Admissions

Audition Repertoire for Undergraduate Applicants

Eastman is planning to offer in-person auditions as well as remote audition options for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.  

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 requirement in a separate, unedited track. For multi-movement requirements, each movement can be recorded in a separate, unedited track.  

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


Brass

EUPHONIUM

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

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

Audition Requirements: 

  • 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

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

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants should upload their audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by January 8th. 

  • Any complete concerto from the standard concerto repertoire, such as Mozart, Strauss, Gliere, Jacob, Haydn, etc.
  • Any movement of a standard concerto, such as those by Mozart, Haydn, Gliere, R. Strauss, F. Strauss Jacob, etc.
  • One selection 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; Matosinhos; Bach
  • Three to five orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire (Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, etc.)
  • One selection of the applicant’s choice [either notated or improvised] selected to share the joy of horn playing and music making.
  • All major and harmonic minor scales, 2-3 octaves, in eighth notes at quarter note=112-126, and corresponding arpeggios

TROMBONE

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

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

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

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 Final Audition Requirements: 

  • A solo work by Barat, David, Castèréde, Guilimant, Hindemith or works 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 Final Audition Requirements: 

  • A solo work by Barat, David, Castèréde, Guilimant, Hindemith or works 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

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

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

  • 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”)
  • A work of your choice

TUBA

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

2022 Remote Audition Option: Applicants should upload their audition requirements (video preferred) within their application by January 8th. 

  • 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 2021-22 will be digital, and hard copies are not required. However, if the applicant is submitting a large ensemble piece, it is recommended that a hard copy of that score also be sent to: Office of Admissions, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604

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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates:

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

Jazz Piano: February 11, 18, 25

Jazz Trumpet: January 28 February 18, 25

Jazz Trombone: February 11, 18, 25

Jazz Saxophone: Friday February 11 and 18

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

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

BM Prescreening Requirement: 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.

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

BM Final Audition Requirements by Instrument:

JAZZ DOUBLE BASS

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

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

JAZZ GUITAR

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

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

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

JAZZ TRUMPET

  • Applicants must be prepared to perform 3-4 jazz selections in varied styles and improvise on each of them. Applicants auditioning in Rochester must bring lead sheets with them to this audition. Selections should include some material that was not heard on the prescreening recording. Those auditioning virtually should record each selection in a separate file with a total combined length of not more than 15 minutes.
  • Either Charlier Etude #1 or #4
  • Possible sight-reading

JAZZ TROMBONE

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

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Keyboard

ORGAN

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

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

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

Audition repertoire requirements:

    • 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

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

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

Pre-screening Requirement: By December 1, all undergraduate piano performance applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording. 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)

BM Final audition repertoire requirement:

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
        When choosing repertoire for this category, we encourage you to explore the works of underrepresented composers, ones who reflect different racial, gender, ethnic and cultural traditions. To get started, we recommend the following resources: 

 

*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 must prepare an audition program including three contrasting pieces from three different stylistic periods, including one piece by Bach. Selections should be performed from memory. If interviewing live applicants will audition while on campus. Applicants interviewing remotely should submit all other application materials by December 1st and must upload their audition recording within their online application by February 1st.  Student compositions and pieces in jazz or popular styles are not acceptable for the purpose of this audition. Applicants who apply in these majors and audition on piano are not compared to performance & literature majors.

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

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Music Education

Music Education applicants can interview in-person during on-campus audition days or 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 should follow the audition instructions and repertoire guidelines for their specific instrument 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

2022 Rochester Audition Dates: Friday February 11, 25

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

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

Snare Drum

    • Delecluse – Etude #1 from 12 Etudes
    • Rudimemtal Solo
    • Long Roll-

Keyboard

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

Timpani 

    • Timpani Etude -choose from the following:  John Beck – Concepts for Timpani, Raynor Carroll – Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani or Hochrainer –  Etudes for Timpani book 1 or 2

BM Audition Requirements

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; Moore – Halley’s Comet, Sammut – Rotations, Spirals, Cameleon; Stout – Mexican Dances, Astral Dance, Etudes; Tanaka – Two Movements for Marimba; Miki – Time for Marimba, Alvina Tan – Dansons?, Trevino – Memento 

Timpani 

    • Brioso – Raynor Carroll or Hochrainer – Etude #50 from Etuden für Timpani volume 2
    • Orchestral Excerpt Optional

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Strings

VIOLIN

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

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

Pre-screening requirement: All undergraduate violin applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording of the following repertoire before Dec. 1: 

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

BM Final Audition Requirement: The following lists repertoire requirements for applicants invited to the second round of auditions in February 2022:

  • 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

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

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

Pre-screening requirement: All undergraduate viola applicants must upload a preliminary audition recording by December 1st. 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

BM Final Audition Requirements:

  • 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

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

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

Pre-screening requirement: By December 1st, all applicants seeking a final 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.

BM Final Audition Requirements:

    • 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

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

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

BM Audition Requirements:

  • 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

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

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

BM Audition Requirements:

    • 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

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

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

BM Audition Requirements: 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

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

Voice Pre-screening video requirement: By the application deadline, all applicants in voice (regardless of major) must upload a video pre-screen video recording. Your selections should be recorded with accompaniment. Acceptable accompaniment options include: in-person accompanist (preferred – can be off-camera if needed), a high-quality piano accompanying app, pre-recorded accompaniment tracks (ideally from an accompanist you have worked with), or self-accompaniment at the piano. Please use your judgment and select the best accompaniment option that is available to you. Record each of your selections in a separate, unedited track.

Pre-screen recordings should include: 

    • a short introduction on a separate track in which you state your name, the date you are recording, and list the selections you will be recording. 
    • 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.

Voice audition requirements:  Applicants who successfully pass the pre-screening round will subsequently audition either in person in Rochester or by uploading a final audition video.  In either case, the repertoire requirements for the audition are the same as for the prescreening round (see above.) Applicants may use the same selections for both the pre-screening and audition rounds if you wish, or you can choose different repertoire.

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Theory

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

Theory Pre-Screening: Theory applicants must submit a written paper with their application by the December 1st deadline.  This paper is reviewed for the purpose of evaluating the applicant’s writing and research skills; a musical subject is preferred, but not strictly required. Save this research paper and upload it within the application on the “Other Documents” page. Applicants are encouraged to upload representative exercises in part-writing, counterpoint, musical analysis, and/or model composition within the application for review as well.   

The above materials will be evaluated in the pre-screening process. Applicants who pass pre-screening review will be interviewed by the theory faculty. Interviews will be conducted on campus for applicants auditioning live, and over Zoom for those auditioning remotely. 

Applicants for Theory must also follow the specific instrumental repertoire guidelines and instructions given in this section for their primary instrument.  (Pianists: Note that there is a specific repertory listing for music education majors.)

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Woodwinds

BASSOON

2022 Rochester Audition Date: Friday February 4, 18, 25

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

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

Bassoon Audition Repertoire: Applicants who are selected to advance to the audition round can either audition on-campus, or submit a final audition video with an online faculty interaction.

    • Two contrasting movements from a Concerto of the applicant’s choice
    • One Milde Étude from Op. 24
    • A slow, melodic étude of the applicant’s choice
    • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro m.101-m.171
    • Ravel: Bolero rehearsal 2 to 3
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4: mvt. II, m. 274 to end
    • All major and minor scales
    • Sight-reading

CLARINET

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

Pre-screening requirement: By December 1, 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 audition to occur either in Rochester or via Zoom. 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
      • 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

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

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

    • Mozart: Entire 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.

Audition:  Applicants who are selected based on faculty review of the pre-screening round will either be scheduled for a live audition to occur in Rochester or may opt to upload a full audition video.  For applicants who select the video audition option, the list of pieces below should be recorded in a single unedited track (one take).  Applicants who audition by video may also be scheduled for a follow-up Zoom interview with faculty. 

The repertoire for the audition is as follows: 

    • 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

OBOE

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

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

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

    • 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

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

Pre-screening requirement: By December 1, all saxophone applicants seeking an on-campus 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 on-campus audition should follow the same repertoire guidelines, and can present the same or different material.

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

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.