Orchestra at Kasser

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Brass

Trumpet

Music Education, 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)

Performance concentration (in addition to above)

  • Haydn or Hummel concerto
  • Orchestral excerpts

French Horn

Music Education, 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)

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 Education, 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)

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

Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, Theory/Composition concentrations

(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)

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)

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

Undergraduate 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.

Undergraduate – Performance

  • Candidates must prepare four pieces, one each from Lists A, B, C, and D. At least two pieces must be memorized.

LIST A J.S. Bach, 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, 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.

Performance concentration

  • Candidates must prepare four pieces, one each from Lists A, B, C, and D. One piece must be memorized.

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 candidates auditioning 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).
  • Some 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.

Performance concentration

  • Two contrasting solo pieces from the standard repertoire, in each of the three areas of study: snare drum, timpani and mallet percussion.

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu or Professor Centanni at Bcentanni@aol.com 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

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)

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)

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

  • all major and minor scales in 3 octaves
  • two contrasting works from the cello literature that best displays the players current musical and technical level
  • one standard etude from Dotzauer, Popper, Schroeder, etc.

Double Bass (Non-jazz studies majors)

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

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

Woodwinds

Flute

Music Education, 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 Education, 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

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)

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

All audition pieces must be memorized.

Contact musauditions@mail.montclair.edu for more information