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Bassoon

Auditionees should be prepared to perform the following:

  • Chromatice scale - 3 octaves slurred up and legato articulation down
  • 2 Major scales with at least one that is 3 sharps or flats or more - all slurred - 2 or 3 octaves (up to high C)
  • 2 contrasting pieces - one slow/lyrical and one fast/technical. You may select repertoire from the standard bassoon solo repertoire and/or advanced etudes by Weissenborn or Milde
  • Students interested in the performance concentration should also prepare 2 contrasting standard orchestral excerpts of your choice

 

For more information, contact Dr. Sue Barber: barbersn@jmu.edu

 

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Clarinet

Please prepare the following materials for a live audition:

  • Two contrasting pieces, movements, or etudes: one slow/lyrical and one fast/technical. Two movements from the same work are acceptable. 
  • All major scales, in range and pattern of your choice. 
  • Chromatic scale, up and down in three octaves from low E to high E, played twice: slurred/legato the first time and tongued/articulated the second time. Please do not play your district/all-state style chromatic scale. 
  • Optional: if you wish to demonstrate your playing ability on bass or e-flat clarinets, you may play one piece or etude of your choice, not exceeding duration of 3 minutes. Note: if your primary speciality is bass clarinet, please contact Dr. Jankauskas in advance before your audition. 

Memorization or piano accompaniment is not required. 

All auditioning students are welcome to contact Dr. Sarunas Jankauskas (jankausx@jmu.edu) in advance for a consultation and either live or online complimentary lesson.

 

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Flute

Auditionees should be prepared to perform the following in a live audition:

Repertoire:

  • Two pieces of contrasting styles and character which effectively demonstrate your technical and musical ability. Single-movement works, movements of a sonata or concerto, or a substantial etude are acceptable. Works from the standard repertoire are appropriate, as well as works by underrepresented composers. If select movements are performed, they must be from two contrasting larger works.

Scales and Arpeggios:

  • Chromatic scale in three octaves, from low B or C to high B or C, ascending and descending, at any tempo and in any rhythmic pattern, played twice: slurred the first time and tongued/articulated the second time.

  • Major scales AND arpeggios, two or three octaves, at any tempo, in any rhythmic pattern, and with any articulation.

 

  • Piano accompaniment is not required.

  • Memorization is not required.

  • Students may also be requested to perform a sight-reading selection, as well as complete a brief interview.

For more information or to ask questions about your repertoire selections, please contact Dr. Beth Chandler Cahill (Professor of Flute): chand2be@jmu.edu 

 

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Oboe

Undergraduate (B.M. Bachelor of Music) audition requirements for oboe majors:

  • Major scales
  • Chromatic scale
  • A minimum of two pieces of contrasting styles and character. Contrasting movements of a sonata, concerto, or standard etudes (such as Barret or Ferling) are acceptable. Pieces with two contrasting sections such as William Grant Still's Incantation and Dance or Emile Paladilhe's Solo for Oboe are also acceptable. 
  • Sightreading

Click here to view information on Graduate audition requirements. 

For more information, contact Dr. Jeanette Zyko: zykojm@jmu.edu  

 

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Saxophone

Saxophonists are welcome to audition on alto, tenor, or baritone saxophone. It is important to perform on a good quality instrument (professional or intermediate model) that has recently been adjusted by a professional repair person. 

All saxophone auditionees should prepare the following:

  • Chromatic scale, full range (low B-flat to high F#, or F), slurred up, legato down, at ANY steady tempo.

  • Two contrasting pieces, movements, or etudes, one slow/lyrical and one fast/technical.  Suggestions include movements of the Creston Sonata, Tableaux de Provence, selections from the Glazunov Concerto, Ibert’s Concertino, or contrasting etudes from Ferling’s Famous 48 Studies.

  • OPTIONAL: A jazz selection, such as a solo transcription, etude, or improvisation.

NOTE: Students auditioning for the JAZZ MAJOR are REQUIRED to prepare two contrasting classical selections (see above), a jazz etude or solo transcription, and improvisation. 

 

For more information, contact Professor David Pope: popedj@jmu.edu 

 

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