Department of Music

Woodwind Audition Requirements

All woodwind auditions will consist of a chromatic scale, 12 major scales, 2 prepared pieces of contrasting style, and sight-reading. Accompaniment is not required for prepared pieces.

*See below for details regarding each instrument*

Flute

  • Chromatic scale – Three octaves

  • 12 major scales – Two octaves (three octaves if possible)

  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style

    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work

  • Sight-reading

Recommended Flute Solos

  • Mozart – Concerto in G major or D major
  • Faure – Fantasie
  • Taktakishvili – Sonata

Recommended Flute Etude Books

  • Clardy – Flute Etudes Book
  • Berbiguier – 18 Studies
  • Andersen – Op. 41, 15, 33, or 3

Questions? Contact Virginia Broffitt Kunzer

 

Oboe

  • Chromatic scale – Low C to High C
  • 12 major scales – Two octaves (when possible)
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style
  • Sight-reading

Recommended Oboe Solos:

  • Mozart: Concerto for Oboe in C Major
  • Marcello: Concerto for Oboe in C Minor
  • Cimarosa: Oboe Concerto
  • Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata

Recommended Oboe Etude Books:

  • Barret Oboe Method: Melodies
  • Ferling: 48 Famous Studies for Oboe

Questions? Contact Kathleen Carter Bell

 

Clarinet

  • Chromatic scale – Low E to High G
  • 12 major scales – Two octaves (three octaves when possible)
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style
  • Sight-reading

Recommended Clarinet Solos

  • Mozart – Concerto
  • Weber – Concertino
  • Hindemith – Sonata

Recommended Clarinet Etude Books

  • Rose – 32 Etudes
  • Rose – 40 Studies
  • Hite – Melodious and Progressive Studies

Questions? Contact David Odom

 

Bassoon

  • Chromatic Scale – Three octave B-flat, or to your highest note
  • 12 major scales – Two octaves (three octaves when possible)
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style
  • Sight-reading

Recommended Bassoon Solos

  • Weber – Concerto in F major
  • Telemann – Sonata in F minor
  • Still – Songs for Bassoon and Piano

Recommended Bassoon Etude Books

  • Weissenborn – Fifty Advanced Studies
  • Jancourt – 26 Melodic Studies
  • Milde – 25 Scale and Chord Studies

Questions? Contact Conor Bell

 

Saxophone

  • Chromatic scale – From your lowest to your highest note
  • 12 major scales – Two octaves if possible (articulated ascending, slurred descending)
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style
  • Sight-reading

Recommended Saxophone Solos

  • Creston – Sonata, Mvt. 1
  • Heiden – Sonata, Mvt. 1
  • Maruice – Tableaux de Provence, Mvts. 1 and 2
  • Teal – Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player

Recommended Saxophone Etude Books

  • Ferling – 48 Famous Studies for Oboe or Saxophone
  • Hite – Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1
  • Klose/McAllister – 25 Daily Exercises for the Saxophone

Questions? Contact Mike Pendowski

Last Updated: August 27, 2021