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Audition Requirements for Woodwind Instruments

The entrance audition must display a level of development that will allow students to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. The point of the audition is to demonstrate your current level of playing, so choose works that showcase your sound, musicianship and musical strengths. The guidelines can be used for all programs and majors although applied majors should naturally anticipate a higher entrance standard than other majors.


  • One movement from any Bach Sonata
  • One movement from a standard concerto


  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required.
  • Sight-reading
  • One etude. Suggested etudes can be found in the Barret Oboe Method, Brod Oboe Method, and Ferling Forty-eight Etudes.
  • A solo comparable in difficulty to Bellini Concerto, Donizetti Sonata, Guilhaud Concertino, Haydn Concerto, Hindemith Sonata, Hummell Adagio, Theme and Variations, Mozart Quartet or Concerto, Paladilhe Solo de Concert, Saint-Saëns Sonata, and Telemann Sonata in A-minor.
  • The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good demand of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.


  • Performance of a chromatic scale from low E to high G.
  • Ability to perform two contrasting Rose Etudes from the Hite book specifically addressing articulation.
  • Two contrasting selections from standard clarinet literature. Standard literature should be representative of works such as:
  • Weber Concertos or Concertino
  • Stamitz Concertos
  • Mozart Concerto
  • Brahms Sonatas
  • Schumann, Fantasy Pieces
  • Or such 20th Century works, such as Stravinsky, Three Pieces


  • Two contrasting etudes from Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies or one etude from Milde Concert Studies, vol. 1.
  • One movement from a standard concerto (Mozart, Weber, Vivaldi, Hummel) or sonata (Hindemith, Saint-Saëns, Telemann, Hurlstone, Cascarino) or a single movement work in its entirety (Elgar Romance, Pierné Solo de Concerto, Op. 35 or Prelude de Concert, Bourdeau Premier Solo, Osborne Rhapsody) either from the list or a similar composition.


  • Sight-reading
  • 1 slow musical selection
  • 1 fast musical selection
  • The audition must display a level of technical, musical and tonal development in works that are comparable in difficulty to the following:
    • Rueff Chanson et Passepied (Leduc Publishing), Ibert Aria (Leduc Publishing), Bozza Aria (Leduc Publishing), Lantier Sicilienne (Leduc Publishing), Eccles Sonata (arr. Rascher, Elkan Vogel Publishing), Ward An Abstract (Southern Music Publishing), Bonneau Suite (Leduc Publishing), Tcherepnine Sonatine Sportive (Leduc Publishing) or Hartley Petite Suite (Crescendo Publishing).