Admissions

Graduate Audition Repertoire & Interview Requirements


Graduate applicants attend a general convocation on their audition day. In addition to the audition, most graduate applicants will be scheduled for at least one interview, depending on the requirements of the applicant’s intended program and major. Repertoire listed below applies to auditions for all graduate programs. Repertoire for the current admissions cycle will not change after September 1st.

All auditions except voice will be performed without accompaniment.


Brass

EUPHONIUM
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

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

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

Please include piano or ensemble accompaniment for these recorded performances.

MM and DMA audition requirements:

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

HORN
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31, February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

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

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

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
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

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 demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)
    • A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on a doubling instrument or genre such as alto trombone,
      tenor trombone, bass trombone, tuba, or jazz improvisation (5 minutes)
    • Please include piano or ensemble accompaniment for these recorded performances.

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone audition requirements:

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

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

TRUMPET
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

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
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31, February 7th, February 14th, and February 21st

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

MM and DMA audition requirements: Each of the following:

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

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th

MA, MM, DMA and PhD: Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must send copies of a minimum of three or a maximum of four scores of original compositions via postal mail by the application deadline. Scores must be reduced to 11”x17” or smaller and be spiral-bound (no lose pages, or stapled sets).  Recordings of composed works are strongly encouraged, but not required. Due to the large number of scores and recordings submitted, materials will not be returned; do not submit originals.

Mailing address:
Office of Admissions
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs St
Rochester, NY 14604

MA, MM, DMA and PhD: interview requirement: Composition applicants will be interviewed by the composition faculty. All composition applicants must interview in Rochester. Case-by-case exceptions to the in-person interview requirement may be made due to serious financial hardship, or for applicants from countries other than the US. In these cases, a Skype interview may be accommodated.

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

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Conducting (Choral, Orchestral or Wind Ensemble)

2020 Rochester Audition Dates:

    • Choral Conducting: MM and DMA: January 31, February 14th, and February 21
    • Orchestral Conducting:  MM and DMA: February 14th
    • New Music Orchestral Conducting: MM and DMA: January 31
    • Wind Conducting MM and DMA: February 13th-14th

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

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.  New Music applicants should also include in their pre-screen videos a work of a technically advanced nature (example: Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat) and if possible, a piece written since 1950.

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

2020 Orchestral Conducting On-Campus Audition Repertoire: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

2020 New Music Orchestral Conducting On-Campus Audition Repertoire: Stravinsky l’Histoire du Soldat
MM: Soldier’s March and The Royal March 
DMA: Soldier’s March, The Royal March and The Devil’s Dance.

2020 Choral Conducting and Wind Conducting On-Campus Audition Repertoire: Prior to the Rochester audition date conducting applicants will be informed of the required work(s) to be prepared for the audition. Wind Conducting applicants may also be asked to prepare a written analysis of the work to be conducted.

On the audition day:

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

There is no separate instrumental or vocal audition required.  

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

2020 Rochester Interview Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

Prescreening Requirement: Applicants must submit copies of a minimum of four compositions, with at least two being for large ensemble, via postal mail (directly to the Office of Admissions) by the application deadline. Scores must be reduced to 11″x17″ or smaller and be spiral-bound (no loose pages, or staples). These pieces should show a range of styles and instrumental forces. Submitted pieces must have both a score (sent via postal mail) and 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 in length. A MIDI realization can be used if necessary, however this is not optimal. Due to the larger number of scores and recordings submitted, materials will not be returned; do not submit originals.

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.

Questions about audition repertoire and recordings should be referred to the Admissions Office: admissions@esm.rochester.edu.

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

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Early Music (emphasis in historical plucked instruments)

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 

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.  A live audition is required.

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Ethnomusicology

2020 Skype Interview Dates: final week of January 2020

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

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

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Jazz

2020 Rochester Audition Dates:

Jazz Double Bass, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Trumpet, Jazz Writing: January 31, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

Jazz Drum Set and Jazz Trombone: February 14, 21, 28

Jazz Piano: January 31, February 14th, and February 28th

Jazz Saxophone: January 31, February 14

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

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

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

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

Applicants for the Jazz Writing concentration must also ship a portfolio of three or four scores 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.

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

On-Campus Audition Requirements for All Jazz Instruments

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

JAZZ PIANO

Please print out a two-part repertoire list which includes all classical and jazz repertoire studied. Bring this list and your Audition Repertoire Form with you to your audition.

Perform 3 pieces of representative repertoire from the following composers/idioms by memory:

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

JAZZ SAXOPHONE

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

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

JAZZ TROMBONE

MM and DMA Trombone and Bass Trombone audition requirements:

      • 1 lyrical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bordogni, Panofka, Busser, etc.)
      • 1 technical etude (such as, but not limited to, Bitsch, Tyrell, Bozza, etc.)
      • 1 complete, major work (concerto, sonata, etc.) originally composed for the instrument
      • Possible sight-reading demanding proficiency in bass, tenor, and alto clefs

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Keyboard

HARPSICHORD
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31st, February 7th, February 21st

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

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31st, February 7th, February 21st

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

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

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PIANO

2020 Rochester Audition Dates:  

MM or DMA in Performance & Literature: Saturdays, February 15th, February 22nd and February 29th

MM or DMA in Composition, Jazz, Music Education majors: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th (with other restrictions as noted under the applicant’s intended major.)

Note: Self-recorded auditions are not accepted for graduate piano performance applicants.

MM and DMA (Performance & Literature): Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, graduate piano performance applicants seeking a Rochester audition must upload a preliminary audition recording. The pre-screening recording must be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration of solo music. Repertoire requirements for the pre-screening recording must include at least two works representing different styles, plus one virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, 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). The following lists repertoire requirements by degree for applicants invited to a live audition.

MM audition requirements: An audition in Rochester is required.  Applicants must prepare an audition program (minimum 45 minutes) to be performed from memory, including:

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

DMA audition requirements: An audition in Rochester is required. Applicants must prepare an audition program (minimum 60 minutes) to be performed from memory, including:

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

MM and DMA majors in Composition or Music Education: Applicants for each degree should prepare 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

2020 Rochester Audition/Interview dates:

MA: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

MM: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th (with additional restrictions by instrument)

DMA, PhD: January 31st

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

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

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

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

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Music Leadership

2020 Rochester Interview dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

There is no pre-screening requirement for this degree program. 

Applicants will complete a two-part interview (either in person or online via ZOOM video conferencing).

Part I: Focuses on leadership and vision, and will last no more than thirty minutes in duration.
Part II: Focuses on musicianship, including performance of a short classical, jazz or world-music work of no more than ten minutes in duration. This performance will be followed by a brief discussion about the work from a historical or theoretical perspective, also of no more than ten minutes in duration.

 

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Musicology

2020 Skype Interview Dates: final week of January 2020

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

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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 audition for the voice faculty during their interview process.  For secondary voice, 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

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31st and February 14th

Note: Recorded auditions are not permitted for graduate percussion applicants. All MM and DMA applicants must audition in person at Eastman.

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

MM and DMA: Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all graduate percussion applicants must upload a preliminary audition video recording (*Please submit individual tracks for each piece or etude on your video). The following repertoire is required.  Any substitutions, with the exception of where multiple options are offered, will not be acceptable.

                            • Snare Drum: Long Roll-

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

MM and DMA audition requirements: should include snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion. Graduate applicants will also perform a chamber music audition with current Eastman students on their audition day.

Required chamber music repertoire:

2nd movement from John Cage’s Amores

Suggested solo repertoire:

Snare Drum: Etudes from Delecluse, Macarez, Peters, Tompkins; 3 orchestral excerpts: Prokofiev Lt Kije Suite (Birth of Kije); Rimsky Korsakov – Scheherazade (movements 3 and 4 all); Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 movement 2 (98 – End)

Timpani: 3 orchestral excerpts: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 coda to the first movement; Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony Movement 1 , (4 measures before letter T – U); William Schuman New England Triptych Movement 1 Be Glad Then, America,  and a solo or etude of your choice from Delecluse, Carter, Hochrainer

Keyboard Percussion: A movement of Bach from either the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or the Six Suites for Solo Cello

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

Xylophone: 3 orchestral excerpts: Gershwin Porgy and Bess; Schuman 3rd Symphony; Messiaen Exotic Birds

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PIANO ACCOMPANYING & CHAMBER MUSIC

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th 

MM and DMA audition requirements:  All applicants must submit their repertoire selections within the online  application in order to be scheduled for an audition.

1. Two complete instrumental sonatas, selected from the Repertoire List, Group A, and performed with music. Accompanying Audition Repertoire List

2. Five songs from contrasting stylistic periods, representing at least three languages, selected from the Repertoire List, Group B, prepared in the indicated key, and performed with music. Accompanying Audition Repertoire List

3. One aria from the Repertoire List, Group C. Accompanying Audition Repertoire List

4. Sight-reading.

5. One memorized piano solo.

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Strings

VIOLIN
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

Pre-screening requirement: By December 1, all graduate violin applicants seeking a Rochester audition must upload a preliminary audition recording. The pre-screening recording must include the following:

      • One movement of a concerto
      • One movement of solo Bach
      • One Paganini or equivalent high-virtuosity piece

MM audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include:

      • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita, one of which should be a fugue or the Chaconne.
      • A complete concerto by a composer such as Brahms, Sibelius, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, etc.
      • Paganini caprice or equivalent high-virtuosity piece.

DMA audition requirements: Prepared repertoire should include:

      • A complete concerto by a composer such as Brahms, Sibelius, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, etc.
      • Complete solo Bach sonata or partita, which should include a fugue or the Chaconne.
      • A Paganini caprice or equivalent high-virtuosity piece.

VIOLA

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

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

DMA audition requirements: Each of the following:

      • A major concerto (memorized) from the 20th century, or contemporary repertoire
      • Two major 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
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31st, February 7th, February 14th, February 21st

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

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

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

DOUBLE BASS
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 14th, February 21st, February 28th

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

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

      • Bottesini Concerto, 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

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 21st, February 28th

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

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

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
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

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

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
2020 Rochester Audition Dates:  

See Early Music requirements above.

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THEORY

2020 Skype Interview Dates: final week of January 2020

2020 Rochester Theory Pedagogy Interview Dates: February 14th, February 21st

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 in Rochester. No instrument or vocal audition is required.

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VOICE

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: January 31st, February 7th, February 14th, and February 21st 

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

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

MM Opera Stage Directing applicants – see separate requirements above

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Woodwinds

BASSOON

2020 Rochester Audition Date: February 7th  

Note: Recorded auditions are not permitted for graduate bassoon applicants. All MM and DMA bassoon applicants must audition in person at Eastman.

MM and DMA Pre-screening Requirements: Upload a video recording within your online application which includes the following repertoire 

      • One Milde étude from op. 24
      • One melodic étude in a slow tempo of the applicant’s choice
      • Orchestral excerpt: Ravel Bolero

MM Audition Requirements:

      • One Milde étude from op. 24
      • Milde Concert Study #33 from opus 26
      • A complete concerto of the applicant’s choice
      • One piece written since 1980 of the applicant’s choice
      • Orchestral excerpts:
        • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture mm.139-171
        • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
        • Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end
      • Sight Reading
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DMA audition requirements: 

  • Milde Concert Study #33 from opus 26
  • A complete standard concerto of the applicant’s choice performed from memory
  • One piece written since 1980 of the applicant’s choice
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Beethoven Symphony no. 4: mvt. IV, solo mm. 184 – 190
    • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture mm.139-171
    • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
    • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring – both solos, mm. 1 – 15 and rehearsal 12
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade mvt. II solos
  • Sight Reading

CLARINET

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st and February 28th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all clarinet applicants seeking a live audition must upload a preliminary audition 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 piano accompaniment 
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Second movement: from one bar before D through two bars after E (mm. 68-77)
    • Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo): Beginning to bar 48

   MM and DMA live audition requirements:

  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.   One of the following solo works:
        -Mozart Concerto, K. 622 (first movement)
        -Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie (complete)
        -Copland Concerto (opening through the end of the cadenza)
        -Nielsen Concerto (opening through rehearsal 11)

  3.  One 20th or 21st century unaccompanied solo in its entirety, such as:

            -Luciano Berio Sequenza IX
            -Edison Denisov Sonata for Clarinet solo
            -Elliott Carter Gra
            -Donald Martino A Set for Clarinet
            -Olivier Messiaen Abyss of the Birds
            -William O. Smith Five Pieces 
            -Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces

  1.  All six 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)

            -Kodaly Dances of Galanta
                        Measures 31-65
                        Measures 571 through 578

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

            -Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
                        Cadenza

            -Ravel Daphnis and Chloe (Suite No. 2)
                        Second bar after 155 through three bars after 157
                        Third bar after 212 to end

            -Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol

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

 

FLUTE

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st, and February 28th

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all graduate flute applicants seeking a live audition must upload a preliminary pre-screen video, which must include each of the items listed below. Your pre-screen recording can be made 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

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

        A Mozart concerto

        A sonata or partita by J.S. Bach

A work from the contemporary solo literature

        An additional work of your choice

        Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

 

OBOE
2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, and February 21st and February 28th

DMA pre-screening requirements: A pre-screening video is required for all DMA applicants, and should include all of the items noted below except sight-reading.

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

 

SAXOPHONE

2020 Rochester Audition Dates: February 7th, February 14th, and February 21st

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

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

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

Applicants in jazz studies and contemporary media should refer to the section on jazz for 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.  Follow pre-screening guidelines (if required) for your primary instrument only; pre-screening is not required for the secondary instrument.

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