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Woodwind Auditions


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In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument prior to their first semester enrolling in music courses.  Schedule your audition by filling out the Online Audition Application (must be submitted no later than one week prior to the audition date).  Auditions serve admission and placement purposes, and are also for talent scholarship consideration.  For Aggie Marching Band information, including band scholarship information.s

Woodwind area auditions for the 2019 - 2020 academic year:

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, FAC 123

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, FAC 123

If travel distance or schedule conflicts prevent you from auditioning live, you may submit a video recording of your audition.  Your video audition must satisfy the audition requirements specified for your instrument. Fill out and submit your Recorded Audition Submission Form.

Applicants with a woodwind primary instrument considering a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Band emphasis, or a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: Wind/Brass/Percussion emphasis, should prepare the following, specific to their instrument:

Scales

  • Two 2-octave major scales

  • Two 2-octave minor scales (melodic or harmonic)

  • Chromatic scale -- full range (at least two octaves)

Literature

  • Two contrasting selections of the candidate's choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency, such as any of the following:

    • Mozart G Major Concerto - exposition of the first movement

    • a movement of any Handel, Bach or Telemann Sonata

    • a movement of Hindemith, Poulenc, Faure, Fantasie, Chaminade, or Concertino

  • OR, in place of the above, contracting sections from equivalent standard repertoire, etudes, or exercises that demonstrate your lyrical and technical strengths.

For questions regarding flute audition repertoire, please contact Professor Leslie Timmons at leslie.timmons@usu.edu.

Scales

  • Two 2-octave major scales

  • Two 2-octave minor scales (melodic or harmonic)

  • Chromatic scale -- full range (at least two octaves)

Literature

  • Two contrasting selections of the candidate's choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency, such as any of the following:

    • any two contrasting movements from:

      • any concerto or sonata by Händel, Marcello, Telemann, or Vivaldi; Cimarosa/Benjamin Concerto; Hindemith Sonate; Saint-Saens Sonata

    • OR, any movement from the list above plus a contrasting etude by Ferling or Barret (found in the original Barret Method, the Barret Method edited by Martin Schuring or the Gekeler Method Book Two)

    • OR, contracting sections from equivalent standard repertoire, etudes, or exercises that demonstrate your lyrical and technical strengths.

For questions regarding oboe audition repertoire, please contact Bonnie Schroder at bonschroed@yahoo.com, or  Dr. Nicholas Morrison at nicholas.morrison@usu.edu.

Scales

  • Two 2-octave major scales

  • Two 2-octave minor scales (melodic or harmonic)

  • Chromatic scale -- full range (at least two octaves)

Literature

  • Two contrasting selections of the candidate's choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency, such as any of the following:

    • VonWeber, Concertino: Introduction, Theme, Variations 1 & 2

    • Mozart, Concerto: 1st movement exposition and 2nd movement through cadenza

    • Hindemith, Sonate, any 2 movements

  • OR, in place of the above, contracting sections from equivalent standard repertoire, etudes, or exercises that demonstrate your lyrical and technical strengths.

For questions regarding clarinet audition repertoire, please contact Dr. Nicholas Morrison at nicholas.morrison@usu.edu.

Scales

  • Two 2-octave major scales

  • Two 2-octave minor scales (melodic or harmonic)

  • Chromatic scale -- full range (at least two octaves)

Literature

  • Two contrasting selections of the candidate's choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency, such as any of the following:

    • any repertoire listed for clarinet or other solo repertoire such as Rhapsody by Willson Osborne or Three Pieces by Igor Stravinsky (first movement)

    • any two Rose studies (one slow, one fast)

  • OR, in place of the above, contracting sections from equivalent standard repertoire, etudes, or exercises that demonstrate your lyrical and technical strengths.

For questions regarding bass clarinet audition repertoire, please contact Dr. Nicholas Morrison at nicholas.morrison@usu.edu.

Scales

  • Two 2-octave major scales
  • Two 1-octave minor scales (melodic or harmonic)
  • Chromatic scale of at least two octaves

Literature

  • Two contrasting selections of the candidate's choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency, such as any of the following:
    • any of the Fifty Advanced Studies – Weissenborn
    • any of the Meliodic & Progressive Studies – Hawkins
    • Concertpiece, Op. 35 – Pierne
    • Sonata in F minor – Telemann
    • any of the Six Sonatas – Galliard
    • Sonata – Hindemith
  • OR, in place of the above, contracting sections from equivalent standard repertoire, etudes, or exercises that demonstrate your lyrical and technical strengths.

For questions regarding bassoon audition repertoire, please contact Professor Dennis Hirst at Dennis.Hirst@usu.edu.

Scales

  • Two 2-octave major scales

  • Two 1-octave minor scales (melodic or harmonic)

  • Chromatic scale of at least two octaves

Literature

  • Two contrasting selections of the candidate's choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical proficiency, such as any of the following:

    • Paule Maurice, Tableaux de Provence: Movement II or IV, contrasted with movement III or I.

    • Paul Creston, Sonata for Eb Alto Saxophone, Opus 19: movements I and II.

    • any two etudes from the Ferling 48 Etudes; one odd-numbered and one even-numbered.

  • OR, in place of the above, contracting sections from equivalent standard repertoire, etudes, or exercises that demonstrate your lyrical and technical strengths.

For questions regarding saxophone audition repertoire, please contact Dr. Jon Gudmundson at jon.gudmundson@usu.edu