Woodwind Audition Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts:
    1. 12 major scales and arpeggios.
    2. Two contrasting (lyrical/technical) selections:  GMEA All-state etudes (http://www.gmea.org/) or movements/etudes from standard works of the instrument’s repertoire.  See individual instruments, below, for examples).  Parts from band literature may not be used as audition material.
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance:
    • Bassoon
      1. 12 major scales and arpeggios (all slurred)
      2. Chromatic scale starting on Low Bb to high Bb (3 octaves slurred)
      3. An etude selected from Weissenborn’s 50 Advanced Studies, Rubank Advanced Method for Bassoon, or Milde Scale Studies
      4. One entire movement from a work of the standard bassoon repertoire (i.e. Galliard’s Six Sonatas, Marcello Sonata in e minor, any Vivaldi Concerto, Elgar Romance, Telemann Sonata in f minor, Bordeau Premier Solo )
    • Clarinet
      1. 12 major scales and arpeggios (all slurred)
      2. Chromatic scale starting on low E to as high as possible (slurred)
      3. An etude from Selected Studies or the Rose etude books
      4. One movement from the standard concerto/sonata repertoire such as concertos by Mozart, Weber or Stamitz (or equivalent)
      5. Sight-reading
    • Flute
      1. Two etudes or solos of contrasting styles, preferably from the standard flute repertoire. Examples include but are not limited to Sonatas by Bach, Handel, Poulenc, Hindemith; anything from Flute Music by French Composers; or Mozart Concerti.
      2. All major scales and arpeggios from memory (two or three octaves)
      3. Chromatic scale (full range of the instrument)
      4. Sight-reading may be asked
    • Oboe
      1. 12 major scales and arpeggios (all slurred)
      2. Chromatic scale starting on Low Bb (to high Eb)
      3. An etude from Barret 40 Progressive Etudes or Ferling 48 Famous Studies
      4. One or more movements from a work from the standard oboe repertoire including but not limited to Telemann Sonata in A Minor, Handel Sonatas in G Minor or C Minor, any Vivaldi Concerto, St-Saëns Sonata, Hindemith Sonata, or equivalent.
    • Saxophone
      • Classical
        1. 12 Major scales and arpeggios
        2. Chromatic scale (slurred; low Bb to high F or F#)
        3. A, D, G, C Natural minor scales and arpeggios
        4. An etude (from the Ferling, Samie, Berbiguier etude books, or equivalent)
        5. One or more movements from a work from the standard repertoire (Sonata-Creston, Sonata-Heiden, ­Concerto-Glazunov, Aria-Bozza, or equivalent)
        6. Sight-reading
      • Jazz
        1. 12 Major scales and Major 7th arpeggios
        2. G Dorian scale and Minor 7th arpeggio.  G Mixolydian scale and Dominant 7th arpeggio. G blues scale
        3. An etude (from the Snidero, Fishman, Mintzer etude books, or equivalent)
        4. Standard tune (play the melody and improvise over the chord changes; using an Aebersold play-along is suggested)
        5. Sight-reading

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