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Orchestral Instrument Audition Requirements

(including euphonium, except as detailed below)

Candidates who plan to audition on any non-percussion orchestral instrument or on any instrument which is a member of the saxophone family or the euphonium shall play for that audition:

1. Two octave ascending and descending major scales (one octave for string bass). Also, a two octave ascending and descending chromatic scale for those auditioning on woodwind or brass instruments.

2. Two pieces or movements in contrasting musical styles from the standard classical repertoire which best demonstrates the candidate’s musical and technical abilities. An etude may be substituted for one of the pieces or movements provided it contrasts musically or technically from the other selection to be heard.

 


Orchestral String Instrument Audition Requirments

Note:  Bass students wishing to major in Music Education must audition
on classical bass.

The following are required for entrance into the Music Department:

  1. 3 octave scales for violin, viola and cello; 2 octave scales for bass
  2. 2 contrasting movements from pieces in the standard classical repertoire for your instrument (ex. concerti, sonatas, concert pieces)
  3. 1 or 2 etudes from the standard literature for your instrument (see instruments listed below)
  4. Sight-reading will be required.

For questions or for more information please contact Director of Orchestral Activities Ann Danis


Jazz Bass Audition Requirements

Note:  Bass students wishing to major in Music Education must audition
on classical bass.

Please prepare the following requirements.

  • All 12 major and minor scales to “E3″
  • Play the melody to Billie’s Bounce in concert F (or a standard tune).
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Improvise on the same 12 bar blues in concert F* (or a standard tune).
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
    (*You will be asked to improvise in other keys such as Bb, C, E flat, G, or D.)
  • Sight read a lead sheet melody and/or big band chart excerpt. Chordal Instruments need to be ready to play the chords from the chord symbols as well.
  • Perform a jazz ballad of your choice with the melody and improvisation. Examples of selections include “I Can’t Get Started,” “Prelude To A Kiss,” “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” or ” ‘Round Midnight.” Any selection from the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Longs, Volumes 32 and 110 are appropriate.
  • Play a bebop melody and improvise. Selections can be taken from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Play a prepared selection of your choice. Some suggestions for bass include 60 Melodic Etudes by John Patitucci or any jazz or classical piece or etude.

(Jazz bass players auditioning on string bass are expected to play with the bow.)

Please contact Dave Zinno with any general questions or questions about jazz bass auditions.

 


Cello Audition Requirements

Suggested Repertoire:

  • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach suite
  • One movement of a standard concerto (ex: Haydn Concerto in C Major, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Elgar, Dvorak, Boccherini)
  • One etude demonstrating current level of technical skill (ex: Popper, Grutzmacher, Dotzauer)

For questions or for more information please contact Ted Mook.


String Bass Audition Requirments

Solos:
Vivaldi A minor Sonata, any movements
Capuzzi Concerto 1st movement
Koussevitsky 4 pieces, any one

any edition is acceptable

Etudes:
Simandl 30 Etudes
any one from 9-30

For questions or for more information please contact Eliot Porter.

 


Flute Audition Requirements

  1. 2 octave scales in all keys. Chromatic scale over the range of the instrument.
  2. 2 contrasting movements from the standard classical repertoire for your instrument (Mozart Concerti, Bach Sonatas, French Conservatory pieces, for example). One piece should demonstrate your technical facility and one should demonstrate your musicality.
  3. Sight-reading may be required.

N.B.  A plated student model flute with closed keys is not appropriate for University level work.  You must have at least a “step up” flute – silver tube with open holes.

If you have questions about whether your repertoire is appropriate or have questions about appropriate instruments, please contact flute instructor Susan Thomas.

 


Oboe Audition Requirements

1. Major scales up to 4 flats/sharps (two octaves of D flat, D, E flat and E major) and full range chromatic scale
2. A solo work of your choice which demonstrates tone quality, intonation and musicality.
Suggested pieces:
Handel or Telemann Sonata , Albinoni Marcello, Cimerosa or other baroque concerto, Nielsen Fantasy Pieces, Piston Suite, Saint Saens Sonata, Jacob Bagatelles, etc.
3. An etude (from a book like Barrett, Niemann, Salviani, Weideman, Ferling etc) or additional solo work which demonstrates articulation and technical facility.

While students at URI will have lessons on English horn, all applicants are expected to audition on oboe only.

For questions or for more information please contact Jane Murray.

 


Clarinet Audition Requirements

1) At least two selections in contrasting styles: one which demonstrates tone production, control and phrasing; the other solo selection should be in a moderately quick to fast tempo to demonstrate articulation, dexterity and technical facility.

Sonatas by Hindemith, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Stanford and Bernstein.
Concertos by Mozart, Weber, Debussy and Spohr.

2) One technical study or etude.

Etudes by Rose, Cavallini or from the Selected Studies (H.Voxman).

3) Two scales, one major and one minor selected by the audition committee.
It is also required to play the chromatic scale which covers the entire range of the clarinet.

4) Sight reading is required

NOTE: Clarinetists must audition on Bb Clarinet. If preparing the Mozart Concerto, it is preferred to be prepared on A Clarinet.

For questions or for more information please contact Kelli O’Connor.


Bassoon Audition Requirements

  1.   All major scales and B flat chromatic scale 3 octaves.
  2.   Two contrasting movements from a sonata or concerto.
  3. One etude from the Weissenborn 50 Advanced Studies or Milde Studies.

For questions or for more information please contact Susan Wood.


Saxophone Audition Requirements

The URI saxophone audition is comprised of two parts.

Part A Prepared Selections
Select either of the following:

  • Contrasting movements of standard literature such as Bozza Improvisation and Caprice, Milhaud Scaramouche, Ibert Concertino de Camera, etc. Please contact Dr. Sims before the audition if you choose to prepare a piece of standard literature.
  • Two contrasting etudes from Selected Studies for Saxophone by H. Voxman (published by Rubank/Hal Leonard). Choose one lyrical and one technical selection from the list below.

Lyrical Selections:

Technical Selections:

D Major on page 19

Tempo di marcia on pages 24-25

B Minor on page 21

C Minor on pages 26-27

F Minor on page 37

A Flat Major on pages 34-35

OR

  • two contrasting Ferling etudes (an even number and an odd number)

Part B Scales

Students should be ready to play any of the twelve major scales by memory. Scales should be performed no slower than eighth notes at 72 beats per minute.

The audition can be played on any saxophone but the majority of traditional saxophone repertoire is written for alto. Any students who are admitted to URI on the “classical” saxophone performance track should expect to perform alto in private lessons.

For questions or for more information please contact Dr. Jared Sims.


Harp Audition Requirements

Scales: 2 octave scales in major and all 3 forms of minor

Etudes or Exercises: Any 2 in different meters and keys

Solos:
2 solos from contrasting periods and styles (may include a cadenza from standard orchestral repertoire)


Trumpet Audition Requirements

Note:  Trumpet students wishing to major in Music Education must audition on classical trumpet.

Solo

  • Haydn Trumpet Concerto movements I, III
  • Goedicke Concert Etude
  • Hindesmith Sonata: movement I

Etudes

  • Vasiny Brandt Orchestral Etudes No. 1, 9, 17
  • Theos Chaulier Treate Six Etudes Transcendentes No. III
  • Walther Smith Top Tones Etude No. I

For questions or for more information please contact George Kent.

 


Jazz Trombone or Trumpet Audition Requirements

Note:  Trumpet or trombone students wishing to major in Music Education must audition on classical trumpet or trombone..

Please prepare the following requirements. All Music must be memorized. 

  • Play the melody to Billie’s Bounce in concert F.
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
  • Improvise on the same 12 bar blues in concert F*.
    The lead sheet can be found in Jamey Aebersold Play-a-long Volume 6, All “Bird”
    (*You will be asked to improvise in other keys such as Bb, C, E flat, G, or D.)
  • Sight read a lead sheet melody and/or big band chart excerpt. Chordal Instruments need to be ready to play the chords from the chord symbols as well.
  • Perform a jazz ballad of your choice with the melody and improvisation. Examples of selections include “I Can’t Get Started,” “Prelude To A Kiss,” “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good,” or ” ‘Round Midnight.” Any selection from the Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Longs, Volumes 32 and 110 are appropriate.
  • Play a bebop melody and improvise. Selections can be taken from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 6, All “Bird”


Please contact Dr. Jared Sims, associate director of Jazz Studies with any general questions.

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