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Bachelor of Music and Diploma Audition Dates, Pre-Screening and Live Audition Repertoire for Fall 2015

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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.
  • 2015 Music Auditions week will run from Sunday, March 1 to Friday, March 6, 2015. No auditions will be scheduled outside of these dates, under any circumstances.
  • All audition dates are subject to change and/or cancellation due to faculty availability.
  • In general, audition procedures for most majors, including callbacks if applicable, take place on the same day. Composition applicants have audition procedures which take place over several days.
  • 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. Admissions will contact non-pre-screened majors in December, and pre-screened majors (those applicants who pass pre-screening) in January to advise further.
  • Applicants should not make travel arrangements until their audition dates are confirmed in writing, via e-mail, by the Office of Admissions.
Department 2015 Audition Dates (some Dates TBD*)
Bassoon March 2
Bass Trombone March 3
Cello March 2, 3, & 4
Clarinet March 2, 3, & 4
Composition* Composition Exam: March 4
Composition Interviews: March 5 & 6
Double Bass March 1
Flute March 1 & 2
Guitar March 4
Harp March 1 & 2
Horn March 2 & 4
Jazz Studies* Dates during audition week TBD
Oboe March 1 & 5
Organ Organ Dinner: March 1
Auditions: March 2 & 3
Percussion March 1, 2, & 6 (if needed)
Piano March 1 - 6
Trombone March 3
Trumpet March 5 & 6
Tuba March 3
Viola March 2, 3, & 4
Violin March 2 - 6
Voice March 5 & 6

*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, 2014. Please check back over the coming weeks.

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Pre-Screening (if applicable) and Live Audition Repertoire*

*Applicants to the B-C-J Exchange ONLY, as well as to the Exchange AND the B.M., must prepare all repertoire required of B.M. applicants.

Bassoon

  1. One complete solo work (a sonata or concerto).
  2. A complete solo work of a different style or period from No. 1 above OR two contrasting etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical ability.
  3. Three or more standard orchestral excerpts.

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

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. Four 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 pre-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. 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

  • Applicants are required to perform their auditions on B-flat and/or C trumpets exclusively.
  • For No. 2 below, please select one piece from the following list: Concerto by Arutunian, Haydn, or Hummel; Sonata by Hindemith or Kennan.
  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. 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 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.
  • 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.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit No. 1 and No. 2 from the live audition repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. One movement of a 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. If Saint-Saëns is chosen, please play the 2nd and 3rd movements; if Elgar is chosen, please play either the 1st and 2nd movements or the 3rd and 4th movements; if Shostakovich Concerto #1 is chosen, please play the 1st and 2nd movements. 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, Faure 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-Saëns The 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

  1. Major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical ability.
  3. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice. Must be performed from memory.
  4. 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.

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Composition

  • Composition is a pre-screened major.
  • 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 portion of each requirement (audio recordings, PDFs of scores, written statements and list of compositions/dates performed, 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

  1. Two scores of contrasting styles composed within the last two years. Each score should be circumscribed to present the five minutes of music which represents your most accomplished work (two five-minute selections, for a total of ten minutes).
  2. Audio recordings which are cued to the same section of music should accompany the scores.
  3. A short written statement which describes the scores or the process of composing the scores.
  4. A complete listing of the applicant’s compositions with orchestrations and dates of performances.

Live Audition Procedures

  1. Selected applicants will be scheduled for personal interviews with the faculty.
  2. Interviews will include a discussion of the scores submitted for the pre-screening.
  3. Applicants must bring scores and CD recordings of the works submitted for pre-screening AND two additional works (scores with CD recordings) to the interviews. Do not bring audio files on flash drives or any other storage method requiring a computer for playback.
  4. All applicants will complete musicianship testing in score analysis, rhythmic dictation, harmonic analysis, counterpoint, and score identification.

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Double Bass

  • Double Bass is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard pre-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 instruments for the audition. We regret that there is no instrument storage available at The Juilliard School for auditioning applicants.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit No. 1 and No. 3 from the live audition repertoire. Accompaniment is not required for No. 3.

Live Audition Repertoire

1. One scale and one arpeggio in three octaves. Must be in one of the following keys: E, F, or G (Major or minor).
2. One etude from the following choices:

  1. Kreutzer 18 studies: No. 1 in C Major or No. 9 in G Major.
  2. Simandl Method Book II E-flat Major Etudes.
  3. Storch-Hrabe Etudes Vol. II (any one).

3. Two contrasting movements of a Baroque sonata, such as those by Vivaldi, Eccles, Handel, Corelli, or Bach’s Viola da Gamba Sonatas.
4. One orchestral excerpt from the following choices:

  1. Wagner Meistersinger Overture.
  2. Brahms Second Symphony, first movement, letters E-F.
  3. Beethoven Fifth Symphony: Scherzo and trio with no repeats.

Transfer Undergraduate Live Audition Repertoire

Applicants who have attended one semester or more at a college, university, or conservatory by the time they audition must prepare the undergraduate requirements, plus two movements from one of the following concertos: Dragonetti, Vanhal, Dittersdorf, Bottesini, Koussevitzky. Must be performed from memory.

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Flute

  • Flute is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard pre-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 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.

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 or 3 must be performed from memory in its entirety.
  1. A complete Baroque sonata.
  2. Two complete major works of contrasting styles and periods.
  3. A complete Classical concerto.
  4. Four standard orchestral excerpts displaying a balance of technical and lyrical playing.

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Guitar

  • All compositions must be performed from memory.
  1. Two contrasting movements of a J.S. Bach suite, partita, or sonata (includes Prelude, Fugue & Allegro BWV998).
  2. Two etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
  3. A complete work of any period.
  4. Two contrasting works:
    1. One Renaissance, Classical (e.g. Sor, Giuliani, Regondi, Mertz, etc.), or 19th-century.
    2. One by a 20th-century composer of any style.

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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)

Live Audition Callback Procedures

Applicants who are invited to a live audition may also be asked for a 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 10:00 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.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. Both of the following two studies:
    1. No. 1 by Bochsa (Op. 34), Martenot edition.
    2. No. 10 by Pozzoli from Studies of Moderate Difficulty.
  2. A composition of the degree of difficulty of the Fantasie on a Theme of Haydn by Grandjany or Feerie (Prelude and Dance) by Marcel Tournier.
  3. Two contrasting short works:
    1. One Classical.
    2. One by a 20th-century composer, such as the Largo from the Violin Sonata No. 5 by Bach by Grandjany, or the Toccata from Sarabanda e Toccatta by Nino Rota.

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Harpsichord

  • Master of Music, Graduate Diploma and D.M.A. in Historical Performance only. Undergraduate programs are not available in this department.

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Historical Performance

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

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Horn

  • Horn is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard pre-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.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

Please choose one from each group (for a total of two selections):

Group A

  • Kopprasch Book 1, No. 3
  • Kopprasch Book 1, No. 17
  • Kopprasch Book 1, No. 29

Group B

  • Kopprasch Book 1, No. 15
  • Kopprasch Book 1, No. 22

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. Two etudes, of the applicant's choice, showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical advancement. (It is not necessary that the repertoire prepared for the live audition be identical to the pre-screening materials.)
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice.
  3. Three to six standard orchestral excerpts.
  4. Additional evaluation such as sight-reading, ear-training, range/register exploration, and scales 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Applicants are free to record with or without instrumental accompaniment.
  • Please see the "Additional Pre-Screening Requirements by Instrument" section below.

Categories and Options

  • Choose one option from each category; perform as prescribed under "Additional Pre-Screening Requirements by Instrument."

1. Slow Tempo (quarter = 56-87):

a. "The Old Rugged Cross" by George Bennard
b. "Nobody knows de trouble I've seen" traditional spiritual song
c. "Danny Boy" by Frederic Weatherly
d. "219 Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton

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

a. "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein
b. "All of Me" by Gerald Marks/Seymour Simons
c. "Honeysuckle Rose" by Fats Waller

3. Medium, Up Tempo (quarter = 132-180):

a. "Donna Lee" by Miles Davis
b. "Salt Peanuts" by Dizzy Gillespie
c. "Confirmation" by Charlie Parker

4. Afro-Hispanic/Latin (half note = 58-115):

a. "Aquarela do Brasil" (samba) by Ari Barroso
b. "Mambo Inn" (mambo) by Mario Bauza/Grace Sampson/Bobby Woodlen
c. "El dia que me quiera" (bolero) by Carlos Gardel/Alfredo Le Pera

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. Within these selections, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate all the instruments they can play (i.e., flute and clarinet for saxophonists). Applicants are encouraged to utilize timbral and vocal effects (i.e., plunger mute for trumpet and trombone).

Double Bass
Applicants should perform two choruses on their chosen selection from each category. For two of the four selections, the first chorus should be the melody and the second a single chorus improvisation. The second chorus should be broken into a walking half chorus and a solo half chorus. The other two selections should include two choruses of improvisation that are broken into one walking chorus and one solo chorus. Both pluck and bowed techniques should be utilized. Solo lines and bass line accompaniments should be appropriate for each selection (i.e., walking bass line, two feel, groove, etc.).

Drums
Applicants should perform two choruses on their chosen selection from each category, demonstrate use of sticks and brushes, and choose a rhythm per category to demonstrate.

1. Slow Tempo: Play your selection using your choice of either (a) a gospel 2 groove, (b) a country 2 groove, or (c) a modern jazz 2 groove.
2. Medium Tempo: Selections should be played in both 2 and in 4. 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 or a (c) Country 2 à la Willie Nelson.
3. Medium, Up Tempo: Play your selection in 4. Use both a Bebop 4 (à la Kenny Clarke and Max Roach) and a modern 4.
4. Afro-Hispanic/Latin: Play your selection using the appropriate rhythm (i.e., Bolero, Bossa Nova, Tango, 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 chorus of improvisation.

Piano
Applicants should perform a melody chorus, and a chorus of melodic improvisation on their chosen selection from each category. One selection should demonstrate the applicant's ability to play with the left hand performing a bass function (be it stride or walking 4/4) while the right hand solos.

Vibraphone
Applicants should perform a melody chorus, and a 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

  • There is a first-round and second-round (callback) audition, both of which will be on the same day.
  • All jazz selections must be performed from memory (excepting etudes and excerpts, see below).
  • The prepared repertoire for the live audition includes the pre-screening repertoire (chosen by the applicant), an etude, and Big band excerpts. All applicants invited to audition must also submit an additional essay. Instructions, including the additional essay topic and the Big band excerpts, will be provided when pre-screening results become available.
  • Accompanying musicians will be provided for the audition where needed.
  • 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:

a. Play the etude(s) listed for their instruments (see "Live Audition Repertoire" below)
b. Play the Big band excerpts, which will be provided after pre-screening
c. Play the repertoire from the pre-screening requirements, as specified, and
d. 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:

a. Additional evaluation of the applicant's sight-reading, ear-training, and improvisational skills, and
b. The presentation of an original creative work in any medium of the applicant's choice, including but not limited to music (e.g., poetry, photography, movement, etc.). If choosing to present an original musical composition, the applicant may bring a recording (CD or DVD).
 

Live Audition Repertoire

  • 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.)

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

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 D 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 an etude of equivalent musical and technical challenge to "Excerpt from Perpetual Motion" by N. Paganini, arr. by William Leavitt (half note = 56-80, measures 1 to the downbeat of measure 33)

Piano
Play an etude by Carl Czerny or Frédéric Chopin that demonstrates your technical abilities

Vibraphone
Play a two mallet vibraphone etude of equivalent musical and technical challenge to Chopin's Piano Etude in A-flat Major

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Oboe

  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.

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Orchestral Conducting

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

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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.
  1. A prelude and fugue for organ by J. S. Bach.
  2. An organ composition by a 19th-century composer.
  3. An organ composition by a representative 20th/21st-century composer.
  4. Applicants may be asked to sight-read.

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Percussion

  • Percussion is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard pre-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

1. Mallets

  1. Two Mallets – Any 2 mallet movement from J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin or Suites for solo cello – no repeats.
  2. Four Mallets – Georg Neumark – Chorale no repeats. ♩= 100 (do not roll).

  • If low A instrument is not available, please play entire piece up one octave.

2. Snare Drum

  1. Long Roll ♩= 80.

  1. Wilcoxon – Rhythmania from Modern 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

Please tune exclusively with a tuning fork, and without the use of gauges.

  1. Long Roll ♩= 80.

  1. Goodman – Modern Method for Timpani – Etude #57 ♩= 92.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • If invited to a live audition, applicants should bring three 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.
  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.
  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.

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Piano

  • Piano is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard pre-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.
  • 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.
  • All applicants who are invited to a live audition are required to take a written exam of basic musicianship skills and an in-person musical skills evaluation. All audition components take place on the same day.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit No. 2 and No. 3 from the live audition repertoire, as well as one etude by Chopin.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • The entire audition program should reach a minimum of 45 minutes. Shorter programs may be subject to approval by the piano faculty.
  1. Bach: A prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or another work containing a fugue. (No transcriptions permitted.)
  2. One of the following:
    1. An entire sonata by Beethoven (excluding Opp. 14, 49, and 79), or
    2. One of the following Haydn sonatas: Hob. 20, 23, 32, 46, 49, 50, 52, or
    3. One of the following Mozart sonatas: K. 281, 284, 310, 332, 333, 457, 533, or 576, or
    4. One of the following Schubert sonatas: D. 568, 664, 784, 845, 850, 894, 958, 959, 960, or the Wanderer Fantasie, D. 760.
  3. A substantial composition by Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, or Mendelssohn. (Etudes, nocturnes, short dances, waltzes, or comparable pieces are not acceptable.)
  4. Two virtuosic etudes:
    1. one by Chopin, and
    2. one by Bartók, Debussy, Ligeti, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, or Stravinsky.
  5. A substantial work, or a collection of shorter works, of the applicant’s choice which is:
    1. in a different style and by a composer other than those represented in the previous requirements, and
    2. not less than six minutes.

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Viola

  • Viola 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.
  • 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.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit:

  • No. 2 and,
  • Either No. 3 OR No. 4 from the live audition repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • Of Nos. 3 and 4, one must be a 20th or 21st-century composition.
  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves with various bowings.
  2. Two contrasting movements from any Bach solo suite (originally for cello) or sonata or partita (originally for violin).
  3. A sonata movement or short work, solo or with piano.
  4. A representative substantial portion of a concerto. Examples include (but are not limited to):
    1. A slow-fast pair of movements of the Telemann.
    2. First movement with cadenza of the Stamitz D Major, Hoffmeister D Major, Rolla E-flat Major or Vanhal C Major.
    3. First or second movement of Walton.
    4. First or second and third movements of Bartok.
    5. Any movement of Hindemith Der Schwanendreher.
    6. A substantial fast movement of any 20th or 21st-century concerto.

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Violin

  • Violin 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.
  • 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.

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 below, one must be a contemporary selection composed since 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 slow and fast movement from a 19th or 20th-century concerto.
  2. Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita. No repeats please, unless ornamented. A dance movement and its double constitute one movement. The Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d minor will satisfy this requirement.
  3. One Paganini caprice.
  4. A piece or movement written since 1960 other than a concerto (include the date of composition with the title). If the concerto selected for No. 1 above was composed after 1960, present an 18th or 19th-century concert piece.

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Voice

  • Voice 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.
  • 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.
  • The quality of your pre-screening recording may significantly affect the determination of the pre-screening 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 that they are of good quality and represent your best work to date.
  • Pre-screening repertoire selections must include accompa­niment and must show contrast in musical styles, tempos, and languages.

Live Audition Callback Procedures

  • Applicants selected for callbacks will be scheduled for additional evaluation at the end of the audition day (early evening). Each called-back applicant will be scheduled for a coaching session (approximately 20 - 30 minutes long) with a panel of Vocal Arts faculty in diction, acting, and movement. There is no specific preparation needed for the callback, as callback material will be the repertoire prepared for the audition.
  • Please note that the callback will begin at the end of the afternoon auditions and may run into the evening; applicants should be available until 10:00 p.m. on the day of the scheduled audition.
  • Applicants who are not called back may reasonably conclude that they are not under consideration for admission.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

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

Bachelor of Music and Diploma Live Audition Repertoire

  • Faculty may ask applicants to sing several scales to check vocal range.
  • All compositions must be performed from memory.
  1. An Italian art song or aria from 18th century or before.
  2. An art song in English (not a translation).
  3. A third selection in any language. Please note: An aria from an opera or oratorio is welcome, though not required.
  4. If English is not your native speaking language, please prepare an additional song in your native language.

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