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Winds & Percussion Auditions & Interviews

SMTD Graduate Audition Requirements

Pre-screening Policy

Pre-screening is required for all applicants to the MM/SM Performance programs in Bassoon, Clarinet, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Tuba. Upon a favorable evaluation of your materials, an audition may be scheduled.

All pre-screening materials should be uploaded through DecisionDesk by the December 1 deadline. Hard copies of pre-screening materials will not be considered.

Current University of Michigan students applying to the MM/SM programs are exempt from pre-screening and should contact the Auditions Coordinator (music.auditions@umich.edu) to obtain a pre-screening waiver. A DecisionDesk profile will still be required.

 

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Pre-screening due December 1

 

Recorded Audition Policy

Though it is strongly preferred that all applicants audition in-person in Ann Arbor, those residing over 300 miles away may be eligible to submit a recorded audition.

To submit a recorded audition, select ‘Recorded Audition’ as your submission type when completing your DecisionDesk profile and upload video recordings of the required audition repertoire. When you submit your profile, an additional $35 audition fee will be added to the standard $15 DecisionDesk fee.

Hard copies of audition materials will not be considered. An accompanist is recommended for recorded auditions.

 

In-Person Audition Policy

Upon a favorable evaluation of your materials, an audition may be scheduled. The required audition repertoire can be found below listed by instrument.

An accompanist is neither required nor provided for in-person auditions.

Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Dates

 

Audition Requirements by Instrument

 

Bassoon (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of the following as separate tracks:

  • Mozart: Concerto in B-flat Major KV 191: Movement 1
    (complete, with cadenza; piano accompaniment optional but recommended)
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice
  • A movement of a solo work or étude of your choice

Audition Requirements

Prepare two contrasting solo works from the standard repertory, two contrasting etudes and four orchestral excerpts. The solo works should demonstrate facility in different styles and/or time periods, and the excerpts should be chosen to highlight your skills in lyrical playing, high register playing, fast staccato, complicated technique, etc.

 

Clarinet (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of at least three contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Audition Requirements

Prepare a minimum of three compositions representing different styles from the basic clarinet repertoire and four orchestral excerpts of contrasting character.

 

Euphonium (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Audition Requirements

Prepare fifteen minutes of solo literature and/or band excerpts representative of your repertoire and highest proficiency. You are encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge of different stylistic periods.

If auditioning in person, you may be asked to sight-read and to play two-octave major and minor scales and scales in thirds. Memorization is required for the scales but not for the solo repertoire. Skills are assumed in the reading of both bass and treble clefs and in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level.

 

Flute (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of at least three contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Audition Requirements

Prepare four compositions from the standard solo flute repertoire and four orchestral excerpts representing your highest level of proficiency. One of the compositions must be memorized. Please include a movement of a concerto as one of your selections. You may perform only two movements from a composition with multiple movements. Choose from the contrasting styles of the Baroque, Classical, French, or Contemporary literature. Skills are assumed in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level. Be prepared to sight-read.

 

French Horn (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Audition Requirements

Prepare two complete compositions of your choice representing different styles. In addition, be prepared to play the first movement of Strauss' Second Horn Concerto and five contrasting orchestral excerpts. You may be asked to play two-octave major and minor scales. Memorization is required for scales only. Proficiency is assumed in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level.

 

Oboe (MM/SM)

Audition Requirements

Prepare three complete works from the major solo repertoire, including music from the Baroque, Classical, and 20th-Century periods. Also prepare four orchestral excerpts of your choice. Familiarity with all major and minor scales and thirds is assumed. If you audition in person, you may be tested in sight-reading skills.

 

Percussion (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of the following items:

  1. SPOKEN INTRODUCTION
    Please introduce yourself, tell us where you are from originally, where you are currently studying and what your current degree program is. Please tell us why you are interested in the percussion program at the University of Michigan, what your career goals are (post-masters) and why you think Michigan would be the best institution to serve those goals. (3 minute max)
  2. MALLET KEYBOARDS
    Two mallets: one movement from J. S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin or Suites for Solo Cello – no repeats.
    Four mallets: an advanced level marimba solo of your choice. (Vinao: Kahn Variations, Schwantner: Velocities, Thomas: Merlin, Lansky: Three Moves, Tanaka: Two Movements for Marimba, Miyake: Chain, or equivalent)
    Excerpts:
    Xylophone: Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (opening passage)
    Glockenspiel: Mozart - Magic Flute
  3. SNARE DRUM
    Concert Buzz Roll: (pp-ff-pp approx. 45 seconds)
    Rudimental: 32 bars of a rudimental snare drum solo/etude of your choice (Tompkins, Wilcoxon, Pratt, Markovitch, etc. or equivalent)
    Concert: A concert-style snare drum solo/etude of your choice (Delecluse, Cirone, Peters, etc. or equivalent)
    Excerpts:
    Prokofiev: Lt. Kije - Birth of Kije (Rehearsals 1–2)
    One additional contrasting excerpt of your choice
  4. TIMPANI
    (please include video of you tuning the drums before you play each selection)
    Solo work: an advanced-level timpani solo/etude of your choice which demonstrates basic stroke/tone production and rolls at various dynamics (Lepak, Hochrainer, Goodman, Rabbio, etc. or equivalent)
    Excerpts:
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 – Movement I (2 before T to 3 before U)
    One additional excerpt of your choice
  5. CHOOSE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
    Multi-Percussion: a full-length recording of a solo work of your choice (Lang: Anvil Chorus, Unchained Melody, Xenakis: Rebonds A or B, Kitazume: Side by Side, Hollinden: Cold Pressed, Kopetski: Canned Heat, or equivalent.)
    Drumset: a sample of your time playing/ soloing in at least 3 contrasting styles. This may be done with a play-along recording, a live band, or unaccompanied solo. Examples may include: medium swing, uptempo swing, rock, funk, samba, bossa nova, songo, mambo, 12/8 Afro-Cuban, ballad-brushes, odd-time signatures, etc.
    Global Music: a demonstration of your understanding of basic tones, sense of groove/feel and clear communication of style. May include, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban hand drums and percussion; Samba (all styles); pan-African hand drums and percussion; steel pan; middle-eastern frame drums/percussion; Asian festival drumming; other, etc.
    Tonal Improvisation: demonstrate your abilities in this area through a solo work or an example with a supporting group. May include, but not limited to: Straight-Ahead Jazz/Bebop, Latin jazz, or jazz-fusion on Vibes/Marimba, Steel Pan, etc.

Questions regarding pre-screening submissions should be sent to:

Professor Joseph Gramley (jgramley@umich.edu)

Professor Jonathan Ovalle (ovalle@umich.edu)

Audition Requirements

Please select music from the solo, concerto, and orchestral literature which demonstrates your highest musical and technical abilities in snare drum, mallet-keyboard instruments, and timpani. Examples of your playing on two and four mallet keyboard is required. Two orchestral excerpts each on snare drum, xylophone, glockenspiel and timpani is required. Sight-reading and timpani tuning will be evaluated. Applicants are required to demonstrate skills in all of the above instrumental areas. Memorization is neither required nor discouraged.

If you have a performance DVD of a solo or chamber music multiple percussion work, or if you have percussion skills in the areas of drum set, pan, and/or hand drumming, please bring a non-returnable copy of the DVD of your playing which demonstrates your highest musical and technical abilities in those areas.

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Saxophone (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Audition Requirements

Prepare two major works for saxophone that will demonstrate your highest level of musical and technical development. It is recommended that at least one of the selections include one of the following works: Albright, Sonata; Bolcom, Lillith; Dahl, Concerto; Harbison, Sonata; Berio, Sequenze IXB; Denisov, Sonata; J.A. Lennon, Symphonic Rhapsody.

Jazz improvisation skills are welcomed and you are encouraged to request a separate audition with our Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation faculty. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact the Auditions Coordinator to arrange your audition.

If you have played a recital, please bring with you a CD, if available, to supplement your audition.

 

Trombone (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload the appropriate material for the instrument on which you will audition:

 

Tenor Trombone

Upload recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable. Additionally, upload the following excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Trombone 2)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 — Movement I: Solo
  • Mozart: RequiemTuba Mirum
  • Ravel: Bolero
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries — B Major Section

Bass Trombone

Upload a recording of the Sarabande from the Fifth Suite for Solo Cello by Bach as well as at least one additional piece of your choice and the following excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March
  • Haydn: The Creation
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries — B Major Section
  • Wagner: Das RheingoldEntry of the Gods

Audition Requirements

Prepare twenty minutes of standard solo literature and four excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. You are encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge of different stylistic periods. Those auditioning in Ann Arbor may be expected to play two-octave major, minor, and chromatic scales from memory.

 

Trumpet (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Please upload unedited recordings of the following as separate tracks:

  • Honegger: Intrada (complete)
  • Bach: Magnificat (opening to measure 35)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (ballerina dance)

Audition Requirements

Prepare twenty minutes of the standard solo recital literature for trumpet and standard excerpts from the orchestral repertoire representing your highest level of proficiency. You are encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge of different stylistic periods and ability to perform on the piccolo. You will be asked to transpose while sight-reading. Skills are assumed in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level.

 

Tuba (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload unedited recordings of at least two contrasting pieces. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Audition Requirements

Prepare fifteen minutes of solo literature and/or orchestral excerpts representative of your repertoire and of your highest proficiency. You are encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge of different stylistic periods. If auditioning in Ann Arbor, you may be asked to sight-read and play two-octave major, minor, and chromatic scales. Memorization is required for the scales but not for the solo literature. Skills are assumed in performance techniques appropriate to the graduate level.

Wind Instruments Major (MM/SM)

Pre-Screening Requirements

Upload the appropriate pre-screening material as determined by your primary instrument.

Audition Requirements

Prepare an audition on your primary instrument following the audition requirements listed above.

 

 

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