Woodwinds

Woodwinds audition requirements

The following audition information is for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!

Prescreen required for all applicants.

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


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)
Live audition
  • 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)

Graduate and diploma applicants

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

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
Live audition

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

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Prescreen

Video recording, including:

  • First two movements of a C.P.E Bach sonata, a J. S. Bach sonata, or a Mozart concerto
  • Ten minutes of a piece in a contrasting style (not 18th century)
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
Live audition
  • The first two complete movements of the Mozart Concerto in G Major (cadenzas not required)
  • The first movement of either the Prokofiev Sonata or the Nielsen Concerto
  • The complete Cantabile et Presto by Enesco or the Fantaisie by Fauré
  • One complete unaccompanied work of your choice in a contrasting style from the above
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Doctoral auditions will take place by invitation on the Fridays of February and March audition weekends only. As part of the 20-minute audition, students are expected to perform, with piano, selected movements totaling 15 minutes. A pianist will be provided.

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.


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.)

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

If submitting a final audition recording in lieu of an in-person audition, please record the following scales. All scales should be two octaves and slurred. No metronome is needed.

  • 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)

Graduate and diploma applicants

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

  • 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 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 auditions will take place on Friday, February 7, 2021 and Friday, March 6, 2021 by invitation only. As part of the 30-minute audition, students are expected to perform, with piano, selected movements totaling 15 minutes from two contrasting works. A pianist will be provided.

Prescreen is required for doctoral applicants only.


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

  • All major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales through 7 sharps and flats
  • One slow etude
  • One fast etude
  • Two contrasting solos from the standard repertoire

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

  • All major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales through 4 sharps and flats
  • One slow etude
  • One fast etude
  • One solo from the standard repertoire
  • 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.)

  • All major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales through seven sharps and flats
  • Three contrasting solos from the standard repertoire
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Doctoral auditions will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2021 and Saturday, March 6, 2021 by invitation only. 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.


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 auditions will take place by invitation on the Saturdays of February and March audition weekends only. As part of the 20-minute audition, students are expected to perform, with piano, selected movements totaling 15 minutes. A pianist will be provided.

Prescreen is required for all applicants.


All 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.), 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 should be performed with 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.
Live audition
  • Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen review.
  • Piano accompaniment will not be used during on-campus auditions, except for doctoral applicants.
Video recorded auditions
  • If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may upload a final audition video recording via the Jacobs School of Music Supplemental Application. Please be sure to follow the prescreen guidelines listed above and repertoire requirements below for your recording. Submissions are due by March 7, 2021.

Repertoire
Prescreen and live 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 (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 (such as a work by Creston, Desenclos, Dubois, Glazunov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, Milhaud, Tomasi, etc.)
  • Scales (required for live audition only)
    • Prepare all major and harmonic minor scales and corresponding arpeggios, as well as the chromatic scale.

Doctoral auditions will take place on the Fridays of February and March audition weekends only. As part of the 20-minute audition, students are expected to perform, with piano, selected movements totaling 15 minutes. A pianist will be provided.

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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