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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 DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete the UNC Undergraduate Application
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Bear App Portal
    • School of Music Supplementary Application, which includes
      • Virtual Interview Scheduling
      • Musical Experience
      • Contact information for 2 music recommenders
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • Video Audition

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • Complete all Graduate School Application Requirements for your degree program and a UNC Application
    • Graduate Students will submit their audition video as part of their UNC Application.
  • After submitting your application, upload and complete the following School of Music Checklist Items in your Graduate School Admissions Portal:
    • Resume - a complete listing of your performing and work experience. Please upload a .pdf document
    • Statement of Goals - a brief statement about your career aspirations. Please upload a .pdf document.
    • School of Music Form - includes Virtual Interview Scheduling, musical experience, and past teachers.
    • Assistantship Letter of Experience (optional but strongly recommended) - a brief statement about your teaching or professional experience as it relates to music. Please upload a .pdf document.

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

  • Select and perform 4 major scales and 4 minor scales, full range.
  • Choose ONE piece in EACH category for a total of two audition pieces:
    • Perform one technical piece:
      • Weber Concertino
      • Weber Concerto No. 2 movement I
      • Weber Concerto No. 2 movement III
    • Perform one lyrical piece. Choose one etude from the following:
      • C. Rose 32 Studies

Audition Requirements for Master of Music, Doctor of Arts, and Graduate Performance Certificate

  • Perform selections from 3 contrasting works displaying a range of technical and lyrical skill. Total performance time should be approximately 20 minutes.
  • Perform 4 orchestral excerpts of your choice.
  • Perform 6 major and 6 minor scales of your choice, full-range.
  • 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:

Tim Gocklin, Timothy.Gocklin@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.

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.

Contact:

Andrew Dahlke at Andrew.Dahlke@unco.edu