Suggested Musical Repertoire

 

Undergraduate Repertoire

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.

 

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 Voice BannerThe 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 in contrasting styles. One piece must be in a language other than English. One piece may come from the American Musical theater repertoire.

Accompaniment is strongly recommended. If you have any additional questions regarding finding accompaniments, please do not hesitate to contact the area coordinator (listed below).

Also include

  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • A list of your audition repertoire one week prior to your audition

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

  • A completed Scholarship/Entrance Audition form
  • 2 letters of recommendation from music professionals with whom you have worked
  • 4 contrasting selections in different languages and styles sung from memory. Contact the Voice Area Coordinator for more information
  • A list of your audition repertoire one week prior to your audition

Video recorded submissions may be submitted in lieu of a live audition reflecting the above requirements. Unlisted or public YouTube videos are preferred. 

  • Applicants should not upload private videos.
  • No audio or video editing is permitted
  • Repertoire must be performed from memory
  • Applicants should include the following information in the video description: Full name, email address, the name of each piece and respective composer names

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Sandra Bengochea, Voice Area Coordinator- sandra.bengochea@sjsu.edu Dr Jeffrey Benson, Director of Choral Activities- jeffrey.benson@sjsu.edu

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 Piano Banner

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.

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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

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 Violin Banner

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

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

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  • 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

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

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 Guitar Banner

Applicants should be prepared with:
(1) Three octave chromatic scale
(2) One etude by Sor, Aguado, Carcassi, Tarrega, Brouwer, Sagreras, or Villa-Lobos
(3) Any piece for solo guitar

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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 Prof. John Freemanto arrange a lesson in the months prior to the audition if possible. There is no charge for the lesson.

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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 & G Major/Minor - two octaves; all others (can be asked both articulated and slurred).
  • (Optional) One piece of choice, or orchestral excerpts of choice

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 Trombone & 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)

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  • 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.

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Snare Drum - perform an etude from books below or equivalent

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

Prepare snare drum audition page listed: CLICK HERE [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

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 Composition Banner

Submit a portfolio of two or three original compositions for any instrumental combination (scores and audio recordings). Post the scores in PDF format and audio in mp3 file format (not WAV or AAIF) in Google Drive or Dropbox.com, and send the link to the composition area coordinator: Pablo.Furman@sjsu.edu

In addition to submitting a composition portfolio, composition applicants must audition on their primary instrument or voice. In lower division, composition students must enroll in instrumental or vocal lessons in conjunction with composition lessons; hence the primary instrument/voice audition. Check the respective instrumental/vocal area for audition requirements and faculty contacts on this page.

All music majors must be enrolled in a major performing ensemble each semester they are enrolled in applied lessons. Ensemble auditions are required.

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

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