Woodwinds Audition Requirements

All applicants will submit the following application materials based on their desired degree program. For instrument-specific audition requirements, please scroll down or use these buttons to navigate to the appropriate instrument.

Application Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants

  • Complete all required application questions
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Application Requirements for Master of music, doctor of arts, and graduate Performance Certificate Applicants

  • Complete all required application questions
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resumé

Note: Accompanists are not required, but the applicant may provide one.


Flute

Audition Requirements for undergraduate degrees

  • Two pieces or movements of works from contrasting style periods. If movements of work are chosen, they must come from separate compositions. Applicant’s choices should demonstrate both lyrical and “technical” playing abilities.
  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios in 2 octaves, full range chromatic scale

Audition Requirements for master of music, doctor of arts, and graduate performance certificate

  • Candidates should prepare a 20 minute program consisting of works representing music between the Baroque and Modern periods.
    • Include the first or second movements of either Mozart’s G Major or D Major flute concertos.
  • 3 standard principal flute orchestral excerpts should be prepared for the audition.

Contact:

James Hall at  James.Hall@unco.edu


Clarinet

Audition Requirements for undergraduate degrees

  • All major and minor scales, full-range
  • Choose ONE piece in EACH category for a total of two audition pieces:
    • Technical piece:
      • Weber Concertino
      • Weber Concerto No. 2 movement I
      • Weber Concerto No. 2 movement III
    • Lyrical piece:
      • Choose one slow etude from C. Rose 32 Studies
  • Sight-reading and sight-singing may be asked in the audition.

Audition Requirements for Master of music, doctor of arts, and graduate performance certificate

  • 3 contrasting works displaying a range of technical and lyrical skill.
  • 3-5 orchestral excerpts
  • All major and minor scales, full-range
  • Sight-reading and/or sight-singing may be required
  • All graduate applicants must submit a writing sample. This should be an academic paper from the last degree in which the student was enrolled.

Contact:

Lauren Jacobson at Lauren.Jacobson@unco.edu


Oboe

Audition Requirements for undergraduate degrees

  • Undergraduate entrance auditions should consist of two contrasting solo pieces or etudes representing the applicant’s strengths, technical ability and lyricism.
  • Major and Minor scales and chromatic scale
  • Any one movement from suggested list below:
    • Any Handel or Telemann Sonata
    • Haydn Oboe Concerto
    • Vivaldi Concerto (Any)
    • Marcello Oboe Concerto
    • Mozart Oboe Concerto
    • Saint-Saëns or Poulenc Sonata
  • A Barret or Ferling etude
  • Sight Reading

Audition Requirements for master of music, doctor of arts, and graduate performance certificate

  • Graduate auditions consist of two to three selected major works in the oboe repertory. These works should contrast in period, style, and tempo. Prospective graduates might choose to substitute a major technical etude by Bozza or any for the Sixteen Grand Studies by Barret in lieu of the third solo piece. Students should also prepare three contrasting orchestral excerpts of their choice.
  • An example of a graduate audition would be:
    • A movement or two from the Mozart Oboe Concerto, K. 314, Martinu, Goossens, or Strauss Oboe Concerto
    • Silvestrini, Bozza Etude, or any Sixteen Grand Studies from Barret
    • (Optional) Oboe Solo: CPE Bach Sonata in A minor, Telemann Fantasias, Henri Tomasi Evocations, or Antal Dorati Five Pieces for Oboe Solo
    • Oboe I excerpts from Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin, Brahms Violin Concerto, Beethoven Eroica Symphony, Rossini La Scala di Seta, and Strauss Don Juan, or similar
    • Sight-reading

Contact:

Euridice Alvarez at Euridice.Alvarez@unco.edu


Bassoon

Audition Requirements for undergraduate degrees

  • All major, minor, and chromatic scales
  • Two contrasting solo selections from the standard repertoire
  • Sight-reading will be provided at the audition.

Audition Requirements for master of music, doctor of arts, and graduate performance certificate

  • All major, minor, and chromatic scales
  • Two contrasting solo selections from the standard repertoire
  • A selection of orchestral excerpts is highly recommended.
  • Sight-reading will be provided at the audition.

Contact:

Tristan Rennie at Tristan.Rennie@unco.edu


Saxophone

Audition Requirements for undergraduate degrees

  • Applicants should be prepared to perform their major scales and two musical selections that demonstrate technical and musical proficiency. These selections can be etudes or pieces.
  • Sight-reading

Audition Requirements for master of music, doctor of arts, and graduate performance certificate

  • Applicants should be prepared to perform a variety of musical selections that demonstrate current technical and musical proficiency.
  • One baroque transcription is required.
  • Sight-reading

Contact:

Andrew Dahlke at Andrew.Dahlke@unco.edu