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Winds & Percussion Auditions & Interviews

SMTD Graduate Requirements and Dates

For all Master of Music and Specialist in Music Programs. 

 

(For Doctoral programs, choose the Rackham Graduate Requirements & Dates link at left.)

An accompanist is recommended for recorded auditions, but is neither required nor provided for in-person auditions.

Pre-screening Requirements

Clarinet

Flute

Horn

Percussion

Audition Requirements

Audition Schedule and Application Deadline Dates


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Pre-screening due December 1

Clarinet Pre-screening Requirement

Applicants to Master of Music in Clarinet Performance or the Specialist in Music in Clarinet Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Upon a favorable evaluation of this recording, your resume, repertoire list, and collegiate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.

Current University of Michigan clarinet majors applying to the MM or Specialist programs should create a DecisionDesk profile to provide their resume´, repertoire list, and audition date preferences; the pre-screening recording requirement is waived.

Flute Pre-screening Requirement

Applicants to Master of Music in Flute Performance or the Specialist in Music in Flute Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited recording of at least three contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Upon a favorable evaluation of this recording, your resume, repertoire list, and collegiate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.

Current University of Michigan flute majors applying to the MM or Specialist programs should create a DecisionDesk profile to provide their resume´, repertoire list, and audition date preferences; the pre-screening recording requirement is waived.

Horn Pre-screening Requirement

Applicants to Master of Music in Horn Performance or the Specialist in Music in Horn Performance must upload by December 1 an unedited recording of at least two contrasting pieces for preliminary examination before an audition will be scheduled. Movements of larger works are acceptable.

Upon a favorable evaluation of this recording, your resume, repertoire list, and collegiate transcripts, an audition may be scheduled.

Current University of Michigan horn majors applying to the MM or Specialist programs should create a DecisionDesk profile to provide their resume´, repertoire list, and audition date preferences; the pre-screening recording requirement is waived.

Percussion Pre-screening Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Music in Percussion Performance or the Specialist in Music in Percussion Performance must upload by December 1 no less than 20 minutes of music in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. Videos may be taken from recital/concert footage or may be shot specifically for the pre-screening.

Current University of Michigan percussion majors applying to the MM or Specialist programs should create a DecisionDesk profile to provide their resume´, repertoire list, and audition date preferences; the pre-screening recording requirement is waived.

Required pre-screening components:

 

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:

1) Xylophone: Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (opening passage)
2) 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:

1) Prokofiev: Lt. Kije - Birth of Kije (Rehearsal no.1- no.2)
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:

1) Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 – Movement I (2 before T to 3 before U)

2) 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 prescreening submissions should be sent to:

Professor Joseph Gramley (jgramley@umich.edu)

Professor Jonathan Ovalle (ovalle@umich.edu)

 

 

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Pre-screening due December 1

 

Audition Requirements

Bassoon

Clarinet

Euphonium

Flute

Horn

Oboe

Percussion

Saxophone

Trumpet

Trombone

Tuba

Wind Instruments Major

Bassoon

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

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

Euphonium

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 3rds. 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

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.

Horn

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

Prepare three complete works from the major solo repertoire, including music from the Baroque, Classical, and 20th-Century periods. Also prepare 4 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 (Studio page for more details)

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.

Saxophone

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, indicate your request for a supplementary jazz audition on your application. If you have played a recital, please bring with you a CD, if available, to supplement your audition. If a recorded audition is permitted, the repertoire chosen should reflect considerable variety and should be equivalent in length to a recital program. A CD of a full recital, with accompanist, is preferred.

Trombone

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

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

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

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

 

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