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Audition Repertoire for Undergraduate Applicants

For undergraduate applicants, the audition day at Eastman includes a general convocation, theory and musicianship testing, a question-and-answer session for parents, a group interview with a staff member, and the audition. Composition, Music Education and Theory majors will have interviews scheduled with faculty members of those departments.

Repertoire listed below is for auditions to the Bachelor of Music degree. Other application requirements may apply.

Repertoire listed is subject to change but will generally not change after September 1. Audition repertoire, with the exception of voice and jazz, should be performed without accompaniment (unless noted otherwise in the instructions for your instrument below.)


Brass

EUPHONIUM

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th February 22nd

    • Solos by Barat, Jacob, Capuzzi, Herbert L. Clarke, or other works of similar difficulty
    • Etudes by Bordogni/Rochut, Blazhevich, Kopprasch, or Tyrell
    • Band or orchestra excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

HORN

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: January 25th, February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd

    • Any complete concerto from the standard concerto repertoire, such as Mozart, Strauss, Gliere, Jacob, Haydn, etc.
    • A movement from the standard recital repertoire, such as Hindemith, Ewazen, Beethoven, Schumann, Cherubini, Dukas, Reynolds, etc.
    • Three etudes – choose from any of the following: Maxime-Alphonse Etudes, Books 3, 4, 5, or 6; Kling; Kopprasch; Neuling; Belloli; Gallay; Reynolds
    • Three to five orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire (Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, etc.)
    • All major and harmonic minor scales, 2-3 octaves, in eighth notes at quarter note=112-126, and corresponding arpeggios

TROMBONE

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th February 22nd

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

    • One complete Bordogni/Rochut etude from nos. 1-30 of Book 1
    • One complete technical etude from Kopprasch “60 Selected Studies” or Blazhevich “Clef Studies”
    • A three minute excerpt from any solo work (piano optional)

Tenor Trombone Audition Requirements:

    • A solo work chosen from the following: Grondahl concerto, Jacob concerto, Wagenseil concerto, Hindemith sonata, Sulek sonata, Casterède sonata, Galliard sonata, Guilmant, Bozza, or a work of similar difficulty
    • One etude from Rochut Melodious Etudes 1-24
    • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience
    • Sight-reading in alto and tenor clefs

Bass Trombone Audition Requirements:

    • A solo work chosen from the following: Spillman concerto, George concerto, McCarthy sonata, Galliard sonata, or a work of similar difficultycello
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    • One etude from Rochut Melodious Etudes 1-24
    • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience
    • Sight-reading in bass clef

TRUMPET

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th February 22nd

    • Theme, double and triple tongue variations from either Arban’s Fantasy Brilliant or Carnival of Venice
    • Either Hindemith, 1st movement; Haydn, 1st movement; Kennan 1st movement; Arutunian, opening through the slow section; Hummel, 1st movement; Tomasi, 1st movement
    • Either Charlier Etude #1 or #4
    • Orchestral excerpts: Mahler, Symphony No. 5 (opening); Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3 (offstage call); Stravinsky, Petrushka (Ballerina’s dance & waltz); Mussorgsky-Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition (“Promenade”)
    • Basic sight-reading and transposition

TUBA

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: January 25th February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd

    • One Bordogni melodic study
    • One Kopprasch technical etude, either #17 or #36
    • All scales
    • Excerpts: Wagner, “Meistersinger” Overture (Letter J to the end), Berlioz Hungarian March, and Ride of the Valkyries
    • Performance applicants must also play the cadenza from the Hindemith Sonata (mvt. 3) and either the Vaughn Williams Concerto (mvt. 1 & 2) or the Hindemith Sonata (mvt. 1 & 2); Music Education applicants whose instrument is tuba must play the Edward Gregson Concerto (mvt. 1 only) and the cadenza from Mvt. 3, Hindemith Sonata

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Composition

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 15th and February 22nd (with additional restrictions by instrument)

Pre-screening Requirement: Applicants must submit 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 loose 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.

Composition applicants must also fulfill any pre-screen requirements listed for their primary instrument.  If your primary instrument requires a pre-screen recording, that recording must be uploaded within your online application and will be reviewed by the instrumental or vocal faculty.

Interview & audition requirement: Composition applicants will be interviewed by the composition faculty. Interviews are not conducted at regional audition centers; all composition applicants must audition and interview in Rochester. 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. (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertory listing for composition majors.)

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Jazz

2019 Rochester Audition Dates:

Jazz Double Bass, Jazz Guitar, Jazz Trumpet: January 25, February 1, 15, 22

Jazz Drum Set: January 25, February 1, 15

Jazz Piano: January 25, February 1, 22

Jazz Saxophone: January 25, February 1

Jazz Trombone: February 1, 15, 22

Pre-screening 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).

Before December 1, all applicants to the jazz studies and contemporary media program must upload a preliminary audition recording. The prescreening 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.

Applicants for the Jazz Writing concentration must also ship a portfolio of three or four scores of compositions and/or arrangements that display writing for large and small jazz group formats. 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 at regional audition sites or by self-prepared recording.  An on-campus audition in Rochester is required for this major.

On-Campus Audition Requirements for All Jazz Instruments

Applicants invited to a live audition must perform two jazz auditions and an individual audition.

    • Jazz audition: 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 prescreening recording.
    • Group improv session: performed with other applicants
    • Individual audition (see below for requirements)

JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

Perform from each of the following categories:

    • Etude by composers such as Storch-Hrabe (57 Studies), Simandl (Gradus Ad Parnassum), or Bille* (arco preferred)
    • A Bebop melody by composers such as Charlie Parker (Donna Lee, Confirmation, etc.), Bud Powell (Web City, Celia, etc.), or other representative Bebop repertoire
    • A walking bass line on a standard tune
    • Note: Only acoustic double bassists are considered for admission. However, applicants who double on electric bass may bring both instruments to the audition.  An amp will be provided.

JAZZ DRUM SET

Perform each of the following:

    • Drum set solo: Thompson: Jazz Solos for Drum Set, V.1; Thompson: Modern Jazz Solos for Drum Set; or an appropriate transcription from a classic jazz drum set solo
    • Snare drum etude by Wilcox or commensurate with NYSSMA Level 6
    • Demonstration of various styles such as swing, latin, funk, brushes, etc.
    • Note: kit will be provided.  Applicants should bring sticks, brushes, and cymbals (if desired), but keep in mind that time allows for only minor adjustments to equipment.

JAZZ GUITAR

    • Chord melody on a jazz standard (rubato or in tempo)
    • Very short sight reading example
    • 1 bebop head
    • 1 chorus chord comping on a jazz standard
    • 1 classical piece or étude (fingerstyle or with pick)
    • Note: an amp will be provided.

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

Examples of recommended repertoire:

    • A Bebop melody by Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk or Miles Davis such as Bloomdido, Cheryl, Donna Lee, Well you Needn’t, etc and improvise over the form
    • Sight-reading

JAZZ TRUMPET

    • Either Charlier Etude #1 or #4
    • Either Haydn 1st movement; Kennan 1st movement or Hummel 1st movement
    • Basic sight-reading

JAZZ TROMBONE

    • A solo work chosen from the following: Grondahl concerto, Jacob concerto, Wagenseil concerto, Hindemith sonata, Sulek sonata, Casterède sonata, Galliard sonata, Guilmant, Bozza, or a work of similar difficulty
    • One etude from Rochut Melodious Etudes 1-24
    • Sight-reading in alto and tenor clefs

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Keyboard

ORGAN

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd

Organ applicants must audition either on-campus or by self-prepared recording.  Regional auditions are not offered for organ.

    • At least one work by Bach or another Baroque composer
    • Two selections by romantic or contemporary composers, one primarily lyrical and one primarily virtuosic

PIANO

Piano- Applied Music Majors

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd

Applied Majors pre-screening requirement: Before December 1, all undergraduate piano performance applicants seeking a live audition must upload a preliminary audition recording. The prescreening 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 and those auditioning only by recording.

Applicants must prepare an audition program to be performed from memory, including:

        • One virtuoso concert etude (see etude requirement listed above)
        • A complete work by Bach that contains a fugue
        • A complete Classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
        • A complete Romantic work from the 19th century
        • A complete work from the 20th or 21st century

Piano – Majors in Composition, Music Education, or Theory

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd

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 applied piano majors.

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

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Music Education

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd
Music Education applicants who audition in Rochester, will be interviewed by the music education faculty.

A skills assessment will be administered to all undergraduate applicants to the major in Music Education. It consists of sight-reading rhythm and tonal patterns, sight-singing melodies, improvising on the major instrument/voice, and harmonizing a melody at the keyboard. A guide for this skills assessment test is found online at: Music Education Skills Assessment

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 undergraduate students. (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertory listing for music education majors.)

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Percussion

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st and February 15th Note: No regional or recorded auditions for percussion applicants. All percussion applicants must audition in person at Eastman.

Pre-screening requirement: Before December 1, all undergraduate applicants seeking a live audition 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-

Delecluse Etude No. 1 – Play from the measure 1 to the downbeat of the 5th measure of line 7.

 Wilcoxen or Pratt soloof the applicant’s choice.

Marimba:

Two Mallet solo:Bach from either the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin or the Six Suites for cello alone. (2-3 minute excerpt of the solo from the beginning.)

Four mallets:2 minute excerpt or movement of a contemporary solo for marimba from the standard repertoire.  Stout, Sammut, Abe, Burritt, Tanaka, Miki, etc.)

Timpani:

 Etude from Hochrainer, Beck, Goodman, Firth or the equivalent demonstrating basic timpani concepts.

**Each applicant is expected to demonstrate intonation efficiency and accuracy by tuning the etude on the video recording prior to performing it.

The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to a live audition and those auditioning only by recording. Audition must include snare drum, timpani and keyboard percussion.  Suggested repertoire and methods from the following:

      • Snare drum:  Cirone Portraits in Rhythm; Delecluse Etude 1 or 6 from Douze Etudes; Peters’ Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies
      • Timpani:  Beck Sonata for Timpani; Carter Eight Pieces for Solo Timpani; Firth The Solo Timpanist, Hochrianer Etuden fur Timpani
      • Keyboard percussion: 2 mallet Bach from the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or the Six Suites for Solo Cello; Abe Dream of the Cherry Blossoms, Wind in the Bamboo Grove; Burritt October Night, Preludes, Creston Concertino for Marimba; Musser’s Etudes and Preludes; Sammut Rotations, Stout Mexican Dances, Astral Dance, Etudes; Tanaka Two Movements for Marimba: G. H. Green’s Xylophone Solos; Rosauro Concerto for Marimba
      • Sight-reading required
      • Orchestral Excerpts are also recommended from the standard repertoire. Audition may also include drum set.

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Strings

VIOLIN

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd

Pre-screening requirement: Before December 1, all undergraduate violin applicants seeking a live audition must upload a preliminary audition recording. The prescreening recording must include one movement of a concerto (accompanied or unaccompanied) and one movement of solo Bach.

The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to a live audition and those auditioning only by recording.

    • A movement of a concerto from the standard repertoire by a composer such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Vieuxtemps, etc. Prepared repertoire should include either the first or the last movement including cadenza.
    • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita.
    • An etude from one of the standard etude books, such as those of Kreutzer, Fiorillo, Rodé, Paganini, or Dont.
    • Three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios.

 

VIOLA

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd

    • Three contrasting selections or major movements, which must be taken from three significant works representing different compositional periods. One of the selections must be by Bach.
    • One etude or technical study

VIOLONCELLO

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: January 25th, February 1st, February 8th, February 15th

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

The following lists repertoire requirements by degree for applicants invited to a live audition and those auditioning only by recording.

    • One movement of a standard concerto (preferably from memory)
    • Sonata movement or other work of personal musical interest
    • Two contrasting movements of a Bach suite (preferably from memory)
    • Two contrasting etudes (e.g., Popper or Duport)

DOUBLE BASS

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: January 25, February 15th, February 22nd

  • One movement from one of the following double bass concerti: Bottesini, Capuzzi, Dittersdorf, Dragonetti, Koussevitsky, or Vanhal
  • One contrasting solo work of the applicant’s choice
  • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant’s choice from the standard repertoire
  • Two scales (one major, one melodic minor) of the applicant’s choice in two or three octaves.

HARP

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 15th, February 22nd

Harp applicants must audition either on-campus or by self-prepared recording.  Regional auditions are not offered for harp.

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

    • Bach-Grandjany Etudes for Harp – No. 3 or No. 6 only
    • Dittersdorf Concerto for Harp,  movement 1 – measures 23 to 80   0R  Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp, movement 1 – measures 44 to 120
    • one solo work by Marcel Grandjany or Marcel Tournier
    • one contemporary work for harp written after 1930

GUITAR

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd

Guitar applicants must audition either on-campus or by self-prepared video recording. Regional auditions are not offered for guitar.

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

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Voice

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: January 25th, February 1st, February 8th, and February 15th,

Pre-screening requirement: Before December 1, all applicants in voice (regardless of major) must upload a video pre-screen recording which includes:

  • Three pieces in varying musical styles, in three different languages, one of which may be English. Non-native speakers of English must perform one piece in English.  The recording should be made with piano accompaniment. 

Live audition:  The guidelines given above apply to prescreening recordings and to those invited for a live audition – material submitted as part of the prescreening process may be performed at a live audition.

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Theory

2019 Rochester Audition /Interview Dates: Refer to date options and repertoire for your primary instrument audition; your theory interview will be scheduled on the same date as your audition.

Undergraduate theory applicants will be interviewed by the theory faculty. Interviews are not conducted at regional audition centers; all theory applicants must audition and interview in Rochester.

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 undergraduate students. (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertory listing for theory majors.)

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Woodwinds

BASSOON

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, and February 22nd

Pre-screen recording (new for 2019): Upload a recording within your online application which includes the following repertoire 

  • First movement exposition of a concerto by Mozart or Weber, or the entire first movement of a Vivaldi concerto (played without accompaniment).
  • One Milde étude from Op. 24
  • Orchestral Excerpt, Ravel: Bolero  Solo (rehearsal 2 to 3)

Live Audition:  Applicants who are invited to a live audition should be prepare to perform the following:

  • All major, and either harmonic OR melodic minor scales, using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key.
  • Milde Concert Study #29 op. 26
  • One fast movement and one slow movement from a standard concerto by Mozart, Vivaldi, or Weber
  • One piece written since 1950 of the applicant’s choice
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3; and
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end
  • Sight Reading

CLARINET

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, and February 22nd

Pre-screening requirement: Before December 1, all clarinet applicants seeking a live audition must upload a pre-screen video recording. Your video should include the following: 

  • First movement of Mozart Concerto (measure 57 to downbeat of measure 154. Piano accompaniment is optional for pre-screening video.)
  • One etude of your choice from Rose 32 Etudes
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 6, second movement: from one bar before D through two bars before E (mm. 68 through 77)
    • Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo): beginning to bar 48

Live Audition: If approved from pre-screening, the live audition should include all of same repertoire as the pre-screen recording listed above, plus the following.  (To be performed at audition without accompaniment.)

  • Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie or other French concours solo
  • An additional solo work of your choice
  • Orchestral excerpts listed above, plus Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol; movement 1 (both solos) and movement 3 (solo)

FLUTE

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd

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

  • Mozart: Entire first and second movements plus cadenzas from either D or G major concerto
  • J.S. Bach: 2 movements from a sonata or partita of your choice
  • A work of your choice
  • The following 3 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 P to the end.

Live Audition – Each of the following:

  • A Mozart concerto
  • A sonata or partita by J. S. Bach
  • A work of your choice
  • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

OBOE

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, and February 22nd

  • Any concerto from the standard repertoire (such as Mozart, Marcello, Strauss, etc.) OR any sonata from the standard repertoire (such as Handel or Hindemith)
  • A standard study, such as Barret or Ferling
  • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

SAXOPHONE

2019 Rochester Audition Dates: February 8th, February 15th and February 22nd

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

Examples of recommended repertoire:

  • Any concerto or sonata from the standard repertoire, such as Creston, Desenclos, Glazunov, Ibert, or equivalent
  • Two etudes of contrasting tempo, such as Voxman, Ferling, or Karg-Elert

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