For all orchestral musicians and music students it is well known that late february/early March is school audition season. This is the time that all of the music schools hold auditions for instruments to determine who will be attending the next fall semester. I am now applying for grad schools and am right in the middle of a few auditions. I took an audition at the New England Conservatory two weekends ago and this weekend will be the Manhattan school of music and the Juilliard school. Now all of the school ask for some similar pieces but some are a little different. For example at Juilliard and NEC I am applying for a bassoon performance degree, where as at MSM I am applying for an orchestral studies degree. So Juilliard and NEC are asking for more solo repertoire and MSM is more a bunch of orchestral excerpts. I graduated from my undergrad last spring so i have enjoyed a few months of to prepare for these auditions but even still there are VERY talented people applying for these degrees and I’m excited just to hear some of them and see the schools! here are the lists
Manhattan School Of Music
Orchestral performance degree
Mozart Concerto, K. 191.
Beethoven Symphony No. 4, last mvt.
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Overture
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, opening solo
Ravel Piano concerto
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade, solo & cadenzas
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, mvts. 1,2 & 4
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, mvts. 1 & 4
Two complete works of contrasting styles and periods; one must be a concerto.
Four or more standard orchestral excerpts.
Ravel piano Concerto
New England Conservatory
Two contrasting movements from a Baroque, Classical, or Early Romantic sonata or concerto.
Two contrasting movements from a Classical or Romantic sonata or concerto.
Two contrasting movements from a contemporary sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece (or a one-movement work in its entirety).
Four orchestral excerpts of your choice.
Ravel piano concerto in G