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For most of the instrumental auditions, we require orchestral excerpts in addition to solo pieces. Piano and Guitar applicants are exempt from this requirement.

All applicants must submit a video audition and be prepared to upload a short biography (250 words or less).

Most excerpts listed are in PDF format. You can use the free Adobe Reader software to view and print out the excerpts. If you are unable to print the excerpts, please contact the admissions office at (336) 333-7450 x227 and we will provide you with copies.

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Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Harp & Guitar

Violin
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Viola
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Music:

  • One solo/movement demonstrating both lyrical and technical styles.
  • Choose 1 excerpt from each of the following groups:

Group 1

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
  2. Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
  3. Brahms: Symphony No. 2
  4. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Hadyn - Var. VII

​Group 2

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
  2. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn - Var. V
  3. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream
  4. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Cello
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Double Bass
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Flute
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Oboe
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Clarinet
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Bassoon
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Horn
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Trumpet
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Tenor Trombone
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Bass Trombone
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Euphonium
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Music:

Note: If you are a trombone player and own a euphonium, you can include the following excerpts (optional). These two short excerpts must be recorded together in a third track and must be unedited.

  1. Holst: The Planets (Tenor Clef)

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Tuba
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Harp
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Guitar
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Music:

  • 3-7 minutes of music that represents your current playing level and ability. The audition selection(s) can be a complete piece, a segment of a larger work, or two shorter works.
  • Two Major Scale Forms of your choice performed twice - once with rest stroke and once with free stroke. Please play these as quickly as you can play them cleanly, and provide a close-up angle where both hands can be seen at once.

Documents:

  • Short biography (250 words or less) – please include any public master classes, competitions or ensemble experience you may have.
  • Repertoire list
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Percussion

Timpani
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Snare
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Mallet Percussion
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Music:

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

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Piano & Collaborative Piano

Piano
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Music:

  • One technical solo/movement
  • One lyrical solo/movement
  • The two works must be by different composers

Documents:

Short biography (250 words or less)

Collaborative Piano
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Music:

  • One solo work of your choice
  • Choose two contrasting movements from the following categories:
    1. Concerto movement with piano orchestral reduction and solo instrument (outer movements only)
    2. Sonata movement for piano and solo instrument
    3. Chamber music

Documents:

  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • A brief statement describing your accompanying experience, including the areas you prefer to play (string, winds, orchestral piano)
  • Repertoire list (include solo, collaborative and chamber music)
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Conducting Institute Scholars

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Music:

  • Several recent samples of your conducting demonstrating a variety of repertoire (no more than 30 minutes total)
  • Samples would ideally include a mix of both rehearsal and performance and should be a front view of the conductor at a reasonable distance

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
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String Fellows

Violin
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Music:

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Viola
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Music:

  • Three minutes of the first movement from one of the following:
    1. Bartok - Concerto for Viola
    2. Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher
    3. Walton - Concerto for Viola
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    1. Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
      1. Pickup to 3 after Rehearsal #1 through 8 after Rehearsal #3
    2. Mozart - Symphony No. 35, Haffner
      1. Mvt. 1, mm. 41-66
      2. Mvt. 4, mm. 134-181
    3. Mendelssohn - Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
      1. Beginning through downbeat of m. 93
    4. R. Strauss - Don Juan
      1. Beginning through m. 66

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Cello
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Music:

Documents:

  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation
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Percussion Fellows

Record all of the excerpts for each instrument in one video.
For example, the video for snare drum should include Delecluse, Rimsky-Korsakov (Movement III and Movement IV excerpts) and Prokofiev.

Snare Drum
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  • Delecluse - Etude No. 9 from Douze Etudes
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
    1. Movement III
      1. D to E
      2. 5 mm. after F to 8 mm. after F
      3. G to H
    2. Movement IV
      1. 1 m. before C to D
      2. 4 mm. before N to 19 mm. after N
      3. P to R
      4. S to U
      5. 15 mm. after W to the 6/4 time signature
  • Prokofiev – Lieutenant Kije
    1. Rehearsal 1 to 3 inclusive (count through the rests at Rehearsal 2)
Marimba
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Bach (players choice)

Xylophone
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  • Gershwin - Porgy and Bess
    1. Main passage only (Goldenberg book)
  • Kabalevsky - Overture to Colas Breugnon (Goldenberg book)
    1. 1 m. after Rehearsal 9 to downbeat of Rehearsal 12
    2. Pick up to Rehearsal 36, play for 12 measures
    3. Rehearsal 57 to the end
  • Shostakovich - Polka from the Golden Age Ballet (Goldenberg book or real part)
    1. Beginning through A (or through Rehearsal 46), L to the end (or Rehearsal 55-56)
Glockenspiel
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  • Mozart - Magic Flute (Goldenberg book)
  • Dukas - Sorcerer's Apprentice
    1. Rehearsal 17 to 20
    2. Rehearsal 22 to 24
    3. Rehearsal 26 to 27
    4. 7 mm. after Rehearsal 52 to 53
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome
    1. Beginning to 21st m. of Rehearsal 2 (count all rests)
    2. 3rd m. of Rehearsal 3 to trill (play 4 mm. of trill only)
    3. 13th m. of Rehearsal 7 to the end
Tambourine
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  • Dvořák - Carnival Overture
    1. Beginning w/ repeats to 4 mm. before C
    2. T to the end
Cymbals
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  • Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2
    1. Movement III; Rehearsal 32, play for 13 mm.
  • Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
    1. E to 7 mm. before F
    2. 18 mm. before U, play for 5 mm.
Bass Drum
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  • Mahler - Symphony No. 3
    1. Movement I; 6 mm. before Rehearsal 11 to downbeat of Rehearsal 11
  • Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
    1. Danse de la Terre; Rehearsal 72 to 6 mm. after Rehearsal 78
Triangle
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  • Brahms - Symphony no. 4
    1. Movement III; Rehearsal I to the end.
Documents
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  • Cover Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short biography (250 words or less)
  • Two letters of recommendation