Music Scholarship Audition Dates

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

To schedule your music scholarship audition date and time complete the Audition Form.

Audition Requirements

FLUTE

Undergraduate Audition

A solo at the level of Handel Flute Sonata op. 1. or harder. Etude at the level of E. Kohler op. 33 or harder. One major and one minor scale.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose one in each category:

Mozart concerti (G & D)

One J.S. Bach sonatas

Major twentieth century sonata, i.e.; Hindemith, Copeland, etc.

Other important solos, especially French romantic solos, including Faure, St. Saens

CLARINET

Undergraduate Audition

The following repertoire is a suggestion. Applicants are welcome to perform anything, preferably with piano accompaniment, that is similar in level. Any two contrasting etudes (or excerpts from etudes) from Cyrille Rose’s 32 Etudes for Clarinet. These are available with piano accompaniment through Carl Fisher, revised and edited by Melvin Warner. Two-octave major scales in all keys.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose one of the following:

Theme and Variations by Rossini

Solo de Concours by Messager

Fantasy Piece, op. 73 by Schumann

Grand Duo Concertant by Weber

Hillandale Waltzes by Babin

Sonatina by Horovitz

Sonata for Clarinet by Poulenc

Concerto no. 2 by Weber

SAXOPHONE

Undergraduate Audition

Major and natural minor scales up to four sharps and four flats, slurred and tongued, one octave

Performance of any selection, classical or jazz

 

Graduate Audition

All scales in diatonic fourths, and fifths

All arpeggios and diatonic seventh chords

 

Choose an etude from the following workbooks:

Lyon 32 Etudes

Karg-Elert 25 Caprices

Douze Etudes by Bozza

 

Choose one of the following Solos:

Creston Sonata

Glazunov Concerto

Ibert Concertino da Camera

Bach - Partita in A Minor for solo flute

Bonneau - Caprice en Forme de Valse

Dubois – Concerto

Demersseman - Fantaisie sur un thème original

Maurice - Tableau de Provence

Muczynski – Sonata

Schulhoff - Hot Sonate

FRENCH HORN

Undergraduate Audition

Entering students should be able to perform an etude at the level of Kopprasch Book 1, Rubank Advanced Method Book and one movement from any Mozart concerto. Student should have a knowledge of some major scales and ensemble experience.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose contrasting etudes from the following workbooks:

Maxime-Alphone’s Book 5

Pottag 335 Studies for French Horn (book 2)

 

Choose from the following solos:

Mozart concertos 2 & 4

Strauss first concerto

Hindemith sonatas

Choose one excerpt from Strauss or Wagner

 

TRUMPET

Undergraduate Audition

For music majors who wish to specialize in the trumpet, the initial audition will consist of major scales, chromatic scale from low C to demonstrate range, a prepared lyrical etude/solo/orchestral excerpt on the level of a Concone, Arban (theme) or off-stage II. Mvt. from Respighi Pines of Rome etc. and a technical etude/solo/excerpt on the level of Clarke, Arban (Variations or Characteristic Study). Sight-reading will be included.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose contrasting etudes from the books of Charlier, Bitsch, and Smith.

Choose a solo from the following:

Concertino by Bozza

Kennan Sonata

Peeters Sonata

Suite by Presser

TROMBONE

Undergraduate Audition

Trombone students applying for admission into the music program should be prepared to demonstrate a good sense of tone quality and slide technique suitable to perform selections from Voxman’s Concert and Contest Collection for Trombone.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose two contrasting etudes focusing on orchestral and jazz oriented materials.

Choose a solo from the following:

Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant

Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone

EUPHONIUM

Undergraduate Audition

Euphonium students applying for admission into the music program should be prepared to demonstrate a good sense of tone quality and valve technique suitable to perform selections from Voxman’s Concert and Contest Collection for Baritone/Euphonium..

 

Graduate Audition

Choose two contrasting excerpts focusing on wind ensemble and orchestral oriented materials

Choose a solo from the following:

Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant

Six Studies in English Folksong by Vaughan-Williams

Variations by Jerry Owen

TUBA

Undergraduate Audition

Applicants for admission into the music program should prepare pieces through which they can exhibit good technique and a sense of phrasing. Appropriate pieces might be Etudes by Blazevich, Kopprash or Bordogni, and solos such as Air and Boureé, Bach; Suite for Tuba, Haddad or other pieces of a similar calibre.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose two contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral Repertoire including works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky Strauss and Prokofiev

Solo work:

Concerto by Vaughan-Williams

PERCUSSION

Undergraduate Audition

Student must audition on 3 instruments. Students are required to perform the following:

1. Any of the 26 Rudiments

2. Snare drum solo (Rudimental or Orchestral style, ex. "Portraits in Rhythm" by

Anthony Cirone)

3. Marimba Scales - Major and Natural Minor in key of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, and D

4. Marimba, Xylophone or Vibe solo 2 or 4 mallets Grade 3 or above

5. Timpani solo Grade 3 or above (ex. "The Solo Timpanist" by Vic Firth

6. Drum set:

a. Swing

b. Bossa Nova

c. Trading fours

 

Graduate Audition

Students are required to perform the following:

1. Xylophone excerpts:

a. Porgy and Bess

b. Polka from Golden Age Ballet - Shostakovich

c. Colas Breugnon - Kabalevsky

2. Snare drum excerpts:

a. Scheherazade

b. Schumann's 3rd Symphony

3. 4 Mallet solo Grade 4 or above

4. Timpani solo Grade 4 or above

5. Vibes solo Grade 4 or above

6. Bells excerpt, The Magic Flute - Mozart

7. Multiple Percussion solo

VOICE

Undergraduate Audition

For admission to the Bachelor of Music in Music Education or Performance degrees; Bachelor of Arts in Music degree:

Two contrasting pieces from the solo vocal repertoire. Composers listed are only guidelines. Memorization is strongly preferred. Sight reading will be done at the audition. Bring your music in a 3-ring binder, using double-sided copies. Music must be in the key you will sing; the pianist will not transpose. It is not necessary to provide copies for the audition committee.

  1. One art song in English from any time period by composers such as Purcell, Handel, Quilter, Britten, Ives, Copland or others.
    a. This selection may also be from the Music Theater or jazz standards repertoire. Rock or other pop styles should not be used.
  2. One art song from any time period in a language other than English, which may include German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian or others.
    a. This selection may include an aria from an opera or oratorio, but this is not required.
Graduate Audition

For admission to the Master of Arts in Applied Pedagogy program:

Three contrasting pieces from the solo vocal repertoire. Composers listed are only guidelines. Memorization is required. Bring your music in a 3-ring binder, using double-sided copies. Music must be in the key you will sing; the pianist will not transpose. It is not necessary to provide copies for the audition committee.

  1. One art song in English from any time period by composers such as Purcell, Handel, Quilter, Britten, Ives, Copland or others.
    a. This selection may also be from the Music Theater or jazz standards repertoire. Rock or other pop styles should not be used.
  2. One art song from any time period in a language other than English, which may include German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian or others.
  3. An aria from an opera or oratorio.
    a. A second art song in a different language may be substituted for the aria.

PIANO

Initial Audition

For Undergraduate Admission (Music Ed, Performance, Bachelor of Arts) 

Two contrasting pieces from the solo piano repertoire, comparable in difficulty to these MINIMUM levels, works listed are ONLY guidelines. (Memorization preferred but not required.)

1. A WORK FROM THE BAROQUE ERA: Any Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier, or a sonata by Scarlatti;  Selections from French/English Suites, Partitas, or Inventions

2. A MOVEMENT FROM A CLASSICAL ERA SONATA/SONATINA: Clementi, Kuhlau, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven or Mozart, or a set of variations

3. A WORK FROM THE ROMANTIC ERA: Chopin Preludes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Etudes,Ballades, Scherzi; Brahms Waltzes, Intermezzi or Rhapsodies; Liszt Consolations, Liebesträume, Années de pèlerinage; Tchaikovsky Seasons; Grieg Lyric Pieces; Mendelssohn Songs without Words; Schubert Impromptus; Schumann Fantasiestücke, Papillons, Abegg Variations

4. A WORK FROM THE 20TH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT: Debussy Preludes, Children's Corner, Suite Bergamasque; Bartok Allegro Barbaro, Suite Op. 14, Mikrokosmos; Gershwin Preludes; Prokofiev Visions Fugitives; Rachmaninoff Preludes; Adams China Gate

 

Graduate Audition

For Graduate Admission (MA Piano Pedagogy)

Choose 2-3 from the following (memorization required):

1. BAROQUE - J.S. Bach: any Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier, or other comparable work

2. CLASSICAL – any sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart or Schubert, etc.

3. ROMANTIC – any substantial work by Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Schumann or Mendelssohn, etc.

4. 20/21TH CENTURY – any major work by Bartók, Ginastera, Schönberg, Liebermann, Prokofiev, Rzewski, Crumb, Webern, Carter, etc.

VIOLIN

Undergraduate Audition

A concerto at the level of Bach Concerto No.1 in a minor or more difficult. An etude at the level of Mazas op.36 or more difficult. Three octave major scales in two keys.

 

Graduate Audition

Scales, arpeggios, thirds, sixths and octaves in all keys.

Choose two of the following:

Wieniawski op.22

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole op.21

Bach sonatas and partitas

Sonatas of Brahms

Sonatas of Franck

VIOLA

Undergraduate Audition

Two different three-octaves Major Scales: Galamian, Ivan. Scale System for Viola, Arranged and Edited by Karen Olson, or Flesch, Carl. Scale System for Viola, Arranged by Charlotte Karman

An etude in the level of: Kreutzer, Rudolph: 42 Etudes (transcribed for viola by L Pagels) or Palaschko: 12 Etudes, Op. 55

A movement from a concerto in the level of Telemann Concerto in G

Graduate Audition

Technique: All three Octaves Scales and Arpeggios (Galamian or Flesch)

Double stops: Galamian (Scale System Vol 2)

Etudes (Choose one): Kreutzer, Palaschko Op. 36, Rolla Esercizio ed Arpeggi, Rode, 20 Caprices for Violin (Transcribed for viola), Campagnoli 41 Caprices Op. 22

Choose one of the Bach Cello Suites

 

Repertoire (Choose one): Enesco (Concertpiece), Vieuxtemps (Capriccio for Solo Viola), Schumann

(Marchenbilder), Rebecca Clarke (Sonata), Hindemith (Sonata Op. 11 in F Major), Mozart

(Sinfonia Concertante), Berlioz (Harold in Italy)

CELLO

Undergraduate Audition

Three octave major scales in two keys. Etudes such as Duport or Popper. Solo piece with contrasting movements.

 

Graduate Audition

Choose two contrasting works from the following:

A Bach Suite

Concerti by Haydn (C major), Saint-Saens, Boccherini, Elgar, Lalo

Sonatas by Martinu, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev

STRING BASS

Undergraduate Audition

Ability to identify and play one major and one minor scale, major and minor triads on string bass and/or electric bass guitar. Ability to identify basic rhythms and note names in written music in bass and/or treble clefs.

 

Graduate Audition

Three octave modes and altered scales, and corresponding arpeggios

Choose one substantial orchestral excerpt (ie. Simandl, Bille, Petracci)

Choose one solo work (ie, major concerti, unaccompanied Bach Cello Suites)

GUITAR

Undergraduate Audition

Recommended repertoire includes solo classical guitar pieces at a technical and musical level similar to Carcassi's études (Op. 60) or Tarrega's miniatures. Sight reading and scale study will be evaluated.

 

Graduate Audition

Major and harmonic minor scales in all keys.

Choose two contrasting pieces from the following:

Transcriptions of renaissance lute works by Dowland and da Milano

Baroque guitar pieces by Sanz, Logy, and de Murcia

19th-century concert works by Sor, Giuliani, Coste, and Mertz

Advanced etudes by Villa-Lobos

Repertoire composed for Segovia

Dance Scholarship Audition Date

Friday, March 1, 2019

4:30-6 p.m., Room FA 141

Registration begins at 4 p.m.

For information on dance scholarships email Dance Program Coordinator Jamie Farrell at j-farrell@neiu.edu or call (773) 442-5983.