Woodwinds Audition Repertoire

Collaborative pianists are required only for DMA Flute auditions, unless specifically noted. 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 applicants to NEC. The prescreening repertoire does not need to be accompanied unless specifically noted. 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.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

Flute

Repertoire Requirements and Audition Dates will be posted in August.

 

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
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

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

Live audition dates will be posted in August

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
  3. Four contrasting orchestral excerpts

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

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

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. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice

Live audition dates will be posted in August

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.

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

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

Prescreening Recordings (all undergraduate and graduate MM & GD):

  1. Movements 1 and 2 of a concerto by Mozart, Weber, or Hummel (expositions only; accompaniment preferred)
  2. Two of the following orchestral excerpts:
    1. Marriage of Figaro Overture (mm. 139 - 171)
    2. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4 (mvt. 2, solo to end)
    3. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 6 (mvt. 1, opening solo)
    4. Ravel, Bolero (solo)
    5. Ravel, Piano Concerto (mvt. 1, rhl. 9 - 10, and mvt. 3, rhl. 14 - 16)
    6. Stravinsky, Rite of Spring (opening solos)
    7. Stravinsky, Firebird (Berceuse solo)
    8. Rimsky-Korsakov, sheherazade (mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas)
    9. Beethoven, Symphony no. 4 (mvt. 4, mm. 15 - 25, 184 - 188, 300 - 303, 348- end)
    10. Shostakovich, Symphony no. 9 (solo from mvts. 4 - 5) 

Live audition dates will be posted in August

Undergraduate:

  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

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

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

Live Audition Date 2022

Sunday, February 6, 2022

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)
  • 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.

 

Doctor of Musical Arts:

A recital-length program of stylistically diverse works that are musically and technically challenging.

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music, Tufts/NEC Five-Year Dual-Degree, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma will be offered equal consideration for both recorded auditions and in-person auditions. Due to the selective nature of our Doctor of Musical Arts and Harvard/NEC Five-Year Dual Degree programs, applicants to those programs must present a live audition on campus.

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.