Admissions

Audition Repertoire for Undergraduate Applicants

For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, auditions will be completed by video upload for most instruments. Please refer to the section for your instrument/major below for details.

Virtual interviews and online interactions will also be scheduled for select applicants.

Repertoire listed below is for auditions to the Bachelor of Music degree. 

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.)  Please record each piece or selection in a separate, unedited track.  


Brass

EUPHONIUM

Prescreening and Audition Requirements: upload all requirements within the application by December 15th. 

  • Solos by Barat, Jacob, Capuzzi, Herbert L. Clarke, or other works of similar difficulty
  • One complete etude from Bordogni/Rochut Melodious Etudes1-24
  • One complete technical etude from Kopprasch “60 Selected Studies” or Blazhevich “Clef Studies” or Arban “Characteristic Etudes”
  • Band or orchestra excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

HORN

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

  • 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

Tenor Trombone Prescreening and Audition Requirements: upload all requirements within the application by December 15th. 

  • A solo work chosen from the following: Grondahl concerto, Jacob concerto, Hindemith sonata, Sulek sonata, Casterède sonata, Galliard sonata, Guilmant, Bozza, or a work of similar difficulty
  • One etude from Bordogni/Rochut Melodious Etudes1-24
  • One complete technical etude from Kopprasch “60 Selected Studies” or Blazhevich “Clef Studies”
  • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

Bass Trombone Prescreening and Audition Requirements: upload all requirements within the application by December 15th. 

  • A solo work chosen from the following: Spillman concerto, George concerto, McCarthy sonata, Galliard sonata, or a work of similar difficulty
  • One etude from Bordogni/Rochut Melodious Etudes1-24 (as written and 8vb)
  • One complete technical etude from Kopprasch (Fote) “60 Selected Studies” or Blazhevich (Vernon) “Clef Studies”
  • Orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience

TRUMPET

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

  • 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”)

TUBA

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

  • 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

Composition Scores: Applicants must upload PDF copies of three or four scores within their application for review by the composition faculty. Each score must be clearly marked with the applicant’s name. Please note that all score submissions for 2020-21 will be digital, and hard copies are not required. Composition applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to upload recordings of your composed works if any such recordings are available. MIDI recordings are acceptable.

Instrumental/Vocal Audition: Applicants must also fulfill all video requirements listed on this page for their primary instrument. These recordings will be evaluated by the instrumental or vocal faculty.

Interview: Selected applicants will be scheduled for an online interview with the Composition faculty members.

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Undergraduate Jazz Audition Repertoire

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

Please record the audition repertoire listed for your instrument below and upload this recording to your application no later than December 15th. Recordings that feature the applicant as a soloist in a small group are preferred. Recordings with play-along recordings are also acceptable. Large ensemble recordings that feature the applicant as soloist may also be used but must be edited down to include only the applicant’s solo segments.

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

JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections that show musical contrast  (jazz standard, standard, waltz, straight eighth, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes
  • Etudes by authors such as Simandl, Hrabe, Bille, etc. Arco preferred but pizzicato is acceptable.
  • 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 record additional selections on electric bass and upload these their application.

 

JAZZ DRUM SET

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes
  • 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.

 

JAZZ GUITAR

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes
  • Chord melody on a jazz standard (rubato or in tempo)
  • 1 bebop head
  • 1 chorus chord comping on a jazz standard
  • 1 classical piece or étude (fingerstyle or with pick)

 

JAZZ PIANO

Please submit a two-part repertoire list at an “additional document” within your application which includes all classical and jazz repertoire studied.

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 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

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles that show musical contrast (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes
  • 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

 

JAZZ TRUMPET

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles in different styles that show musical contrast (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes
  • Either Charlier Etude #1 or #4

 

JAZZ TROMBONE

  • 3-4 varied jazz selections in different styles in different styles that show musical contrast (such as ballad, swing, straight 8th-note, etc.) Each selection must include improvisation, and must be recorded in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes
  • One complete lyrical etude from Bordogni/Rochut Melodious Etudes1-24
  • One complete technical etude from Kopprasch “60 Selected Studies” or Blazhevich “Clef Studies”
  • Optional solo piece as appropriate to training and experience

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Keyboard

ORGAN

By January 8, all organ applicants must upload a self-prepared audition recording that meets the repertoire requirements as listed below.  In light of the pandemic, we will do our best to accommodate the needs of each applicant. Please contact us if you face a particular challenge in finding an appropriate instrument for your recording.

    • 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

Applied Majors audition requirements: No prescreening requirement for Fall 2021 application. Before January 8, all undergraduate piano performance applicants must upload a complete audition recording. During the time of the Covid pandemic, the piano faculty acknowledges that access to recording space and good pianos might be difficult. We encourage students to send the best quality recording possible, but understand that some applicants will have to record with the electronic equipment and on the instruments to which they have access. To the extent that it is possible, evaluations will be based on the pianistic and musical ability of each candidate without regard to the instrument used for recording. Recordings on any type of electronic keyboard are still unacceptable. All recordings should have been made within the last two years.

Applicants must prepare a recorded audition program 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). 
        • 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

*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).

Piano – Majors in Composition, Music Education, or Theory

Applicants for each degree program must upload a self-prepared audition recording within their online application.  The deadline for submission is December 15.  Applicants must prepare a recorded audition program including three contrasting pieces from three different stylistic periods, including one piece by Bach. Selections should be performed from memory. Student compositions and pieces in jazz or popular styles are not acceptable for the purpose of this audition. Applicants who apply in these majors and audition on piano are not compared to performance & literature majors.

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

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Music Education

Music Education applicants may also be interviewed remotely 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

Applicants for Music Education must also upload a video audition their applied instrument or voice. Please 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

BM Audition Requirements (no prescreening requirement for 2021). Applicants should upload their final audition recording within their application by December 15th. It is preferred that the audition be recorded without break or edit.  One single complete take. There will be no substitutes for the Bach requirement.

Snare Drum

    • Delecluse – Etude #1 from 12 Etudes
    • Rudimemtal Solo (John Pratt or Charley Wilcoxon solo preferred)
    • Orchestral Excerpt Optional

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 10 minutes) suggested repertoire – Abe – Dream of the Cherry Blossoms, Wind in the Bamboo Grove, Variations on Japanese Childrens Songs; Burritt – October Night, Preludes, Scirrcoco; Sammut – Rotations, Spirals, Cameleon; Stout – Mexican Dances, Astral Dance, Etudes; Tanaka – Two Movements for Marimba; Miki – Time for Marimba
    • Orchestral Excerpt Optional 

Timpani 

    • Hochrainer – Etude #50 from Etuden für Timpani volume 2
    • Orchestral Excerpt Optional

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

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Strings

VIOLIN

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

  • one movement of a concerto (not a slow movement, accompanied or unaccompanied)
  • one movement of solo Bach.

The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to the second round of virtual auditions in February 2021:

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

 

VIOLA

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

  • one movement of a concerto (not a slow movement, accompanied or unaccompanied)
  • one movement of solo Bach. 
  • one etude

The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to the second round of virtual auditions in February 2021:

  • 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

Pre-screening requirement: Before December 15th, all undergraduate and graduate cello applicants seeking a virtual audition must upload a preliminary video pre-screening recording. The pre-screening recording must include 2 movements of an unaccompanied work by Bach, one movement from a standard concerto, and one etude.

The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to a virtual audition in February 2021:

    • 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), one etude must be different than the etude presented for pre-screening

DOUBLE BASS

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

  • 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
  • Two orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice from the standard orchestral repertoire
  • Two scales (one major, one melodic minor) of the applicant’s choice in two or three octaves.

 

HARP

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

    • Bach-Grandjany Etudes for Harp – No. 3 or No. 6 only
    • Dittersdorf Concerto for Harp,  movement 1 – measures 23 to 80 OR 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

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

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

Please record a short introduction on a separate track in which you state your name, the date you are recording, and list the selections you will be recording. Record each of your selections in a separate, unedited track.
 
Your selections should be recorded with accompaniment. Acceptable accompaniment options include: in-person accompanist (with appropriate distancing – not required to be visible on-camera), a high-quality piano accompanying app, pre-recorded accompaniment tracks (ideally from an accompanist you have worked with), or self-accompaniment at the piano. Please use your judgment and select the best accompaniment option that is available to you.
 
  • 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. 

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Theory

Undergraduate theory applicants will be interviewed remotely by the theory faculty. 

Applicants for Theory must also upload a video audition their applied instrument or voice. Please 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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Woodwinds

BASSOON

Audition recording: Applicants should upload a video recording including all of the repertoire listed below by January 8. There will be no pre-screening.

  • Major scales: in Ab, and B using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key.
  • Melodic Minor scales: in c# and f# using the complete range of the instrument up to a high C#.
  • One Milde étude from Op. 24
  • Milde Concert Study #29 op. 26
  • Two movements of a standard concerto of the applicant’s choice played with or without accompaniment.
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3; and
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end

CLARINET

Pre-screening requirement: By December 15, all clarinet applicants must upload a pre-screen video recording. Your video should include the following: 

  • 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

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

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

  2. Mozart Concerto, K. 622: Movement 1 Exposition
     
  3. Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces (complete)
  4.  All three 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)

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

            -Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
         First Movement: from A to B; and from C to the end of the movement

FLUTE

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

    • Mozart: Either complete D or G major concerto, with cadenzas
    • J.S. Bach: A complete sonata or partita of your choice
    • An additional 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.
      • Additional excerpt(s) as appropriate to training and experience
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OBOE

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

Audition video requirement: By January 8, saxophone applicants must upload an audition video recording following the requirements listed below.  Applicants who are selected on the basis of their recordings will subsequently be scheduled for an online sight-reading and other skills evaluation with faculty.

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 their requirements.