Audition Information

Saxophone Requirements

Note: a screening recording is required for all auditioning saxophonists (Deadline: December 1). See below for details.

*Please Note: Applicants who are required to submit pre-screening will submit their letters of recommendation to Decision Desk.

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (Jazz Studies Emphasis)
Master of Music in Jazz Studies
Master of Music in Performance
Performer Diploma-Solo Performance
Doctor of Music in Performance
Multiple Woodwinds: follow the BM, MM, or DM in Performance guidelines if saxophone is your primary instrument.

Screening Recording
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Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in saxophone must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. Screening recordings must be received no later than December 1, 2016.  Follow the above links for audition requirements. We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be heard by committee or considered for advancement in the admission process.

Students may submit audio or video recordings online through the Music Admissions website. Be certain that the recording is of high quality and your recording should be produced without any artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb.  If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may upload a final audition recording. For detailed instructions on submitting your recording online, please click here.

Applicants may audition on soprano, alto, tenor or baritone saxophone.

Repertoire/Scales: Applicants should prepare the repertoire listed below for the screening or final recording, as well as the live on-campus audition. All recorded works should be performed with piano accompaniment. Scales for the recorded and live auditions need only include those requested below.

Repertoire for screening recordings and live on-campus auditions will be the same. Piano accompaniment will not be used during on-campus auditions.

Introduction and Resume:

Please include on your audio or video recording (screening or final) a spoken introduction stating your name, degree interest, hometown, school, teachers, how many years you have played the saxophone, and other instruments you play. Please also include a written resume indicating your musical, and academic accomplishments, your civic activities, private lesson teachers, etc.

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Bachelor of Music in Performance (screening recording due December 1)

  • Two etudes (one technical, one lyrical by Ferling, Lacour, Mule or Voxman).
  • One complete solo work from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Desenclos, Glazunov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, Tomasi, etc).
  • Four full-range major scales and corresponding triads of the applicant's choice.

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Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field
(screening recording due December 1)

  • Two etudes (one technical, one lyrical by Ferling, Lacour, Mule or Voxman).
  • One complete solo work from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Desenclos, Glazunov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, Tomasi, etc).
  • Four full-range major scales and corresponding triads of the applicant's choice.

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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (Jazz Studies Emphasis) (screening recording due December 1)

  • Classical repertoire: Two contrasting movements (lyrical and technical) from standard works (such as Creston, Glazounov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, etc.). An etude may be substituted for one of the movements.
  • Jazz repertoire: Play the melody and improvise on three tunes from memory: a blues, a tune selected from the list below, and one additional tune that is not a blues, "rhythm changes" tune, or ballad.

Required audition repertoire (select one):

All Things You Are                            Joy Spring
Groovin' High                                   Confirmation
Half Nelson                                     On Green Dolphin Street
Stella by Starlight                            Have You Met Miss Jones?
What Is This Thing Called Love?         There Will Never Be Another You 

  • Scales full range: major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished, and ascending melodic minor scales (and their modes).  For the screening recording, include only the following full-range scales on Bb, B, C, and C#: major, harmonic minor, diminished (WH), and diminished-whole tone. Play C major and harmonic minor entirely staccato: play the others slurred.
  • Note: If invited to audition in person, auditionees will play two audition events, one for the saxophone faculty (all material--classical and jazz) and one for members of the Jazz Studies faculty (jazz material only).
  • Auditionees may be asked to sight-read chord changes and typical jazz ensemble parts.

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Master of Music in Jazz Studies (screening recording due
December 1)

  • Major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished, and ascending melodic minor scales (and their modes).  For the screening recording, include only four of each scale type (your choice).
  • Play the melody and improvise from memory on the chord changes of one tune from each of the following three lists.
    • Bebop tunes: Groovin' High, Half Nelson, Confirmation, Donna Lee, Joy Spring, Stablemates.
    • Standard tunes: All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, What Is  This Thing Called Love?, Star Eyes, Alone Together, There Will Never Be Another You, Have You Met Miss Jones?, On Green Dolphin Street
    • Post-bop tunes: Giant Steps, Moment's Notice, Bolivia, Inner Urge, Dolphin Dance, Moontrane.
  • Auditionees may be asked to sight-read chord changes and typical jazz ensembles parts.
  • Note: If invited to audition in person, auditionees will play two audition events, one for the saxophone faculty and one for members of the Jazz Studies faculty.

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Master of Music in Performance
Performer Diploma-Solo Performance
Doctor of Music in Performance*
(screening recording due December 1)

  • Two etudes (one technical, one lyrical by Ferling, Lacour, Mule or Voxman).
  • Two complete solo works, including at least one selection from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Desenclos, Glazunov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, Tomasi, etc).
  • Four full-range major scales and corresponding triads of the applicant's choice.

*If invited for an in-person Doctor of Music audition: as part of the 20 minute audition students are expected to perform with piano Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert. A pianist will be provided. Additional repertoire is as stated above (performed without piano).  Auditions will take place during the February audition weekend on Friday, February 3, 2017 by invitation only.