Flute | Oboe | Clarinet | Saxophone | Bassoon


Live auditions at NEC are required for all Woodwinds applicants living in North America, as well as all applicants to the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, DMA, and Artist Diploma programs regardless of their country of residence.

Collaborative pianists are required only for DMA Flute auditions. Applicants must arrange for their own pianists. The Admissions Office can provide a list of local collaborative pianists for hire.

Prescreening Recording

Prescreening recordings are required for all Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Saxophone applicants as well as all DMA and Artist Diploma applicants. The prescreening repertoire does not need to be accompanied. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application. DMA prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as for the live audition. Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Bassoon applicants should not submit a prescreening recording unless they are applying to the DMA.

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants residing outside of North America who are not applying to the Artist Diploma, DMA, or Harvard/NEC dual degree programs may be considered for admission based on the submission of a final recorded audition. Given the competitive nature of our programs, applicants are strongly encouraged to present a live audition at NEC.

If a prescreening recording is required of your intended major or program, you must submit this as a part of the online application. If you pass the prescreening round, you will be invited to submit a final video audition recording in January. Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Full pieces, with accompaniment when appropriate, should be submitted, unless otherwise indicated. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials, including prescreening if required, are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.

Flute

Prescreening Recordings (all Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  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 prescreening and live audition:

  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.

Applicants invited for a live audition should expect to sight-read as part of the audition.

Graduate prescreening and live audition:

  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

Applicants invited for a live audition should expect to sight-read as part of the audition.

Audition Dates

Clarinet

Prescreening Recordings (all Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. One etude from Rose 32 Etudes
  2. Mozart Concerto, K.622, first movement exposition with piano accompaniment
  3. Beethoven Symphony No.6, second movement: from one bar before D through two bars before E (mm. 68 through 77)
  4. Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo): beginning to bar 48

Undergraduate Live Auditions:

  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
    Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol:
    first movement: from A to B; and from C to the 15th bar after C

Graduate Live Auditions:

  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 prescreening and live audition:

Two of the following, or comparable works:

  • Creston Sonata, Op.19 (pub. Shawnee); 2 contrasting mvmts
  • Desenclos Prelude, Cadence et Finale (pub. Leduc)
  • Glazounov Concerto (pub. Leduc)
  • Ibert Concertino da Camera (pub. Leduc); 1 movement
  • Villa-Lobos Fantasia (pub. Peer-Southern); 2 contrasting mvmts

Graduate prescreening and live audition:

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

    • Creston Sonata, Op.19 (pub. Shawnee); 2 contrasting mvmts
    • Dahl Concerto (pub. European American Music); 2 contrasting mvmts
    • Denisov Sonata (pub. Leduc); 2 contrasting mvmts
    • Glazounov Concerto (pub. Leduc)
    • Harbison Sonata "San Antonio" (pub. Schirmer-AMP); 2 contrasting mvmts
  3. Two 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

 

2015-09-16


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