Woodwinds

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. For the 2020-21 application cycle, applicants who are required to audition must upload a video recorded audition to their music application. After your application file is reviewed, a follow-up live virtual audition and/or interview may also be required. If required, you will be notified via Acceptd to schedule it on one of the available dates.

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.
  • All audition requirements listed below should be part of your video recording.
 

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: Please play the following scales in two octaves: E-flat, E, and F.
  • Solo Repertoire: Two contrasting works, 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. Please play only one movement from this suggested repertoire list:
    • Any Handel or Telemann Sonata
    • Marcello or Albinoni Oboe Concertos
    • Vivaldi Concerto (any)
    • Haydn Oboe Concerto (first movement)
    • Mozart Oboe Concerto (first movement)
    • V. Williams Oboe Concerto (first movement)
    • Saint-Saëns or Poulenc Oboe Sonata
  • Etudes: an etude from Ferling or Barret Melodic Studies, or an unaccompanied solo work. Suggest repertoire list for unaccompanied solo work (please choose only one movement):
    • Metamorphoses for Oboe Solo after Ovid by Britten
    • Evocations by Henri Tomasi
    • Seven Bagatelles by Gordon Jacob
  • 12 Fantasias for Oboe Solo by G.P. Telemann
  • We request that candidates not perform any all-state etudes from the current or previous academic year.
GRADUATE Oboe Requirements:
  • Solo Repertoire: A standard concerto or sonata. Please play only one movement.
    • Mozart Oboe Concerto, K. 314 (first movement)
    • Martinů Oboe Concerto (any movement)
    • Goossens Oboe Concerto
    • Strauss Oboe Concerto (first movement)
    • Dutilleux Oboe Sonata (any movement)
    • (Optional) A short work of the candidates choice demonstrating virtuosity and stylistic contrast. Please choose only one movement from the suggested repertoire list:
      • Oboe Solo: Silvestrini etudes, CPE Bach Sonata in A minor, Telemann Fantasias, Henri Tomasi Evocations, Antal Dorati Five Pieces for Oboe Solo, Bach Partita in G minor
  • Etudes: an etude from any of the Barret, Ferling or Bozza Etudes, or any of the Sixteen Grand Studies by Barret (Please play only half of the etude if you choose Sixteen Grand Studies)
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire: Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin, Brahms Violin Concerto, La Mer, Beethoven Eroica Symphony, Rossini La Scala di Seta, and Strauss Don Juan, or similar.

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.
  • Solo Repertoire: Contrasting movements from two different standard concertos or sonatas. Perform solo without piano or other accompaniment, skipping over multi-measure rests.
GRADUATE Bassoon Requirements:
  • Solo Repertoire: Contrasting movements from two different standard solo works, including at least one concerto. Perform solos without piano or other accompaniment, skipping over multi-measure rests.
  • 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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