1. Areas of Study
  2. Woodwinds

Woodwind Auditions

Requirements

Review the requirements for your area of study below.

Note that for all Woodwind applicants:

  • There is no prescreening requirement.
  • Works with piano are not required to be performed with a pianist or piano recording. 
  • Repertoire does not need to be memorized.
FLUTE

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual audition to perform a few selections from the repertoire.

 

Undergraduate

  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto by Mozart (G or D) or two contrasting movements of a sonata by J.S. Bach
  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata: Hindemith, Piston, Martinu, Poulenc, or a sonata of equivalent difficulty
  • One additional piece: Chaminade Concertino, Fauré Fantasie, Enesco Cantabile and Presto, or a piece of equivalent difficulty

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Two contrasting movements of a concerto: Mozart D Major with cadenzas, Ibert, Nielsen, or a concerto of equivalent difficulty
  • Two contrasting movements of a sonata: Martinu, Reynolds, Prokofiev, Gaubert, or a sonata of equivalent difficulty
  • Orchestral excerpts
PICCOLO

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual audition to perform a few selections from the repertoire.

 

Postgraduate - Auxiliary Winds PSC Only

  • 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 Symphony 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: Expositions from Mvmts I and II of a Mozart Flute Concerto (G or D)
OBOE

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format.

 

Undergraduate

  • One selection from Barret's 40 Progressive Melodies
  • One étude from Barret's 15 Grand Studies or Ferling Etudes
  • Marina Dranishnikova's A Poeme for Oboe and Piano
  • 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 and Postgraduate

  • One selection from Barret's 40 Progressive Melodies
  • One étude from Barret's 15 Grand Studies or Ferling Etudes
  • Marina Dranishnikova's A Poeme for Oboe and Piano
  • 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

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format.

 

Postgraduate - Auxiliary Winds PSC Only

  • 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 Nocturnes, Fetes
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G
  • On Oboe: One movement of a standard concert piece, any era
CLARINET

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual interview with members of the admission committee. There will be no performance in the virtual interview.

 

Undergraduate

  • One étude from either Rose 32 or Rose 40 Études for Clarinet
  • Two contrasting movements from a concerto by Mozart, Stamitz, or Weber, or a piece of equivalent difficulty. We encourage you to perform a work by a woman and/or person from a historically underrepresented racial/ethnic group.

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • One étude from Uhl, Jeanjean, or a Kovach Hommage
  • Two of the following works:
    • Copland's Concerto (opening through end of cadenza)
    • Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody
    • D'Rivera's "Lecuonerias" from Cape Cod Files
    • Nielsen's Concerto Op. 57 (opening through end of cadenza)
    • Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet
    • Tower's Wings
  • Three orchestral excerpts
BASS CLARINET

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual interview with members of the admission committee. There will be no performance in the virtual interview.

 

Postgraduate - Auxiliary Winds PSC Only

  • 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

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual audition to perform a few selections from the repertoire.

 

Undergraduate

  • Major, minor, and chromatic scales
  • Telemann Sonata in F minor, movements I and II
  • One selection from Milde Scale Studies or Weissenborn Advanced Studies, or other works of equivalent difficulty
  • One solo work of your choice that demonstrates your current level of advancement musically and technically. We encourage you to perform a work by a woman and/or person from a historically underrepresented racial/ethnic group.
  • Transfer undergraduate applicants only: Three orchestral excerpts

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • Two contrasting movements selected from the repertoire below:
    • Mozart Concerto, Vivaldi concerti
    • Weber Concerto
    • Hummel Concerto
    • Bach cello suites
    • Saint-Saëns Sonata, or other works of equivalent difficulty
  • One solo work of your choice that demonstrates your current level of advancement musically and technically. We encourage you to perform a work by a woman and/or person from a historically underrepresented racial/ethnic group.
CONTRABASSOON

There are two audition format options. Applicants may select to audition live at SFCM (COVID-19 vaccination required) or submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual audition to perform a few selections from the repertoire.

 

Postgraduate - Auxiliary Winds PSC Only

  • Bach Cello Suite  No. 1, Minuets 1 and 2
  • Schulhoff Bass Nightingale, Meloncolia
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    • 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: Expositions from Mvmts I and II of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto
  • On Contra or Bassoon: One solo work of your choice that demonstrates your current level of advancement musically and technically. We encourage you to perform a work by a woman and/or person from a historically underrepresented racial/ethnic group.

For audition dates, please visit Auditions.

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