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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 November 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.
  • One etude selected from a set such as the Milde Scale Studies Op. 24, Weissenborn Studies Op. 8 vol. 2, Milde Concert Studies Op. 26, 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

Updated July 2021
Professor Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, hultingcohen@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-2810
Jazz Saxophone: Professor Felipe Salles, fsalles@music.umass.edu

Please note:

  • You may audition on whichever saxophone you play most proficiently.
  • 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
    2. More than 4 accidentals: slurred
    3. Chromatic scale: slurred and articulated
  • Two etudes by Rossari, Ferling, Berbiguier, or equivalent, demonstrating both lyrical and technical playing.
  • Bb instruments - 10 minutes of classical repertoire, such as:
    • Larry Teal's Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1010, recommended edition by A. Dahlke
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1013, any edition, can read C score as written
    • Yusef Lateef - Romance for soprano saxophone and harp or piano
    • Robert Schumann - Three Romances
    • Florent Schmitt - Songe de Coppelius for tenor sax and piano
    • Kincaid Rabb - The Automaton and the Aeronaut
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos - Fantasia
  • OR  Eb instruments - 10 minutes of classical repertoire, such as:
    • Larry Teal's Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1010, recommended edition by A. Dahlke
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1013, any edition, can read C score as written
    • Eugene Bozza - Aria
    • Lawson Lunde - Sonata
    • Robert Schumann - Three Romances
    • Paul Creston - Sonata
    • Catherine McMichael - Fusion Suite
    • Alexander Glazunov - Concerto
  • We will also ask you to tune with a piano and electronic tuner, and demonstrate a few intervals (octave, fifth, third) in tune.
  • 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. Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your musical interests.

Remote Audition Requirements

Record an unedited video of you playing through the live audition requirements. Make sure to introduce yourself and share the following:

  • The degree program you are auditioning for (e.g. B.M. in Performance)
  • Why you want to study music and why you are interested in UMass.
  • Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your musical interests.

Upload your video to YouTube or similar streaming service, and make sure your permission settings allow us to view it.

Submit the video as part of your Audition Request Form. We will review your video and consider you for a Zoom interview.

 

 

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 November 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.
  • One etude selected from a set such as the Milde Scale Studies Op. 24, Weissenborn Studies Op. 8 vol. 2, Milde Concert Studies Op. 26, 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

Updated July 2021
Professor Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, hultingcohen@music.umass.edu, (413) 545-2810
Jazz Saxophone: Professor Felipe Salles, fsalles@music.umass.edu

Please note:

  • You may audition on whichever saxophone you play most proficiently.
  • 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
    2. More than 4 accidentals: slurred
    3. Chromatic scale: slurred and articulated
  • Two etudes by Rossari, Ferling, Berbiguier, or equivalent, demonstrating both lyrical and technical playing.
  • Bb instruments - 10 minutes of classical repertoire, such as:
    • Larry Teal's Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1010, recommended edition by A. Dahlke
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1013, any edition, can read C score as written
    • Yusef Lateef - Romance for soprano saxophone and harp or piano
    • Robert Schumann - Three Romances
    • Florent Schmitt - Songe de Coppelius for tenor sax and piano
    • Kincaid Rabb - The Automaton and the Aeronaut
    • Heitor Villa-Lobos - Fantasia
  • OR  Eb instruments - 10 minutes of classical repertoire, such as:
    • Larry Teal's Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1010, recommended edition by A. Dahlke
    • J.S. Bach - BWV 1013, any edition, can read C score as written
    • Eugene Bozza - Aria
    • Lawson Lunde - Sonata
    • Robert Schumann - Three Romances
    • Paul Creston - Sonata
    • Catherine McMichael - Fusion Suite
    • Alexander Glazunov - Concerto
  • We will also ask you to tune with a piano and electronic tuner, and demonstrate a few intervals (octave, fifth, third) in tune.
  • 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. Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your musical interests.

Remote Audition Requirements

Record an unedited video of you playing through the live audition requirements. Make sure to introduce yourself and share the following:

  • The degree program you are auditioning for (e.g. B.M. in Performance)
  • Why you want to study music and why you are interested in UMass.
  • Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your musical interests.

Upload your video to YouTube or similar streaming service, and make sure your permission settings allow us to view it.

Submit the video as part of your Audition Request Form. We will review your video and consider you for a Zoom interview.