Master in Music
Flute, Clarinet, Trombone
The audition must include two or more contrasting works that demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.
Choose two solo works in contrasting styles from the standard repertoire. Where applicable first movements only:
Beethoven, Ludwig Sonata for Horn and Piano
Cherubini, Luigi Sonata No. 1 or 2
Dukas, Paul Villanelle for Horn and Piano
Francaix, Jean Divertimento
Gliere, Reinhold Nocturne for Horn and Piano
Krol, Bernhard Laudatio
Larsson, Lars-Erik Concertino for Horn and Piano
Mozart, W.A. Concerto # 2, 3, 4
Schumann, Robert Adagio and Allegro
Stevens, Halsey Sonata for Horn and Piano
Strauss, Richard Concerto # 1
Strauss, Franz Nocturno.
Additionally, three orchestral excerpts from any of the following:
Beethoven Symphony #9 (4th horn solo)
Brahms Symphony #2 or #3
Ravel Pavan for a Dead Princess
Shostakovitch Symphony #5 (low call and tutti)
Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Tchaikovsky Symphony #4 (first movement calls)
Tchaikovsky Symphony #5 (Andante cantabile).
Applicants may be asked to sight read, which could include transposition, and play major and minor scales.
Percussion applicants must perform the following, all suitable for senior- or graduate-level recital: A snare drum solo demonstrating musical and technical proficiency; a major mallet keyboard work demonstrating 2- and 4-mallet proficiency, and a timpani solo or etude (including tuning) demonstrating musical and technical proficiency. Students have the option of adding a multi-percussion solo demonstrating musical and technical proficiency; a drumset solo demonstrating proficiency in jazz, Latin, and popular styles, and/or a hand drum solo demonstrating proficiency in the instrument's tradition.
Applicants will be expected to perform from memory a minimum of three works by different composers representing a range of historical styles and demonstrating a thorough depth of technical and musical development.
One of the three pieces shall be a movement from a sonata by Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn. Naturally, the preparation of repertoire beyond the minimum three pieces is encouraged.
Applicants will be expected to perform music from each of the following three contrasting styles, representing different style periods. Sample concerti include the Ibert, Glazunov, Creston Concerto, Villa-Lobos Fantasia, and Martin Ballad. Sample sonatas include: Bach Flute Sonata on soprano, Schumann Three Romances, Heiden Sonata, Creston Sonata, Maslanka Sonata, and Muczynski Sonata. A sample unaccompanied piece might include Bach Partita, anything by Ryo Noda, anything by Christian Lauba, or Luciano Berio. A sample audition might be: Muczynski Sonata (American last 25 years); Ibert Concertino (French 80 years); and a Bach Partita (Baroque transcription).
All applicants in trumpet must perform three contrasting works, in any stylistic genres (classical, contemporary, baroque, jazz, etc). Selections should demonstrate the following –– musicianship, technical prowess, flexibility across the instrument, and tone. Students with a jazz background should include improvisation as a part of their audition (to be performed with an Aebersold recording or equivalent).
Applicants must prepare five selections, including one each in English, French, German, and Italian covering a broad spectrum of styles. The fifth selection is in the language of the applicant’s choice.