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Woodwind Auditions

We’re all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it’s still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you’ve come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can’t wait to hear you.

Audition Requirements: Woodwinds

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Recorded are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal DecisionDesk Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Flute

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Any of the sonatas of J.S. Bach or Mozart concerti in G or D
  • One of the following sonatas: Hindemith, Piston, Martinu, Poulenc or a sonata of equivalent difficulty
  • Chaminade Concertino, Fauré Fantasie, Enesco Cantabile and Presto or a piece of equivalent difficulty

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Concerti: Mozart D Major with cadenzas, Ibert, Nielsen or comparable
  • Sonatas: Martinu, Reynolds, Prokofiev, Gaubert or comparable
  • Orchestral excerpts

Oboe

Undergraduate

  • One selection from Barret's 40 Progressive Melodies
  • One étude from Barret's 15 Grand Studies
  • One movement from a standard baroque or classical concert piece
  • One movement from a standard romantic or modern concert piece

Graduate

  • One selection from Barret's 40 Progressive Melodies
  • One étude from Barret's 15 Grand Studies
  • One movement from a standard baroque or classical concert piece
  • One movement from a standard romantic or modern concert piece
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of student’s choice

Clarinet

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • An étude of the candidate's choice from either Rose 32 Études for Clarinet or Baermann Method for Clarinet, Second Division
  • Two contrasting movements from one of the following: Mozart Concerto in A Major, Karl Stamitz Concerto in B-flat Major, Weber Concertino Op. 26

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • One étude from Uhl, Sigel, or Jeanjean
  • Two of the following works: Debussy Premiere Rhapsody, Stravinsky Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, Copland Concerto, Nielsen Concerto Op. 57, or Berg Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
  • Orchestral excerpts

Bassoon

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Major, minor and chromatic scales
  • Telemann Sonata in F minor
  • Milde Scale Studies or Weissenborn Advanced Studies, or other works of equivalent difficulty

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

Three pieces selected from repertoire below:

  • Mozart Concerto, Vivaldi concerti
  • Weber Concerto
  • Hummel Concerto
  • Bach cello suites
  • Saint-Saëns Sonata, or other works of equivalent difficulty
  • Orchestral excerpts (from memory)

Audition Dates

Flute
Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 23, 2017
  • January 30, 2017
  • February 13, 2017

Oboe
Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 30, 2017
  • February 20, 2017

Clarinet
Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 23, 2017
  • February 20, 2017

Bassoon
Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 30, 2017
  • February 20, 2017

All Regional Auditions (North America):

  • Montreal: January 12, 2017 - Schulich School of Music, McGill University
  • Interlochen: January 14, 2017
  • Chicago: January 16, 2017
  • Boston: February 22, 2017 - Boston University
  • New York: February 24, 2017 - NOLA Sound Studio, Manhattan

All Regional Auditions (Asia):

  • Seoul: October 16, 2016 - Naeum Art Hall
  • Taipei: October 18, 2016 - The Forum Auditorium
  • Guangzhou: October 21 - 23, 2016 - Xinhai Conservatory
  • Shanghai: October 26-29, 2016 - Tongii University
  • Beijing: October 31 - November 4, 2016 - China Conservatory

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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