Admissions

Graduate Audition Repertoire & Interview Requirements


For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, on-campus auditions will not be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants will audition by video upload for most instruments. Virtual interviews and online interactions will also be scheduled for select applicants. Please refer to the section for your instrument/major below for details.

 

Repertoire listed below applies to auditions for all graduate programs. All auditions except voice will be performed without accompaniment.


Brass

EUPHONIUM

Applicants should upload their pre-screening and audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by December 15th. 

MM and DMA Prescreening and 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
  • DMA Candidates: A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on either trombone, bass trombone, or tuba (5 minutes)
  • DMA Candidates: A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)

HORN

Applicants should upload their pre-screening and audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by January 8th. 

MM and DMA pre-screening requirements:

    • 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.
    • One etude demonstrating technical accomplishment
    • One etude demonstrating lyric expression and interpretive imagination

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. 

DMA audition requirements:

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

TROMBONE

Applicants should upload their pre-screening and audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by December 15th. 

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone Prescreening and 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.
  • DMA Candidates: 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)
  • DMA Candidates: A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)

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

TRUMPET

Applicants should upload their audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by January 8th. 

MM and DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should 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 their requirements.

TUBA

Applicants should upload their audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by January 8th. 

MM and DMA audition requirements: Each of the following:

    • One Bordogni melodic study
    • One Kopprasch technical etude either #49 or #57 and Snedecor #3
    • 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

MA, MM, DMA and PhD: Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must upload a minimum of three or a maximum of four PDF scores of original compositions within the online application. Recordings of your submitted works are also encouraged, but not required. Please note that for 2020-21 hard copy scores are not required.

MA, MM, DMA and PhD online interview requirement: Selected composition applicants will be interviewed online by the composition faculty. 

MM and DMA auditions: Applicants for the MM and DMA degree in Composition must also successfully complete the audition requirements for their applied instrument or voice. Applicants should follow the repertoire guidelines given in this section for audition videos. (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertoire listing for non-performance majors.)

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Conducting (Choral, Orchestral, Orchestral New Music, or Wind Ensemble)

MM and DMA Video Requirement: All applicants must upload a conducting video recording by December 15.  Selected finalists will be scheduled for a follow-up interview in February.

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. Video of rehearsal must be conducted in English.

Please note that any safety precautions needed to protect the health of participants will not negatively impact the evaluation of the video. If you are encountering difficulties in meeting the video requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@esm.rochester.edu to discuss.  We understand that because of the COVID-19 restrictions and limitations applicants may only have a limited number of videos from which to choose.

    • For Wind Conducting applicants, the video recording should show the applicant conducting at least two compositions in a performance, and at least two compositions in a rehearsal.
    • For New Music [Updated 10/10/20] applicants please include several excerpts (can be 3-5 minutes each) showing some contemporary repertoire (20th and/or 21st century) and some from the Classical or Romantic repertoire. 
    • For Orchestral Conducting applicants, the video should include 15 minutes of rehearsal footage (can be from one or more sessions) and 5 minutes of performance.
    • For Choral Conducting applicants, videos should include 15 minutes of rehearsal of two contrasting works; a performance video is optional for choral conductors. Videos up to 12 months old are also acceptable. Finalists will also have an online interview with the Director of Choral Activities to assess repertoire knowledge.  Please note that there are no openings for DMA Choral Conducing for Fall 2021; only MM applications will be considered.

There is no separate instrumental or vocal audition required for conducting applicants.  

Please note that applicants to DMA conducting program should have held positions demanding a professional level of conducting for a minimum of two years.  Musicians familiar with your work as a conductor should be included among the three required letters of recommendation.

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Contemporary Media/Film Composition

Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must submit a minimum of four compositions by the application deadline. These pieces should show a range of styles and instrumental forces. Submitted pieces must have both a score (PDFs are acceptable and should be uploaded within the “Portfolio” section of the application) and a recording (uploaded within the online application). At least two of these pieces must be composed to picture. If the applicant has not had the opportunity to score such a project, they should extract a suitable example from an existing TV, film or video game and compose an original score to it for the purposes of their application. These examples should not exceed five minutes each in length. At least two of the submissions must be recorded by live musicians. A MIDI realization can and should be used for the remaining submissions. Please note that the applicant’s technical abilities will be considered however such abilities are not a requirement.

Contemporary Media/Film Composition applicants must upload an audition recording following the audition repertoire requirements for their instrument (listed by instrument on this page). Applicants will not need to perform a live audition for admission to the program; the audition recording will be used to assess the applicant’s suitability for an appropriate ensemble. Applicants who do not play an orchestral instrument will be allowed to enroll in a suitable alternative.

Interview Requirement: If selected based on review of the pre-screening materials, Contemporary Media/Film Composition applicants will be interviewed remotely by the Contemporary Media/Film Composition program faculty. 

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Early Music (emphasis in historical plucked instruments)

MM and DMA audition requirements: All applicants must upload a recording of the complete audition requirements as part of their online application.  The deadline for submission is January 8.

MM: Audition repertoire should consist of 20 minutes of contrasting pieces displaying a variety of musical styles. This may involve selections on multiple instruments (Renaissance lute, Baroque lute, Baroque guitar, theorbo, Romantic guitar etc.) or a varied program for any one of those instruments.

DMA: Applicants should prepare a 30-minute recital program of advanced repertoire displaying a variety of musical styles. This may involve selections on multiple instruments (Renaissance lute, Baroque lute, Baroque guitar, theorbo, Romantic guitar etc.) or a varied program on any one of those instruments.  There will also be a short sight-reading excerpt to demonstrate fluency playing basso continuo.  

Interview Requirement: In late January- early February applicants will be contacted to interview remotely with Dr. Paul O’Dette.

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Ethnomusicology

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

Interview: Following submission and review of required papers and materials, a limited number of applicants will be invited to an online interview.

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Jazz

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).

Please record the audition repertoire listed for your instrument below and upload this recording to your application no later than December 15th. 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.

In addition to their instrumental audition recording, applicants for the Jazz Writing concentration must also submit three or four scores in PDF format within the “Portfolio” section of their application. These scores should be a portfolio of compositions and arrangements that display writing for large and small jazz group formats (at least one arrangement of a jazz standard must be included). Recordings of these works should also submitted.  Recordings from reading sessions and rehearsals are acceptable.  If live performers are not available, recordings of computer sequences of works may be submitted. Candidates with a background in classical composition are encouraged to submit one or two examples of original non-jazz works.

All DMA applicants must also upload 2-3 representative scores (in PDF format) and recordings of compositions and/or arrangements for varied jazz ensemble formations within the “Portfolio” section of their application.

JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

    • 3-4 varied jazz selections that show musical contrast  (jazz standard, standard, waltz, straight eighth, 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

JAZZ DRUM SET

    • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (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

JAZZ GUITAR

    • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (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

JAZZ PIANO

Please submit a two-part repertoire list within your application which includes all classical and jazz repertoire studied.

    • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (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
    • 3 pieces of representative repertoire from the following composers/idioms (by memory preferred):
      • S. Bach (baroque era)
      • Mozart (classical era)
      • Chopin or an impressionistic composer

JAZZ SAXOPHONE

    • MM and DMA Candidates: 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (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
    • MM Candidates: Prepared repertoire may include standard and contemporary solo literature appropriate to training and experience
    • DMA candidates: 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:

    • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (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
    • 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.)
    • Optional solo piece as appropriate to training and experience
    • DMA Candidates: A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one or classroom/group teaching ability (10 minutes)

JAZZ TRUMPET

    • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (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

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Keyboard

HARPSICHORD

MM and DMA audition requirements: All applicants must upload a recording of the complete audition requirements as part of their online application.  The deadline for submission is January 8.

MM and DMA audition requirements: Applicants should prepare a program of not more than 30 minutes, which should include a work of J.S. Bach, and a selection of pieces from:

      • The French literature of the 17th and 18th centuries
      • Italian music of the 17th century or Music from the English Virginal School

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

  • Interview Requirement: In late January- early February applicants may be asked to interview remotely with Dr.  Lisa Goode Crawford.

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ORGAN

MM and DMA (Performance & Literature): All applicants must upload a final audition recording as part of their online application.  The deadline for submission is January 8.  In light of the pandemic, we will do our best to accommodate the needs of each applicant. Please contact us if you face a particular challenge in finding an appropriate instrument for your recording.

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.  

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PIANO

MM and DMA (Performance & Literature): No prescreening requirement for the Fall 2021 application. All applicants must upload a final audition recording as part of their online application.  The deadline for submission is January 8. ESM acknowledges that access to recording spaces and high quality instruments might be difficult during the pandemic. Applicants are encouraged to submit the best quality recording possible with the resources available. To the extent that it is possible, evaluations will be based on the pianistic and musical ability of each candidate without regard to the instrument used for recording. Recordings on any type of electronic keyboard are unacceptable. All recordings should have been made within the last two years.

MM audition requirements: Applicants must prepare a recorded audition program (minimum 45 minutes) to be performed from memory, including:

      • one virtuoso concert etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti (etudes in slow tempos such as Chopin Op 10 #3, Op 10 #6, Op 25 #7 or Rachmaninoff Op 39 #2 are not acceptable).  
      • at least three complete* works representing different styles

DMA audition requirements: Applicants must prepare a recorded audition program (minimum 60 minutes) to be performed from memory, including:

      • one virtuoso concert etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, or Ligeti (etudes in slow tempos such as Chopin Op 10 #3, Op 10 #6, Op 25 #7 or Rachmaninoff Op 39 #2 are not acceptable).  
      • at least three complete* works representing different styles

*Complete works policy:

      1. All Sonatas, Variations, Suites, and other individual works written with multiple movements must be prepared in their entirety.
      2. Sets of pieces that are intended to be performed together must be prepared in their entirety. (For Example: Schumann Carnaval, Davidsbündlertanze, or Kreisleriana; Mussorgsky PIctures at an Exhibition; Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue).
      3. A selection or selections from sets of pieces not necessarily intended to be performed together are acceptable, but must total at least eight minutes in length. (For Example: Rachmaninoff or Debussy Preludes; Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit or Miroirs; Brahms Klavierstücke).

MM and DMA majors in Composition or Music Education: Applicants for each degree must upload a self-prepared audition recording within their online application.  The deadline for submission is December 15.  Applicants must prepare a recorded audition program including three contrasting pieces from three different stylistic periods, including one piece by Bach. Selections should be performed from memory. 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 above.

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Music Education

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

MM and MA applicants will also complete 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:  Applicants should follow the audition instructions and repertoire guidelines for their specific instrument 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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Music Leadership 

Applicants should upload a video recording that will serve as your Performance/Presentation by December 15. The total length of the video should be approximately 15-20 minutes, and it should be recorded as a single file and uploaded to your application portfolio.  When recording, please submit an unedited performance video (recorded all in one take) and unedited presentation video (recorded all in one take). You can upload video either before submission of your application, or after submission via your application status page. 

The first part of this video should consist of a solo performance by you of 5-10 minutes in length.  You can perform multiple pieces, so long as the total performance time is 10 minutes or less. For vocalists, your performance can be either accompanied or unaccompanied (pre-recorded accompaniment or an accompaniment app is also acceptable.) 

The second part of the video should consist of a short presentation of approximately 10 minutes discussing the selections that you have just performed. This can include theory, history, composer background, or any combination of these elements that you would like to present.

 

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Musicology

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 via Skype.


Opera Stage Directing

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

MM Opera Stage Directing audition requirements:

      • Students will provide a portfolio of support material (resume, CV, video recordings of staged scenes or full productions, production photos or theatrical designs, etc.). Students must show a proficiency in music theory and music history consistent with an incoming voice student. Students whose area of study is not in music must demonstrate music proficiency and provide evidence of scholarly work in their chosen field.  If a student is interested in receiving secondary voice lessons with a voice professor, they must upload an audition video for the voice faculty to review. This audition video should include three vocal selections in three languages (two from stage works). 

      • Direct students in an opera scene and dramatic coaching of an aria.  The staging sessions will last for approximately ninety minutes, and the scene/aria(s) are chosen by the artistic director and music director of Eastman opera theatre. Singers in the scene will be prepared and selected from the Eastman School. 
      • Interview with the voice faculty, artistic director, associate artistic director and music director of the Opera Department.

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PERCUSSION

MM and DMA Audition Requirements (no prescreening requirement for 2021). Applicants should upload their final audition recording within their application by December 15th. It is preferred that the audition be recorded in 2 parts: 1 – All solo works (including snare drum etudes) in a single take with no edits. 2 – All excerpts in a single take with no edits. There will be no substitutes for the Bach requirement.

Snare Drum

      • Delecluse Etude #9 from 12 Etudes
      • Rudimemtal Solo from Pratt, Wilcoxon, Tompkins or Becker
      • 2 contrasting orchestral Excerpts 

Keyboard

      • J. S. Bach 2 mallet work (from Violin Sonatas and Partitas or Suites for Solo Cello)
      • Contemporary 4 mallet work of your choice (complete movements or works not to exceed 12 minutes) – suggested repertoire – Burritt Caritas, 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: Sammut Cameleon, Stout Rumble Strips or Sendimental Structures;  Thomas Merlin; Viñao Khan Variations or Burritt Variations, Mackey See Ya Thursday, Mantovani Moi, jeu, Lansky Three Moves
      • 2 contrasting orchestral excerpts on xylophone

Timpani 

      • Solo of your choice from Carter Eight Pieces for Timpani
      • 3 contrasting orchestral excerpts 

Multiple Percussion 

      • Solo of your choice (3- 5 min excerpt)

Interview Requirement: In late January- early February finalists will be asked to interview remotely with the Professor of Percussion. This interview will not have a performance component. 

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PIANO ACCOMPANYING & CHAMBER MUSIC

MM and DMA audition requirements: All applicants must upload a recording of the complete audition requirements as part of their online application.  The deadline for submission is December 15.  ESM acknowledges that access to recording spaces and high quality instruments might be difficult during the pandemic. Applicants are encouraged to submit the best quality recording possible with the resources available. To the extent that it is possible, evaluations will be based on the pianistic, collaborative, and musical ability of each candidate without regard to the instrument used for recording. Recordings on any type of electronic keyboard are unacceptable.

If you encounter any difficulties in accessing collaborative partners, or in meeting any of the audition repertoire requirements, please contact Dr. Andrew Harley directly at  aharley@esm.rochester.edu 

 Audition repertoire requirements comprise:

    • Two complete, contrasting instrumental works, selected from the Accompanying Audition Repertoire List (see PDF link below), Group A 
    • Five songs representing stylistic and linguistic variety, from the Accompanying Audition Repertoire List, using appropriate selections from Group B, C and D 
    • One Mozart aria selected from the Accompanying Audition Repertoire List, Group E. 
    • One concerto reduction, selected from the Accompanying Audition Repertoire List, Group F 
    • Candidates may choose to present a solo piano work, if they wish.

Accompanying Audition Repertoire List

  • Interview Requirement: In late January- early February applicants may be asked to interview remotely with Dr.  Harley. During this interview, candidates will be asked to perform a selection from the submitted audition repertoire recording. This will be performed without partners. In addition, candidates will be asked to sight-read from the following volume: Schubert Lieder Peters Edition Volume I (High Key)

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Strings

VIOLIN

Pre-screening requirement: All violin applicants seeking a virtual audition must upload a preliminary audition recording by December 15th. The prescreening recording must include the following:

    • One movement of a concerto (not a slow movement, accompanied or unaccompanied)
    • Two movements of solo Bach
    • One Paganini Caprice or equivalent high-virtuosity piece
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  • The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to the second round of auditions in February 2021:

Applicants for MM:

    • A complete concerto from the standard repertoire by a composer such as Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, etc. This selection must be
      memorized.
    • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita, one of which should be a fugue or the Chaconne. This must be memorized.
    • One Paganini caprice or an equivalent high-virtuosity
      piece.

Applicants for DMA:

    • A complete concerto from the standard repertoire by a composer such as Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, Wieniawski, etc. This selection must be
      memorized.
    • A complete unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita which includes a fugue or the Chaconne. (Sonatas No. 1, 2, 3 or Partita No. 2). This must be memorized.
    • One Paganini caprice or an equivalent high-virtuosity piece.

VIOLA

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 15th, all graduate viola applicants seeking a virtual audition must upload a preliminary pre-screening recording (video required). The pre-screening video recording must include 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 (memorized) from the 20th century
    • Two additional significant works for viola and piano or solo viola, one written in the past 50 years
    • Two movements of a Bach Cello Suite or Sonata or Partita transcribed (memorized)

 

VIOLONCELLO

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 15th, all graduate cello applicants seeking a virtual 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, 2 movement from a standard concerto, and a piece chosen by the applicant. 

MM virtual audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include 2 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 virtual audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include 2 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

Applicants should upload their audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by January 8th. There will be no pre-screening.

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

      • Bottesini Concerto, Tubin Concerto, Koussevitzky Concerto, Vanhal Concerto, Nino Rota Divertimento Concertante, or other selection approved in consultation with Professor VanDemark
      • A contemporary solo work
      • Orchestral excerpts: Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben #9-12, Alberto Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes double bass solo, and the final movement of Mozart Symphony No. 35

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

 

HARP

Applicants should upload their audition requirements within their application by January 8th. There will be no pre-screening.

MM audition requirements:

Each of the following:

      • Bach-Grandjany Etudes for Harp – No. 2 or No. 10 only – OR – one of the Posse Eight Great Concert Etudes for Harp
      • Three works of contrasting style from the following periods: 20th-century French, contemporary, and Baroque or Classical

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

Applicants should upload their audition requirements within their application by January 8th. There will be no pre-screening.

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.

Applicants for the new MM combining historical and classical guitar should follow the above guidelines, but be sure to include a Baroque and Romantic work.

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 their requirements.

 

LUTE  

See Early Music requirements above.

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THEORY

MA and PhD: Pre-screening Requirement: Applicants must submit research papers and GRE scores 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 remotely. No instrument or vocal audition is required.

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VOICE

Video Requirement:  By December 15, applicants should upload an audition video recording which meets the repertoire requirements listed below.  The same recording will serve as both pre-screen and audition for voice applicants.

Please record a short introduction on a separate track in which you state your name, the date you are recording, and list the selections you will be recording.  Record each of your selections in a separate, unedited track.

Your selections should be recorded with accompaniment. Acceptable accompaniment options include: in-person accompanist (with appropriate distancing – not required to be visible on-camera), a high-quality piano accompanying app, pre-recorded accompaniment tracks (ideally from an accompanist you have worked with), or self-accompaniment at the piano.  Please use your judgment and select the best accompaniment option that is available to you.

 

MM and DMA repertoire 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.

Graduate applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening round will also be invited to participate in an online interview.

MM Opera Stage Directing applicants – see separate requirements above

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Woodwinds

BASSOON

MM Video Requirements: Upload a video recording by January 8 which includes the following repertoire 

    • One Milde étude from op. 24
    • Milde Concert Study #33 from opus 26
    • A complete concerto of the applicant’s choice played with or without accompaniment.
    • One piece written since 1980 of the applicant’s choice
    • Orchestral excerpts performed from memory:
      • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture mm.139-171
      • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
      • Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end

DMA Video Requirements: Upload a video recording by January 8 which includes the following repertoire 

    • One Milde étude from op. 24
    • Milde Concert Study #33 from opus 26
    • A complete concerto of the applicant’s choice played from memory with piano or orchestral accompaniment. (This could be a recording of a live performance.)
    • One piece written since 1980 of the applicant’s choice
    • Orchestral excerpts performed from memory:
      • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture mm.139-171
      • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
      • Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end
      • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps opening solo
      • Ravel: Alborada del Grazioso (solo)

CLARINET

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 15, all clarinet applicants must upload a prescreening video recording. Please include all of the following on your video, and upload your files in the order listed. 

    • One etude from Rose 32 Etudes
    • Mozart Concerto, K.622, First movement exposition (with or without piano accompaniment) 
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Second movement: from one bar before D through two bars before E (mm. 68-77)
    • Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo): Beginning to bar 48

   MM and DMA live online audition requirements: Selected applicants will be scheduled for a live online audition via Zoom in February 2021. Note: The live audition will be a short lesson format to include an interview and performance of the required repertoire.

  1.  Two Etudes from Rose 32 Etudes
      One slow etude from the following: 1, 11, 13, 19, 21, or 31
       -One fast etude from the following: 10, 16, 20, or 24

  2.   Mozart Concerto, K. 622 (all movements)
  3.   Copland Concerto (opening through end of the cadenza)
  1.  All four of the following orchestral selections:

            -Beethoven Symphony No. 6
                        First movement: two bars before K to the end of the solo (mm. 474 to 492)
                        Second movement: one bar before D through two bars before E (mm. 68-77)

             -Brahms Symphony No. 3
                      First movement: mm 23-44
                      Second movement: mm 1-22

            -Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
                        Beginning to bar 48

            -Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol

                        First Movement: from A to B; and from C to the end of the movement      

 

FLUTE

Video Audition Requirement:  Please record a video of following items and upload by January 8.  This video will serve as both pre-screening and as your final audition. The video can be recorded either with or without piano accompaniment.

      • A complete Mozart concerto (including cadenzas)
      • A complete sonata or partita by J.S. Bach
      • A work from the contemporary solo literature (may be accompanied or unaccompanied)
      • An additional work of your choice
      • All of the following 6 standard orchestral excerpts (not the entire work):
        • Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3 – mm. 328 through 360
        • Brahms: Symphony IV;  Movement 4, mm. 89-103
        • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe – flute solo
        • 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
        • Saint-Saens: “Aviary” movement from the Carnival of the Animals

OBOE

Video audition requirement: Please record a  video (see repertoire guidelines below) and upload to your online application by December 15. This video will serve as your final audition. Select applicants will also be scheduled for a Zoom appointment with faculty, which may include sight-reading.

Prepared repertoire should include studies (such as Ferling, Singer, or Bozza), contemporary solo literature (such as Berio or Dorati) and orchestral excerpts. 

          DMA: There will be no openings for DMA oboe for Fall 2021.

 

SAXOPHONE

Video Requirement: For the 2020-21 admissions cycle, all saxophone applicants must upload an audition video recording by January 8, following the requirements listed below. Applicants who are selected on the basis of their recordings will subsequently be scheduled for an online sight-reading and other skills evaluation with faculty.

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 their 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.  

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