Graduate Audition Repertoire & Interview Requirements


Graduate applicants attend a general convocation on their audition day. In addition to the audition, most graduate applicants will be scheduled for at least one interview. Interviews will be scheduled according to the graduate awards indicated on the application forms and according to the requirements of the degree programs and majors. Repertoire listed below applies to auditions for all graduate programs. Repertoire for the current admissions cycle will not change after September 1st.

All auditions except voice will be performed without accompaniment.

 

Brass

EUPHONIUM
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: January 30, February 6th, February 13th, and February 27th

DMA Pre-screening requirement: DMA applicants must upload a 30-minute preliminary audition video recording containing the following material:

  • 2 contrasting solo movements/works (1 from the standard repertoire and 1 transcription) (15 minutes)
  • A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)
  • A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on either trombone, bass trombone, or tuba (5 minutes)

Please include piano or ensemble accompaniment for these recorded performances.

MM and DMA audition requirements:

      • 1 lyrical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bordogni, Concone, Panofka, etc.)
      • 1 technical etude (such as, but not limited to, Kopprasch, Arban, Charlier, etc.)
      • 1 baroque, classical, or romantic transcription
      • 1 complete, major work (concerto, sonata, etc.) originally composed for the instrument
      • 3 contrasting orchestral or band excerpts as appropriate to training and experience
      • Possible sight-reading demanding proficiency in bass, tenor, and B-flat treble clefsop

HORN
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

MM and DMA: Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all graduate horn applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred).  The pre-screening recording should include:

      • 2 movements of contrasting concerti or contrasting recital repertoire (with or without piano accompaniment)
      • 2-3 orchestral excerpts demonstrating contrasting styles, periods, and technical/musical attributes.

MM audition requirements:

Prepare 2-3 selections from the traditional and contemporary solo repertoire (which may include unaccompanied repertoire) and orchestral excerpts from several eras and styles, demonstrating advanced technical and artistic development. Audition will also include sight reading and transposition.

DMA audition requirements:

Prepare a program of solo, orchestral, and etude repertoire demonstrating professional standards of technical and musical development. Proficiency in natural horn is encouraged.

TROMBONE
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, February 27th

MM: Pre-screening Requirement: All MM Trombone and MM Bass Trombone candidates must upload a pre-screening video containing the following material:

  • One complete Bordogni/Rochut etude from nos. 31-60 of Book 1
  • One complete technical etude from Bitsch “15 Rhythmical Studies” or Tyrell “40 Progrssive Etudes”
  • A three minute excerpt from any solo work (piano optional)
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

DMA: Pre-screening Requirement: All DMA Trombone and DMA Bass Trombone candidates must upload a 30-minute pre-screening video containing the following material:

  • 2 contrasting solo movements/works (1 from the standard repertoire and 1 transcription) (15 minutes)
  • A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)
  • A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on a doubling instrument or genre such as alto trombone,
    tenor trombone, bass trombone, tuba, or jazz improvisation (5 minutes)
  • Please include piano or ensemble accompaniment for these recorded performances.

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone audition requirements:

  • 1 lyrical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bordogni, Panofka, Busser, etc.)
  • 1 technical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bitsch, Tyrell, Bozza, etc.)
  • 1 baroque, classical, or romantic transcription
  • 1 complete, major work (concerto, sonata, etc.) originally composed for the instrument
  • 3 contrasting orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience.
  • Possible sight-reading demanding proficiency in bass, tenor, and alto clefs

Applicants in jazz studies and contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for additional requirements.

TRUMPET
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

MM and DMA: Pre-screening requirement: By December 1, all graduate trumpet applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video strongly preferred). The pre-screening recording should be a minimum of 25 minutes in duration.

MM and DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire for pre-screening. The Rochester audition should also include a range of solo literature (including contemporary) and orchestral excerpts.  Possible sight-reading. Familiarity with high horns and transposition is required.

Applicants in jazz studies and contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for additional requirements.

TUBA
2015 Rochester Audition Dates February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

DMA: Pre-screening requirement: DMA applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred)

MM and DMA audition requirements: Each of the following:

    • One Bordogni melodic study
    • One Kopprasch technical etude either #49 or #57 and one Verne Reynolds Etude either #6 or #10 (48 Etudes by Verne Reynolds, www.bmacmusic.com)
    • Excerpts: Wagner, “Meistersinger” Overture (Letter J to the end); Resphigi, Fountains of Rome; The “Bear” solo from Stravinsky’s Petrushka; and Berlioz, Recitative from Romeo and Juliet
    • Performance applicants must also play the Penderecki Capriccio and the cadenza from the Hindemith Sonata
    • Music Education applicants must play the Vaughan Williams Concerto, movements 1 & 2 and the cadenza from Mvt. 3, Hindemith Sonata

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Composition

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th

MA, MM, DMA and PhD: Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must send copies of a minimum of three or a maximum of four scores of original compositions via postal mail by the application deadline. Scores must be reduced to 11”x17” or smaller.  Recordings of composed works are strongly encouraged, but not required. Due to the large number of scores and recordings submitted, materials will not be returned; do not submit originals.

MA, MM, DMA and PhD: interview requirement: Composition applicants will be interviewed by the composition faculty. Interviews are not conducted at regional audition centers; all composition applicants must interview in Rochester.

MM and DMA Rochester auditions: On the same day the applicant interviews in Rochester, he or she will also be scheduled for an audition on the applied instrument or voice. Applicants should follow the repertoire guidelines given in this section. (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertoire listing for composition majors.)

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Conducting (Choral, Orchestral or Wind Ensemble)

2015 Rochester Audition Dates:

Choral Conducting: MM: January 30, February 6, February 13; DMA: Monday, February 2

Orchestral Conducting: MM: February 23rd;   DMA: No auditions for 2015

Wind Conducting MM and DMA: February 6

MM and DMA Prescreening Requirement: All applicants must upload a preliminary conducting video recording by the application deadline. The conductor should be in full frontal or partial profile view; at least part of the ensemble should also be in view. Repertoire should be appropriate to the musical and technical level of the ensemble.

For Orchestral Conducting and Wind Conducting applicants, the video recording must show the applicant conducting at least two compositions in a performance, and at least two compositions in a rehearsal.

For Choral Conducting applicants, videos should include 15 minutes of rehearsal of two contrasting works; performance video is optional for choral conductors.

MM Orchestral Conducting Audition Repertoire: Beethoven – Symphony No. 4

Choral Conducting and Wind Conducting Repertoire: Prior to the Rochester audition date conducting applicants will be informed of the required work(s) to be prepared for the audition. Wind Conducting applicants may also be asked to prepare a written analysis of the work to be conducted.

On the audition day:

    • Applicants rehearse and conduct the prepared score(s) with an Eastman ensemble. Auditions are scheduled for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • A three-part written exam is given on the audition day. The exam covers music history, theory (analysis), and score recognition.
    • An interview with members of the conducting and ensembles department faculty will be scheduled, either individually or in groups.

There is no separate instrumental or vocal audition required.

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Early Music (emphasis in historical plucked instruments)

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

MM: Audition repertoire should consist of three contrasting pieces showing the candidate’s best technical and musical development.

DMA: Select and prepare an audition program that demonstrates, through advanced and varied repertoire, your highest technical and musical achievements commensurate with the qualities exhibited by successful leaders/performers within the profession. The audition repertoire should be a balanced recital program showing the candidate’s best technical and musical development. A live audition is required.

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Ethnomusicology

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: January 30th – 31st

MA Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must submit a research paper, GRE scores and all other required application materials.

MA Rochester interview: Following submission and review of required papers and materials, a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview in Rochester.

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Jazz

2015 Rochester Audition Dates:

Jazz Double Bass, Drumset, Piano and Guitar: January 30th, February 13th and February 20th, February 27th

Jazz Saxophone: February 20th, February 27th

Jazz Trumpet and Trombone: January 30th, February 13th and February 27th

Prescreening Requirement for all Jazz instruments:
Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Double Bass, and Drumset

Note: Private jazz studio instruction is not available at Eastman for the following instruments: Cello, Electric Bass, Euphonium, French Horn, Harp, Organ and Electronic Keyboards, Percussion (other than drum set), Tuba, Vibraphone /Mallet instruments, Viola, Violin, Voice (Vocal Jazz), or Woodwinds other than Saxophone (which may be studied as a secondary instrument).

MM and DMA: Pre-screening Requirement: Before December 1, all applicants to the jazz studies and contemporary media program must upload a pre-screen recording within the application. The pre-screening recording should comprise 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc).  Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 20 minutes.  Recordings that feature the applicant as a soloist in a small group are preferred. Recordings with play-along recordings are also acceptable. Large ensemble recordings that feature the applicant as soloist may also be used, but must be edited down to include only the applicant’s solo segments.

All DMA applicants must also send representative scores and recordings of compositions and/or arrangements for varied jazz ensemble formations.

The guidelines given below apply to those invited for a live audition. Jazz applicants may not audition at regional audition sites or by self-prepared recording.  An on-campus audition in Rochester is required for this major.

On-Campus Audition Requirements for All Jazz Instruments

    • Solo audition with rhythm section: Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the pre-screening recording.
    • Group audition with other jazz applicants
    • Individual audition with respective performance faculty (applicants in piano, saxophone, and trombone, see below for requirements)

JAZZ PIANO

Perform representative repertoire from the following composers/idioms by memory:

      • J.S. Bach (baroque era)
      • Mozart (classical era)
      • Chopin or an impressionistic composer

JAZZ SAXOPHONE

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire may include standard and contemporary solo literature appropriate to training and experience. Possible sight-reading.

DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include three works representing contrasting styles. Applicants are encouraged to include one transcription of a work written before the 20th century.

JAZZ TROMBONE

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone audition requirements:

  • 1 lyrical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bordogni, Panofka, Busser, etc.)
  • 1 technical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bitsch, Tyrell, Bozza, etc.)
  • 1 baroque, classical, or romantic transcription
  • 1 complete, major work (concerto, sonata, etc.) originally composed for the instrument
  • 3 contrasting orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience.
  • Possible sight-reading demanding proficiency in bass, tenor, and alto clefs

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Keyboard

HARPSICHORD
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: TBD

MM audition requirements: Each of the following:

    • A Prelude and Fugue or Toccata by J.S. Bach
    • Representative portions of a 17th- or 18th-century French suite
    • A composition from the early 17th-century Italian school or the English virginalist school
    • A composition of choice from any historic period (may include 20th-century works).

DMA audition requirements: Applicants should prepare a program of not more than 40 minutes, which should include a major work of J.S. Bach, along with repertoire drawn from each of the following:

    • The French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries
    • The English virginalists
    • Italian music of the 17th century
    • A selection of the applicant’s choice from any historic period.

Memorization is encouraged, but not required. Applicants are also required to demonstrate skill in continuo realization.

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ORGAN

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th and February 27th

MM audition requirements: Applicants should prepare a program of not more than 30 minutes, including a major work of J.S. Bach. Other works should be of contrasting styles and periods, and should include at least one lyrical and one virtuosic selection. Performance from memory is encouraged, but not required.

DMA audition requirements: Applicants should prepare a program of not more than 30 minutes, including a major work of J.S. Bach. The program should reflect the applicant’s breadth of knowledge of the organ repertoire, and their highest technical and musical achievements. Performance from memory is encouraged, but not required. If the applicant is skilled in improvisation, a five-minute improvisation may be part of the program.

Sacred Music Diploma requirements: Applicants to the Sacred Music Diploma who are not applying as organ majors are expected to have an ability level similar to that of an upperclassman undergraduate organ major.  They will be scheduled for a separate organ audition to demonstrate their proficiency.  These applicants should prepare three contrasting pieces of literature, including one Bach Prelude and Fugue, a piece of 19th century romantic literature (French or German),and one other piece of their choosing, appropriate for a service prelude or postlude; two hymns of their choice in contrasting style, with introduction and two verses; a  prepared anthem accompaniment (see link);  and finally, score reading at sight.

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PIANO

2015 Rochester Audition Dates:

MM or DMA in Performance & Literature: Saturdays, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

MM or DMA in Composition, Jazz, Music Education majors: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th (with other restrictions as noted under the applicant’s intended major.)

Note: Regional auditions and self-recorded auditions are not accepted for graduate piano performance applicants.

MM and DMA (Performance & Literature): Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, graduate piano performance applicants seeking a Rochester audition must upload a preliminary audition recording. The pre-screening recording must be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration of solo music. Repertoire requirements for the pre-screening recording must include at least two works representing different styles, plus one virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, or Bartok (etudes in slow tempos such as Chopin Op 10 #3, Op 10 #6, Op 25 #7, Rachmaninoff Op 39 #2 or Debussy Etude No. 11, pour les arpeges composes are not acceptable). The following lists repertoire requirements by degree for applicants invited to a live audition and those auditioning only by recording.

MM audition requirements: Applicants must prepare a 45-minute audition program, to be performed from memory, including:

  • one virtuoso concert etude (see etude requirement listed above) and
  • at least three works representing contrasting styles.

DMA audition requirements: An audition in Rochester is required. Applicants must prepare a 60-minute audition program, to be performed from memory, including:

  • one virtuoso concert etude (see etude requirement listed above) and
  • at least three works representing contrasting styles.

MM and DMA (Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education) audition repertoire: Applicants for each degree should prepare three contrasting pieces from three different stylistic periods, including one piece by Bach. Student compositions and pieces in jazz or popular styles are not acceptable for the purpose of this audition. Applicants who apply in these majors and audition on piano are not compared to performance & literature majors.

Applicants in jazz studies & contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for additional requirements.

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Music Education

2015 Rochester Audition/Interview dates:

MA: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

MM: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th (with additional restrictions by instrument)

DMA, PhD: January 30th

MM and DMA applicants: please refer to the section for your instrument on this page for pre-screen recording requirements.

MA, MM, PhD, and DMA Rochester interviews: Music Education applicants will be interviewed in Rochester by the music education faculty.

MM and MA applicants will also be scheduled for a musical skills assessment consisting of sight-reading rhythm and tonal patterns, sight-singing melodies, improvising on the major instrument/voice, harmonizing a melody at the keyboard, and performing accompaniments at the keyboard. A guide for this skills assessment test is found online at: Music Education Skills Assessment

MM and DMA audition requirements: On the same day the applicant interviews in Rochester, he or she will also be scheduled for an audition on his or her applied instrument or voice. Applicants should follow the repertoire guidelines given in this section for all graduate students. (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertoire listing for music education majors.)

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Musicology

2015 Rochester Interview Dates: January 30th-31st

MA and PhD: Pre-screening Requirement: Applicants must submit research papers, GRE scores and all other required application materials.

MA and PhD interviews: Following submission and review of required papers and materials, a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview in Rochester.

 

Opera Stage Directing

2015 Rochester Audition/Interview Date: Wednesday, February 18th

Pre-screening: MM applicants in Opera Stage Directing must upload supporting materials with their application to demonstrate their experience in opera directing.  Artwork and/or theatrical designs may be included.  Application materials are reviewed, along with the pre-screening recording, and selected applicants will be invited to interview/audition.

MM audition requirements:

    • Audition for the faculty in their applied music field, to determine the student’s musical proficiency. (Applicants should follow the repertoire guidelines given in this section for all graduate students.) For voice, three vocal selections in three languages (two from stage works) will be required. Students whose area of study is not in music will have to show proficiency as well as provide evidence of scholarly work in their chosen field. These students will provide a portfolio of support material (resume, CV, video recordings of performances, portfolio of artwork or theatrical designs).
    • Directing students in an opera scene: The staging session will last for approximately one hour, and the scene will be selected by the dramatic director and music director. Singers in the scene will be prepared and selected from the Eastman School.
    • Interview with the dramatic director and music director of the opera department

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PERCUSSION

2015 Rochester Audition Dates:  February 6th, February 20th

Note: Percussionists are expected to bring their own sticks, mallets, cymbals, etc.; other equipment is provided.

MM and DMA: Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all graduate percussion applicants must upload a preliminary audition video recording. The following repertoire is required.  Any substitutions, with the exception of where multiple options are offered, will not be acceptable.

      • Snare Drum: Long Roll-

    • A movement of Bach from either the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or the Six Suites for Solo Cello. 2 mallet examples preferred. (Memorization is encouraged.)
    • A 3-4 minute excerpt or movement from a contemporary solo Marimba work
    • Delecluse Etude No. 1, 6, or 9 from the Douze Etudes
    • 2 contrasting orchestral excerpts on each of the following: snare drum, xylophone and timpani

MM and DMA audition requirements: should include snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion. Suggested solo repertoire:

    • Snare Drum: Etudes from Delecluse, Macarez, Peters, Tompkins
    • Timpani: 3 contrasting orchestral excerpts and a solo or etude of your choice from Delecluse, Carter, Hochrainer, or the equivalent
    • Keyboard Percussion: A movement of Bach from either the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or the Six Suites for Solo Cello
    • Burritt Azure or Scirroco; Druckman Reflections on the Nature of Water; Klatzow Dances of Earth and Fire; Maslanka Variations on Lost Love; Sueyoshi Mirage; Schwantner Velocities; Stevens Rhythmic Caprice; Stout Rumble Strips or Sendimental Structures; Viñao Khan Variations
    • Three excerpts from the standard repertoire on each of the following: snare drum, xylophone, glockenspiel, and timpani
    • Sight-reading required

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PIANO ACCOMPANYING & CHAMBER MUSIC

2015 Rochester Audition Dates:  February 6th (in-house only), February 13th, February 20th and February 27th 

MM and DMA audition requirements: Applicants should consult Piano Accompanying Repertoire List for details on audition repertoire. All applicants must submit their repertoire selections within the online application in order to be scheduled for an audition.

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Strings

VIOLIN
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

Pre-screening requirement: By December 1, all graduate violin applicants seeking a Rochester audition must upload a preliminary audition recording. The pre-screening recording must include an etude in addition to 10 or more minutes of a violin concerto (unaccompanied is preferred).

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include solo Bach, a complete concerto, and a Paganini caprice or its equivalent.

DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include solo Bach, a complete concerto, and a Paganini caprice or its equivalent

VIOLA
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

DMA: Prescreening Requirement: DMA applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred) including one movement of a concerto, one movement of Bach, and one movement of a sonata.

MM audition requirements: Each of the following:

    • 2 movements of a major concerto (memorized)
    • 2 movements of a major sonata
    • 2 movements of solo Bach (memorized)
    • A work composed within the past 50 years

DMA audition requirements: Each of the following:

    • A major concerto from the 20th century, or contemporary repertoire
    • Two major works for viola and piano or solo viola, one written in the past 50 years
    • A complete solo suite or sonata/partita of J.S. Bach

VIOLONCELLO
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, February 27th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all graduate cello applicants seeking a live audition must upload a preliminary pre-screening recording (video required). The pre-screening video recording must include 2 movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach and one movement from a standard concerto.

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include 3 contrasting movements of solo Bach, a complete concerto, and a sonata movement or other work of personal musical interest. Performance from memory is required for Bach and the concerto.

DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include 3 contrasting movements of solo Bach, a complete concerto, and a sonata movement or other work of personal musical interest. Performance from memory is required for Bach and the concerto.

DOUBLE BASS
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

DMA: Prescreening Requirement: DMA applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred)

MM and DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include the following:

  • Bottesini Concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of solo Bach
  • A contemporary solo work
  • Orchestral excerpts: Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben #9-12, and the final movement of Mozart Symphony No. 35.

Applicants in jazz studies and contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for additional requirements.

HARP
Note: Harp applicants auditioning on-campus do not need to bring their own instruments.

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 13th and February 20th

DMA: Prescreening Requirement: DMA applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred)

MM audition requirements: Each of the following:

  • An etude selected from Bach-Grandjany Etudes for Harp or Posse Eight Great Concert Etudes for Harp
  • Three works of contrasting style from the following periods: 20th-century French, contemporary, and Baroque or Classical period.

DMA audition requirements: Applicants must prepare a 40-minute audition program, to be performed from memory, including works representing at least three contrasting style periods.

GUITAR
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th and February 27th

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include three contrasting major works from different stylistic periods that best represent the applicant’s technical and artistic strengths.

DMA: Prescreening Requirement: DMA applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred)

DMA audition requirements: Applicants should be prepared to perform, from memory, excerpts from a full-length solo recital program representing several contrasting style periods.

Applicants in jazz studies and contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for additional requirements.

LUTE
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: to be announced

See Early Music requirements above.

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THEORY

2015 Rochester PhD Interview Dates: January 30th-31st

2015 Rochester Theory Pedagogy Interview Dates: February 20th, February 27th

MA and PhD: Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must submit research papers, GRE scores and the Theory Supplemental Form (along with all other required application materials).

MA and PhD interviews: Following submission and review of required papers and materials, a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview in Rochester. No instrument or vocal audition is required.

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VOICE

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: January 30th, February 6th, February 13th, and February 20th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all applicants in voice must upload a preliminary audition recording (video or audio) within the online application. The guidelines given below apply to pre-screening recordings and to those invited for a live audition – material submitted as part of the pre-screening process may be performed at a live audition.

MM and DMA audition requirements: Four pieces–including at least one operatic aria–in at least three different languages, one of which may be English. Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English

MM Opera Stage Directing applicants – see separate requirements above

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Woodwinds

BASSOON

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 20th, and February 27th

DMA: Prescreening Requirement: DMA applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording (video preferred)

MM audition requirements: The applicant should prepare solo literature of contrasting styles, and several contrasting orchestral excerpts.

DMA audition requirements: The applicant should prepare solo literature of contrasting styles, and several contrasting orchestral excerpts.

CLARINET

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, and February 27th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all clarinet applicants seeking a Rochester or regional audition must upload a preliminary audition video recording. Please include the following on your video, and record repertoire in the order listed for your intended degree program. If approved from pre-screening for a live audition, the audition should follow the same repertoire guidelines.  Both the pre-screen recording and audition should be performed without accompaniment.

MM audition requirements:

Solo Works (prepare all three)

    • First movement exposition of Mozart Concerto (measure 57 to downbeat of measure 154)
    • First movement of either Brahms sonata
    • Additional solo work of  your choice

Orchestral Excerpts:

    • Beethoven 8: Minuet and Trio (no repeat)
    • Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream: (opening through the end of the trills; dotted quarter = 84)
    • Kodaly: Dances of Galante (solo on the first page)

DMA audition requirements: Same requirements as for the Master of Music degree, with the addition of one of the following:

    • Nielsen Concerto: Opening through the end of the first cadenza (bottom of page 3)
    • Copland Concerto: Opening through the end of the cadenza

FLUTE

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, and February 27th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all flute applicants seeking a Rochester or regional audition must upload a preliminary pre-screen recording, which must include each of the items listed below.  It can be recorded either with or without piano accompaniment.

    • Mozart: First movement from D or G major concerto
    • Bach: 2 movements from a sonata of your choice
    • A work of your choice

The following 4 standard orchestral excerpts (not the entire work):

    • Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3 – mm. 301 through 360
    • Brahms: Symphony IV;  Movement 4, mm. 89-103
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream; from 12 measures before rehearsal letter P to the end.
    • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Solo from Movement III – Andantino

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include the following repertoire in addition to a work from the contemporary solo literature and orchestral excerpts:

    • A Mozart concerto
    • A sonata by Bach, Handel, or Telemann
    • A work of your choice
    • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include the following repertoire in addition to a work from the contemporary solo literature and orchestral excerpts:

    • A Mozart concerto
    • A sonata by Bach, Handel, or Telemann
    • A work of your choice
    • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

OBOE
2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, and February 27th

DMA: There will be no openings available for DMA Oboe for Fall 2015.

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include studies (such as Ferling or Bozza), contemporary solo literature (such as Berio or Dorati) and orchestral excerpts. Possible sight-reading.

SAXOPHONE

2015 Rochester Audition Dates: February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, and February 27th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all saxophone applicants seeking a live audition must upload a preliminary audition video recording.  Please make a video recording of the items listed below. If approved from pre-screening, the live audition should follow the same repertoire guidelines, and can present the same or different material.

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include three complete works from standard and contemporary solo literature appropriate to training and experience.

DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include four complete works representing contrasting styles. Applicants are encouraged to include one transcription of a work written before the 20th century, as well as a contemporary work requiring the extensive use of extended techniques.

Applicants in jazz studies and contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for additional requirements.

WOODWIND SPECIALIST

MM audition requirements: Entrance to this program requires two auditions, one on the primary instrument, and one on the second primary instrument. (Note that instruments in the same family do not meet the requirements for this major; e.g., flute and piccolo, oboe and English horn, etc.)  Applicants should follow the audition guidelines in this section according to their primary and secondary instrument.  Follow pre-screening guidelines (if required) for your primary instrument only; pre-screening is not required for the secondary instrument.

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