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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

Final audition recordings 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 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 or Ferling Etudes
  • One movement from a standard baroque or classical concert piece
  • One movement from a standard romantic or modern concert piece
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Graduate

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

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 at SFCM

Flute

  • January 22 & 29, 2018
  • February 12, 2018

Oboe

  • February 12, 2018

Clarinet

  • January 22, 2018
  • February 11, 2018

Bassoon

  • January 21, 2018
  • February 19, 2018

Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 13, 2018
Chicago January 15, 2018
New York February 22, 2018 - All, except for voice and piano
New York February 23, 2018 - Voice only
New York February 24, 2018 - Piano only
Boston

February 27, 2018

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 8, 2017
Taipei October 11-12, 2017
Hong Kong October 13, 2017
Guangzhou October 16-18, 2017
Shanghai October 19-21, 2017
Beijing October 23-26, 2017

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

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