Orchestra at Kasser

Graduate Audition Requirements

Brass

Music Education Master of Arts (MA) applicants only: The audition is for placement purposes, and does not determine admission to the program. Applicants are asked to prepare two works, in different styles, from contrasting historical periods. The works selected should give the best possible representation of the applicant’s performing ability.

Trumpet

Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • Chromatic and all major scales
  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard solo repertoire (one may be an etude such as a characteristic study by Arban)
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • Haydn or Hummel concerto
  • Orchestral excerpts

French Horn

Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • Chromatic and all major scales
  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard solo repertoire, 10 minutes of music (one may be an etude)
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • All minor scales
  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating technique and sound development
  • One complete major work (concerto, sonata, or suite)

Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone Horn, Tuba

Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • Chromatic and all major scales
  • Two contrasting pieces from the standard solo repertoire, 10 minutes of music (one may be an etude)
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • All minor scales
  • One complete major work (concerto, sonata, or suite)

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu if you have any questions.

Guitar

(Guitar audition note: See the Jazz audition requirements if you intend to audition for the Jazz Studies program or as a Music Education student with jazz guitar as your primary instrument.)

Guitar—Classical (please audition on a nylon string guitar)

  • Scale study (choose one) – Matteo Carcassi, Op. 60, no. 1 or 14
  • Chord study (choose one) – Fernando Sor, Op. 31, no. 20 or 23
  • Perform three pieces in contrasting styles, from memory, originally written for the classical guitar from the 19th century to the present (please – NO transcriptions).
  • Sight-reading (1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th positions)

For more information contact: Darren O’Neill, Coordinator of Guitar Studies: oneilld@mail.montclair.edu

Harp

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • An etude of your choice (Rolscha, Pizoli, Salzedo)
  • Two pieces from the concert repertoire in contrasting style (e.g. Naderman or Krumpholtz: Sonatas; Grandjany: Two French Folksongs; Pratt: Little Fountain)
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • One additional piece from the concert repertoire, 20 minutes of music, total, from memory

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu if you have any questions.

Keyboard

Piano

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition

  • Candidates must prepare three pieces, one each from Lists A, B, C, or D. At least two pieces must be memorized. Candidates will also be expected to sight-read at the audition.

Performance

  • Candidates must prepare four pieces, one each from Lists A, B, C, and D. Selections must be significant works from the repertoire, suitable for a graduate-level recital. All four pieces must be memorized. Candidates will also be expected to sight-read at the audition.

LIST A Bach, J.S.; Rameau; Scarlatti; Soler; or another Baroque composer
LIST B Beethoven; Haydn; Mozart; or another Classical composer
LIST C Brahms; Chopin; Liszt; Mendelssohn; Rachmaninoff; Schubert; Schumann; or another Romantic composer
LIST D Bartók; Copland; Debussy; Fauré; Granados; Kabalevsky; Poulenc; Prokofiev; Ravel; Scriabin; Stravinsky; Tcherepnin, A.; Villa Lobos; or another composer born since 1874

Organ

All applicants to the organ program should prepare three pieces of repertoire from the major periods of organ composition

  • One Baroque piece, ideally a major work by J.S. Bach or one of his contemporaries (ie. Prelude & Fugue)
  • Two pieces by Romantic or Contemporary composers, one of which being lyrical and the other virtuosic.
  • Additionally, the applicant should prepare a hymn as if one were playing for an assembly. The hymn should include all stanzas preceded by an introduction.

A short diagnostic keyboard skills exam will also be conducted.

Any questions may be directed to Prof. John Miller at this email address: millerjoh@montclair.edu.

Harpsichord

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition

  • Candidates must prepare three pieces, one each from Lists A, B, C, or D. One piece must be memorized. Candidates will also be expected to sight-read or realize a figured bass at the audition.

Performance concentration

  • Candidates must prepare four pieces, one each from Lists A, B, C, and D. One piece must be memorized. Candidates will also be expected to sight-read or realize a figured bass at the audition.

LIST A Couperin, F.; Couperin, L.; Rameau; Rebel; or another French composer
LIST B Froberger; Bach, J.S.; Bach, C.P.E.; Sweelinck; or another German or Flemish composer
LIST C Scarlatti; Pasquini; Soler; Coelho; or another Italian or Iberian composer
LIST D Gibbons; Byrd; Bach, J.C.; Blow; or another English composer

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu if you have any questions.

Percussion

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • All auditionees are required to perform an etude demonstrating the highest personal level of proficiency in each of the three areas of study: Snare Drum, Timpani, and Mallet Percussion (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone). Mallet Percussion solo can be for two or four mallets.

Performance concentration

  • Two contrasting solo pieces, at least 10 minutes of music, in each of the three areas of study: Snare Drum, Timpani, and Mallet Percussion (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone). Mallet Percussion solos must include one four-mallet solo and would be best to include one four-mallet and one two-mallet solo.

Some audition repertoire suggestions include:

  • Snare Drum – Anthony Cirone Portraits in Rhythm, Jacques Delecluse 12 Etudes or Keiskleiriana 1 or 2
  • Timpani – Saul Goodman Method Book Etudes, Jacques Delecluse 20 Etudes, Elliot Carter 8 Pieces for Timpani
  • Mallet Percussion – Morris Goldenberg Modern Method for Xylophone Etudes, J. S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin or Cello Suites, G. F. Handel Sonatas
  • Two orchestral excerpts on each of the following instruments
    • Snare Drum
    • Timpani
    • Xylophone
    • Orchestra Bells
    • Tambourine
    • Triangle
    • Crash Cymbals
    • Bass Drum

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu if you have any questions.

Strings

Violin

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • All major and minor scales, two or three octaves
  • Two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, at least one memorized
  • An etude by Dont or Fiorello
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration

  • All major and minor scales, two or three octaves
  • A concerto from the standard repertoire; first movement with cadenza, memorized
  • Two contrasting movements from a sonata or suite (preferably Bach)
  • An etude (Dont, Fiorello, Kreutzer)
  • Sight-reading

Viola

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • All major and minor scales, two or three octaves
  • Two contrasting works from the standard repertoire
  • A standard etude (Kayser, Mazas, Kreutzer, Bruni, or Fuchs)
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • Two contrasting movements from a Bach sonata, partita or suite
  • A major work from the repertoire

Cello

All concentrations

  • two contrasting movements of any suite by Bach
  • two movements from a standard cello concerto
  • one additional showpiece or equivalent short work showing technical virtuosity and style appropriate for the graduate level.

Double Bass

All concentrations

  • One or two major or minor scales
  • An etude at the candidate’s level of technical proficiency
  • One or two movements of a sonata, concerto or other solo work(s) demonstrating the candidate’s musical ability and achievement on the instrument.
Woodwinds

Music Education Master of Arts (MA) applicants only: The audition is for placement purposes, and does not determine admission to the program. Applicants are asked to prepare two works, in different styles, from contrasting historical periods. The works selected should give the best possible representation of the applicant’s performing ability.

Flute

Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • All scales
  • A standard French piece (such as Fauré’s Fantasy), a Mozart concerto, Bach sonata or Hindemith sonata

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • A work by Bach or a Mozart concerto
  • Any French work; e.g. Fauré, Enesco, Poulenc, Chaminade

Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

  • Chromatic and all major scales, full range of the instrument
  • Two prepared solo pieces in contrasting styles, 10 minutes of music
  • Sight-reading

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • All minor scales
  • One complete major work (concerto, sonata, or suite)
  • A contrasting selection of the candidates choice (may be an etude)

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu if you have any questions.

Voice

Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition Concentrations

  • Three (3) pieces chosen from the solo voice literature including
    • One art song in English
    • One art song in a foreign language
    • One additional song or aria of the candidate’s choice (may be from musical theater)
  • Possible sight-reading.

All audition pieces must be memorized.

Performance:

  • Four (4) pieces chosen from the solo voice literature including
    • One art song or aria from the 16th-18th century
    • One 19th c. German or French art song
    • One 20th c. art song in English
    • One additional art song or aria selected by the candidate
  • Possible sight-reading.

All audition pieces must be memorized.

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu for more information