Admissions

Graduate Audition Repertoire & Interview Requirements


Eastman plans to offer in-person auditions as well as remote audition options for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. 

Repertoire listed below applies to auditions for all graduate programs. Audition repertoire, with the exception of voice and jazz, should be performed without accompaniment (unless noted otherwise in the instructions for your instrument below.) For recordings, please record each requirement in a separate, unedited track. For multi-movement requirements, each movement can be recorded in a separate, unedited track.  

Where there is an elective choice, applicants are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity or cultural heritage.


Brass

EUPHONIUM

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, 25

2022 Virtual Audition Option: MM applicants who would like to audition virtually may do so over zoom in February 2022. DMA applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening requirements within their application. If approved, finalists will perform their final audition over zoom in February 2022.

DMA Pre-screening requirement: DMA applicants must upload a 30-minute preliminary audition video recording within their application by Dec. 1st 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 clefs

HORN

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday January 28th and Fridays February 4, 11, 18, 25

2022 Virtual Audition Option: 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: 

Please 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: 

Please present a program of 30′ duration drawn from solo, orchestral, and etude repertoire demonstrating superior standards of technical and musical development. Proficiency in natural horn is encouraged.

 

TROMBONE

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, 25

2022 Virtual Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening requirements within their application. If approved, finalists will perform their final audition over zoom in February 2022.

Applicants should upload their pre-screening requirements (video preferred) within their application by December 1st. 

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone Prescreening Requirements:

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 Progressive 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 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)
  • A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone Final 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 their requirements.

TRUMPET

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, 25

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually will be scheduled for a zoom audition in February 2022.

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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Fridays February 4, 11, 18, 25

2022 Remote Audition Option: 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

2022 Rochester Interview/Audition Dates: Fridays February 4, 11 

2022 Remote Interview/Audition Option: Applicants unable to travel may interview via Zoom. MM and DMA applicants in this situation must also submit a video audition on their primary instrument or voice.

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. If you are submitting a large ensemble piece, it is also recommended that you mail a hard copy of that score marked clearly with your name to:  Office of Admissions | Eastman School of Music | 26 Gibbs St. Rochester, NY 14604.  Recordings of your submitted works can be uploaded, and are encouraged, but not required. Scores and materials will not be returned.

MA, MM, DMA and PhD interview requirement: Selected composition applicants will be interviewed by the composition faculty. These interviews can be scheduled to occur either in-person or online remotely during one of Eastman’s audition dates.

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 repertoire. (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)

2022 Rochester Audition Dates

  • Choral Conducting: Friday January 28th and Fridays February 4, 11
  • Orchestral Conducting: TBD
  • Orchestral Conducting – New Music & Contemporary Ensembles: Thursday January 27
  • Wind Conducting: TBD

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who are unable to travel may submit an audition video and interview remotely.

Note: There are no openings for the DMA Orchestra Conducting or for DMA Wind Ensemble Conducting programs for Fall 2022.

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

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.

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.

On-Campus Audition Repertoire:

Prior to the audition date, conducting applicants who are selected for auditions will be informed of the required work(s) to be prepared for the audition.

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. 

Please note that applicants to DMA conducting program in choral, orchestral or wind ensemble conducting should have held positions demanding a professional level of conducting for a minimum of two years. (This is not an expectation for New Music applicants.)  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)

  2022 On campus Audition Dates: February 4, 25

There is no pre-screening recording required for this program. Applicants may choose to audition either on-campus or via video upload, and the required repertoire is the same for both audition types.

Applicants who choose to audition by video recording should submit all other application materials by December 1st and upload their audition video within the online application by February 1st. In February applicants may be asked to interview remotely with Dr. Paul O’Dette. 

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.  

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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 in January 2022.

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Jazz

2022 Rochester Audition Dates:

Jazz Double Bass, Jazz Drum Set, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Writing: January 28, February 11, 18, 25

Jazz Piano: February 11, 18, 25

Jazz Trumpet: January 28, February 18, 25

Jazz Trombone: February 11, 18, 25

Jazz Saxophone: Friday February 11 and 18

2022 Virtual Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their final audition requirements within their application by December 1st. After faculty review, finalists will be scheduled for an individual non-performance interview with the faculty member for their instrument and a separate group meeting over zoom in February 2022.

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 must upload a pre-screening 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 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 Writing: In addition to their instrumental pre-screening and audition requirements, 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.

MM and DMA Final Audition Requirements by Instrument:

JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 20 minutes.

JAZZ DRUM SET

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 20 minutes.

JAZZ GUITAR

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection 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.

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection 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:

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 20 minutes.
    • Possible Sight-Reading.
    • 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:

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection 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

    • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 20 minutes.

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Keyboard

HARPSICHORD   

 2022 On campus Audition Dates: February 11, 18, 25

There is no pre-screening recording required for the Harpsichord program. Applicants may choose to audition either on-campus or via video upload, and the required repertoire is the same for both audition types.

Applicants who choose to audition by video recording should submit all other application materials by December 1st and upload their audition video within the online application by February 1st. In February applicants may be asked to interview remotely with Professor Lisa Goode Crawford. 

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.

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ORGAN

         2022 On campus Audition Dates: February 11, 18, 25

There is no pre-screening recording required for the graduate organ program. Applicants may choose to audition either on-campus or via video upload, and the required repertoire is the same for both audition types.

Applicants who choose to audition by video recording should submit all other application materials by December 1st and upload their audition video within the online application by February 1st.   

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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Saturday February 12, 19, 26

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening requirements within their application by December 1st. If approved, applicants will be asked to submit their final audition recording by February 1st. 

MM and DMA (Performance & Literature): Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, graduate piano performance applicants 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, 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).

MM and DMA Final audition requirements: Applicants must prepare an 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
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When choosing repertoire for your audition, we encourage you to explore the works of underrepresented composers, ones who reflect different racial, gender, ethnic and cultural traditions. To get started, we recommend the following resources:

https://www.composerdiversity.com

musicbyblackcomposers.org

*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 prepare an audition program including three contrasting pieces from three different stylistic periods, including one piece by Bach. Selections should be performed from memory. If interviewing live applicants will audition while on campus. Applicants interviewing remotely should submit all other application materials by December 1st and must upload their audition recording within their online application by February 1st.  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 during on campus audition days or 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 

Interviews for the MA Music Leadership will all be held remotely in January or early February.  Applicants will be contacted to schedule a date.

Applicants should upload a video recording that will serve as your Performance/Presentation by the application deadline. 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 piece(s) that you chose to perform. The presentation can include the theory, history, composer background, composition style, your interest in and/or history with the piece, or any combination of these elements that you would like to present.

Applicants who pass through the video round will also be scheduled for an online interview with program faculty.  

 

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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 Zoom in January 2022.


Opera Stage Directing

Note: There are no openings available for MM Opera Stage directing for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. The following information is posted as a reference for future application cycles.

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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 18

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening and final requirements within their application by December 1st. After faculty review, finalists will be scheduled for an individual non-performance interview with the Professor of Percussion over zoom in February 2022.

Pre-screening requirement: Before December 1, all applicants must upload a preliminary audition video recording (*Please submit individual tracks for each piece or etude on your video). 

Snare Drum

    • Delecluse Etude #9 from 12 Etudes
    • Rudimemtal Solo 
    • 2 contrasting orchestral Excerpts 
    • Long Roll- 

Keyboard

    • J. S. Bach 2 mallet work (from Violin Sonatas and Partitas or Suites for Solo Cello)
    • Contemporary 4 mallet work of your choice (5 minute movement(s) or except)
    • 2 orchestral excerpts 

Timpani 

    • Delecuse  – Etude 9
    • 2 orchestral excerpts

Multiple Percussion 

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

MM and DMA Final Audition Requirements

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 of your choice
    • Rudimemtal Solo 
    • 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 – Abe – Marimba d’Amore, Burritt – Caritas, Scirroco; Druckman – Reflections on the Nature of Water; Etezady – Boomslang; 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
    • 3 contrasting orchestral excerpts 

Multiple Percussion 

    • Solo of your choice (3- 5 min excerpt) *for those auditioning remotely only.

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PIANO ACCOMPANYING & CHAMBER MUSIC

  2022 On campus Audition Dates: Saturday February 12, 19, 26 

Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music applicants may choose to audition either on-campus or remotely via video upload. The required repertoire is the same for both audition types. All applicants must submit their repertoire selections within the online application. Every effort will be made to find partners for on-campus auditions.

         2022 Remote Audition option: 

Applicants who choose to audition by video recording should submit all other application materials by December 1st and upload their audition videos by February 1st.  In 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. Candidates will be asked to sight-read from the following volume: Schubert Lieder Peters Edition Volume I (High Key), in addition to other sight-reading examples which will be e-mailed during the interview. Candidates will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their foreign-language skills at this time. If you encounter any difficulties in accessing collaborative partners for your recordings, or in meeting any of the audition repertoire requirements, please contact Dr. Andrew Harley directly at aharley@esm.rochester.edu

 MM & DMA Audition requirements:

    • 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 Rep List, Group F 
    • Candidates may choose to present a solo piano work, if they wish.

Accompanying Audition Repertoire List

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Strings

VIOLIN

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, and 25

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening requirements within their application. If approved, applicants will perform their final audition over zoom in February 2022.

Pre-screening requirement: All applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording by December 1st. 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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  • Final Audition Requirements:

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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday January 28, Friday February 4, 11, 18

2022 Virtual Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening requirements within their application. If approved, applicants will perform their final audition over zoom in February 2022.

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 15th, all graduate viola applicants 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 final 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 final 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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday January 28, Fridays February 4, 11, and 18

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their pre-screening requirements within their application. If approved, applicants will perform their final audition over zoom in February 2022.

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1st, all graduate cello applicants 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 Final 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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 18 and Friday February 25

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their audition requirements within their application by December 1st. A virtual meeting with the Professor of Double Bass will take place over zoom in February 2022.

MM and DM 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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 11 and Friday February 18

2022 Virtual Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually will perform their audition over zoom in February 2022.

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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, and 25

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants who would like to audition virtually should upload their audition requirements within their application by December 1st. A virtual meeting with the Professor of Guitar will take place over zoom in February 2022.

MM and DMA Audition Requirements:

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. MA Theory Pedagogy interviews will be conducted on campus for applicants who are scheduled for a performance audition (dual degree), and over Zoom for all others. All PhD Theory interviews will be conducted remotely. No performance audition is required.

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VOICE

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday January 28, February 4, 11, 18

Voice Pre-screening video requirement: By the application deadline, all applicants in voice (regardless of major) must upload a video pre-screen video recording. Your selections should be recorded with accompaniment. Acceptable accompaniment options include: in-person accompanist (preferred – can be off-camera if needed), 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. Record each of your selections in a separate, unedited track.

Pre-screen recordings should include: 

    • 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. 
    • 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

Voice audition requirements for MM, DMA and Advanced Diploma in Performance:  Applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening round will audition either in person in Rochester or by uploading a final audition video.  In either case, the repertoire requirements for the audition are the same as for the prescreening round (see above.) You may use the same selections for both the pre-screening and audition rounds if you wish, or you can choose different repertoire. Graduate applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening round will also be invited to participate in an interview.

MM Opera Stage Directing applicants – see separate requirements above

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Woodwinds

BASSOON

2022 Rochester Audition Date: Friday February 11

Pre-Screening: By the application deadline, all bassoon applicants must upload a prescreening video recording within their application. Please include all of the following on your video.  

    • One Milde Étude from Op. 24
    • One melodic étude of the applicant’s choice
    • Three to five minute solo of the applicant’s choice

Applicants who are selected to advance to the audition round can either audition on-campus, or submit a final audition video.

MM Bassoon Audition Repertoire Requirements: 

    • A complete concerto of the applicant’s choice
    • One Milde Étude from Op. 24
    • A slow, melodic étude of the applicant’s choice
    • 1 short piece or portion of a piece of the applicant’s choice written since 1980
    • Orchestral excerpts performed from memory:
      • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro m.101-m.171
      • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
      • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end
      • Sightreading

Advanced Diploma in Performance Audition Requirements:

    • A complete concerto of the applicant’s choice
    • One Milde Étude from Op. 24
    • A slow, melodic étude of the applicant’s choice
    • One short piece or portion of a piece of the applicant’s choice written since 1980.
    • Orchestral excerpts Performed from memory:
    • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro m.101-m.171
    • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4  mvt. II, m. 274 to end
    • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps opening to #4
    • Beethoven: Symphony #4 mvt. IV solo
    • Sightreading

DMA Bassoon Audition Requirements: 

    • A complete concerto of the applicant’s choice performed from memory
    • One Milde Étude from Op. 24
    • A slow, melodic étude of the applicant’s choice
    • One short piece or portion of a piece of the applicant’s choice written since 1980.
    • Orchestral excerpts performed from memory:
      • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro m.101-m.171
      • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
      • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4  mvt. II, m. 274 to end
      • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps opening to #4
      • Beethoven: Symphony #4 mvt. IV solo

CLARINET

  2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, 25

Clarinet Pre-screening Requirement: By the application deadline, 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

Clarinet audition requirements for MM, DMA and Advanced Diploma in Performance applicants: Selected applicants will be scheduled for a live audition either on-campus or via Zoom in February. Note: The live audition will be a short lesson format to include an interview and performance of the required repertoire.

    1.   Mozart Concerto, K. 622 (all movements)
    2.   Copland Concerto (opening through end of the cadenza)
    3.  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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, 25

Flute Pre-screening requirement: By December 1, all flute applicants must upload a pre-screen video. The pre-screening recording must include each of the following items. The pre-screen video can be recorded either with or without piano accompaniment.

    • Mozart: Entire 1st and 2nd movement with cadenzas from D or G major concerto 
    • J.S. Bach: Two movements from a sonata or partita of your choice
    • A work of your choice

The following 5 standard orchestral excerpts (not the entire work):

    • Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3 – mm. 328 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
    • Saint-Saens: “Aviary” movement from the Carnival of the Animals

Flute audition requirements for MM, DMA and Advanced Diploma in Performance applicants: Applicants who are selected based on faculty review of the pre-screening round will either be scheduled for a live audition to occur in Rochester, or can opt to submit an audition video. Flute applicant who elect to audition by video should record the full list of repertoire in a single unedited take.  Applicants in this category may also be scheduled for a follow-up interview with faculty.

The repertoire for the audition is as follows: 

      • 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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18, 25

MM Oboe Applicants may choose to audition either on-campus or via video upload. The required repertoire is the same for both audition types.

Applicants who choose to audition by video recording should upload their audition video.  Selected applicants from this group will subsequently be scheduled for an online evaluation of sight-reading and other skills with faculty.

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

DMA: There will be no openings for DMA oboe for Fall 2022.

 

SAXOPHONE

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 4, 11, 18

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

Applicants who choose to audition by video recording should also follow the same repertoire guidelines listed below and upload their audition video.  If selected on the basis of their recordings, these applicants will subsequently be scheduled for an online sight-reading and other skills evaluation with faculty.

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

DMA Saxophone 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.

Advanced Diploma in Performance applicants should follow the repertoire guidelines above. Advanced Diploma applicants who are applying after a Bachelor’s degree should follow the MM requirements, and those who are applying following a Master’s degree should follow the DMA requirements.

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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