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Undergraduate Audition Requirements - Woodwinds

 

Flute

Updated August 2020
Professor Cobus du Toit, cdutoit@umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

Please prepare all of the following pieces for solo performance at your audition:

1. A movement/work from the Baroque/Classical style period
2. A movement/work composed between 1800 and 1980
3. A movement/work composed after 1980.

Remote Audition Requirements

Please prepare the pieces outlined in the Live Audition Requirements for an audition held live via Zoom. After submitting the Audition Request Form, please contact Prof. du Toit via email at cdutoit@umass.edu to set up a date and time.

FOR 2020-2021 ADMISSION: If possible, please aim to have your Zoom audition on one of the following dates: January 23, January 30, or February 6.


Oboe

Updated August 2020
Professor Fredric T. Cohen, fcohen@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-4688

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A piece such as Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor, Mozart's Concerto in C Major K314, Schumann's Drei Romanzen or Hindemith's Sonata for Oboe & Piano.
  • An etude by Barrett or Ferling which demonstrates technical ability.

Technique
Major and minor scales, arpeggios and chromatic scales slurred and with standard articulation throughout the practical range of the instrument.

Remote Audition Requirements

Prepare an etude, as well as a fast movement and slow movement from a sonata or concerto.

Students demonstrate this repertoire via their choice of one of the following mediums:

  • Video Link: Prepare a video of the Remote Audition Requirements. If you choose this option, the link to this video must be included with the submission of the Audition Request Form. (YouTube is recommended). Raw video files are not accepted.  - OR -
  • Zoom audition: Contact Prof. Cohen at fcohen@music.umass.edu after submitting the Audition Request Form to set up a date and time for a live audition via Zoom to demonstrate the Remote Audition Requirements.

Clarinet

Updated August 2020
Professor Romie de Guise-Langlois, rdeguiselang@umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements
Repertoire

  • Two (2) contrasting movements from the standard literature for clarinet, such as the Mozart or von Weber concertos or the sonatas of Hindemith or Saint-Saëns, etc.
  • Two (2) etudes, one fast and one slow, selected from Rose 32 Etudes.

Technique
Major and harmonic minor scales, arpeggios and chromatic scales slurred and with standard articulation throughout the full range of the instrument, in consecutive sixteenth notes. The faculty will request 2 major scales and 2 harmonic minor scales (in addition to a chromatic scale) for the applicant to demonstrate in this fashion.

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performing one (1) piece chosen from the four required repertoire pieces of the Live Audition Requirements.
  • Submit a link to your video with your Audition Request Form submission. YouTube is the recommended video platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.
  • Following submission of the video, students who perform to faculty expectation will be invited to have a streamed audition via Zoom. The student will be contacted to work out a date and time.
  • Zoom audition requirements are identical to the Live Audition Requirements.

Bassoon

Updated August 2020
Professor Rémy Taghavi, rtaghavi@umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • Two (2) contrasting movements from standard concertos or sonatas, such as Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon or Telemann's Sonata in F Minor. The movements need not come from the same piece.
  • An etude selected from Milde's Scale and Arpeggio, Concert Studies, or similar studies.

Technique
Two major scales and two melodic minor scales of the applicant's choice, each at least two octaves, up to three octaves if possible.

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video of the Live Audition Requirements listed above.
  • Submit a link to your video with your Audition Request Form submission. YouTube is the recommended video platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.

Saxophone

Professor Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, hultingcohen@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-2810
Jazz Saxophone: Professor Felipe Salles, fsalles@music.umass.edu

Please note:

  • Though changing, the classical saxophone repertoire is replete with works for alto saxophone. For this reason, students at UMass all learn to play alto saxophone at a high level. However, you may audition on whichever saxophone you prefer. Please be sure that whatever repertoire you choose for soprano, tenor, or baritone is of comparable difficulty to the repertoire listed below.
  • Applicants are encouraged to prepare and demonstrate repertoire from the Jazz Woodwind audition requirements.

Live Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following:

  • Full range scales (from low Bb to high F or F#). These should include:
    1. Fewer than 4 accidentals: slurred and articulated, any pattern
    2. More than 4 accidentals: slurred
    3. Chromatic scale: slurred and articulated any pattern
  • Two contrasting etudes by Rossari, Ferling or equivalent
  • 5-10 minutes of standard classical repertoire, such as:
    • Pieces from Larry Teal's Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player, Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player, or similar.
    • Alexander Glazunov, Concerto
    • Paul Creston, Sonata
    • Lawson Lunde, Sonata
    • Eugène Bozza, Aria
  • Optional: Anything else you'd like to play that demonstrates the direction and range of your musicianship.
  • Please be prepared to share the following with the faculty at the audition:
    1. The degree program you are auditioning for (e.g. B.M. in Performance)
    2. Why you want to study music and why you are interested in UMass.
    3. Optional: Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your musical interests.

Remote Audition Requirements

Prepare two video recordings for submission as outliined in Video #1 and Video #2, below.
Following that, applicants mus prepare for an interview via Zoom with the saxophone faculty.

Video Set-up

  • Submit a link to your two videos with your Audition Request Form.
    • When posting the two video links in the Audition Request Form, please separate the links with a comma and a space.
  • You may re-start any skills demonstration at any time, but may not edit out errors.
  • YouTube is the recommended videoFor  platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.

Video #1 - Audition

In the first video, please demonstrate the following in order as written here:

  • Full range scales (from low Bb to high F or F#). These should include:
    1. For scales with fewer than 4 accidentals: 1 major and 1 minor (slurred and articulated, any pattern)
    2. For scales with more than 4 accidentals: 1 major and 1 minor (slurred)
    3. Chromatic scale (slurred and articulated any pattern)
  • Two contrasting etudes by Rossari, Ferling or equivalent
  • 5-10 minutes of standard classical repertoire, such as:
    • Pieces from Larry Teal's Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player, Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player, or similar.
    • Alexander Glazunov, Concerto
    • Paul Creston, Sonata
    • Lawson Lunde, Sonata
    • Eugène Bozza, Aria
  • Optional: Anything else you'd like to play that demonstrates the direction and range of your musicianship.

Video #2 - Introduction
In the second video, please state the following:

  • Your name
  • The degree program you're auditioning for (e.g. B.M. in Performance)
  • Why you want to study music and why you are interested in UMass

Zoom Interview for 2021 Entry

After submitting the video links with the Audition Request Form, the applicant will email Nathaniel Gowen (musicadmissions@umass.edu) to request a time for a 10-minute interview via Zoom with the saxophone faculty. The student must select one of the following dates for the interview (and the interview time will be provided in a reply):

  • January 23, 2021
  • January 30, 2021
  • February 6, 2021

 

Flute

Updated August 2020
Professor Cobus du Toit, cdutoit@umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

Please prepare all of the following pieces for solo performance at your audition:

1. A movement/work from the Baroque/Classical style period
2. A movement/work composed between 1800 and 1980
3. A movement/work composed after 1980.

Remote Audition Requirements

Please prepare the pieces outlined in the Live Audition Requirements for an audition held live via Zoom. After submitting the Audition Request Form, please contact Prof. du Toit via email at cdutoit@umass.edu to set up a date and time.

FOR 2020-2021 ADMISSION: If possible, please aim to have your Zoom audition on one of the following dates: January 23, January 30, or February 6.

Oboe

Updated August 2020
Professor Fredric T. Cohen, fcohen@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-4688

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • A piece such as Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor, Mozart's Concerto in C Major K314, Schumann's Drei Romanzen or Hindemith's Sonata for Oboe & Piano.
  • An etude by Barrett or Ferling which demonstrates technical ability.

Technique
Major and minor scales, arpeggios and chromatic scales slurred and with standard articulation throughout the practical range of the instrument.

Remote Audition Requirements

Prepare an etude, as well as a fast movement and slow movement from a sonata or concerto.

Students demonstrate this repertoire via their choice of one of the following mediums:

  • Video Link: Prepare a video of the Remote Audition Requirements. If you choose this option, the link to this video must be included with the submission of the Audition Request Form. (YouTube is recommended). Raw video files are not accepted.  - OR -
  • Zoom audition: Contact Prof. Cohen at fcohen@music.umass.edu after submitting the Audition Request Form to set up a date and time for a live audition via Zoom to demonstrate the Remote Audition Requirements.

Clarinet

Updated August 2020
Professor Romie de Guise-Langlois, rdeguiselang@umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements
Repertoire

  • Two (2) contrasting movements from the standard literature for clarinet, such as the Mozart or von Weber concertos or the sonatas of Hindemith or Saint-Saëns, etc.
  • Two (2) etudes, one fast and one slow, selected from Rose 32 Etudes.

Technique
Major and harmonic minor scales, arpeggios and chromatic scales slurred and with standard articulation throughout the full range of the instrument, in consecutive sixteenth notes. The faculty will request 2 major scales and 2 harmonic minor scales (in addition to a chromatic scale) for the applicant to demonstrate in this fashion.

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video performing one (1) piece chosen from the four required repertoire pieces of the Live Audition Requirements.
  • Submit a link to your video with your Audition Request Form submission. YouTube is the recommended video platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.
  • Following submission of the video, students who perform to faculty expectation will be invited to have a streamed audition via Zoom. The student will be contacted to work out a date and time.
  • Zoom audition requirements are identical to the Live Audition Requirements.

Bassoon

Updated August 2020
Professor Rémy Taghavi, rtaghavi@umass.edu

Live Audition Requirements

Repertoire

  • Two (2) contrasting movements from standard concertos or sonatas, such as Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon or Telemann's Sonata in F Minor. The movements need not come from the same piece.
  • An etude selected from Milde's Scale and Arpeggio, Concert Studies, or similar studies.

Technique
Two major scales and two melodic minor scales of the applicant's choice, each at least two octaves, up to three octaves if possible.

Remote Audition Requirements

  • Prepare a video of the Live Audition Requirements listed above.
  • Submit a link to your video with your Audition Request Form submission. YouTube is the recommended video platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.

Saxophone

Professor Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, hultingcohen@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-2810
Jazz Saxophone: Professor Felipe Salles, fsalles@music.umass.edu

Please note:

  • Though changing, the classical saxophone repertoire is replete with works for alto saxophone. For this reason, students at UMass all learn to play alto saxophone at a high level. However, you may audition on whichever saxophone you prefer. Please be sure that whatever repertoire you choose for soprano, tenor, or baritone is of comparable difficulty to the repertoire listed below.
  • Applicants are encouraged to prepare and demonstrate repertoire from the Jazz Woodwind audition requirements.

Live Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following:

  • Full range scales (from low Bb to high F or F#). These should include:
    1. Fewer than 4 accidentals: slurred and articulated, any pattern
    2. More than 4 accidentals: slurred
    3. Chromatic scale: slurred and articulated any pattern
  • Two contrasting etudes by Rossari, Ferling or equivalent
  • 5-10 minutes of standard classical repertoire, such as:
    • Pieces from Larry Teal's Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player, Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player, or similar.
    • Alexander Glazunov, Concerto
    • Paul Creston, Sonata
    • Lawson Lunde, Sonata
    • Eugène Bozza, Aria
  • Optional: Anything else you'd like to play that demonstrates the direction and range of your musicianship.
  • Please be prepared to share the following with the faculty at the audition:
    1. The degree program you are auditioning for (e.g. B.M. in Performance)
    2. Why you want to study music and why you are interested in UMass.
    3. Optional: Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your musical interests.

Remote Audition Requirements

Prepare two video recordings for submission as outliined in Video #1 and Video #2, below.
Following that, applicants mus prepare for an interview via Zoom with the saxophone faculty.

Video Set-up

  • Submit a link to your two videos with your Audition Request Form.
    • When posting the two video links in the Audition Request Form, please separate the links with a comma and a space.
  • You may re-start any skills demonstration at any time, but may not edit out errors.
  • YouTube is the recommended videoFor  platform, though any medium that smoothly provides both video and audio is permitted.
  • Raw video files are not accepted.

Video #1 - Audition

In the first video, please demonstrate the following in order as written here:

  • Full range scales (from low Bb to high F or F#). These should include:
    1. For scales with fewer than 4 accidentals: 1 major and 1 minor (slurred and articulated, any pattern)
    2. For scales with more than 4 accidentals: 1 major and 1 minor (slurred)
    3. Chromatic scale (slurred and articulated any pattern)
  • Two contrasting etudes by Rossari, Ferling or equivalent
  • 5-10 minutes of standard classical repertoire, such as:
    • Pieces from Larry Teal's Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player, Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player, or similar.
    • Alexander Glazunov, Concerto
    • Paul Creston, Sonata
    • Lawson Lunde, Sonata
    • Eugène Bozza, Aria
  • Optional: Anything else you'd like to play that demonstrates the direction and range of your musicianship.

Video #2 - Introduction
In the second video, please state the following:

  • Your name
  • The degree program you're auditioning for (e.g. B.M. in Performance)
  • Why you want to study music and why you are interested in UMass

Zoom Interview for 2021 Entry

After submitting the video links with the Audition Request Form, the applicant will email Nathaniel Gowen (musicadmissions@umass.edu) to request a time for a 10-minute interview via Zoom with the saxophone faculty. The student must select one of the following dates for the interview (and the interview time will be provided in a reply):

  • January 23, 2021
  • January 30, 2021
  • February 6, 2021