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Woodwind Audition Requirements

Flute

 

Undergraduate (BM): Proficiency in all major and minor scales (2-1/2 or 3 octaves), a technical etude, and a solo piece - preferably a movement from a sonata, concerto or a work of similar difficulty. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Graduate (MM): A technical etude and an entire sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 

Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice, one etude, and a complete sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Oboe


Undergraduate (BM): Proficiency in all major and minor scales, 2-1/2 or 3 octaves; a technical etude; a solo piece, preferably a movement from a sonata, concerto or a work of similar difficulty. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Graduate (MM): A technical etude; an entire sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts.

Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice, one etude, and a complete sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Clarinet


Undergraduate (BM): Proficiency in all major and minor scales (2-1/2 or 3 octaves), one phrasing etude, and one articulation etude (e.g. Rose 40 Studies, Nos. 13 and 11); one of the following solo works: Mozart Concerto, Mvt. 1, Weber Concertino, Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie, a Brahms Sonata, or a work of similar difficulty. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Graduate (MM): In addition to the above, prepare Cavallini and Rose Etudes demonstrating phrasing and articulation abilities. Applicants will be asked to sight read. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts.

Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice, one etude, and a complete sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read. 

Bassoon


Undergraduate (BM): Proficiency in all major and minor scales (2-1/2 or 3 octaves), a technical etude, and a solo piece - preferably a movement from a sonata, concerto or a work of similar difficulty. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Graduate (MM): A technical etude and an entire sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts.

Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice, one etude, and a complete sonata or concerto. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Saxophone


Undergraduate (BM): Proficiency in all major scales and chromatic scale (at least 2 octaves, but preferably full range), two or more contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire (an etude is acceptable for one of these) that demonstrates lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Graduate (MM): Proficiency in all major and minor scales (full range), two technical etudes, and a full sonata, concerto, or work of similar difficulty. Applicants will be asked to sight read.

Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. Applicants will be asked to sight read.