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Audition Requirements for Woodwinds

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Undergraduate Requirements

Flute

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • One or more movements of a standard concerto (e.g., Mozart, Ibert, Quantz)
    • One or more movements of a standard sonata (e.g., Polenc, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Bach, Handel)
    • Fantasie by Faure, Concertino by Chaminade, Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise by Doppler, and Sonatine by Dutilleux
    • Etudes by Donjon, Berbiguer, or Anderson (Op. 15)
  • Scales and sight-reading

Oboe

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • One or more movements of a standard concerto (e.g., Albinoni, Marcello, Haydn)
    • One or more movements of a standard sonata (e.g., Handel, Telemann, Hindemith)
    • An aria from a Bach cantata, or two movements from 6 Metamorphoses after Ovid by Britten
    • Etudes by Barret or Ferling
  • Scales and sight-reading

Clarinet

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • Concerti by Mozart, Stamitz, Weber, Krommer, Mercadante
    • Sonatas by Saint-Saens, Brahms, Poulenc, Bernstein
    • Sonatina by Arnold
    • Introduction, Theme and Variations by Rossini
    • Grand Duo Concertant by Weber
    • Solos de Concours by Messager, Rabaud, Coquard
    • Etudes by Cavallini (30 Caprices), Hite, Jeanjean (18 Etudes Modernes)
  • Scales and sight-reading

Bassoon

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone and phrasing. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • Weber Concerto, op 75
    • Vivaldi Concerto (any)
    • Galliard Sonatas
    • Telemann Sonata
    • Hindemith Sonata
    • Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies
    • Milde Etudes
  • Scales and sight-reading

Saxophone

  • Two contrasting movements, or one movement and one etude from the standard saxophone repertoire. Suggestions follow, but other works of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted. At least one selection must be performed on alto saxophone.
    • Sonata by Creston, Tableaux de Provence by Maurice, Chanson et Passpied by Rueff, Concerto by Glazunov (excerpts), Improvisation et Caprice by Bozza, Sonata by B. Heiden, Scaramouche by Milhaud
    • Etudes by Hite, Voxman, Berbiguier, Ferling
  • Scales and sight-reading

Graduate Requirements

Flute

  • Choose two solos, from contrasting categories below:
    • Sonata in B minor by Bach
    • First movement of a Mozart concerto or French Conservatoire Concours piece, such as Concertino by Chaminade, Sonatine by Sancan, Chant de linos by Jolivet, Sonatine by Dutilleux
    • 20th-century piece, such as Sonata by Hindemith, Sonata by Prokofiev, or Duo by Copland
  • Prepare two orchestral excerpts, such as the Pantomine Scene from Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 2 by Ravel, Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven
  • Scales and sight-reading

Oboe

  • Choose three of the four:
    • Concerto for Oboe (1st movement) by Mozart
    • Aria or Baroque sonata by Bach
    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • One movement of 20th-century sonata (e.g., Dutilleux, Hindemith, Poulenc)
  • Scales and sight-reading

Clarinet

  • Two selections of contrasting styles: one that demonstrates technical facility and the other that demonstrates beauty of tone. The compositions listed below are suggestions, and repertoire of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted.
    • Concerti by Mozart, Weber, Spohr, Mercadante, Copland, Nielsen, Manevich, Francaix
    • Sonatas by Brahms, Bernstein, Poulenc
    • Advanced etudes by Cavallini (30 Caprices), Jeanjean (18 Etudes Modernes), Rode, Kell (17 Staccato Studies)
  • Four orchestral excerpts from the following: Symphony No. 4, 6, or 8 by Beethoven; Midsummer’s Night Dream (Scherzo) or Symphony No. 3 by Mendelssohn; Capriccio Espagnoland Sheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov; Galanta Dances by Kodály; Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 by Ravel; Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz; Pines of Rome by Respighi; Polovtsian Dances by Borodin; Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev; Semiramide Overture by Rossini
  • Scales and sight-reading

Bassoon

  • Mozart Concerto K191, first and second movements
  • Four orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire
  • A solo work representing contrasting style to the Mozart
  • Possible sight-reading

Saxophone

  • Two works for saxophone. Suggestions follow, but other works of equal or more advanced difficulty may be substituted. At least one selection must be performed on alto saxophone.
    • Prelude, Cadence et Finale by Desenclos, Caprice en forme de Valse by Bonneau, Concertino da Camera by Ibert, Concerto by Dubois or Dahl, Mai by Noda, Sonata by Muczynski
    • Etudes by Bozza, Lacour, Piazzolla
  • Scales: major, minor (harmonic, melodic), chromatic, full range