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Suggested Audition Repertoire

NOTE: The following repertoire list is intended to help guide you and your teachers in choosing appropriate pieces for auditions. These pieces are intended to serve as recommendations, not requirements. Contact the Music Department with questions about the appropriateness of your audition pieces. In all cases you should choose pieces that you feel most comfortable with and that exhibit your highest level of musical skill.

Bassoon
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Hindemith Sonate or Galliard Sonata.

Cello
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range. Three classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos, including the first movement of a concerto, and two movements of an unaccompanied Bach suite (or equivalent).

Clarinet
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Mozart Concerto or Rossini Variations.

Double Bass
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range. One classical solo piece that demonstrates highest technical ability, and three contrasting orchestral excerpts.

Euphonium
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Marcello Sonata III or Barat Andante and Allegro.

Flute
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Poulenc Sonata or Chaminade Concertino.

Guitar
Two classical solo pieces and/or etudes in contrasting moods, styles or tempos that demonstrate highest technical ability. If possible, include a dance movement from the Lute or Cello works of J.S. Bach.

Harp
Scales and tonic glissandos in all keys. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos.

Horn
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Mozart Concerto No. 1 or Hindemith Sonate.

Oboe
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Hindemith Sonate or Cimaroso Concerto.

Organ
Two organ works of contrasting periods and styles, demonstrating the student's best efforts and abilities. Students wishing to study organ but with little of no organ experience may audition on piano (see piano audition guidelines).

Percussion
Performance on snare drum, keyboard percussion and timpani are required. Snare drum: demonstration of rudimental drumming, solos such as Goldenberg 12 Progressive Solos (select one). Keyboard percussion: Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Solos such as Haydn Gypsy Rondo. Timpani: solos such as Firth Solo Impressions.

Piano (and Organ)
Four octaves of all major, melodic, and harmonic minor scales. Three compositions:
1. A Bach Two or Three-part Invention or a Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier (or equivalent)
2. A first movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (or equivalent)
3. Either a 19-century or 20-century work

Saxophone
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Whitney Introduction and Samba or Bozza Improvisation et Caprice.

Trombone
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Saint-Saens Cavatine or Guilmant Morceau Symphonique.

Trumpet

Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Haydn Concerto or Ropartz Andante and Allegro.

Tuba

Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range; chromatic scale over the practicable range. Two classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos equivalent in difficulty to Hartley Sonata or Nelhybel Suite for Tuba.

Viola
Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range. Three classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos, including the first movement of a concerto, and two movements of an unaccompanied Bach suite (or equivalent).

Violin

Major and harmonic minor scales up to four sharps and four flats covering the practicable range. Three classical solo pieces in contrasting moods, styles or tempos, including if possible the first movement of a Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn or Bruch concerto, and two movements of an unaccompanied Bach suite or Partita (or equivalent).

Voice
Two classical solos (art songs and/or arias) of the student's own choosing in contrasting moods, styles or tempos. One must be in English and, if possible, the other in Italian, German, French, or Spanish. NOTE: an accompanist will be provided for all voice auditions (please provide sheet music for the accompanist). Please notify the Music Department in advance if you will be providing your own accompanist.