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Schwob School of Music


Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Admission

 

Strings

February 17 - Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
February 18 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 1 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED

 

Guitar

February 17 - Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
February 18 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 1 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED

 

Voice

December 2, 2016 - Friday. For this date, please email Professor Earl Coleman to be assigned an afternoon slot.
February 11 - Saturday 10:00AM* --- THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
March 4 - Saturday 10:00AM* --- THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 1 - Saturday 10:00 AM* --- THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 28 -  Friday.  For this date, please email Professor Earl Coleman to be assigned an afternoon slot.
*Vocalists will be assigned a rehearsal and audition time upon check-in.

 

Woodwind

February 17 - Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
February 18 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
March 31- Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 1 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED

 

Brass

February 17 - Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
February 18 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
March 31- Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 1 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
 

Piano

February 24 - Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
March 4 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED

 

Percussion

February 17 - Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
February 18 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
March 31- Friday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
April 1 - Saturday - THIS DATE IS NOW CLOSED
 
Click here for a complete list of faculty by studio. 

Undergraduate Audition Requirements:

Prospective music majors must demonstrate basic aptitude in a performance medium through a placement audition and interview. Transfer students should call the Schwob School for additional audition requirements.

Piano
Any Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach from WTC, Allegro (I movement) from sonata by J. Hadyn, W.A. Mozart, or L. van Beethoven, one virtuoso étude by F. Chopin, F. Liszt, or S. Rachmaninoff. Any work from the romantic era by F. Chopin, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, or F. Liszt.

Organ
One Hymn written in four-part chorale style, presented with an introduction, one stanza employing standard part-playing techniques, and an (optional) second stanza, which employs a re-harmonization or descant or other appropriate treatment. One work by J. S. Bach, which was originally conceived for the organ. One work contrasting in style to the J. S. Bach work presented, from the 19th or 20th Centuries, originally conceived for the organ. Sight-reading and manual and pedal scales will be examined.

Harp
Two works or movements of works in contrasting styles, preferably from memory. Cadenza from the Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers. One Pozzoli Etude, free choice.

Voice
Two contrasting art songs from memory sung in the original language or in English translation with piano accompaniment. Opera arias after the Classical period and musical theatre selections are not acceptable. You may bring a pianist, or an accompanist will be provided for you at a fee. Be prepared to sight read single line melodies (major and minor tonalities), chant/count rhythmic patterns, and sing aural memory passages. Transfer students are required to include a repertoire list of music studied at the college level.

Violin
Technique Three octaves minor and major scales (candidate's choice), including double stops, thirds and octaves.One etude or caprice by Rode, Dont, Dancla, Gavinies, Wieniawski, or Paganini.
Bach: Two contrasting movements from a sonata or partita for unaccompanied violin.
Concerto: One movement from a standard 18th, 19th or 20th century concerto (if 1st movement, include cadenza).
Short piece
: One short work of the candidate's choice. (optional)

Viola
Technique:  Scales in 3 octaves. Etudes: 2 etudes from Kreutzer, Fiorillo or Rode.
Bach:  Two contrasting movements from a sonata, suite or partita for unaccompanied viola.

Concerto:  One movement from standard 18th, 19th or 20th century (if 1st movement, include cadenza).

Cello

Technique: Scales in 3 octaves.  Etudes: 2 etudes from Popper, Dotzauer, Feulliard or Greutzmacher.
Bach:
Two contrasting movements from a suite for solo cello.

Concerto: One movement from standard 18th, 19th or 20th century (if 1st movement, include cadenza).

Bass

Technique:  Scales in 3 octaves.  2 etudes from Bille, Rabbath or Simandl.

Bach: Two contrasting movements from a sonata or partita for unaccompanied bass.

Concerto: One movement from standard 18th, 19th or 20th century (if 1st movement, include cadenza).

Jazz Minor: Excerpt from standard repretoire. 

 

Guitar
Three pieces in contrasting style, one arpeggio study (Carulli, Carcassi, Giuliani, etc.) and two-octave scales in four major and harmonic and melodic minor keys.

 

Brass
One or two solos or concerto movements (or characteristic etudes) that demonstrate both lyrical and technical skills. Chromatic scale, 12 major scales with arpeggios, and sight-reading.

Woodwinds
One or two solos or concerto movements (or characteristic etudes) that demonstrate both lyrical and technical skills. Sight-reading, all major scales and arpeggios, and a full-range chromatic scale.

Percussion

Snare drum: ONE etude from Anthony Cirone's Portraits in Rhythm, or Delécluse 12 Etudes, or Mitchell Peters Intermediate Snare Drum Studies Timpani: ONE etude from Mitchell Peters Fundamental Method for Timpani (from #44, 45, 47, 49), or 3-4 drum etude from Goodman Modern Method for Timpani Keyboards: Choose ONE mallet piece from the following:

  1. Any xylophone ragtime solo by G.H. Green
  2. One movement from a Bach Cello Suite or Violin Partita
  3. One page etude from Goldenberg Modern School

OPTIONAL BUT STRONGLY RECOMMENDED:
ONE short four mallet solo or etude from Burritt, Smadbeck, Bobo, Sammut, Stout, Peters, Tyson, Gomez, Musser,

Sight reading will be required for snare drum and mallets.

MM Performance Audition Requirements

For more information, or if no information is listed, please contact the individual teacher.

Voice

  • Aria from opera or oratorio
  • German Lied
  • French mélodie
  • 20th-21st Century English art song
  • Baroque piece in Italian or English

Please note that all four major languages (English, Italian, German and French) must be represented. Therefore, if the aria is in a language other than Italian, the Baroque selection must be Italian rather than English.

Flute

  • Mozart: First movement from either the G or D Major Concerto
  • Bach: Two movements from a sonata of your choice
  • A 20th century work for solo flute or flute and piano
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Oboe

  • Mozart C Major Concerto (first movement with cadenza)
  • Poulenc Sonata, 2 movements
  • One unaccompanied work of the applicant's choice
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Clarinet

  • First movement of either of the Brahms Op. 120 Sonatas
  • One movement of the Poulenc Sonata
  • One unaccompanied work of the applicant's choice
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Saxophone

  • Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert
  • A baroque transcription such as J.S. Bach BWV 1035 (Sonata No. 6, trans. Mule)
  • A sonata such as the Muczynski Sonata or the Fuzzy Bird Sonata by Yoshimatsu
  • An unaccompanied work such as Caprice in Forme de Valse by Bonneau or Maï by Noda OR any medium-up tempo blues such as Tenor Madness or Now's the Time (performance of the blues tune must be entirely from memory)

Bassoon

  • Mozart Concerto, any two movements
  • An additional solo work of your choice
  • Orchestra excerpts: Tchaikovsky IV, second movement; Mozart, Marriage of Figaro overture

Brass

The audition for the Master's Degree in Performance and the Graduate Assistantship requires approximately 20 to 25 minutes of playing, to include solo literature of the student's choice, plus 3-5 standard orchestral excerpts. Piano accompaniment is encouraged, but not required, and will not be provided.

Trumpet players should perform on different keyed trumpets in the audition.

Tuba players should expect to showcase a balance between bass-tuba and contrabass-tuba solos and excerpts.

Percussion

  • One concert snare drum solo: Delécluse: Douze Etudes (any)
  • One advanced four-mallet marimba work
  • One solo timpani work: Elliott Carter, Delécluse etude or concerto

Violin

  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita, or the entire Chaconne
  • Two Paganini caprices, or any Ysaye sonata for solo violin
  • A complete sonata for violin and piano from the 19th or 20th century
  • A complete concerto from the Romantic period or 20th century

*All Bach solo works, etudes/caprices, concertos, and virtuoso pieces must be performed from memory

 

Viola

A varied selection, approximately 30 minutes in length, representing three contrasting styles of music. Single movements may be played. A selection from the standard concerto repertoire and a movement of Bach is mandatory (from 6 Sonatas & Partitas for Violin/Viola solo or from 6 Suites for solo cello/viola).

 

Cello

A varied selection, approximately 30 minutes in length, representing three contrasting styles of music. Single movements may be played. Suggested Repertoire: Any Bach or Reger Suite, several movements; any movement of a concerto, such as: Haydn, D major; Schumann; Dvorak; Barber; Bloch, Schelomo; Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations; or equivalent. Virtuoso pieces such as: Dvorak, Rondo op. 94; Bruch, kol Nidre; Hindemith, Capriccio, etc.

 

 

Double Bass

  • An advanced etude, such as Bille, Simandl, Rossi, Storch, etc.
  • A movement from Bach's unaccompanied cello suite
  • Two contrasting movements from a major concerto, such as Dragonetti, Bottesini, Koussevitzky, etc.

 

 

Guitar

  • Any 3 movements of a Suite, Sonata, or Partita of J.S. Bach (Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 is also acceptable)
  • Any significant 19th century work (e.g. Giuliani, Sor, Coste, Aguado, Regondi, etc.)
  • A 20th century work of Turina, Torroba, Ponce, Tedesco, Rodrigo, Brouwer, or comparable
  • One contrasting work of the applicant's choice

Harp

One movement of a concerto from the following list:

  1. Debussy Dances Sacree and Profane
  2. Ravel Introduction and Allegro
  3. Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto
  4. Handel Concerto in B Flat
  5. Dittersdorf Concerto for Harp

One Tchaikovsky orchestral cadenza from the following list:

  • Nutcracker
  • Swan Lake
  • Sleeping Beauty

Piano

  • Any Prelude and Fugue from WTC, or a Toccata, Partita, or English Suite or French Suite or the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
  • A complete Classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
  • A significant composition from the Romantic era by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, or Brahms
  • A composition from the 20th century

The program must be performed from memory. A short interview will be conducted in which the applicant should demonstrate a knowledge of music history and the history of piano performance.

Organ

  • One of the following works by J. S. Bach:
    • Any of the complete Trio Sonatas
    • One of the large Preludes/Toccatas/Fantasias and Fugues* or the
    • Passacaglia in C minor*
  • A major work from the Romantic or Impressionist tradition
  • A major work written since 2000

Optional addition: an improvisation on a theme given at the time of the audition (The theme will be given 30 minutes before the audition is scheduled to begin, so that the candidate can complete a study of the material at a piano.)

*This repertoire must be approved by the University Organist in advance of the audition

Artist Diploma Audition Requirements

For more information, or if no information is listed, please contact the studio teacher.

Voice

  • Aria from opera or oratorio
  • German Lied
  • French mélodie
  • 20th-21st Century English art song
  • Baroque piece in Italian or English

Please note that all four major languages (English, Italian, German and French) must be represented. Therefore, if the aria is in a language other than Italian, the Baroque selection must be Italian rather than English.

Flute

  • Mozart: First movement from either the G or D Major Concerto
  • Bach: Two movements from a sonata of your choice
  • A 20th century work for solo flute or flute and piano
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Oboe

  • Mozart C Major Concerto (first movement with cadenza)
  • Poulenc Sonata (all three movements)
  • One solo work of the applicant's choice.
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven--Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 2
    • Brahms--Violin Concerto, Mvt. 2
    • Rossini--La Scala, slow and fast solos

Clarinet

  • Either of the Brahms Op. 120 Sonatas Mvt. 1
  • Debussy Rhapsodie or Françaix Theme and Variations
  • Mozart Concerto Mvt. 1
  • One solo work of the applicant's choice
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Saxophone

  • Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert
  • A baroque transcription such as J.S. Bach BWV 1035 (Sonata No. 6, trans. Mule)
  • A sonata such as the Muczynski Sonata or the Fuzzy Bird Sonata by Yoshimatsu
  • An unaccompanied work such as Caprice in Forme de Valse by Bonneau or Maï by Noda OR any medium-up tempo blues such as Tenor Madness or Now's the Time (performance of the blues tune must be entirely from memory)

Bassoon

  • Mozart Concerto, any two movements
  • An additional solo work of your choice
  • Orchestra excerpts: Tchaikovsky IV, seocnd movement; Mozart, Marriage of Figaro overture

Brass

The audition for the Artist Diploma and the Graduate Assistantship requires approximately 20 to 25 minutes of playing, to include solo literature of the student's choice, plus 3-5 standard orchestral excerpts. Piano accompaniment is encouraged, but not required, and will not be provided.

Trumpet players should perform on different keyed trumpets in the audition.

Tuba players should expect to showcase a balance between bass-tuba and contrabass-tuba solos and excerpts.

Percussion

  • One concert snare drum solo: Delécluse: Douze Etudes (any)
  • One advanced four-mallet marimba work
  • One solo timpani work: Elliott Carter, Delécluse etude from Vingt études or concerto
  • One two-mallet solo: G.H. Green Xylophone Rag or a movement from a Bach Cello Suite
  • Excerpts: 2 snare, 2 xylophone, 1 timpani

Violin

  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita
  • A Paganini caprice, or virtuoso piece of similar difficulty
  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata for violin and piano from the 19th or 20th century
  • First or last movement from the Romantic or 20th century concerto

*All Bach solo works, etudes/caprices, concertos, and virtuoso pieces must be performed from memory

 

Viola

A varied selection, approximately 30 minutes in length, representing three contrasting styles of music. Single movements may be played. A selection from the standard concerto repertoire and a movement of Bach is mandatory (from 6 Sonatas & Partitas for Violin/Viola solo or from 6 Suites for solo cello/viola).

 

 

Cello

A varied selection, approximately 30 minutes in length, representing three contrasting styles of music. Single movements may be played. Suggested Repertoire: Any Bach or Reger Suite, several movements; any movement of a concerto, such as: Haydn, D major; Schumann; Dvorak; Barber; Bloch, Schelomo; Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations; or equivalent. Virtuoso pieces such as: Dvorak, Rondo op. 94; Bruch, kol Nidre; Hindemith, Capriccio, etc.

 

Double Bass

  • An advanced etude, such as Bille, Simandl, Rossi, Storch, etc.
  • A movement from Bach's unaccompanied cello suite
  • Two contrasting movements from a major concerto, such as Dragonetti, Bottesini, Koussevitzky, etc.

 

Guitar

  • Any 3 movements of a Suite, Sonata, or Partita of J.S. Bach (Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 is also acceptable)
  • Any significant 19th century work (e.g. Giuliani, Sor, Coste, Aguado, Regondi, etc.)
  • A 20th century work of Turina, Torroba, Ponce, Tedesco, Rodrigo, Brouwer, or comparable
  • One contrasting work of the applicant's choice

Harp

One movement of a concerto from the following list:

  • Debussy Dances Sacree and Profane
  • Ravel Introduction and Allegro
  • Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto
  • Handel Concerto in B Flat
  • Dittersdorf Concerto for Harp

One Tchaikovsky orchestral cadenza from the following list:

  • Nutcracker
  • Swan Lake
  • Sleeping Beauty

Piano

  • Any polyphonic work by J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich, Paul Hindemith, or R. Schedrin
  • A complete Sonata by F. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, or F. Schubert
  • A significant composition from the Romantic era by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, or Brahms
  • Any work composed in 20th century

The program must be performed from memory. A short interview will be conducted in which the applicant should demonstrate a knowledge of music history and the history of piano performance.

Organ

  • One of the following work by J. S. Bach:
    • Any of the complete Trio Sonatas
    • One of the large Preludes/Toccatas/Fantasias and Fugues* or the
    • Passacaglia in C minor*
  • A major work from the Romantic or Impressionist tradition
  • A major work written since 2000

Optional addition: an improvisation on a theme given at the time of the audition (The theme will be given 30 minutes before the audition is scheduled to begin, so that the candidate can complete a study of the material at a piano.)

*This repertoire must be approved by the University Organist in advance of the audition