Orchestra at Kasser

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

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Audition Information

 

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@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)

Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Theory and Composition

Scales: C and G Major, d melodic minor (Segovia fingerings or equivalent) 

  1. Two contrasting pieces from the classical guitar repertoire (renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, modern) Memorization preferred
  2. Sight-reading
  3. OPTIONAL- Perform/present any other musical achievements that illustrate the value you can provide to your chosen music profession
    (e.g., a 
    fingerstyle song, an original song with or without vocals, videos, recordings, etc.)
 Performance Majors: 
  1. Scales: C, G, E Major; d and a melodic minor (Segovia fingerings or equivalent) 
  2. Three contrasting pieces from the classical guitar repertoire. Selections should contain a Bach piece or excerpt and one 20th century piece.  Memorization preferred
    (e.g., works by Milan, Dowland,  Aguado, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Sor, Tarrega, Brouwer,  Ponce, Tisserand, Villa-Lobos, York)  
  3. Sight-reading

Graduate Students: 

  1.  Scales: C, G, and E Major; d and a melodic minor (Segovia fingerings or equivalent) 
  2. Three contrasting pieces from the classical guitar repertoire
    including several movements from Bach, one multi-movement work, and one 20th-century piece. Memorization preferred
    (
    e.g., works by Milan, Dowland, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Sor, Tarrega, Britten, Brouwer, Dyens, Ponce, Torroba, Rodrigo, Tedesco, Villa-Lobos.)
3. Sight-reading
Contact musauditions@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@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@montclair.edu or Professor Centanni at Bcentanni@aol.com if you have any questions.

Strings

Violin

All Concentrations

  • Prepare one (1) major and one (1) minor scale with corresponding arpeggios, two – three octaves (three octave preferred, but not required)
  • Two contrasting works from the standard violin repertoire (one memorized preferred, but not required)
  • A technical etude of your choice (examples: Kayser, Fiorillo, Dont, Gavines, Paganini, or suitable equivalents)

Viola

All Concentrations

  • Two (2) contrasting works from the standard viola repertoire that best displays the applicant’s current musical and technical abilities
  • One (1) technical study or etude ( examples: Kayser, Mazas, or a suitable equivalent)

Cello

All concentrations

  • Two (2) contrasting works from the standard cello repertoire that best displays the applicant’s current musical and technical abilities
  • One (1) technical study or etude (examples: Dotzauer, Popper, Schroeder, or a suitable equivalent)

 Double Bass (non-jazz majors)

All concentrations

  • One (1) scale of the applicants choice and corresponding arpeggio – major or minor, two or three octaves
  • Two (2) contrasting movements of a Baroque concerto or sonata
  • One (1) standard orchestra excerpt from the list below:
    • Mozart Symphony No. 40, mvmt 3 – beginning to the trio, no repeats
    • Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals: The Elephant, Allegretto Pomposo – beginning to eight (8) after rehearsal #4
    • Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger – letter J to letter N

Contact musauditions@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)

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

Contact musauditions@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.

Find out more about our New Scholarship Competition for Academic Year 2021-2022

Contact musauditions@montclair.edu for more information

Jazz Instrumental/Voice Requirements

Jazz Programs Audition Process 

Jazz Voice

Scales – one octave ascending & descending on solfege, numbers, letters, or a vowel of your choice. Please sing evenly.

  • One (1) major scale in any key
  • One (1) harmonic minor scale in any key

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section. Scat singing (vocal improvisation) is encouraged but not required. All melodies should be sung with your own interpretation, but using the correct pitches.

  • One (1) song from the Great American Songbook (Rodgers & Hart, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, etc.) Sung in a swing feel, at a medium or medium-up tempo. Please sing three choruses with improvisation or an embellished melody on the second chorus. 
  • One (1) jazz ballad
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. A blues song in a jazz/swing feel, performed at medium tempo. Please include 2-3 choruses of improvisation or embellished melody.
      2. A song with a straight-eighth feel – Latin, Samba, or Bossa Nova. Please improvise or sing an embellished version of the melody on the second chorus.
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)

Jazz Saxophone, Clarinet, or Flute

Scales – please play for the full range of the instrument. Please play evenly.

  • C Major (up to high F and down to low B
  • Eb Major (up to high F and down to low Bb
  • Gb Major (up to high F and down to low Bb)

Repertoire – may record with a track or rhythm section

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo with 4-5 improvised choruses
  • One (1) jazz ballad with an improvised chorus
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 2 improvised choruses
      2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)

Jazz Trumpet

Scales – two octaves. Please play evenly

  • E Major
  • B Harmonic Minor

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo with 4-5 improvised choruses
  • One (1) jazz ballad with an improvised chorus
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 2 improvised choruses
      2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)

Jazz Trombone

Scales – two octaves. Please play evenly

  • F Major
  • Bb Major

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo with 4-5 improvised choruses
  • One (1) jazz ballad with an improvised chorus
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 2 improvised choruses
      2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)


Jazz Guitar

Scales – two octaves. Please play evenly

  • G Mixolydian
  • C Dorian
  • F Melodic Minor

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section. If using a track, be sure to mute the existing guitar.

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo, 2 choruses of comping followed by 4 choruses of improvisation
  • One (1) solo version of a jazz ballad (chorded melody)
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 2 improvised choruses
      2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)

 Jazz Bass

Scales – two octaves. Please play evenly

  • G Major
  • Ab Major

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section. If using a track, be sure to mute the existing bass.

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo – 1 chorus of melody, 2 choruses of walking bass lines, 2 choruses of improvisation
  • One (1) jazz ballad – improvised chorus
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 1 improvised choruses
      2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)
      4. Acoustic Bass applicants only – a short classical etude that demonstrates your ability to play pizzicato & arco 

Jazz Piano *please position the camera to show the piano keys and yourself in the video(s)

Scales – two octaves, hands together. No mistakes, at a fast tempo

  • B Major
  • G Harmonic Minor
  • Ab Melodic Minor

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section. If using a track, be sure to mute the existing piano.

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo, 2 choruses of comping followed by 4 choruses of improvisation
  • One (1) jazz ballad with an improvised chorus – please play unaccompanied for a portion of the performance
  • One (1) of the following:
      1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 2 improvised choruses
      2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
      3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)

Jazz Vibraphone

Scales – two octaves, hands together. No mistakes, at a fast tempo

  • B Major
  • G Harmonic Minor
  • Ab Melodic Minor

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section. If using a track, be sure to mute the existing piano.

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo, 2 choruses of comping followed by 4 choruses of improvisation
  • One (1) jazz ballad with an improvised chorus – please play unaccompanied for a portion of the performance
  • One (1) of the following:
        1. An up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster) – minimum of 2 improvised choruses
        2. A song with straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM) – minimum of 1 improvised chorus
        3. A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)

Jazz Drum Set

Repertoire – may record with a track or a live rhythm section & soloist. If using a track, please be sure to mute the existing drum set.

  • Billie’s Bounce by Charlie Parker OR Straight No Chaser by Thelonious Monk: played at a medium tempo. Please include:
      • 1 chorus of the melody on either sticks or brushes
      • 2 choruses of playing time and comping behind a soloist
      • 2 choruses of an improvised drum solo
  • One (1) up-tempo song (quarter note = 250bpm or faster). Please include:
      • 2 choruses of playing time and comping behind a soloist
      • 2 choruses of trading eighths
  • One (1) of the following:
      • a jazz ballad demonstrating the ability to play with brushes
      • a song with a straight-eighth feel (Latin, Bossa Nova, ECM)
      • A song that exhibits your unique musical personality (such as a contrasting genre or an original composition)