Woodwinds Audition Repertoire

Audition recordings are required for all applicants to NEC. The repertoire does not need to be accompanied unless specifically noted. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your recording files as part of your online application.

Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

Flute

Undergraduate:

  1. One Etude
  2. Mozart: Concerto in G or D Major - movements 1 and 2
  3. A major 20th century work: a complete sonata, concerto, or substantial work such as Dutilleux Sonatine, Jolivet Chant de Linos, Martin Ballade, or Sancan Sonatine
  4. Ulysses Kay: Prelude for unaccompanied flute

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. Any sonata by J.S. Bach
  2. A complete Mozart Concerto
  3. A major 20th century work: complete sonata, concerto, or substantial work such as Dutilleux Sonatine, Jolivet Chant de Linos, Martin Ballade, or Sancan Sonatine
  4. Ulysses Kay: Prelude for unaccompanied flute
  5. Five orchestral excerpts displaying a variety of styles

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

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
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

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
  3. Four contrasting orchestral excerpts

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Clarinet

Undergraduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements from a clarinet concerto written in the 18th or 19th century. 
  2. One major work for the clarinet (concerto, sonata, solo, etc.) written in the 20th or 21st century. 
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice.
  4. A melody of your choice which you feel represents your cultural background and/or personal interest. It may be from any genre of music and you may add embellishment or improvisation.

Piano accompaniments are not required. 

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. One complete clarinet concerto written in the 18th or 19th century. 
  2. One major work for the clarinet (concerto, sonata, solo, etc.) written in the 20th or 21st century.
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice.
  4. A melody of your choice which you feel represents your cultural background and/or personal interest. It may be from any genre of music and you may add embellishment or improvisation

Piano accompaniments are not required. 

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Bassoon

Undergraduate:

Please record multi-movement works in one take. Both excerpts should also be recorded in one take. Piano accompaniment is not required.

  1. Two contrasting movements from an 18th or 19th-century sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety), or two contrasting etudes from the Milde 50 Concert Studies
  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

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

Please record multi-movement works in one take. All four excerpts should also be recorded in one take. Piano accompaniment is not required.

  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

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Saxophone

Undergraduate:

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)
  • Decruck Sonata (pub. Billaudot)
  • Nelson Sonata (pub. Advance Music)
  • Ibert Concertino da Camera (pub. Leduc); 1 movement
  • Rueff Sonate (pub. Leduc)
  • Villa-Lobos Fantasia (pub. Peer-Southern); 2 contrasting mvmts

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  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
    • Tower Second Flight (pub. Associated Music Publishers)
    • Denisov Sonata (pub. Leduc); any 2 mvmts
    • Chen Twice Removed (pub. RCEditions)
    • 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

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.