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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

Piccolo

Graduate - Auxiliary Winds PSD Only (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Vivaldi Concerto in C Major, RV 443, Mvmts I and II
  • Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Mvmt III
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9
  • Berlioz Damnation of Faust, Menuet des Follets
  • Mahler Symhony No. 2, Mvmt IV Reh 4 and Mvmt V Reh 30-31
  • Rossini Semiramide Overture
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 6, Mvmt I Reh 8-10 and Mvmt II Reh 72-74
  • On Flute: Mozart Flute Concerto (G or D) Mvmts I and II Expositions

Oboe

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • 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 (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • 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

English Horn

Graduate - Auxiliary Winds PSD Only (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Hindemith English Horn Sonata
  • Bach Cantata No. 1 "Erfüllet, ihr himmlischen göttlichen Flammen", 1-34
  • Berlioz Rob Roy Overture, two measures before Reh 7 to five measures before Reh 9
  • Berlioz Rob Roy Overture, both Largetto Espressivo solos
  • Dvorak New World Symphony
  • Debussy Noctures, Fete
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G
  • On Oboe: One movement of a standard concert piece, any era

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

Bass Clarinet

Graduate - Auxiliary Wind PSD Only (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Two movements of a Bach cello suite (transposed or concert pitch)
  • One solo piece written after 1980
  • Four bass clarinet orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice
  • On Clarinet: One piece from the Graduate clarinet audition repertoire list

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

Contrabassoon

Graduate - Auxiliary Wind PSD Only (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • Bach Cello Suite  No. 1, Minuets 1 and 2
  • Schulhoff Bass Nightingale, Meloncolia
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. IV, Beginning to repeat
  • Shostakovish Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. II solos
  • Ravel Ma Mere L'Oye, Mvmt IV, Beauty and the Beast
  • Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand, opening solo
  • On Bassoon: Mozart Bassoon Concerto, Mvmts I and II opening statements 

Audition Dates at SFCM

Flute

  • February 4, 2019
  • February 18, 2019
  • February 25, 2019

Oboe

  • February 4, 2019
  • February 18, 2019

Clarinet

  • January 27, 2019
  • February 25, 2019

Bassoon

  • February 17, 2019
  • February 24, 2019

2018-19 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 12, 2019
Chicago January 14, 2019
New York March 1, 2019 (voice only)
New York March 2, 2019 (piano only)
New York March 3, 2019
Boston

March 5, 2019

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 6, 2018
Taipei October 8-9, 2018
Hong Kong October 11-12, 2018
Guangzhou October 15-16, 2018
Shanghai October 18-19, 2018
Beijing October 22-25, 2018

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

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