Audition Repertoire Requirements

St. Olaf College Department of Music 2017-2018 Audition Repertoire Requirements:

Music major applicants should submit the required repertoire shown below for the desired degree program. All music major applicants will be automatically considered for scholarships.
Non-music major applicants should submit the same repertoire as required for the BA music majors.

VOICE

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major
Candidates will prepare two songs or arias in contrasting styles. One selection must be in English, the other in a foreign language of your choice. Both must be memorized.

B.M. performance major
Three contrasting selections from classical repertoire. All must be memorized.

  • One art song in English.
  • One art song in a foreign language.
  • One additional art song or aria.
    A song from music theater repertoire may be substituted for one of the above requirements.

Live Audition: Two songs are required and both must be memorized

  • One song or aria in English
  • One art song in a foreign language

PIANO

All candidates
In addition to the playing requirement below, each candidate’s resumé should include a list of solo piano repertoire he or she has studied, including information about which pieces have been memorized and which have been performed in concert. Candidates invited for a live audition are encouraged to include one or two new pieces in place of their recorded selections, and may also be asked to play a short example at sight. In addition:

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major
Candidates will prepare a varied program of at least two solo pieces that display contrasting characters and demonstrate technical facility. Approximately 10 minutes total.

B.M. performance major
Candidates will prepare a varied program of at least four solo pieces that display contrasting characters and demonstrate advanced technical facility. The repertoire is to be performed from memory and should include:

  • One contrapuntal piece in three or more voices, preferably by J.S. Bach
  • One work by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, or Schubert, such as the first or last movement of a sonata or a set of variations
  • One composition from the Romantic era
  • One impressionistic or contemporary composition written since 1900 (not the applicant’s own composition)

JAZZ PIANO • DRUMSET

All candidates

  • One ballad
  • One swing piece
  • One straight-eight piece

Live auditions are performed with a combo. Please provide lead sheets at the live audition.

ORGAN

All candidates

  • 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

FLUTE

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • 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 phrasing/expression, tone quality, and technical proficiency.
    1. Baroque period (e.g. Bach, Handel, Telemann)
    2. French conservatory repertoire (e.g. Fauré, Gaubert, Taffenal)
    3. Classical period (e.g. Haydn, Mozart, Quantz)
    4. 20th-century literature (e.g. Copland, Hindemith, Hoover)
  • Scales — ascending and descending
    1. Chromatic to high Bb
    2. Two additional scales of your choice (major or harmonic minor), one of which should be three (3) octaves

B.M. performance major

  • First movement of Mozart G or D Major Concerto
  • 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 phrasing/expression, tone quality, and technical proficiency.
    1. Baroque period (e.g. Bach, Handel, Telemann)
    2. French conservatory repertoire (e.g. Enesco, Fauré, Hüe)
    3. Classical period (e.g. Haydn, Mozart, Quantz)
    4. 20th-century literature (e.g. Burton, Poulenc, Prokofiev)
  • Scales — ascending and descending
    1. Chromatic to high Bb
    2. Three additional scales of your choice (major, harmonic minor, or melodic minor), one of which should be three (3) octaves
  • Excerpts — Beethoven Lenore Overture No. 3, solo (measures 328-360) and Bizet Carmen, Act III Entr’acte solo (beginning to rehearsal mark 2)

CLARINET

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • Two contrasting selections demonstrating both lyricism and technical dexterity
  • Scales:
    1. Chromatic, low E to high G, slurred
    2. Two three-octave major scales (your choice, chosen from the following: E, F, F#, G, Ab, A): played both slurred and articulated
    3. One harmonic minor scale of your choice (two octaves sufficient, slurred)
    4. One melodic minor scale of your choice (two octaves sufficient, slurred

B.M. performance major

  • Two or three contrasting selections demonstrating lyricism, technical dexterity, and an understanding of at least two different musical styles
    (Classical, Romantic, 20th century, French, German, Italian, etc.)
  • Scales: same as B.A. music major requirements (listed above).
    – At the live audition, candidates may be asked to play any major scale (two octaves minimum)

BASS CLARINET

Candidates interested in auditioning on bass clarinet can contact the admissions coordinator at music@stolaf.edu for more information and any help in choosing appropriate audition repertoire. Bass clarinetists are eligible for scholarships. B.A. and B.M. music degrees, however, require a primary focus on the soprano clarinet.

OBOE

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • Two pieces in contrasting styles. Approximately 10 minutes total.
  • Scales — ascending and descending, full range of instrument
    1. Chromatic — from low B-flat to high F, slurred
    2. Two major scales of your choice
      Finalists should be prepared to play any major scale at the live audition.

B.M. performance major

  • Selections should demonstrate both lyricism and technical dexterity
  • One fast movement from a concerto or sonata by one of the following: Cimarosa, Marcello, Handel, Telemann, Haydn, or Mozart
  • One movement from a piece of contrasting period or style
  • One étude from Forty Progressive Melodies (Barret Oboe Method) or 48 Famous Studies (Ferling)
  • Scales — ascending and descending, full range of instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. D major, Eb flat major, C harmonic minor
      Finalists should be prepared to play any major scale at the live audition.

BASSOON

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • Two pieces in contrasting styles. Approximately 10 minutes total.
  • Scales — ascending and descending, full range of instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. Two major scales of your choice
      Finalists should be prepared to play any major scale at the live audition

B.M. performance major

  • Two contrasting concerto movements: one fast, one slow (the Mozart or Weber bassoon concertos are preferred)
  • One étude of your choice
  • Scales — ascending and descending, full range of instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. Two major scales of your choice
      Finalists should be prepared to play any major or harmonic minor scale at the live audition.

SAXOPHONE (ALTO/TENOR)

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • Two contrasting movements approximately 10 minutes total from standard solo repertoire. Selections should demonstrate lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency and should be by different composers. Suggested works include sonatas by Creston, Heiden, Eccles/Rascher, or Handel/Mule; concertos by Glazounov or Ibert; Maurice Tableaux de Provençe; Villa-Lobos Fantasia or comparable works. As a solo movement substitute, one étude from Voxman Selected Studies, Ferling 48 Études, Karg-Elert 25 Caprices or other work of comparable difficulty would be acceptable.
  • Scales — ascending and descending, full range of instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. E major, F major

    Finalists should be prepared to play any major scale at the live audition.

  • Jazz improvisation (optional) — improvise on a blues or standard jazz tune. Jamey Aebersold CD or similar accompaniment may be used.

B.M. performance major

  • Two or three contrasting movements approximately 10 minutes total from standard solo repertoire. Selections should demonstrate lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency and should be by different composers. Suggested works include sonatas by Creston, Heiden, or Hindemith; concertos by Dubois, Glazounov, or Ibert; Bozza Improvisation et Caprice; Maurice Tableaux de Provençe; Milhaud Scaramouche; Noda Improvisation I; Villa-Lobos Fantasia; or other work of comparable difficulty.
  • One étude from any of the following books: Voxman Selected Studies, Ferling 48 Études, Mule 18 Exercises d’après Berbiguier, or Karg-Elert 25 Caprices
  • Scales — ascending and descending, full range of instrument
    1. Chromatic
    2. E major, F major, and G harmonic minor

    Finalists should be prepared to play any major scale at the live audition.

  • Jazz improvisation (optional) — improvise on a blues or standard jazz tune. Jamey Aebersold CD or similar accompaniment may be used.

SAXOPHONE (BARITONE)

Non-Music Major

Same as alto/tenor saxophone BA requirements.
Baritone saxophonists are eligible for scholarships; however, B.A and B.M. music degrees require a primary focus on the alto or tenor saxophone.

TRUMPET

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • 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 Concerto for Trumpet, 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
    Finalists should be prepared to play two octaves (where appropriate) of all major and minor scales.
  • Jazz improvisation as you are able

B.M. performance major

All the B.A. trumpet requirements plus:

  • Orchestral excerpts, including two or more of the following:
    1. Stravinski Petrushka: Ballerina’s Dance and Waltz
    2. Schumann Symphony No. 2, first movement, opening
    3. Mahler Symphony No. 5, opening call
  • Jazz improvisation as you are able

HORN

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

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

B.M. performance major

  • First movement of (choose one) Mozart No. 2, Mozart No. 4, or R. Strauss No. 1
  • Any contrasting work
  • Excerpts, two or more of the following: (These can be found at no charge, along with sample recordings, at hornexcerpts.org)
    1. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, horn 1, beginning to rehearsal 1
    2. Brahms Symphony No. 1, horn 1, movement 2, mm. 90–105
    3. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, horn 1, movement 2, mm. 8–28
    4. Beethoven Symphony No. 3, horn 2, movement 3, mm. 163–205

TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM, TUBA

All candidates

  • 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 applicant’s abilities in phrasing, sustained playing, articulation, range, and technical facility, including legato and staccato at varied speeds.

VIOLIN, VIOLA , CELLO

B.A. music major, music education, non-music major

  • Two compositions in contrasting styles. Approximately 10 minutes total. The repertoire should include a movement from a standard concerto.
  • Scales: any major scale (your choice) and one of the following melodic minor in three octaves: violin/viola: D, B, E; cello: D, A, E. Finalists should be prepared to play any major scale of the committee’s choice and one of the above melodic minors in three octaves.

B.M. performance major

  • The first or third movement from a standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • Scales: Same as B.A. requirements except four octaves for cello

STRING BASS

B.A. Music major, music education, non-music major

  • A solo work from the standard repertory such as Eccles, Dragonetti, or Koussevitsky
  • An orchestral excerpt from Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • One major and one melodic minor scale in at least two octaves, the committee will chose the scale at the live audition.

B.M. performance major

  • Two contrasting solo works from the standard repertoire such as Eccles, Dragonetti, or Koussevitsky
  • An orchestral excerpt from Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • One major and one melodic minor scale, three octaves. The committee will chose the scale at the live audition.

PERCUSSION

All applicants

  •  A prepared solo on snare drum, timpani, and mallet percussion instrument (all three required)
    You can choose either two- or four-mallet repertoire — you need not do both.

Percussion Audition Suggestions

HARP

All applicants

  •  Two pieces or movements in contrasting styles that demonstrate your technique (scales, rolled chords, arpeggios, etc.) and musicality (balance, phrasing, dynamic range). Approximately 10 minutes total.
  • One orchestral cadenza
  • Knowledge of all key signatures
    Finalists should be prepared to play any major or harmonic minor scale.

COMPOSITION

(music major applicants only)

  •  First-year students do not enter the composition major their first year. Students who intend to pursue a composition major must apply for admission to the music major on their principal instrument or voice (see requirements above).
  • Applicants may submit a representative portfolio of scores and/or recordings. If a composition portfolio is submitted it 1) supports the student’s application to the music major on their primary instrument, and 2) is eligible for scholarship consideration.