano or tenor), Schmitt Legende
  • Tanada Mysterious Morning III (soprano),
  • Villa-Lobos Fantasia (soprano or tenor)
  • Williams Six Studies in English Folksong
  • Yoshimatsu Fuzzy Bird Song, or other works of similar scope and difficulty

3. All major and harmonic minor scales; chromatic scale, three octaves (optional)
4. Accompanist is not required, and will not be provided

Horn

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

1. Please choose two contrasting solo works prepared in their entirety from the following:

            Forster             Concerto for Horn and Orchestra

            Gliere              Concerto for Horn, Op. 91

            Hindemith       Horn Sonata in F

            Mozart            Concerto No. 4, K. 495 with cadenza

            Persichetti       Parable for Solo Horn

            Rossini             Prelude, Theme and Variations

            Schumann       Adagio and Allegro

            R. Strauss        Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major

            Telemann        Concerto for Horn in D

            Weber             Concertino in E minor for Horn and Orchestra

2. Please choose six orchestral excerpts from the following (all first horn parts unless noted otherwise)

            Bach                Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (Entire)

                                    B Minor Mass (opening)

            Bruckner         Symphony No. 4 (1st movement, Opening to letter A)

            Beethoven       Symphony No. 3 (trio, 2nd horn)

                                    Symphony No. 7 (1st movement)

                                    Symphony No. 9 (4th horn solo)

            Brahms            Symphony No. 2 (1st mvt D horn solo; 2nd mvt B horn solo)

            Mendelssohn   Symphony No. 3 (Scherzo, 3rd horn)

            Shostakovich   Symphony No. 5 (low horn tutti)

            Strauss             Ein Heldenleben (opening)

            Wagner           Siefgried (long call)

3. Please choose any two contrasting etudes from the following:

            Maxim-Alphonse         Deux Cents Etudes Nouvelle; Cahier 5 or 6

            Gallay                          12 Grand Caprices for Solo Horn, op. 32

            Kling                            40 Studies

4. Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 (Wendell Hoss Edition) 
 
Trumpet
  • Please play the selections indicated for your prospective degree program in the order listed
  • Graduate candidates may use any key trumpet they prefer
  • No memorization is required
  • It is not required to have a pianist for any audition, though you are welcome to use piano if it is convenient. If playing without piano, count out all rests as marked
  • For additional questions, please contact Professor Chris Gekker.

Master of Music, 15 minutes

  1. A. Honegger Intrada — complete
  2. H. Stevens Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, first movement —complete
  3. Orchestral excerpts
    • Moussorsky - Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
    • Mahler - Symphony no. 5, opening
    • Beethoven - Leonore Overtures no. 2 and 3, offstage calls

Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A. Honegger Intrada — complete
  2. F. J. Haydn or J.N.Hummel Concerto, complete
  3. orchestral excerpts
    • Moussorsky - Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
    • Mahler - Symphony No. 5, opening, and solo at 13
    • Beethoven - Leonore Overtures no. 2 and 3, offstage calls
    • Ravel - Piano Concerto, first movement

 

Trombone: Tenor

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

1. One movement each from two contrasting standard solos, chosen from:

o   Sonata – Eric Ewazen

o   Arrows of Time – Richard Peaslee

o   Concerto – Launy Grondahl

o   Piece in Eb minor – J.G. Ropartz

o   Concerto – Henri Tomasi

o   Concerto for Alto Trombone – J.G. Albrechtsberger

o   Sonatine – Jacques Casterede

2. Two contrasting etudes of the candidate's choice
3. Three standard orchestral excerpts of the candidate's choice
4. All major and minor scales
5. Sight reading

 
Trombone: Bass

Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts

1. One movement from two contrasting standard solos, chosen from:

o   New Orleans – Eugene Bozza

o   Unaccompanied Suite for Bass Trombone – Eric Culver

o   Concerto for Bass Trombone – Eric Ewazen

o   Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra – Vaughan Williams

o   Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano – Alec Wilder

o   Meditation – Frigyes Hidas

o   Sonata – David Gillingham

2. Two contrasting etudes of the candidate's choice
3. Three standard orchestral excerpts of the candidate's choice
4. All major and minor scales
5. Sight reading

Percussion

Master of Music

  1. A Delecluse snare drum etude of your choice
  2. An advanced-level mallet solo suitable for a senior recital (first movement of a concerto)
  3. An advanced-level timpani solo (one movement) or advanced etude
  4. Two orchestral excerpts each for timpani, snare drum, and xylophone
  5. A demonstrated sight-reading proficiency

Doctor of Musical Arts

  1. A Delecluse snare drum etude of your choice
  2. An advanced-level four mallet solo suitable for a graduate level recital
  3. An adanced-level two mallet solo suitable for a graduate level recital
  4. An advanced-level timpani solo (one movement) or advanced etude
  5. Four orchestral excerpts each for timpani, snare drum, and xylophone
  6. Two orchestral excerpts each for tambourine, triangle, cymbals, and bass drum
  7. A demonstrated sight-reading proficiency

Graduate Audition Requirements

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