Woodwinds

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. 

Please remember, students must submit applications to both Baylor University and the School of Music. We highly encourage you to email our woodwind faculty to set up a virtual visit or sample lesson.

  • The audition committee consists of woodwind faculty members.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment.
 

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level:


FLUTE

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Charlotte Daniel with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Flute Requirements:
  • Two contrasting selections, demonstrating both lyrical expression and technical skill. This may include individual movements from multi-movement works, or, complete works that stand alone. Selections should be performed without accompaniment.
  • Scales: All major scales.
  • We request that candidates not perform any all-state etudes from the current or previous academic year.
GRADUATE Flute Requirements:
  • Three works or movements of contrasting style and time periods from the standard repertory.
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of the candidate's choice.

OBOE

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Euridice Alvarez with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Oboe Requirements:

 

  • Scales: Play the following Major scales in two octaves: D-flat, E-flat, E, and F.
  • Solo Repertoire: Two complete contrasting movements, preferably from different periods and contrasting styles (lyrical/technical), from the standard repertoire. These may be movements of a concerto or sonata, or one-movement works. Perform solo without piano or other accompaniment, skipping over multi-measure rests.
  • Etude: an etude from Ferling, 40 Progressive Melodies or 16 Grand Studies by Barret.
  • We request that candidates not perform any all-state etudes from the current or previous academic year.
GRADUATE Oboe Requirements:

 

  • Solo Repertoire: A movement from a standard concerto. Two other contrasting works from different periods or styles of composition.
  • Etude: an etude from any of Ferling or Bozza Etudes, or any of the Sixteen Grand Studies by Barret.
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. Suggestions include, but are not limited to: Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin, Brahms Violin Concerto, Debussy La Mer, Beethoven Eroica Symphony, Rossini La Scala di Seta, Stravinsky Pulcinella, and Strauss Don Juan.

CLARINET

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Professor Ran Kampel with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Bb Clarinet Requirements:
  • Solo Repertoire:  A movement from a concerto or sonata from the standard repertoire (such as Mozart, Weber, Brahms, Schumann, or Debussy).
  • Etudes: Two etudes from Rose 32 Etudes – one slow and one fast.
  • Scales: Major and minor scales and sight reading may also be required.
  • We request that candidates not perform any all-state etudes from the current or previous academic year.

Bass clarinet auditions – you must audition on Bb clarinet and may choose to substitute one of your selections with a bass clarinet solo/etude piece.

GRADUATE Clarinet Requirements:
  • Solo Repertoire: Mozart Concerto for Clarinet K622 – 1st movement, exposition only.  Two additional works or movements of contrasting style from the standard repertory (such as Weber, Spohr, Copland, Nielsen, Brahmsn, Schumann, or Debussy).
  • Orchestral Excerpts: 
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 – 2nd movement – measures 68-78
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 – 2nd movement – opening until measure 23
    • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – opening until rehearsal B

SAXOPHONE

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Michael Jacobson with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Saxophone Requirements:
  • Scales:
    • Play the following major scales either two octaves or full range of the instrument (your preference): F, Eb, D, B
    • Play a chromatic scale full range of the instrument.
  • Etudes: Perform two complete etudes, one fast and one slow. 
    • We request that candidates not perform any All-State etudes from the current or previous academic year.
  • Solo Repertoire: Two complete contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto.  Perform solo without piano or other accompaniment, skipping over multi-measure rests.
GRADUATE Saxophone Requirements:
  • A standard concerto (at least two contrasting movements).
  • Two other contrasting works from different periods or styles of composition
  • An etude from Ferling, Karg-Elert, Mule, or Lacour

BASSOON

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Ann Shoemaker with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Bassoon Requirements:
  • Scales: Play the following major scales (three octaves preferred): Bb, B, Db, D
  • Etude: #1 from 25 Studies in Scales and Chords for Bassoon, Op. 24 by Ludwig Milde (recommended edition is edited by Benjamin Kamins and William Short, published by Presser).
  • Solo Repertoire: Two contrasting selections, demonstrating both lyrical expression and technical skill. This may include individual movements from multi-movement works, or complete works that stand alone. Selections should be performed without accompaniment. Optional: Applicants are encouraged to pick one of their selections by a composer from an historically underrepresented racial/ethnic group, gender, and/or culture. Choosing works that represent the applicant’s own cultural background is also welcomed. See suggestions listed below:
    • Jenni Brandon: Colored Stones
    • Nancy Galbraith: Sonata
    • William Grant Still: Three Songs
    • Adolphus Hailstork: Bassoon Set
    • Ulysses Kay: Sonata
    • Francisco Mignone: 16 Waltzes for solo bassoon
    • Jose Siqueira: Three Etudes

We request that candidates not perform any all-state etudes from the current or previous academic year.

GRADUATE Bassoon Requirements:
  • Solo Repertoire: 
    • A movement from a standard concerto.
    • One or two additional contrasting selections, demonstrating both lyrical expression and technical skill. This may include individual movements from multi-movement works, or complete works that stand alone. Selections should be performed without accompaniment. Optional: Applicants are encouraged to pick one of their selections by a composer from an historically underrepresented racial/ethnic group, gender, and/or culture. Choosing works that represent the applicant’s own cultural background is also welcomed. See suggestions listed below:
      • Jenni Brandon: Colored Stones
      • Nancy Galbraith: Sonata
      • William Grant Still: Three Songs
      • Adolphus Hailstork: Bassoon Set
      • Ulysses Kay: Sonata 
      • Mark Lomax: Trouble Don't Last for bassoon and piano 
      • Francisco Mignone: 16 Waltzes for solo bassoon
      • Natalie Moller: Translations: One movement
      • Jeff Scott: Elegy for Innocence
      • Jose Siqueira: Three Etudes
  • Etude: An etude of your choice from 25 Studies in Scales & Chords Op. 24 by Ludwig Milde.
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. Suggestions include, but are not limited to:
    • Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 4, movement 2
    • Ravel: Bolero
    • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9, movements 4 and 5
    • Beethoven: Symphony 4, movement 4

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