Appendix A: BA Entrance Repertoire

Repertoire and other performance requirements for entrance to the
Bachelor of Arts – Music Major (in alphabetical order by instrument)

BASSOON

  • Two compositions in contrasting styles (approximately 10 minutes total)
  • Scales – ascending and descending the full range of the instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. Two major scales of your choice

CELLO

  • Two compositions in contrasting styles. Repertoire should include a movement from a standard concerto (approximately 10 minutes total.)

CLARINET

  • Two contrasting selections (approximately 10 minutes total). It is recommended that one of these be from a standard concerto. Unaccompanied works and solo de concourse-type pieces are also acceptable, as well as some sonatas and etudes. Selections should come from more than one historical era and should demonstrate the applicant’s abilities with respect to phrasing/expression, tone quality and technical proficiency.
  • Scales – ascending and descending, slurred and tongued in 16th-note format with quarter note = 96
    1. Chromatic scale to high G;
    2. Two additional scales of the applicant’s choice (major or harmonic minor,) one of which must be 3 octaves (E, F, F#, G Ab, etc.).

DOUBLE BASS

  • Two contrasting compositions or movements
  • Two major scales (at least two octaves) with different bowings

EUPHONIUM

  • Two or three contrasting selections from movements of sonatas, concertos, solo pieces or études (approximately 10 minutes total)
  • Two major scales of your choice – two octaves, ascending and descending
  • Audition selections should demonstrate the applicants’ abilities in phrasing, sustained playing, articulation, range and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied speeds.

FLUTE

  • Two contrasting pieces selected from the following different categories. One movement from each of the two pieces is sufficient, approximately 10 minutes total. Choose repertoire to emphasize both tone and technique.
    1. Baroque period (e.g. Bach, Telemann, Handel)
    2. French conservatory repertoire (e.g. Fauré, Gaubert, Taffanel)
    3. Classical period (e.g. Quantz, Mozart, Haydn)
    4. 20th-century literature (e.g. Hindemith, Poulenc, Copland, Hoover)
  • Scales – ascending and descending the full range of the instrument
    1. B major – three octaves
    2. Chromatic – three octaves, to high D if possible
  • One technical étude (e.g. Voxman, Koehler, Kang-Ellert, Anderson, etc. ), two minute maximum

HARP

  • Two pieces or movements in contrasting styles that demonstrate technical ability, e.g. scales, rolled chords, arpeggios, etc. and musicality e.g. balance, phrasing, dynamic range. (approximately 10 minutes total)
  • One orchestral cadenza
  • Knowledge of all key signatures

HORN

  • First movement of any Mozart horn concerto
  • Any contrasting work

OBOE

  • Two compositions in contrasting styles (approximately 10 minutes total)
  • Scales – ascending and descending the full range of the instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. Two major scales of your choice

ORGAN

  • One prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach
  • One composition from the Romantic or contemporary period
  • One hymn – intro and two stanzas
  • At the piano: a two-part invention by J.S. Bach

PERCUSSION

  • Candidate will prepare a solo on snare drum, timpani and mallet percussion instruments (all three are required.)

PIANO

  • Candidates will prepare a varied program of at least two pieces that display contrasting characters and that demonstrate technical facility (approximately 10 minutes total.)
  •  Candidates may also be asked to play a short example at sight and/or play a familiar tune by ear.

SAXOPHONE

  • Two contrasting movements from standard solo repertoire. Selections should demonstrate lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency and should be by different composers (approximately 10 minutes total.)
  • Suggested works include:
    1. sonatas by Creston, Heiden, Eccles/Rascher or Handel/Mule
    2. concertos by Glazounov or Ibert; Maurice “Tableaux de Provençe”; Villa-Lobos “Fantasia” or comparable works or
    3. as a solo movement, substitute one étude from Voxman Selected Studies, Ferling 48 Etudes, Karg-Elert 25 Caprices or other of comparable difficulty
  • Scales – ascending and descending the full range of the instrument
  • Chromatic
  • E major, F major
  • Jazz improvisation (optional) – improvise on a blues or standard jazz tune. Jamey Aebersold CD or similar accompaniment may be used

TROMBONE

  • Two or three contrasting selections from movements of sonatas, concertos, solo pieces or etudes (approximately 10 minutes total)
  • Two major scales of your choice – two octaves, ascending and descending
  • Audition selections should demonstrate the applicants’ abilities in phrasing, sustained playing, articulation, range and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied speeds.

TRUMPET

  • A solo excerpt chosen from the following pieces or sets of pieces:
    1. Arutunian “Trumpet Concerto”, beginning through m. 70 or
    2. Kent Kennan “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano”, 3rd movement, beginning through letter D; and Haydn “Trumpet Concerto”, 2nd movement, beginning through m. 26 or
    3. Halsey Stevens “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano”, beginning through m. 165
  • Two major scales of your choice, two octaves, ascending and descending

TUBA

  • Two or three contrasting selections from movements of sonatas, concertos, solo pieces or etudes (approximately 10 minutes total)
  • Two major scales of your choice – two octaves, ascending and descending
  • Audition selections should demonstrate the applicants’ abilities in phrasing, sustained playing, articulation, range and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied speeds.

VIOLA and VIOLIN

  • Two compositions in contrasting styles. Repertoire should include a movement from a standard concerto (approximately 10 minutes total.)

VOICE (includes Church Music Major with Choral Emphasis)

  • Candidate will prepare two songs or arias in contrasting styles. It is preferred that one song be in a foreign language. Both must be memorized styles (approximately 6-8 minutes total.)