Woodwinds

Woodwinds audition requirements

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Requirements for each instrument vary and are listed below.

Prescreen required for all applicants.

Applicants who pass prescreening must submit new recordings for the audition round.


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Prescreen

Submit a video recording, including:

  • First two movements of a C. P. E. Bach sonata, a J. S. Bach sonata, or a Mozart concerto
  • Three minutes of a piece in a contrasting style (not 18th century)

Prescreen repertoire should meet the requirements below but may differ from the live audition program.

Audition

Applicants who pass prescreening must submit a new video recording of the following:

  • All movements of a C. P. E. Bach sonata, a J. S. Bach sonata, or a Mozart concerto (cadenzas not required)
  • One complete work in a contrasting style (not 18th century)

Audition recordings must be different than prescreen recordings, however may include the same repertoire as long as they meet repertoire requirements.


Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Prescreen

Submit a video recording, including:

  • First two movements of a C. P. E. Bach sonata, a J. S. Bach sonata, or a Mozart concerto
  • Three minutes of a piece in a contrasting style (not 18th century)
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Prescreen repertoire should meet the requirements below but may differ from the live audition program.

Audition

Applicants who pass prescreening must submit new video recordings. Prescreen recordings cannot be reused for audition recordings, however may include the same repertoire as long as they meet repertoire requirements.

Applicants should prepare all movements of:

  • One of the following: a sonata by J. S. Bach (E major, E minor, B minor, A major; Partita in A minor), a sonata by C. P. E. Bach (Hamburg Sonata or Solo in A minor), or Concerto in G major by Mozart (cadenzas not required)
  • One substantial twentieth-century concerto or sonata
  • One work of the applicant's choice in a contrasting style from the above
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Select doctoral applicants will be contacted to schedule a live virtual interview with faculty in addition to their final recorded audition. These interviews will take place on the Fri. February 5, 2021 and Fri. March 5, 2021. 

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.

Applicants should submit a recorded video audition and will be scheduled for a live virtual audition. Doctoral applicants who pass screening will be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition and interview on February 5-6 or March 5-6, 2021.


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Audition repertoire requirements for the recorded audition and live virtual audition are the same.

  • One movement of a standard major concerto of your choice
  • Two contrasting movements from a major concerto or sonata by Bach, Handel, Telemann, or Vivaldi
  • Two contrasting etudes from Barret’s A Complete Method for the Oboe or Ferling’s 48 Famous Studies
  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • All major and minor scales

For your audition recording, please record the following scales:

  • E-flat major: quarters, eighths, and sixteenths (at approx. quarter=60)
  • E-flat major: sixteenths (at approx. quarter=80-100)
  • E major: sixteenths (at approx. quarter=80-100)
  • F-sharp melodic minor: eighths and sixteenths (at approx. quarter=80-100)
  • B harmonic minor: eights and sixteenths (at approx. quarter=80-100)

All scales should be two octaves and slurred. No metronome is needed.


Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

Audition repertoire requirements for the recorded audition and live virtual audition are the same.

  • One complete major concerto or sonata by Bach, Handel, Telemann, or Vivaldi
  • One complete major post-Baroque concerto (such as Martinu, Mozart, Strauss, or Vaughan Williams)
  • Two contrasting etudes from Barret’s Grand Etudes from A Complete Method for the Oboe or Ferling’s 48 Famous Studies
  • Four orchestral excerpts: Beethoven - Symphony No. 3; Brahms - Violin Concerto; Rossini - La scala di seta; Strauss - Don Juan

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Prescreen

Video recording, including (with piano accompaniment where applicable):

  • Mozart Concerto (Mvts. 1 and 2 or 2 and 3)
  • Two contrasting movements of a Baroque concerto or sonata
  • One movement of a twentieth-century concerto or sonata
  • Two Ferling etudes (one slow, one fast)
  • Four orchestral excerpts: Brahms - Violin Concerto; Rossini - La Scala di Seta; Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade; Strauss - Don Juan
Live virtual audition
  • Mozart Concerto (complete)
  • One complete major concerto or sonata by Bach, Handel, Telemann, or Vivaldi
  • One complete major post-Classical concerto (such as Martinu, Strauss, or Vaughan Williams)
  • Two contrasting etudes from Barret’s Grand Etudes from A Complete Method for the Oboe or Ferling’s 48 Famous Studies
  • Four orchestral excerpts: Beethoven - Symphony No. 3; Brahms - Violin Concerto; Rossini - La scala di seta; Strauss - Don Juan

Doctoral virtual auditions will take place on February 5-6 and March 5-6, 2021 by invitation only. As part of the audition, students are expected to perform with piano, selected movements totaling 15 minutes from two contrasting works.

 

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.

Applicants should submit a recorded video audition in lieu of in-person auditions this year. Doctoral applicants who pass prescreening will be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition on either Sat. February 5, 2021 and Sat. March 5, 2021.


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

  • F major scale 3 octaves (both slurred & fast staccato)
  • E major scale (3 octaves slurred), E-flat major (2 octaves slurred)
  • D minor harmonic (2 octaves slurred); B minor melodic (2 octaves slurred)
  • The first 7 lines of Rose 32 Etudes, slow etude #7
  • The first 6 lines of Rose 32 Etudes, fast etude #14
  • Portions of two contrasting solos from the standard repertoire (no piano)
  • Total length of recording not to exceed 10 minutes

Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • F major scale 3 octaves (both slurred & fast staccato)
  • E major scale (3 octaves slurred), E-flat major (2 octaves slurred)
  • D minor harmonic (2 octaves slurred); B minor melodic (2 octaves slurred)
  • The first 7 lines of Rose 32 Etudes, slow etude #7
  • The first 6 lines of Rose 32 Etudes, fast etude #14
  • Portions of a solo from the standard repertoire (no piano)
  • Total length of recording not to exceed 10 minutes
  • B.M.E. and B.S.O.F. applicants may audition on B-flat soprano or bass clarinet

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

  • F major scale 3 octaves (both slurred & fast staccato)
  • E major scale (3 octaves slurred), E-flat major (2 octaves slurred)
  • D minor harmonic (2 octaves slurred); B minor melodic (2 octaves slurred)
  • Portions of three contrasting solos from the standard repertoire (piano not required)
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Total length of recording not to exceed 15 minutes (M.M., P.D.) or 20 minutes (D.M.)

D.M. applicants should submit their prescreen recording by Dec. 1, 2020.

Doctoral applicants who pass prescreening will be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition on either Sat. February 6, 2021 and Sat. March 6, 2021. D.M. applicants must perform the above repertoire for both the prescreen and live auditions (approximately 20 minutes of music). No pianist is required for the audition.

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.

Applicants should submit a recorded video audition and will be scheduled for a live virtual audition. Doctoral applicants who pass screening will be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition and interview on February 5-6 or March 5-6, 2021.


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto or sonata from the Baroque or Classical period
  • One movement of contrasting work of your choice
  • One technical etude (Ferling or Milde Concert Study)
  • Chromatic scale (your full range); major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales and major and minor triads (all at least 2 octaves)

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • Mozart, Bassoon Concerto Mvts. I and II (with cadenzas)
  • One contrasting work of your choice
  • A Milde Concert Study, Vol. I
  • Four orchestral excerpts: Mozart - Marriage of Figaro; Ravel - Bolero; Beethoven - Symphony No. 4 Mvt. IV; Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade II (both cadenzas)
  • Chromatic scale, all major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales, whole tone scales, and arpeggios (major, minor, augmented, and diminished-seventh) - all full range.

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Prescreen and live audition
  • Mozart, Bassoon Concerto Mvts. I and II, with cadenzas
  • One substantial Baroque or Romantic concerto or sonata
  • One substantial twentieth-century concerto, sonata or solo work
  • Three orchestral excerpts selected from the following: Mozart - Marriage of Figaro; Ravel - Bolero; Beethoven - Symphony No. 4 Mt. IV; Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade II, both cadenzas; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 Mvt. II; Shostakovich - Symphony No. 9 Mvts. 3 and 4
  • The chromatic scale, all major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales, whole tone scales, and arpeggios (major, minor, augmented, and diminished-seventh) - all full range.

Doctoral virtual auditions will take place by invitation on Sat. February 6, 2021 and Sat. March 6, 2021. As part of the 20-minute audition, students are expected to perform with piano, selected movements totaling 15 minutes.

Prescreen required for all applicants.

Applicants who pass prescreening must submit new recordings for the audition round.


Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.), Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Guidelines for all applicants

You may audition on soprano, alto, tenor, or baritone saxophone. Multiple Woodwind degree applicants should follow M.M. or D.M. in Performance if saxophone is your primary instrument.

Prescreen
  • All recorded works may be performed with, or without, piano accompaniment.
  • Include a spoken introduction stating your name, degree interest, hometown, school, teachers, how many years you have played the saxophone, and other instruments you play.
  • Upload a résumé indicating your musical and academic accomplishments, your civic activities, private lesson teachers, etc.
Recorded Audition
  • Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.
  • For all final auditions, video recordings should be submitted.
  • Prescreen recordings cannot be reused for audition recordings, however may include the same repertoire as long as they meet the requirements.
  • Piano accompaniment will not be required for final auditions.

Repertoire
Prescreen and final recorded audition

Etudes and solo repertoire selected for prescreen recordings may be the same or different from the live auditions.

  • Two etudes (one technical, one lyrical) such as those by Ferling, Lacour, Mule, Voxman, etc.
  • Solos
    • Undergraduate applicants: one complete solo work from the standard repertoire or sections of a larger work from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Desenclos, Dubois, Glazunov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, Tomasi, etc.)
    • Graduate applicants: two complete solo works, including at least one selection from the standard repertoire or two or more contrasting movements or sections of two larger works including at least one selection from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Desenclos, Dubois, Glazunov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, Tomasi, etc.)
    • Doctoral applicants: Concertino da Camera by Jacque Ibert (complete work), plus two complete solo works of the applicant’s choice or two or more contrasting movements or sections of two larger works of the applicant’s choice. 
  • Scales (required for live audition only)
    • Prepare three major and three harmonic minor scales of the applicant’s choice, as well as the chromatic scale.  The applicant should select different major and minor scales for prescreening and final audition recordings.

Select doctoral applicants will be contacted to schedule a live virtual interview with faculty in addition to their final audition recording. These interviews will take place on the Fri. February 5, 2021 and Fri. March 5, 2021.

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.

Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Woodwinds (Multiple) (three or five instruments)

Students interested in the B.M. Woodwinds (Multiple) degree must first be admitted to the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) (single instrument), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), or Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.) degree programs.

Admission to the multiple woodwinds degree program is by audition on two secondary instruments after the first semester of study on the primary instrument.


Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.) in Woodwinds (Multiple) (three or five instruments), Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Woodwinds (Multiple) (three or five instruments)

M.M. applicants with saxophone or flute as their primary instrument must submit a prescreen recording.  All saxophonists should follow the classical saxophone guidelines, and if you have a background in jazz, please also include two tunes of your choice.

D.M. applicants must submit a prescreen recording to be considered for a live audition.

Three-instrument degree

M.M. and D.M. applicants will audition separately on their primary instrument and two secondary instruments. Please consult the audition requirements for each individual instrument. Select two major works for the primary instrument and one major work for each secondary instrument.  Applicants must demonstrate an artistic performance level on the major instrument and on each of the other instruments to be included in their degree.

Five-instrument degree

M.M. and D.M. applicants will audition separately on their primary instrument and two secondary instruments. Please consult the audition requirements for each individual instrument. Follow the M.M. /D.M. guidelines for the primary instrument and the B.M.E. guidelines for the secondary instruments.

Select two major works for the primary instrument and one major work for each secondary instrument.  Applicants must demonstrate an artistic performance level on one instrument and proficiency at the entering undergraduate concentration level on two secondary instruments.

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