Live Audition Repertoire Requirements

Applicants may repeat repertoire from the prescreening round in the final audition round.

A live audition is required for those who pass the prescreening round. However in special circumstances the live audition requirement may be waived for international students and for others for whom travel to the Bard campus may be prohibitive.

Please note: These are also the live audition requirements for applicants of either the undergraduate double-degree program or the Advanced Performance Studies Program.

Violin

  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach partita or sonata
  • A movement of a standard concerto
  • A movement of a sonata
  • A work of your choice

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon

  • An etude
  • A concerto movement
  • A 20th-century work
  • A work of your choice

Clarinet

  • An etude
  • A concerto movement
  • A 20th-century work
  • 2 orchestral excerpts of your choice (example, Beethoven - Symphony No. 6, Mendelssohn - Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream)
  • A work of your choice

Viola

  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite (originally for cello) or partita or sonata (originally for violin)
  • A concerto movement or étude
  • A movement of a sonata
  • A work of your choice

Cello

  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite
  • A movement of a standard concerto
  • A movement of a sonata
  • A work of your choice

Bass

  • A movement of solo Bach (6 cello suites) of your choice
  • A solo work of your choice
  • Mozart Symphony #39, first movement, Allegro to letter C
  • Brahms Symphony #2, first movement, E to F

Horn

  • An étude
  • A concerto movement
  • Two of the following excerpts:
    • Wagner: Short Call from Siegfried's Rheinfahrt
    • Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
    • Shostakovich: Low tutti from Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (3rd movement)
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (opening)

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

  • An etude
  • A concerto or sonata movement
  • A 20th-century work
  • A work of your choice

Piano

  • A work by J. S. Bach
  • A movement of a classical sonata
  • A movement or work from the romantic era
  • A 20th-century work
  • A work of your choice

Harp

Two contrasting solos of the following level of difficulty:
  • Handel: Concerto in B-flat Major
  • Faure:  Impromptu
  • Britten:  Suite for Harp

Two orchestral excerpts of student's choice, such as:

  • Wagner: Liebestod
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
  • Ravel: Tzigane
  • Britten:  Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  • Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements, 2nd mvt
Sight reading to be provided at audition.

Percussion

  • Marimba:
    • Four mallet solo (5-12 minutes in length)
    • Two mallet solo (transcription of J.S. Bach or other substantial work)
    • Two mallet sight-reading may be asked at live audition
  • Timpani:
    • An étude of choice. The following are recommended: Elliott Carter Eight Pieces for Solo Timpani, Richard Hochrainer Etuden Für Timpani, Jacques Delecluse Vingt Etudes
    • Interval knowledge and basic tuning may be examined

Composition

Composition applicants who pass prescreening will be invited to campus for a live interview/audition with Professors Tower and Tsontakis. Thy will be asked to bring with them their portfolio of works and will be asked to play a piece on the instrument of their choice.
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