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Repertoire for Auditions

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted below, the audition should consist of two contrasting movements or pieces, one fast/technical and the other slow/lyrical.

The works listed below are merely examples of acceptable repertoire and represent only a small number of the possible pieces that would be appropriate for an audition. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with their private teachers and select works that best represent their level of achievement. Additional questions should be directed to the appropriate Crane faculty member found on the Crane faculty page.

These repertoire lists are for incoming undergraduate students. Graduate applicants should go to this webpage.

BASSOON

Besozzi, Sonata; Galliard, Six Sonatas; Fasch, Sonata; Telemann, Sonata in F Minor; Hurlstone, Sonata in F; Mozart, Concerto; Rosetti, Concerto in B Flat; Saint-Sans, Sonata in G; Vivaldi, Concerti; Weber, Concerto in F, Weber, Hungarian Fantasy; Hummel, Concerto.

CELLO

Please prepare TWO contrasting works (one showing legato playing and lyrical in style, one faster showing your technical abilities) including ONE movement of concerto. You must be prepared to perform randomly any 3 octave scales, major or melodic minor. A short sight-reading may be asked. Appropriate repertoire includes but is not limited to concerti of Haydn in C, Boccherini in B-flat major, Lalo, Goltermann no. 5, Saint-Saëns no. 1, Romberg no.2 and Boëllmann Symphonic Variations. Sonatas includes Boccherini, Brahms in E minor, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Vivaldi. Contrasting pieces: The Swan, Vocalise, Prayer, Intermezzo by Granados, or any “showpieces” by Popper. Bach Solo Cello Suites I, II or III only (Prelude, Allemande, Courante or Gigue preferred). For questions about repertoire please contact Dr. Marie-Élaine Gagnon at gagnonmc@potsdam.edu.

CLARINET

All candidates on clarinet must prepare one Level 5-6 NYSSMA solos such as Mozart or Weber Concertos, Weber Concertino, Poulenc Sonata, or equivalent repertoire, two contrasting etudes (fast/slow; Rose: 32 Etudes is recommended), and all major scales, in 16th notes, quarter note = 80. (E,F,F#, & G - 3 octaves, all others - two octaves). In addition, sightreading will be a part of the audition. If you have any questions about repertoire selections, please contact the clarinet studio faculty.

DOUBLE BASS

Marcello, Sonata in E Minor, Sonata in G Minor, Sonata in F Major, Sonata in A Minor; Simandl, Tempo de Polacca; Capuzzi, Concerto in D Major; Corelli, Sonata in D Minor; Vivaldi, Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Sonata No. 5 in E Minor; Galliard, Sonata in F Major; Weinstein, Contemporary Modal Solos.

EUPHONIUM

Barat, Andante and Allegro; Fasch, Sonata; Frackenpohl Sonata; Marcello, Sonatas; Telemann, Fantasies or Sonatas; Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo; Clinard, Sonata; David, Concertino; Horovitz, Concerto; White, Lyric Suite

FLUTE

Students should be prepared to perform a minimum of two contrasting sections or movements from two contrasting styles or periods of music. In addition, students may be asked major and chromatic scales as well as an example of sight-reading. Repertoire: sonatas by J.S. Bach, Handel, Hindemith, Marcello, Poulenc, Telemann; concertos by Boccherini, Devienne, Haydn, Ibert, Mozart, Nielsen, Pergolesi, Quantz, Telemann; other solo pieces such as Bloch, Suite Modale; Chaminade, Concertino; Debussy, Syrinx; Donjon, Offertoire; Doppler, Hungarian Fantasie; Faur, Fantasie or other French Conservatory pieces; Honegger, Danse de la Chvre; He, Serenade; Kennan, Night Soliloquy; suites and fantasies by Telemann and J.S. Bach. Other pieces of comparable difficulty also are acceptable.

CLASSICAL GUITAR

The audition must be played on a nylon-string classical guitar. Good music reading skills are essential. You will be asked to sight read single-line melodies up through the 5th position. In addition to the sight reading you should prepare the following: two major or minor Segovia scales, three octaves, using rest strokes and free strokes; a work by Bach, Weiss or Scarlatti; an etude by Sor (selected from the Segovia edition); and a 20th-century work at the difficulty level of a Villa-Lobos prelude. Works learned from tablature or by ear will not be accepted.

HARP

A representative etude such as Bochsa, Quarante Etudes Faciles, Op. 318. Two contrasting solo works illustrating different styles and techniques, at least one work to be performed from memory. Sight reading.

HORN

Mozart, Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Corelli, Sonatas; F. Strauss, Concerto; Beethoven, Sonata; Bozza, En Foret; Hindemith, Sonata; Jacob, Concerto; Gliere, Concerto; R. Strauss, Concertos Nos. 1, 2; Dukas, Villanelle; Wilder, Sonata No. 4; Schumann, Adagio-Allegro; Heiden, Sonata.

OBOE

Telemann, Six Partitas; Handel, Sonatas and Concertos; Cimarosa, Concerto; Marcello, Concerto in C Minor; Nielsen, Romance; Schumann, Three Romances; Mozart, Concerto; Haydn, Concerto; Telemann, Concerto in D Major; Hindemith, Sonata.

PERCUSSION

Prepare audition materials for snare solo/multiple percussion solo, mallets, and timpani.

  • Snare solos and multiple percussion solos: Colgrass, Gauger, Petercsak, Firth, Albright, Cirone, Payson Pratt, etc.
  • Mallet solos for keyboard percussion instruments: Bach, Musser, Stout, Peters, Abe, etc.
  • Timpani solos: Beck, Tcherepnine, McKenzie, Jones, Bergamo, Williams, Carter, etc.
  • Substitutions can be made from the Grade V and VI lists in the NYSSMA Manual for all areas of percussion.

PIANO

Students auditioning for the Bachelor of Music in Performance* degree will perform from memory four works for solo piano including: 1) a Three Part Invention or a  Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach, 2) the first movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Clementi  3) any work of Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, or Scriabin 4) a work by an impressionist or 20th century composer.

Students auditioning for all other undergraduate degree programs* will perform from memory three works for solo piano including: 1) a Two or Three Part Invention or a  Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier of J.S. Bach, 2) the first movement of a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Clementi,  3) any work of Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Scriabin OR a work by an impressionist or 20th century composer.

Students auditioning for the Master of Music - Piano Performance degree program must prepare a program from 50 to 60 minutes which includes three style periods, performed from memory. A complete classical sonata, a major Romantic work, and one virtuosic etude are required. Remaining works are to be chosen by the applicant. All works must be prepared in their entirety.

SAXOPHONE

Students should prepare one Level 5-6 NYSSMA solo exhibiting both technical and lyrical playing such as Sonata by Paul Creston, Concerto in Eb by Alexander Glazunov, Sonata by Bernhard Heiden, Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert, or Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice.  Students should also prepare all major, harmonic minor and chromatic scales from memory. Auditionees should play their audition on the saxophone they are most comfortable with, but understand that they will be expected to play alto saxophone for at least the first four semesters of study at Crane.

TROMBONE

Tenor trombonists should select a lyrical etude from the Bordogni/Rochut "Melodious Etudes" Book I and a solo of a comparable level of the solos listed below: Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique; Galliard, Six Sonatas; Marcello, Sonatas; Barat, Andante and Allegro; White, Sonata; Giffels, Sonata; Serocki, Sonatina; Fasch, Sonata; Shostakovich, Four Preludes; Hindemith, Sonata; Davison, Sonata; Jacob, Concerto.

Bass Trombonists should also select a lyrical etude from the Bordogni/Rochut "Melodious Etudes" Book I (with the option of playing the selection an octave lower) and a solo of a comparable level of the solos listed below:
Jacob, Cameos; Lebedev, Concerto in One Movement; Galliard Six Sonatas; Ewazen, Concertino; Grantham, Sonata in One Movement; Gregson, Concerto; Hidas, Rhapsody; McCarty, Sonata; Mueller, Praeludium, Chorale, Variations and Fugue; Sache, Concertino; Semler-Collery, Barcarolle et Chanson; Wilder, Sonata.

TRUMPET

Undergraduate candidates: Corelli, Sonata No. 8; Balay, Prelude et Ballade; Albonini, Sonata in C; Handel, Sonata for Trumpet; Kennan, Sonata; Hartley, Sonatina; Hummel, Concerto; Haydn, Concerto; Hindemith, Sonata.

Master of Music - Trumpet Performance candidates: The applicant will perform one representative movement from each of three major works in the trumpet repertoire representing contrasting styles, and the applicant will perform five orchestral excerpts from the list below:

  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio (part VI - solo in common time)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (2nd movement)
  • Bizet: Carmen (prelude - low solo)
  • Gershwin: An American in Paris (solo - rehearsal 45)
  • Mussorgsky (Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition (“Samuel Goldenberg”)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto (opening solo)
  • R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (E-flat solo)
  • Stravinsky: Firebird (“Danse Infernale” - beginning to rehearsal 3, rehearsal 9-14)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (finale - measure 117 to end)
  • Wagner:  Parsifal  (prelude - solo)

TUBA

Hindemith, Sonate; Vaughan Williams, Concerto; Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo; Gregson, Concerto; Lebdev, Concerto in One Movement; Marcello, Sonatas; Wilder, Suite No. 1; Hartley, Suite; Persichetti, Sernade No. 12; Vivaldi, Sonatas

VIOLA

Please prepare two contrasting works (one showing legato playing, and one faster), and be prepared to perform a randomly selected three-octave scale in major and melodic minor and a short sight-reading excerpt. Appropriate repertoire includes concertos by J.C. Bach, Bartok, Bloch, Handel, Hindemith, Hoffmeister, Hummel, Stamitz, Vaughan Williams or Walton, sonatas by Bloch, Brahms, Clarke, Hindemith, Hummel, Marcello, Marais, Milhaud, Shostakovitch, or Vivaldi, or any movement EXCEPT the minuet/bourree of a solo suite by J.S. Bach. Note that the Telemann viola concerto is not acceptable repertoire for the audition. For questions about repertoire, please contact Dr. Tramposh at tramposh@potsdam.edu.

VIOLIN

Please prepare TWO contrasting works (one showing legato playing, and one faster) and be prepared to perform a randomly selected three-octave scale in both major and melodic minor as well as a short sight-reading excerpt. Appropriate repertoire includes a concerto movement at the level of Haydn, Kabalevsky, Mozart, Barber, Bruch, Mendelssohn, or Lalo; or any movement from a Solo Sonata or Partita by J. S. Bach EXCEPT the Gigue from the E Major Partita. Other solo pieces, sonatas, or concerti of comparable difficulty are also acceptable.  Choosing two works from the vast violin repertoire can be tough, so if you have any questions please be in touch with Professor Doty at dotyls@potsdam.edu or Dr. Hersh at hershss@potsdam.edu

VOICE

Bachelor of Music in Performance*: Candidates must present five (5) memorized pieces from standard classical vocal literature. Repertoire must include pieces in English and two different foreign languages. Candidates should perform age-appropriate pieces of varying styles and/or tempi. Do not include music theater, jazz or 'pop' styles.

All other undergraduate degree programs*: Candidates must present three (3) memorized pieces from standard classical vocal literature. Repertoire must include pieces in English and at least one foreign language. Candidates should perform age-appropriate pieces of varying styles and/or tempi. Do not include music theater, jazz or 'pop' styles.

Master of Music - Vocal Performance applications: Candidates must prepare five (5) memorized works in French, German, Italian, and English. Repertoire must include two (2) arias of contrasting styles and periods; these could include opera, operetta, oratorio, cantata, or concert arias.

Voice Applicants: Accompanists are available for both on and off-campus (voice auditions only) for a $30.00 fee which must be paid when the audition is scheduled. For recommendations about providing music for our accompanists, please click here.

* Voice or piano students who are auditioning for two or more majors, one of which is the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, should prepare only the Bachelor of Music in Performance audition.