Suggested Musical Repertoire

Undergraduate RepertoireThe audition candidate should prepare approximately 10 minutes of music for the audition. Entire pieces are not required—individual movements or excerpts are acceptable. The candidate should prepare a combination of materials that showcase their technical and lyrical abilities. Examples of suitable repertoire are listed below.

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Musical Area

Voice

Cello

Clarinet

Trombone and Euphonium

Piano

Double Bass

Bassoon

Tuba

Organ

Guitar

Saxophone

Percussion

Violin

Flute

Trumpet or Cornet

Composition

Viola

Oboe

French Horn

Jazz Studies

Voice

The requirements for the BM in Vocal Performance and/or BM in Music Education degree program(s) are as follows:

  • A completed Scholarship/Entrance Audition form
  • 2-3 memorized songs (at least one must be in a foreign language)

Here are several examples of good audition material:

  • Lydia by Faure
  • Lachen und weinen by Schubert
  • Here Amid the Shady Woods by Handel
  • Quella fiamma che m'accende by Conti
  • Du bist wie eine Blume by Schumann
  • Gia il sole dal Gange by Scarlatti
  • The Vagabond by Vaughan Williams
  • Si tu veux, Mignonne by Massenet

Also include:

  • 2 letters of recommendation from music professionals with whom you have worked
  • A list of your audition repertoire one week prior to your audition
  • Appropriate audition attire

The requirements for the MM in Vocal Performance degree program are as follows:

  • A completed Scholarship/Entrance Audition form
  • 5 art songs and/or arias in different languages and styles sung from memory
  • 2 letters of recommendation from music professionals with whom you have worked
  • A list of your audition repertoire one week prior to your audition
  • Appropriate audition attire

DVDs may be submitted in lieu of a live audition reflecting the above requirements.

Piano

All piano applicants should play a piece chosen from these examples or comparable pieces.

  • Any of the J. S. Bach WTC, book I or II, except Numbers one and eight.
  • Any of the Six French Suites or English Partitas, Toccatas by J. S. Bach.
  • Any first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven.
  • Any piece from Books five or six of Bartok's Mikrokosmos.
  • Any of the Brahms Intermezzi.
  • Fantastiestucke, Opus 12, Robert Schumann.
  • Chopin's Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Polonaises, Ballads.
  • Any Romantic Work, e.g. Brahms, Schumann, Chopin.

BM applicants must prepare three different works by different composers or from three different style periods for a total of approximately twenty minutes of memorized music.

Organ

It is not necessary for the applicant to have studied organ prior to college entrance. It is, however, required that he/she have a minimum of five years of piano study. Therefore, the applicant should be prepared to audition on both piano and organ, if he/she has studied both. The applicant should prepare 2 contrasting works from this suggested repertoire list.

  • "Ich ruf u dir" Orgelbuchlein, Bach
  • Seventy-nine Chorales, Dupre.
  • Partitas, Pachelbel
  • Various works from Italian composers
  • "Jesu, meine Freude", Walther Variations
  • Vingt-quatre Pieces, Langlais
  • Prelude and Fugue, E minor, BWV 533 ("The Cathedral"), Bach
  • "Jesu, meine Freude" Orgelbuchlein, Bach
  • Toccata in B minor, Gigout
  • Es ist ein Ros'entsprungen, Brahms
  • A prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach, or a fugue alone, if not part of  a complete work
  • Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, Bach
  • "In dir ist Freude" Orgelbuchlein, Bach
  • Cantabile, Franck
  • Cortege et Litanie, Dupre
  • Suite Medievale, Langlais
  • Chorale, A minor, Franck
  • Piece Heroique, Franck
  • Litanies, Alain
  • A Sonata or comparable work by Mendelssohn or Brahms

Violin

  • 3 octave major and minor scales
  • One etude
  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
  • One movement of a concerto

Viola

  • 3 octave major and minor scales
  • One etude
  • One movement from an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
  • One movement of a concerto

Cello

  • Two contrasting movements (one fast and one slow) from a standard sonata by Marcello, Handel, or comparable material
  • An etude by Dotzauer, Popper, or comparable material
  • Common scales in two or three octaves

Double Bass

  • Two contrasting movements or pieces from the standard repertory.
  • One major and one minor scale.
  • OR Permission of the instructor.

Guitar

Applicants should be prepared with major and minor scales through the fifth position, two pieces for solo guitar, and an etude of moderate difficulty by Sor, Carulli or Carcassi.

Flute

All Flute application for the B.M. degree program are required to preform scores from the list below or an equivalent:

  • Concerto in G Major or D Major, Mozart
  • 20th century sonata or solo piece of your choice
  • One technical etude or study of your choice

Oboe

In addition to playing scales from memory (all major and minor scales, two octaves to high D), the audition candidate should prepare approximately 10 minutes of music for the audition. Entire pieces are not required - individual movements or excerpts are acceptable. The candidate should prepare a combination of materials that showcase their technical and lyrical abilities. Examples of suitable repertoire:

  • Concerto for Oboe in C Major (arr. Benjamin), Cimarosa
  • 48 Studies for Oboe, Op. 31 (Southern), Ferling
  • Concerto for Oboe in C Minor, Marcello
  • Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370, Mozart
  • Two Fantasy Pieces, Nielsen
  • Sonata for Oboe, Op. 166, Saint-Saëns
  • Sonata for Oboe in G Minor, Telemann

Clarinet

Any piece from Stubbin;s Recital Literature for Clarinet, Volume I or II (published by Wahr, Ann Arbor, Michigan); or any of the following:

  • Rhapsody, Osborne
  • Sonata, Hindemith
  • Concertos 1 or 2, Weber.
  • Grand Duo Concertante, Weber.
  • Fantasia and Rondo, Weber.
  • 32 Etudes, C. Rose. Please prepare a slow and fast one.
  • Sonata 1 or 2, Brahms.
  • Sonata, Poulenc.
  • Three pieces, Stravinsky.
  • Concerto, Mozart (for A clarinet only).

All major scales in two or three octaves. Chromatic scale low E to high G.

Bassoon

The audition candidate should prepare approximately 10 minutes of music for the audition. Entire pieces are not required—individual movements or excerpts are acceptable. The candidate should prepare a combination of materials that showcase their technical and lyrical abilities. Examples of suitable repertoire are listed below.

  • Choose from Weissenborn Studies, Op.8, Book II: No.4, No.25 or No.28
  • Sonata in f minor, Telemann, movements I and II
  • Sonata in Bb Major, Mozart - movement I

All major and minor scales at a minimum tempo of quarter = 96 bpm in eighths.

Saxophone

Two movements or etudes of contrasting nature from below:

  • Sonata, Eccles, pub. Southern.
  • Sonata, Jacobi, pub. Southern.
  • Sonata, Heiden, pub. Schott
  • Aria, Bozza, pub. Leduc
  • Sicilienne, Lantier
  • Tableaux de Provence, Maurice
  • Concerto in Eb, Glazounov
  • Chanson et Passpied, Rueff
  • Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player, Teal
  • 48 Famous Etudes, Ferling (slow/fast)
  • Selected Studies, Voxman

Trumpet or Cornet

Prepare two selections or movements that contrast in tempo and style, one of which may be a representative etude.

Suggestions include:

  • Trumpet Concerto, Haydn
  • Trumpet Concerto, Hummel
  • Trumpet Concerto, Arutunian
  • Andante and Allegro, Ropartz
  • Petitie Piece Concertante, Balay
  • Concert Etude, Goedicke

Note: All prospective trumpet students are encouraged to contact Dr. Kathryn Adduci to arrange a lesson in the months prior to the audition if possible. There is no charge for the lesson.

French Horn

In addition to playing scales from memory (all major scales, one octave required, two preferred,) prepare two selections or movements that contrast in tempo and style from the list below or of similar difficulty.

  • 1 movement of Mozart Horn Concerto No. 1, or Strauss Concerto No. 1
  • Any etude by Kopprasch or Gallay; or an etude of similar difficulty
  • Major/Minor Scales: F and G Major/Minor - two octaves; all others (can be asked both articulated and slurred).
  • (Optional) One piece of choice, or orchestral excerpts of choice

Trombone and Euphonium

Any etude from Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Joannes Rochut, and one of the following: (a slow and a fast movement)

  • Six Sonatas for Trombone and Piano, Galliard.
  • Morceau Symphonique, Guilmant.
  • Sonata in Bb Major, Vivaldi-Ostrander.
  • Clef Studies, Blazhevich (any etude)

Tuba

  • Air and Bouree, Bach-Bell.
  • Variations on Theme by Handel, Beethoven-Bell.
  • Sonatine for Tuba and Piano, Walter Hartley.
  • Any Solo from Solos for the Tuba Player, Wekselblatt.

Percussion

Snare Drum

Perform an etude from books below or equivalent.

  • Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies, Mitchell Peters
  • Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony Cirone

Snare Drum Audition Preparation Sheet [pdf]

Marimba

Perform an etude from book below.

  • Marimba: Technique Through Music by Mark Ford

—Or—

  • Movement from violin sonata or concerto
  • 4 mallet solo of choice

Timpani

Perform etude from book below.

  • Fundamental Studies for Timpani by Mitchell Peters
  • Pedal to the Kettle by Kirk Gay

Composition

Present two or three original compositions for any instrumental combination (score and audio recording, if possible). In addition, each applicant must be able to discuss with the audition committee any three works from the following list.

* All works are commercially available on recordings and accessible in university libraries.

  • Bartók, Béla: Mikrokosmos 105; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; Concerto for Orchestra
  • Berg, Alban: Violin Concerto; Wozzeck; Lyrische Suite
  • Berio, Luciano: Circles; Folk Songs
  • Copland, Aaron: Appalachian Spring; Sonata for Piano
  • Crumb, George: Ancient Voices of Children; Black Angels
  • Debussy, Claude: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Prelude for piano, Books one and two (choose one piece)
  • Hindemith, Paul: Ludus Tonalis; Mathis der Mahler Symphony
  • Ives, Charles: Three Places in New England
  • Ligeti, György: Chamber Concerto for Thirteen Players; Passacaglia Ungherese
  • Schoenberg, Arnold: Verkärte Nacht; Pierrot Lunaire; Variations for Orchestra
  • Stravinsky, Igor: The Rite of Spring; L'Histoire du Soldat; Movements for piano and orchestra
  • Varese, Edgard: Octandre; Ionization; Poeme Electronique
  • Webern, Anton: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 10; Symphony, Opus 21

Jazz Studies

  • Major, harmonic, melodic minor scales
  • Sight reading
  • 3 jazz standards of varying styles (pre-recorded rhythm section preferred)