Graduate woodwind audition guidelines


  1. Complete J.S. Bach Sonata or Partita.
  2. Complete Mozart Concerto.
  3. Two complete works of contrasting periods and styles (excluding J.S. Bach) from standard repertoire.
  4. The following orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night Dream Scherzo solo.
    • Debussy, Afternoon of a Faun.
    • Beethoven, Leonore Overture (solos from beginning and in Allegro section).
    • Brahms’ 4th Symphony last movement solo.
    • Prokofiev Classical Symphony 2nd and 4th movements.


    1. Two contrasting selections from the Barret Method for Oboe or Ferling 48 Famous Studies.
    2. Two contrasting movements from any sonata or concerto from the standard repertory.
    3. Mozart Concerto (complete).
    4. One Silvestrini etude and/or a contemporary work of applicant’s choice.
    5. Five standard orchestral excerpts (must include Ravel—Tombeau de Couperin).



    Choose one work from each list below:

    1. Mozart Concerto, first movement exposition or Brahms Sonata, first movement
    2. Nielson Concerto: opening through the end of the first cadenza and #30 to #33 or Copland Concerto: opening through the end of the cadenza.
      Contemporary solo literature

      Choose one of the works listed below:

        • For an Actor:  Monologue for Clarinet (in A):  Shulamit Ran (opening to the end of second line on page 6).
        • Sequenza IXa per clarinetto solo:  Luciano Berio (letter F to letter M).
        • Dancing Solo: Libby Larsen (choose two movements).
        • Flammes: Komives (choose two of the etudes).
        • Prelude:  Pendercki (entire work).
        • Gra: Carter (entire work).
        • Hommages: Kovacs (DeFalla) or (Weber).
        • Sonatina for Clarinet Solo: Rozsa (Movement 1).
        • A Set for Clarinet:  Martino (choose one movement).
      Orchestral excerpts 

      Choose five of the works listed below:

        • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Movement 1 - solo at the end of the movement).
        • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (Minuet and Trio - do not take the repeat).
        • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Opening through the end of the trills—dotted quarter = 84).
        • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol; Movement 1 (both solos) and Movement 3 (solo).
        • Stravinsky: The Firebird:  (Variation de l’oiseau de feu).
        • Kodaly: Dances of Galanta (solo on the first page).
        • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 Movement 2 (opening solo).


      1. Two contrasting etudes from the following:
        • Pivonka: Rhythmical Etudes.
        • Piard: Characteristic Studies.
        • Dherin-Pierne: Nouvelle Technique, Book I.
        • Orefici: Bravoura Studies.
        • Bozza: 15 Daily Studies.
      2. One complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
      3. One movement from a contemporary work.
      4. Orchestral excerpts:
        • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (both keys) or Ravel: Bolero.
        • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (last movement) or Mozart: Marriage of Figaro (Beginning to Letter A). Pick-up to measure 102 to Letter D (please count all rests).
        • Three additional standard excerpts.

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