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MAP Audition Requirements

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Audition requirements are subject to change at any time. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information before preparing for your audition.

Audition Guidelines

  • The difficulty of an applicant’s solo repertoire should match that of the sample repertoire listed below. If no sample repertoire is listed, the applicant should prepare a piece which demonstrates his/her technical and artistic abilities on the instrument.
  • Applicants may be asked to sight-read and/or demonstrate their ability to match pitch and rhythm.
  • Applicants are not permitted to use an accompanist for their audition.
  • All applicants are encouraged, but not required, to perform their audition from memory.

Audition Requirements by Instrument

 

Bassoon

  1. Two major and two minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes.

Cello

  1. Major and minor scales up to three sharps and three flats (2 octaves), played with slurred and separate bowings.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes at or above the level of Suzuki Book 3. (Sample Repertoire: Breval Sonata in C Major.)

Clarinet

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes. (Sample Repertoire: Guilhaud First Concertino; Mozart Waltz Fantasy; selection from Rose 32 Etudes for Clarinet; selection from Rubank Method for Clarinet.)

Double Bass

  1. Scales: G, F, D, C major (1 octave).
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes at or above the level of Suzuki Book 2. (Sample Repertoire: J.S. Bach March in G; Long, Long Ago with variation by T.H. Bayly.)

Flute

  1. Major and minor scales up to four sharps and four flats (2 octaves), in various articulations.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes. (Sample Repertoire: Telemann Sonata in F Major (one fast movement and one slow movement); Handel Sonata in F Major (one fast movement and one slow movement); Fauré Fantasie; Berbiguier Etude.)

French Horn

  1. Two major and two minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes.

Oboe

  1. Two major and two minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes.

Percussion

  1. Scales: C and G major scales (2 octaves on marimba or xylophone).
  2. Snare drum rudiments: long roll, flams, single paradiddle, and five stroke rolls.
  3. One solo on snare drum. (Sample Repertoire: Roll etude from Goldenberg Modern School for Snare Drum.)
  4. One solo on a mallet instrument. (Sample Repertoire: Piece from G. Whaley Elementary Method for Mallets; Bourée (Bach) or Sonatina (Clementi).

Piano (composition applicants only)

  1. Two major and two minor scales (2 octaves)
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes. (Sample Repertoire: One movement of a sonatina by Clementi or Kulauh; a Bach two-part invention; Chopin Preludes Nos. 4, 6, 7, or 20.)

Saxophone

  1. Two major and two minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes. At least one selection must be classical.

Trombone

  1. Major scales up to four sharps and four flats (2 octaves).
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes. (Sample Repertoire: Bordogni/Rochut Vocalises; Kopprasch Studies; Vandercook Turquoise; Korsakov Concerto (first movement).)

Trumpet

  1. Scales and arpeggios up to five sharps and five flats, played with varying articulations.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes. (Sample Repertoire: Arban’s syncopation studies.)

Tuba

  1. Two major and two minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes.

Viola

  1. Major and minor scales (3 octaves).
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes at or above the level of Suzuki Book 3. (Sample Repertoire: J.S. Bach Prelude in G Major (from Cello Suite No. 1); R. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves; Vivaldi Concerto in D Minor, movements 1 or 3; Telemann Concerto in G Major.)

Violin

  1. Major and minor scales (3 octaves).
  2. Two contrasting solos or etudes at or above the level of Suzuki Book 3. (Sample Repertoire: Handel Bourée; movements from Seitz, Vivaldi, or Bach concerto.)

Composition

MAP’s specialization in composition is designed for intermediate to advanced instrumentalists with a strong interest in and aptitude for composing music. Applicants must audition on an instrument and submit composition materials with their application as listed below.

  1. With their Application for Admission, applicants must:
  • Indicate the instrument(s) they will audition on.
  • Submit manuscripts for two contrasting original compositions for any instrument or combination of instruments. Manuscripts may be handwritten neatly and legibly on manuscript paper, or computer generated.
  • Submit audio recordings of the above two compositions. Live performance recordings are preferred; if live performance recordings are not available, MIDI files will be accepted.
  • Electronic submission of the above materials is preferred. All materials can be uploaded in the online Application for Admission. Handwritten manuscripts and audio CD’s are also acceptable and should be mailed to the address below, received no later than April 1, 2016.
    The Juilliard School
    Attention: Music Advancement Program
    60 Lincoln Center Plaza
    New York, NY 10023
  1. At their entrance audition, applicants will:
  • Audition on their instrument of choice before members of the MAP faculty. Applicants should prepare the audition requirements for their instrument listed above.
  • Meet with members of the composition faculty to discuss their compositions;
  • Complete the standard written music theory assessment required of all MAP applicants, as well as additional music theory and ear training assessments. They will be expected to place into an advanced level of Music Theory & Ear Training, knowing the basic principles of notation and be familiar with solfege syllables, all major and minor keys, and intervals.