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Bachelor of Music and Diploma Audition Dates, Pre-Screening and Live Audition Repertoire for Fall 2016

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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 run from Sunday, February 28 to Friday, March 4, 2016. 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 2016 Audition Dates (some Dates TBD*)
Bassoon February 29
Bass Trombone March 1
Cello February 29, March 1 & 2
Clarinet* 2 - 3 days
Composition Composition Exam: February 28 (morning)
Composition Interviews: February 28 (afternoon/evening) & February 29
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
Organ Organ Dinner: February 28
Auditions: February 29, March 1
Percussion March 1 - 3
Piano February 28 - March 4
Trombone February 29
Trumpet February 29 (if needed), March 1
Tuba March 1
Viola February 29, March 1 & 2
Violin February 29 - March 4
Voice March 3 & 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*

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

  • 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 is 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

  • 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 the following from the live audition repertoire:

  1. No. 1,
  2. No. 2, with piano accompaniment if appropriate, and
  3. One excerpt from No. 3.

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. One movement from the Bach Cello Suites.
  2. A movement from the standard solo literature or the 1st movement of a standard concerto (Dragonetti, Vanhal, Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky) including published cadenza, if applicable.
  3. Two standard orchestral excerpts of the applicant's choice.
  4. One 3-octave scale and arpeggio of the applicant's choice.

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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. The 1st and 2nd movements of a Classical concerto of the applicant's choice.
  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)
  • Memorization is required.
  1. Both of the following two studies:
    1. No. 1 by Bochsa (Op. 34), any edition.
    2. Tournier Etude- "Au Matin" OR "Vers la Source dans le Bois".
  2. A composition of the degree of difficulty of the Fantasy on a Theme of Haydn or Aria in Classic Style by Grandjany.
  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 DMA in Historical Performance only. Undergraduate programs are not available in this department.

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Historical Performance

  • Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, and DMA 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.
  • 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

  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 DMA 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. 1 and,
  • Either 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. Two contrasting movements from any Bach solo suite (originally for cello) or sonata or partita (originally for violin).
  2. A sonata movement or short work, solo or with piano.
  3. 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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