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Audition Dates

  • All auditions for the Music Division take place in New York, at The Juilliard School. The School does not accept video auditions, under any circumstances.
  • 2016 Music Auditions week will start on Friday, February 26 (piano only), skip Saturday, and resume from Sunday, February 28 to Friday, March 4, 2016. No auditions will be scheduled outside of these dates, under any circumstances (excepting Opera Studies and Orchestral Conducting, see below).
  • All audition dates are subject to change and/or cancellation due to faculty availability.
  • In general, audition procedures for most majors, including performance callbacks if applicable, take place on the same day. Opera Studies and Orchestral Conducting applicants have audition procedures which take place over several days.
  • AD in Music Performance applicants (excepting applicants to Orchestral Conducting) may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
  • Audition dates and times are assigned by the Office of Admissions. Applicants to departments which have multiple audition dates may have the opportunity to request preferred dates among those listed (excepting Opera Studies and Orchestral Conducting). Admissions will contact non-pre-screened majors in December, and pre-screened majors (those applicants who pass pre-screening) in January to advise further (Opera Studies and Orchestral Conducting applicants will be notified of invitation to audition approximately one month before auditions).
  • Applicants should not make travel arrangements until their audition dates are confirmed in writing, via e-mail, by the Office of Admissions.
Department 2016 Audition Dates (some Dates TBD*)
Bassoon February 29
Bass Trombone March 1
Cello February 29, March 1 & 2
Clarinet* 2 - 3 days
Collaborative Piano* 2 - 3 days
Double Bass February 28
Flute February 28 & 29
Guitar March 3
Harp February 29, March 1
Horn February 29, March 1
Jazz Studies* 3 - 4 days
Oboe March 2 - 4
Opera Studies December 15 - 17, 2015
Orchestral Conducting February 11 & 12
Organ Organ Dinner: February 28
Auditions: February 29, March 1
Percussion March 1 - 3
Piano February 26
Trombone February 29
Trumpet February 29 (if needed), March 1
Tuba March 1
Viola February 29, March 1 & 2
Violin February 29 - March 4

*TBD Dates: we anticipate needing the number of days indicated in affected departments but have not yet been able to confirm faculty availability for specific dates. We hope to have all dates confirmed by December 1, 2015. Please check back over the coming weeks.

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Pre-Screening (if applicable) and Live Audition Repertoire

Bassoon

  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
  1. A full recital program which should reach a minimum of 60 minutes.
  2. Ten standard orchestral excerpts.

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Brass (Bass Trombone and Tuba, Tenor Trombone, Trumpet)

  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Bass Trombone and Tuba

  1. Two etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical advancement.
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice.
  3. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  4. Six contrasting standard orchestral excerpts.

Bass Trombone only, Major and minor scales.

Tenor Trombone

  • Tenor Trombone is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio-visual recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

The repertoire for pre-screening is the same as the live audition repertoire below.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. B-flat, C, and D Major and minor (harmonic) scales, played in two octaves (detached), starting from low B-flat, C, and D, all in the staff in bass clef.
  2. Two etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical advancement.
  3. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice.
  4. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  5. The following orchestral excerpts:
  • MOZART: Requiem, K. 626 (“Tuba mirum”)
  • ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra
  • RAVEL: Bolero
  • MAHLER 3: 3 measures after #13 to #17.

Trumpet

  • Trumpet is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard pre-college students) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  • Piano accompaniment preferred but not required.
  1. One movement of a standard solo work (concerto or sonata) OR five to eight minutes from a single-movement work.
  2. One etude of the applicant's choice.
  3. Three standard orchestral excerpts.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. Two etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical advancement.
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice.
  3. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  4. Three to five standard orchestral excerpts.

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Cello

  • Cello is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit from the live audition repertoire:

  • one movement from No. 1, and;
  • No. 2.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. A complete concerto from the standard cello repertoire, such as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D or C, Lalo, Shostakovich, Barber, Herbert, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar, or Saint-Saëns. Must be performed from memory.
  2. A Bach prelude and one other movement from any Bach suite (the prelude and movement should come from the same suite). Must be performed from memory.
  3. One virtuoso piece such as those listed: Popper Spinning Song or Elfentanz, Paganini Moto Perpetuo, Fauré Papillons, Boccherini Sonata L’Imperatrice, Piatti Caprices or Popper Etudes, Davidoff At the Fountain, Schubert Arpeggione Sonata (1st movement), or Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capricioso.
  4. One work composed after 1945 such as works by Carter, Sessions, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Shapey, etc. which is 6-8 minutes in length. (The work may be either a complete short piece or a complete movement from a larger work.)
  5. A short lyrical piece such as Saint-SaënsThe Swan, Fauré Après un Rêve, Chopin/Popper Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2, Mendelssohn Songs Without Words, Chopin Sonata,slow movement, Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style, 2nd movement, Schumann Fantasy Pieces, 1st movement, or the choice of the applicant.
  6. First movement of a Classical or Romantic sonata.

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Clarinet

  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
  1. Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical ability.
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice. Must be performed from memory.
  3. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire. Must be performed from memory.
  4. A work composed since 1970. This may be a concerto, a work with piano, or one for solo clarinet.
  5. A representative number of standard orchestral excerpts.

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Collaborative Piano

  • Graduate and Post-Graduate levels only. Undergraduate programs are not available in this department.
  • Collaborative Piano is a pre-screened major.
  • Please remember that the quality of your pre-screening recordings may significantly affect the determination of the pre-screening jury. Review your pre-screening recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality.
  • All applicants must submit pre-screening materials through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio-visual recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • All applicants must be fluent in spoken English.
  • Once an applicant’s audition program has been submitted, it may not be changed unless notification is received earlier than one month before the audition. All changes must be approved by the department chair.
  • A list of appropriate partners from The Juilliard School will be provided by mid-February.
    • It is necessary to contact your partners as soon as the list is made available. Rehearsals with partners may only be scheduled in the two weeks before the audition period. Applicants must use the partners provided by The Juilliard School.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Materials

  1. Proof of English Language Proficiency, if applicable.
  2. A performance and education résumé or C.V.
  3. A complete repertoire list (instrumental and vocal) in addition to the list of required audition repertoire.
  4. Audio-visual recordings of one movement/song from each of Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the live audition repertoire (a total of 4 songs/movements).

Live Audition Repertoire

All vocal repertoire must be performed in the original keys unless otherwise stated.

  1. Choose from one of the following:
    1. Beethoven Sonata in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2.
    2. Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major, KV. 454.
    3. Schubert (prepare complete list)
      • Im Frühling
      • Ganymed
      • Rastlose Liebe
      • Die junge Nonne
      • Versunken
  2. Choose one of the following:
    1. Brahms Violin Sonata in D minor
    2. Chopin Introduction and Polonaise Brillante (International Edition)
    3. Brahms (prepare complete list)
      • Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43 (high key)
      • Botschaft, Op. 47
      • Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 (high key)
      • O komme, holde Sommernacht, Op. 58, No. 4
    4. Wolf (prepare complete list)
      • Ich hab’ in Penna
      • In dem Schatten meiner Locken
      • Die ihr schwebet
      • Bedeckt mich mit Blume
      • Und willst du deinem Liebsten sterben sehen
  3. Choose one of the following:
    1. Fauré Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 13
    2. Franck Violin Sonata
    3. Debussy Ariettes oubliées (complete)
    4. Poulenc Fiançailles pour rire (complete)
  4. Choose one of the following:
    1. Kreisler Liebesleid, Liebesfreud, and Tambourin Chinois (all three)
    2. Barber Hermit Songs (complete)
  5. Choose one of the following:
    1. Ravel Tzigane
    2. Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen in either E-flat Major or F Major, without a singer
  6. Sight-reading skills to be demonstrated by applicant in vocal and/or instrumental repertoire chosen by the faculty.
  7. A personal interview of the applicant will be conducted by the ­faculty in conjunction with the audition.

Composition

The Artist Diploma in Music Performance is not available in Composition.

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Double Bass

  • Double Bass is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio-visual recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • Applicants are expected to bring their own instrument for the audition. We regret that there is no instrument storage available at The Juilliard School for auditioning students.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit the following from the live audition repertoire:

  1. One movement of No. 1,
  2. One movement of No. 2, with piano accompaniment, and
  3. One excerpt from No. 3.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. Two contrasting movements from the Bach Cello Suites.
  2. Two movements of a standard concerto (Dragonetti, Vanhal, Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky), from memory.
  3. Three standard orcestral excerpts of the applicant's choice.

Flute

  • Flute is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening materials (audio-visual recordings) through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each requirement must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.

Live Audition Callback Procedures

Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a performance callback on the same date. The callback will include a second round of playing for the faculty. Applicants should be prepared to stay at The Juilliard School until 8 p.m. on the day of their scheduled audition, in the event that they are called back. Applicants who are not called back may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Applicants who are invited to do a performance callback may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

Repertoire must be in this order:

  1. Mozart– Exposition of 1st and 2nd movements of Concerto in G Major or D Major, accompanied.
  2. Two contrasting movements selected from works of different styles or periods, accompanied(excluding Mozart).
  3. Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2 measures before P to the end.
  4. Two orchestral excerpts selected from the following choices:
    1. Beethoven Eroica Symphony– Last movement – measures 172–200.
    2. Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 – measures 328–360.
    3. Brahms Symphony No. 4 – Last movement – measures 93–105.
    4. Debussy Afternoon of a Faun– measures 1–4.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • At least one of Nos. 2, 3, or 4 must be performed from memory in its entirety.
  1. A complete Bach sonata.
  2. A complete Mozart concerto.
  3. A complete 20th or 21st-century concerto.
  4. Two additional complete works of contrasting styles and periods.
  5. Six standard orchestral excerpts displaying a balance of technical and lyrical playing.

Guitar

  • All compositions must be performed from memory.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
  1. A complete suite, sonata, or partita of J.S. Bach.
  2. A composition by a 19th century composer.
  3. A substantial work (nine minutes or more in length) by a representative 20th-century composer. Examples include (but are not limited to): Britten Nocturnal; Brouwer Black Decameron; Walton Five Bagatelles; Henze Royal Winter Music, Tower Clocks; GinasteraSonata.
  4. A substantial work (nine minutes or more in length) in a style contrasting with No. 3 above. A selection from the Classical period would be appropriate, or a piece by a more “tonal” 20th-century composer, such as Rodrigo, Ponce, Torroba, Turina, Lauro, or Villa-Lobos. (Note: If using Villa-Lobos, you may submit a set of works totaling nine minutes or more).

Harp

  • All auditioning students may use The Juilliard School harps to practice (during Audition Week only) and audition. Juilliard harps:
    • Lyon-Healy (style 23)
    • Lyon-Healy (style 85)
  • Memorization is required.
  • Applicants may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. A French Suite by Bach (applicant may choose any suite and transcription).
  2. Paradisi - Toccata.
  3. A large work for harp such as Faure - Impromptu Op. 86 or Salzedo - Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style.
  4. Handel - Concerto in B Flat Major Op. 4 No. 6.
  5. A concerto such as Gliere, Reinecke, or Ginastera.
  6. Orchestral Excerpts: three contrasting cadenzas (applicant may include Wagner's Firemusic excerpt).

Harpsichord

  • Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and DMA only. Undergraduate programs and Artist Diploma are not available in this department.

Historical Performance

  • Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and DMA only. Undergraduate programs and Artist Diploma are not available in this department.

Horn

  • Horn is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening materials (either audio OR audio-visual recordings) through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each requirement must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  1. Exposition from Mozart concertos 2 or 4 OR the first page of either Strauss concerto (No. 1 - until the 11 bars of rest halfway down the page on most editions; No. 2 - the first page of the horn part).
  2. Please choose one excerpt from each group (for a total of two excerpts):

Group A

  • RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major (horn 1, movement 1, rehearsal numbers 25 - 26).
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92 (horn 1, movement 1, measures 84-102).
  • WAGNER: from Gotterdammerung (Siegfried's Short Call).

Group B

  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47 (horn 1, movement 1, low tutti).
  • BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55, "Eroica" (Scherzo trio, horn 2, measures 171-205).
  • R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote (Variation VIII, horn 2, six measures before rehearsal 59 to eight measures after rehearsal 62).

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. Three solo recital works (or concerti), one from each of the following periods: Classical, Romantic, and 20th/21st century.
  2. Five to ten standard orchestral excerpts.
  3. Additional evaluation such as sight-reading, ear-training, range/register exploration, and sclaes might be required during the audition.

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Jazz Studies

  • Jazz is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants must submit pre-screening audio recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio recording should be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • If invited to audition live in New York, you may be asked to perform the same repertoire selections you submitted for pre-screening, in addition to Big band excerpts (information to follow) and an etude (see below). You will also be required to complete and submit an essay and creative project approximately two weeks before your audition. Further instructions regarding Big band excerpts, essay, and project will be provided to auditioning applicants.
  • All pre-screening selections require accompaniment. It must be either instrumental accompaniment or a sounding metronome. The metronome should beat half notes on 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. If purposely rubato, the metronome can be stopped. Performances of the selections below should be no more than four minutes in length.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  • Applicants must submit one selection from each of the four "Categories and Options" below, for a total of four tunes.
  • Applicants must record with either instrumental accompaniment or a sounding metronome (see above).
  • Please see the "Additional Pre-Screening Requirements by Instrument" section below.

Categories and Options

  • Choose one option from each category (for a total of four tunes); perform as prescribed under "Additional Pre-Screening Requirements by Instrument."

1. Slow Tempo (quarter = 60 - 98):

  1. "Amazing Grace" by John Newton (Any key)
  2. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" traditional spiritual song (Any key)
  3. "Danny Boy" by Frederic Weatherly (Any key)
  4. "Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington (Concert A-flat)

2. Medium Tempo (quarter = 108 - 131):

  1. "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein (Concert A-flat)
  2. "All of Me" by Gerald Marks/Seymour Simons (Concert C)
  3. "Honeysuckle Rose" by Fats Waller (Concert F)
  4. "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" by Wayne Shorter (starts on a Concert E-flat seven)

3. Medium, Up Tempo (quarter = 132 - half note = 132):

  1. "King Porter Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton (Concert E-flat)
  2. "Thelonious" by Thelonious Monk (Concert B-flat)
  3. "Confirmation" by Charlie Parker (Concert F)

4. Afro-Hispanic/Latin (half note = 52 - 120):

  1. "Mambo Inn" (mambo) by Mario Bauza/Grace Sampson/Bobby Woodlen (Concert A-flat)
  2. "Besame Mucho" (bolero) by Consuelo Velazquez (Concert D minor)
  3. "Chega De Saudade" (bossa nova) by Antonio Carlos Jobim (Concert C minor)

Additional Pre-Screening Requirements by Instrument

Brass and Woodwind Instruments (e.g., Saxophone, Trombone, and Trumpet)
Applicants should perform the melody and a single chorus improvisation on their chosen selection from each category, and in so doing, demonstrate all the instruments they can play (i.e. flute and/or clarinet for saxophonists). Applicants are encouraged to utilize timbre and vocal effects (i.e., plunger mute for trumpet and trombone).

Double Bass
Applicants should perform a single chorus improvisation (broken into a walking half chorus and a solo half chorus) on their chosen selection from each of the four categories, utilizing both plucked and bowed techniques. For two of the four selections, applicants should perform the melody. Solo and bass line accompaniments should be appropriate for each selection (i.e., walking bass line, two feel, groove, etc.).

Drums
Applicants must demonstrate use of sticks and brushes and choose a rhythm pattern per category to demonstrate.

1. Slow Tempo: Play your selection in 2, referencing your knowledge of the difference between a gospel, country, or modern jazz 2 groove.
2. Medium Tempo: Play your selection in both 4 and in 2. For those sections in 2, choose between either (a) an Eastern Seaboard 2 à la Miles Davis 1950s groups or (b) a Kansas City 2 à la Count Basie with Jo Jones. For those in 4, use a Bebop 4 (à la Kenny Clarke and Max Roach) and a modern 4.
3. Medium, Up Tempo: Play your selection in 4 as differentiated above.
4. Afro-Hispanic/Latin: Play your selection using the appropriate rhythmic patterns (i.e., Bolero, Bossa Nova, Mambo, etc.).

Guitar
Applicants must first demonstrate a three-octave triad arpeggio at a quarter = 120 on a major chord of their choosing in quarter notes, followed by the same thing in eighth notes. On their chosen selection from each category, they should perform a chorus of melody (single string/chord melody/or combination thereof), followed by a half chorus of improvisation and a half chorus of accompanying using a rhythm appropriate to the style.

Piano
Applicants should perform a melody chorus, a half chorus of accompanying, and a half chorus of melodic improvisation on their chosen selection from each category.

Vibraphone
Applicants should perform a melody chorus, a half chorus of accompanying, and a half chorus of melodic improvisation on their chosen selection from each category. They must demonstrate use of dampening technique on melodies and improvised choruses. If possible, demonstrate the use of 4 mallets with chord inversions.

Live Audition Procedures

  1. If invited to audition live in New York, you may be asked to perform the same repertoire selections you submitted for pre-screening, in addition to Big band excerpts (information to follow) and an etude (see below). You will also be required to complete and submit an essay and creative project approximately two weeks before your audition. Further instructions regarding Big band excerpts, essay, and project will be provided to auditioning applicants.
  2. A rhythm section, knowledgeable of all the pre-screening selections, will accompany the audition.
  3. All pre-screening repertoire must be performed from memory and in standard arrangements.
  4. Musicianship assessments will occur for all those invited to the second round.
  5. Applicants should be prepared to stay at The Juilliard School until 10 p.m. on the day of the scheduled audition, in the event that they are called back. Applicants who are not called back may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

1. For the first-round auditions, applicants will:

  1. Play the etude(s) listed for their instruments (see "Live Audition Repertoire" below)
  2. Play the Big band excerpts, which will be provided after pre-screening
  3. Play the repertoire from the pre-screening requirements, as specified, and
  4. Discuss the additional required essay (see "Live Audition Procedures" above).

2. Callbacks will be scheduled on the same day as the first round and will consist of:

  1. A written and aural musicianship assessment administered in a group setting
  2. In a separate room, indivdual applicants will:
    1. Play repertoire from the pre-screening requirements, as specified, with a professional rhythm section
    2. Sight read and improvise on a new composition

    3. Discuss the original creative project and the additional required essay submitted in advance of the audition.

Live Audition Etudes by Instrument

  • Please be sure to carefully review the live audition procedures above.
  • In addition to the pre-screening repertoire, applicants must present the etude(s) as noted below. (Please note: etudes are required so that applicants can demonstrate their technical proficiency, not their knowledge of any particular style of classical music.)
  • Applicants invited to audition live should bring two copies of their chosen etude(s) to the audition.

Brass and Woodwind Instruments (e.g., Saxophone, Trombone, and Trumpet)

Saxophone:
Play an etude of equivalent musical and technical challenge to Etude No. 1 from "48 Etudes for Saxophone" by Franz Willhem Ferling

Trombone:
Play two contrasting etudes such as Etude No. 22 from "Melodious Etudes for Trombone" by Joannes Rochut and "13 Cappricio Studies for Trombone" by Eugene Bozza

Trumpet:
Play an etude of equivalent musical and technical challenge to Etude No. 11 from "14 Characteristic Studies" by Jean Baptiste-Arban

Double Bass
Play an etude of equivalent musical and technical challenge to Etude No. 21 in F minor by Franz Simandl

Drums
Play a rudimental snare drum solo by Pratt, Wilcoxon, Tompkins, Markovitch, or an equivalent; applicants must have knowledge of the 26 basic rudiments and be able to play them open, closed, and open

Guitar
Play one etude by Carcassi, Giuliani, Villa-Lobos, or the equivalent

Piano
Prepare two contrasting etudes by Czerny, Chopin, or Burgmuller

Vibraphone
Prepare a two mallet vibraphone etude of equivalent musical and technical challenge to J.S. Bach A minor Violin Concerto, 1st movement, measures 1 - 80.

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Oboe

  • Either No. 2 or No. 3 must be a complete major work which is not less than 10 minutes in length.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
  1. Two etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical ability.
  2. A slow/fast pair of movements or a complete shorter work from any Baroque or Classical piece, not less than 8 minutes in length (may include repeats).
  3. A sonata or concerto movement (or pair of movements) or a short work (or pair of short works) in a style other than Baroque or Classical, not less than 6 minutes in length.
  4. Three orchestral excerpts demonstrating slow, fast, and articulated passages.

Opera Studies

  • The minimum age for admission is 21. In general, successful applicants to Opera Studies have already obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees or their equivalent in education or experience.
  • Opera Studies is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through through Acceptd, our online portal, by November 2 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on November 2; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • Please remember that the quality of your audio recordings may significantly affect the determination of the pre-screen jury. Avoid distortion of the voice, excessive “buzz,” and lack of balance between the piano accompaniment and the voice. Review your pre-screening recordings before uploading to ensure they are of good quality.

Live Audition Procedures

  • First-round auditions will be held December 15, 2015 (all day Tuesday).
  • Singing callbacks will be on Wednesday, December 16 (evening only).
  • Final callbacks consisting of individual interviews and coachings will be held on Thursday, December 17.
  • Called back applicants must be available for all portions of the callbacks on December 16 & 17 in order to be considered for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  1. An aria in English (not a translation).
  2. An aria in Italian.
  3. An aria in either French or German.
  4. A fourth aria in a language of the applicant’s choice.

Live Audition Repertoire

In addition to the pre-screening repertoire, Opera Studies applicants must perform the following:

  1. An aria from the 20th or 21st century.
  2. An optional 6th work of the applicant’s choice, which is not an aria.
  3. A memorized dramatic monologue, which is approximately 3 minutes in length. The monologue must be from a theatrical work, and may not be a poem or song lyrics. Applicants may be asked to show their ability to take direction through the presentation of this monologue.

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Orchestral Conducting

  • Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and Artist Diploma only. Undergraduate programs and DMA are not available in this department.
  • Orchestral Conducting is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each portion of each requirement (audio-visual files, PDFs of the résumé, as noted below) must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.

Pre-Screening Requirements

  • All candidates must submit a professional résumé.
  • In addition to the résumé, all applicants must submit audio-visual recordings as follows:
  1. Include four to five excerpts showing various musical styles, artistic and technical challenges, and gestural/expressive abilities. Only standard orchestral repertoire, operatic works, and contemporary works are acceptable. Do not include Pops, Jazz, Band, or Broadway repertoire.
  2. Each excerpt should be no more than 5 minutes in length, unedited.
  3. At least one example of both a rehearsal and a performance of the same work should be included.
  4. Videos must be representative of the applicant’s recent work.
  5. The applicant should be clearly visible.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • Each applicant must have the following mandatory materials prepared for the auditions. Applicants must bring their own scores to the audition.
  1. Stravinsky Rite of Spring (1947), rehearsal numbers 104–121.
  2. Copland Appalachian Spring, opening to rehearsal number 16 (full orchestra version).
  3. Beethoven Symphony No. 6.
  4. Mozart Symphony No. 39.
  5. Schumann Symphony No. 2.
  6. Dvorak Symphony No. 8.

Audition Procedures

Selected applicants will be invited for a live audition which will include:

  1. All applicants invited to audition must submit an essay addressing the following topics: “Why do you conduct? What do you hope to get out of the conducting program at Juilliard?” Instructions on how to do so will be provided when pre-screening results become available.
  2. Examinations in basic musicianship, dictation, score terminology, languages, repertoire, music history, etc.
  3. A personal interview to determine the applicant’s knowledge of the audition repertoire, his/her ability to play an open score on piano, and to sight-sing. As part of this interview, you will also be asked to perform a short solo piece of your choice on your primary instrument.
  4. At the conclusion of the interview and testing, select applicants who have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the testing and interview will be invited to appear in front of the Juilliard Orchestra. An additional interview may take place at the conclusion of the orchestra session.

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Organ

  • Organ auditions will take place on The Juilliard School’s Holtkamp organ in Paul Hall. A complete list of stops and specifications will be sent with the audition schedule letter. This information can also be accessed here.
  • While memorization is not required, it is encouraged.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
  1. A major work of J. S. Bach.
  2. An organ composition by a representative Romantic composer.
  3. A work composed since 1930.
  4. Applicants may be asked to sight-read.

Percussion

  • Percussion is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio-visual recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
Pre-Screening Repertoire
1. Mallets
  1. Two mallets – any 2 mallet movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin or Suites for solo cello – no repeats.
  2. Four mallets – a 2–3 minute excerpt from a work of your choice.

2. Snare Drum

  1. Long Roll ♩= 80.

  1. Wilcoxon – Rhythmania fromModern Rudimental Swing Solos.
    • Play beginning to downbeat of m. 16 ♩= 100.
  2. Delecluse – Etude No. 1 from 12 Etudes pour caisse claire.
    • Play beginning to downbeat of m. 46 ♩= 76.

3. Timpani

  1. Long roll ♩= 80.

  1. Goodman – Modern Method for Timpani – Etude No. 72.
  2. Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – First movement, 2 before T to 3 before U ♩= 80.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • If invited to a live audition, applicants should bring four copies of all materials.
  1. Mallets
    1. Two-mallet solo of your choice.
    2. Four-mallet solo of your choice.
    3. Knowledge of scales and arpeggios.
    4. Sight-reading.
    5. Four standard orchestral excerpts.
  2. Snare Drum
    1. Etudes from Cirone Portraits in Rhythm or Delecluse 12 Etudes or the equivalent.
    2. Knowledge of rudiments and ornaments.
    3. Ability to roll at all dynamic levels.
    4. Sight-reading.
    5. Four standard orchestral excerpts.
  3. Timpani
    1. Etudes from Goodman method, Firth, Delecluse, or Hochrainer books or the equivalent.
    2. Ability to tune accurately.
    3. Ability to roll at all dynamic levels.
    4. Sight-reading.
    5. Four standard orchestral excerpts.
Piano
  • Piano is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through Accepted, our online portal, by December 1, in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio-visual recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • Applicants' hands and feet should be clearly visible.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • All pieces must be performed from memory. Exceptions may be permitted only in the case of some 20th and 21st-century pieces. Permission must be granted by the Juilliard piano faculty upon request.
  • Applicants whose programs do not meet the following requirements will not be scheduled for an audition. Any changes to the audition program made after submitting the application must be approved by the department chair.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit No. 2 and No. 3 from the live audition repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • The entire audition program should reach a minimum of 60 minutes. Shorter programs may be subject to approval by the piano faculty.
  1. Any major work by Bach. Preludes and Fugue are permitted. (No transcriptions permitted.)
  2. Choose one of the following:
    1. One of the following Beethoven sonatas Op. 2, Nos. 2 or 3; Op. 7; Op. 10, No. 3; Op. 22; Op. 28; any sonata later than Op. 28, excluding Op. 49 and 79.
      OR
    2. One of the following Schubert sonatas: Op. 42, Op. 78, Op. 53, Op. 143, any of the three post­humous sonatas, Wanderer Fantasie.
  3. Two substantial works by different composers: one from Group A, the other from Group B.
    Group A: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn.
    Group B: A work written in the late 19th or early 20th century. This includes, but is not limited to, the following composers: Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Busoni, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, and Grieg. (Composers from Group A are not permitted for this requirement.)
  4. A substantial 20th or 21st-century work by a composer post-dating Impressionism.

Viola

  • Viola is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • All compositions except for duo sonatas should be memorized.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.
Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit:

  1. Two movements of No. 1 and,
  2. First movement of No. 2 OR No. 3 from the live audition repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • Of Nos. 2 and 3, one must be a 20th or 21st-century composition
  1. A complete solo Bach suite, sonata, or partita.
  2. A complete sonata or equivalent work for viola, solo or with piano. In the interest of encouraging exploration of a wider range of repertoire, the following works are EXCLUDED from this requirement: the two Brahms Sonatas, the Schubert Arpeggione, and the Rebecca Clarke Sonata.
    • We strongly encourage candidates to choose works originally written for viola. Examples include (but are not limited to): W. F. Bach C minor Sonata, L. Boccherini C minor Sonata (original viola sonata, not cello), Weber Andante and Rondo Ongarese, Vieuxtemps Sonata Op. 36 or Unfinished Sonata, Reger 3 Suites (unaccompanied), Hindemith any of three sonatas with piano or four unaccompanied sonatas, York Bowen two sonatas, A. Bax Sonata, Ligeti Unaccompanied Sonata, Babbitt Piece for Viola and Piano, etc.
  3. A complete concerto EXCLUDING the Bartok, Walton and Hindemith “Der Schwanendreher”; again encouraging exploration of wider repertoire.
    • We strongly encourage candidates to choose works originally written for viola. Examples include (but are not limited to): A. Rolla Concerto in E-flat Major, Vanhall C Major, Hindemith Kammermusik No. 5 or Konzertmusik, Y. Bowen Concerto, W. Piston Concerto, K. Penderecki Concerto, J. Harbison Concerto, etc.
  4. A short work for viola, solo or with piano, up to about 10 minutes duration composed after 1945 by composers such as Babbitt, Carter, Persichetti, Penderecki, Kurtag, Ligeti, Zimmermann etc.

Violin

  • Violin is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through Acceptd, our online portal, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1; it will not be possible to submit pre-screening materials after the deadline. Acceptd charges $15 for this service, payable by credit card.
  • Each audio recording must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials. However, both the pre-screening and the live audition repertoire must meet the requirements below.
  • Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a callback interview by phone on March 14 & 15, 2016. Applicants must be available for phone interviews to be considered for admission. Applicants who are not interviewed by phone may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  1. A slow and fast movement from a 19th or 20th-century concerto.
  2. One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita.
  3. One Paganini caprice.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • Of Nos. 1 and 4, one must be a contemporary selection composed since 1960. If using No. 4 to fulfill this requirement, only one of the brilliant concert pieces must be post-1960.
  • All compositions must be performed from memory except for duo sonatas. Memorization of music since 1960 is encouraged but optional.
  • Please minimize piano accompaniment interludes.
  1. A complete concerto from the Romantic period or 20th century.
  2. A complete Bach sonata or partita.
  3. A Classical sonata for violin and piano. If the Beethoven Concerto is chosen for No. 1, a Romantic or 20th-century sonata should be played.
  4. Two contrasting brilliant concert pieces.
  5. Two Paganini caprices.
  6. A complete concerto by Mozart.

 

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