Audition & Program Requirements

Master of Music: Bassoon

No prescreening; audition unaccompanied.

For Final Audition:

Solo Selections:

  • Choose exposition sections from two works or movements that are contrasting in style or time period.

NOTE: Listed repertoire is not required; any pieces of commensurate difficulty will be accepted. Two contrasting movements from the following compositions are also acceptable.

Suggested solos:

  • Milde, étude from Concert Studies Book 2
  • Mozart, Concerto K.191, first and second movements
  • Saint-Saëns, Sonata, first and second movements
  • Vivaldi, any concerto, first and third movements

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice 

NOTE: Listed repertoire is not required; any pieces of commensurate difficulty will be accepted. 

Suggested orchestral excerpts: 

  • Ravel, Boléro (solo)
  • Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps, opening and recapitulation on C-flat
  • Mozart, Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, opening and recapitulation (eighth-note passages)
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, fourth movement (sixteenth-note passages)
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, end of second movement

In addition: In the live audition, please be prepared to play a selection of major and harmonic-minor scales and major and minor arpeggios. 

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Bachelor of Music: Bassoon