Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Saxophone | Bassoon

Prescreening recordings are required of all Flute and DMA applicants. Flute applicants should follow the prescreening repertoire requirements outlined below. DMA applicants to all other woodwind instruments should follow the graduate repertoire requirements for both their prescreening recording and live audition.

Artist Diploma applicants can find prescreening and audition requirements on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

After reviewing the recording guidelines on our general Audition Requirements page, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application.

Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Bassoon applicants who are not applying to the DMA or Artist Diploma should not submit a prescreening recording.

Flute

All applicants to the Flute Performance program must submit a prescreening recording. The prescreening repertoire does not need to be accompanied. After review, qualified applicants will be invited to present a live audition. DMA Flute applicants invited to a live audition are required to perform with a collaborative pianist. The Admissions Office can provide a list of local collaborative pianists for hire.

All prescreening recordings should be uploaded to the NEC online application.

Prescreening Recordings (all programs except AD):

  1. Mozart - Exposition of 1st and 2nd movements of the Concerto in G or D Major.
  2. Contrasting piece of the candidate's choice.
  3. Orchestral Excerpts (3 total):

    A. Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3 - measures 328-360.
    B. Brahms Symphony No.4, last movement - measures 93-105.
    C. Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Nights Dream - 2 measures before P to the end.

Undergraduate Auditions:

  1. One Etude.
  2. Mozart Concerto in G or D Major - movements 1 and 2.
  3. Major contemporary work (complete sonata, concerto, or substantial work such as Dutilleux Sonatine, Jolivet Chant de Linos, Martin Ballade, or Sancan Sonatine).
  4. Three Orchestral Excerpts displaying a variety of styles.

Graduate Auditions:

  1. Any sonata by J.S. Bach.
  2. Mozart Concerto - complete.
  3. Major contemporary work (complete sonata, concerto, or substantial work such as Dutilleux Sonatine, Jolivet Chant de Linos, Martin Ballade, or Sancan Sonatine).
  4. Five Orchestral Excerpts displaying a variety of styles.

Audition Dates

Oboe

Undergraduate:

  1. One slow Ferling etude, and either a fast Ferling etude or a Barrett Grand Study.
  2. One slow and one fast movement from either a Baroque or Classical concerto - applicant's choice for additional repertoire.
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts.

Graduate:

  1. One slow Ferling etude, and either a fast Ferling etude or a Barrett Grand Study.
  2. One slow and one fast movement from either a Baroque or Classical concerto - applicant's choice for additional repertoire.
  3. Four excerpts chosen from the following:

    A. any Bach Cantata
    B. Beethoven Symphony No.3
    C. Brahms Symphony No.1
    D. Debussy La Mer
    E. Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
    F. Rossini La Scala di Seta
    G. Schumann Symphony No.2
    H. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4

Audition Dates

Clarinet

Undergraduate:

  1. Two Etudes from Rose 32 Etudes (Carl Fischer edition):

    • One slow etude from the following: 1, 11, 13, 19, 21, or 31
    • One fast etude from the following: 10, 16, 20, or 24
  2. One of the following concertos:

    • Mozart Concerto, K.622 (two contrasting movements)
    • Weber Concerto No.1 (two contrasting movements)
    • Weber Concerto No.2 (two contrasting movements)
    • Debussy First Rhapsody (complete)
  3. One 20th or 21st century unaccompanied solo, such as:

    • Leslie Bassett Soliloquies (two contrasting movements)
    • Donald Martino A Set for Clarinet (first movement)
    • Olivier Messiaen Abyss of the Birds (complete)
    • Miklos Rozsa Sonatina Op.27 (first movement)
    • William O. Smith Five Pieces (two contrasting movements)
    • Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces (complete)
    • Heinrich Sutermeister Capriccio (complete)
  4. All three of the following orchestral selections:

    Beethoven Symphony No.6:
    first movement: two bars before K to end of solo (mm. 474 to end of solo)
    second movement: one bar before D through two bars before E (mm. 68 through 77)
    Mendelssohn A Misummer Night's Dream (Scherzo):
    beginning to bar 48 (mm. 145 to 157)
    Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol:
    first movement: from A to B; and from C to the 15th bar after C

Graduate:

  1. Two Etudes from Rose 32 Etudes (Carl Fischer edition):

    • One slow etude from the following: 1, 11, 13, 19, 21, or 31
    • One fast etude from the following: 10, 16, 20, or 24
  2. One of the following solos in its entirety:

    • Mozart Concerto, K.622
    • Weber Concerto No.1
    • Weber Concerto No.2
    • Debussy First Rhapsody
    Nielsen Concerto
  3. One 20th or 21st century unaccompanied solo in its entirety, such as:

    • Leslie Bassett Soliloquies
    • Luciano Berio Sequenza IX
    • Elliott Carter Gra
    • Libby Larsen Dancing Solo
    • Donald Martino A Set for Clarinet
    • Olivier Messiaen Abyss of the Birds
    • Shulamit Ran For an Actor
    • William O. Smith Five Pieces
    • Igor Stravinsky Three Pieces
    • Joan Tower Wings
  4. All six of the following orchestral selections:

    Beethoven Symphony No.6:
    first movement: two bars before K to end of solo (mm. 474 to end of solo)
    second movement: from one bar before D through two bars before E (mm. 68 through 77)
    Kodaly Dances of Galanta:
    measures 31 through 65
    measures 571 through 578
    Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo):
    beginning to bar 48
    measures 145 to 157
    Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf:
    Cadenza
    Ravel Daphnis and Chloe (Suite No.2):
    second bar after 155 through three bars after 157
    third bar after 212 to end
    Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol:
    first movement: from letter A to letter B
    letter C to the 15th bar after letter C

Audition Dates

Saxophone

Undergraduate: Be prepared to play two of the following, or comparable works:

  • Creston Sonata , Op.19 (pub. Shawnee)
  • Desenclos Prelude, Cadence et Finale (pub. Leduc)
  • Glazounov Concerto (pub. Leduc)
  • Ibert Concertino da Camera (pub. Leduc)
  • Villa-Lobos Fantasia (pub. Peer-Southern)

Graduate: The first two requirements can be of comparable works:

  1. Ibert Concertino da Camera (pub. Leduc)
  2. Choose one of the following (or a comparable work):

    • Dahl Concerto (pub. European American Music)
    • Denisov Sonata (pub. Leduc)
    • Harbison Sonata "San Antonio" (pub. Schirmer-AMP)
  3. In addition, graduate students shouldbe prepared to play three orchestral excerpts from The Orchestral Saxophonist, Vol.1 (pub. Roncorp). Suggested excerpts:

    • Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
    • Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije
    • Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Audition Dates

Bassoon

Undergraduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements from an 18th or 19th-century sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece, or two contrasting etudes from the Milde 50 Concert Studies (or a one-movement work in its entirety).
  2. Two contrasting movements from a 20th-century or later sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety).
  3. Two orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Graduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements from a Baroque or Classical sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety).
  2. Two contrasting movements from a Romantic or early 20th-century sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety).
  3. Two contrasting movements from a post-1950 sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety).
  4. Four orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Audition Dates

 

2014-09-12


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