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BASSOON

 Students through age 13:

  1. Major and minor scales up to four sharps and four flats.
  2. An étude taken from Weissenborn Studies, Vol. 1.
  3. A work of the applicant's choice.

Students age 14 and older:

  1. All major and minor scales.
  2. Two études from Weissenborn Studies (advanced section), or Gambaro Studies, or Milde Scales and Chords.
  3. A work of the applicant's choice.


CLARINET

Students accepted into the clarinet department must own or have access to an A clarinet.

Students through age 13:

  1. Major and minor scales, and chromatic scale from low E to high C.
  2. A slow étude.
  3. One movement from a sonata or concerto comparable in difficulty to the Sonata by Wanhal or the Concerto No. 3 by Stamitz.
  4. A contrasting movement to No. 3 (above), or another contrasting work.

Sigth-reading may be required.

Students age 14 and older:

  1. Major, minor and chromatic scales.
  2. An étude comparable to those by C. Rose
  3. One movement from a work comparable in difficulty to the Concerto in A Major, K. 622, by Mozart; Concerto in F Minor, Op. 73, by Weber; sonatas by Bernstein, Saint-Sans, or Hindemith; or any of the 16 Grand Solos by Bonade.
  4. A contrasting movement to No. 3 (above), or another contrasting work.

Sight-reading may be required.


COMPOSITION

All applicants must submit with their application two or more manuscripts of the student's work in his or her own handwriting. Manuscripts must be neat and legible. Computer generated scores are also acceptable. Audio recordings are not necessary unless the compositions are electronic.  All materials must be either mailed to the Pre-College Office by the application deadline or submitted via our online portal.  Students must demonstrate facility on an instrument and must be taking the equivalent of at least a minor on that instrument at The Juilliard School or privately.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Interview and Audition: Applicants will meet with members of the composition faculty to present their music and discuss various topics of interest. Applicants will also be asked to perform on their instrument of choice.
  2. Composition assignment: In addition to the theory and ear training exams, applicants will be given a special composition assignment to be handwritten on the day of the audition. The details of the assignment will be determined by the composition faculty. Applicants may use their own writing supplies, and will be given ample time to complete their work. The School will provide each applicant with access to a private room with a piano.

Composition majors will be expected to place in one of the advanced levels of the theory and ear training departments. They should know the basic principles of notation and should be familiar with syllables, intervals, chord qualities, and basic functions of chords. They should be able to sight-sing a simple melody and be able to comprehend moderately difficult rhythmic patterns.


DOUBLE BASS

  1. Major and minor scales in two octaves and one arpeggio.
  2. An étude or exercise showing the applicant's musical and technical ability. The work should be comparable in difficulty to the Sonatas for String Bass and Piano by Marcello.

FLUTE

  1. Major and minor scales.
  2. An étude on the level of Cavally Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1, Berbiguer 18 Studies, or Andersen (Op. 33).
  3. A movement from a Baroque or Classical work such as the Handel sonatas, Haydn Concerto, or Mozart concerti.
  4. A work from the French or contemporary repertoire such as the Hindemith Sonata, Bernard Heiden Sonatine, or any piece from Flute Music by French Composers, edited by L. Moyse.

FRENCH HORN

  1. Major and minor scales.
  2. An étude by Koprasch.
  3. Two contrasting movements from the Beethoven Sonata, the Franz Strauss Concerto, Mozart concerti, Richard Strauss Concerto No.1, Saint-Sans Morceau de Concert, or a work of comparable difficulty.

GUITAR

All auditions must be performed from memory.

  1. Major and minor scales in three octaves - any three scales.
  2. A study or prelude by Villa-Lobos or any piece by Albeniz, Granados or Piazzolla.
  3. One fast movement or two contrasting movements from a work by J.S. Bach.
  4. A 19th or 20th-century piece originally composed for guitar by Tarrega, Brouwer, Regondi, Ponce, Lauro, Turina, Tedesco, Torroba, Barrios, Pipo or similar.

HARP
Applicants must audition on the pedal harp and be prepared to play solo works from memory.

Students through age 13:

  1. An étude from Bochsa Op. 318
  2. Two contrasting solo works of comparable difficulty to Automne by Marcel Grandjany, Beethoven's Variations on a Swiss air, John Thomas' Minstrel's Adieu.

Students age 14 and older:

  1. Two études from Bochsa Op. 62 or Op. 34 of contrasting style.
  2. Two contrasting solo works of comparable difficulty to Tournier’s Au Matin and G. F. Handel’s Theme and Variations (Zingel)

OBOE

  1. Major and minor scales.
  2. Two of the 40 Progressive Melodies from the Barrett Method book.
  3. Two contrasting movements from a sontata or concerto by Marcello, Cimaroso, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Albinoni, Mozart, or a work of comparable difficulty.

ORGAN

A student who has studied piano and not organ, but who wishes to enter Juilliard as an organ major, may play a piano entrance audition.

  1. One of the Eight Little Preludes and Fugues by Bach or another work of comparable or greater difficulty.
  2. A chorale prelude by Bach (from Orgelbüchlein), Brahms Op. 122, or Reger Op. 135a, or a movement from a sonata by Mendelssohn, or another comparable work.

PERCUSSION

A. Mallet Percussion:

  1. All major scales, two octaves with arpeggio
  2. Two-mallet solo (without piano accompaniment), one of the following: Goldenberg Modern School for Xylophone: Étude in B-flat Major (Page 28); Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor, first movement only; Kreisler Tambourin Chinois
  3. Four-mallet solo (required of all incoming or present high school age applicants; optional for incoming middle school applicants), one of the following: Peters Yellow After the Rain; Musser Étude, Op. 6, No. 9; Stout Mexican Dance No. 2

B. Snare Drum:

  1. Concert solo, one of the following: Podemski Standard Snare Drum Method: Study No. 44 (Page 68, no repeats); Cirone Portraits in Rhythm: Étude No. 13; Delecluse Douze Études Pour Casse Claire: Étude No. 1
  2. Rudimental solo, one of the following: Wilcoxon Modern Rudimental Swing Solos: "Rhythmania" (beg. to the downbeat of 7 measures from the end); Pratt 14 Modern Contest Solos: "Drums Corps on Parade"

C. Timpani: 

  1. Interval recognition
  2. Timpani solo, one of the following: Goodman Modern Method for Tympani: Étude no. 34; Goodman Ballad for the Dance; Firth The Solo Timpanist: Solo No. 1

Students 14 and older will be expected to sight read on all instruments.

PIANO

Piano auditions will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Additional auditions will be held in May (due to departmental quotas, space for admission may be limited at that time). To qualify for an audition, applicants must submit the following:

  • Pre-College Application for Admission
  • a current resume
  • a pre-screening audio-video recording containing repertoire requirements Nos. 2 and 3 as follows; these do not need to be the same as the works played at the live audition, as long as they conform to the requirements. Recordings must be submitted via our online getacceptd portal by January 15, 2014.  Please submit each movement of a sonata in a separate file.

Applicants who pass the pre-screening round will be invited for a live audition.

To qualify for a May audition, applicants must submit all required materials (application, resume and recording) by March 1, 2014.  Due to departmental quotas, space for admission may be limited in May.

All auditions must be performed from memory.

Students through age 11:

  1. A two-part invention by Bach (excluding Nos. 1 and 8) or one of the Little Preludes.
  2. A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven.
  3. A work by a 19th-century composer.

Students ages 12 through 15:

  1. A work by Bach, excluding the two-part inventions.
  2. A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49).
  3. A Romantic work by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
  4. A work by a 20th or 21st-century composer.

Students age 16 and older:

  1. A complete work by Bach, excluding all inventions.
  2. A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (excluding Op. 49 and Op. 79).
  3. A substantial Romantic work by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, or Liszt.
  4. A work by a 20th or a 21st-century composer.


TROMBONE

  1. Major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting études from Bordogni/Rochut, Koprasch, or Blazhevich Clef Studies.
  3. One solo work such as Andante et Allegro by Barat, Morceau Symphonique by A. Guilmant, or Concerto No. 2 by Blazevich.


TRUMPET

  1. Major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting works, such as movements of a standard concerto or sonata by Haydn and Hindemith, and/or études by Scharlier and Brandt.


TUBA

  1. Major scales.
  2. Three contrasting works showing the applicants musical and technical ability, such as movements from a standard sonata, concerto and/or études.


VIOLA

All auditions must be performed from memory. Appropriate accompaniment is required.

Students through age 12:

  1. Two scales: one major, one minor, slurred, moderate tempo.
  2. Two contrasting movements of a solo Bach cello suite.
  3. An étude by Kayser, Kreutzer, Dont, Rode, Campagnoli, or Fiorillo.
  4. One of the following: A) Two movements of the Telemann Concerto or a movement of a concerto by Handel/Casadesus, Bach/Casadesus, Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Vanhal, Dittersdorf, Bartok, Walton, or Hindemith, or B) A movement of a sonata or suite (with piano) by Brahms, Schubert, Glinka, Schumann, Hindemith, Clarke, Bloch, or Vaughan- Williams, or C) a short work in one movement for viola and piano by Bruch, Enescu, Glazunov, Vieuxtemps, Weber, Carter, or Hindemith.

Students age 13 and older:

  1. Two scales: one major, one minor, slurred, fast tempo.
  2. Two contrasting movements of a solo Bach cello suite.
  3. An étude by Kayser, Kreutzer, Dont, Rode, Campagnoli, or Fiorillo.
  4. One of the following: A) A movement of a concerto by Stamitz, Hoffmeister, Vanhal, Dittersdorf, Bartok, Walton, or Hindemith, or B) A movement of a sonata or suite (with piano) by Brahms, Schubert, Glinka, Schumann, Hindemith, Clarke, Bloch, or Vaughan- Williams, or C) a short work in one movement for viola and piano by Bruch, Enescu, Glazunov, Vieuxtemps, Weber, Carter, or Hindemith.


VIOLIN

To qualify for a live audition, applicants must submit the following:

  • Pre-College Application for Admission
  • a pre-screening audio-video recording containing two contrasting works that conform to the age requirements as follows. Two movements of a concerto are acceptable.  Recordings must be submitted via our online getacceptd portal by March 1, 2014. Please submit each piece and/or movement in a separate file.

Applicants who pass the pre-screening round will be invited for an audition in May.

All auditions must be performed from memory.  Appropriate accompaniment is required for the live audition.

Students through age 11:

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves.
  2. An étude on the level of Mazas, Kayser, or Dont (Op. 37).
  3. A slow and fast movement of a concerto by a composer such as deBeriot, Viotti, Rode, Bach, or Mozart.
  4. A contrasting work to No. 3 above.

Students from ages 12 through 14:

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves.
  2. An étude on the level of Dont (Op. 37), Kreutzer, Fiorillo, or Rode.
  3. A slow and fast movement from a concerto by a composer such as Kabalevsky, Mozart, Bruch, Wieniawski, or Lalo.
  4. A contrasting work to No. 3 or a movement of unaccompanied Bach.

Students ages 15 and older:

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in three octaves.
  2. An étude on the level of Rode, Dont (Op. 35), Paganini, or Weiniawski.
  3. A slow and fast movement from a substantial Romantic or contemporary concerto.
  4. One movement of unaccompanied Bach.


CELLO
Memorization is strongly encouraged (with the exception of sonatas and contemporary works). Appropriate accompaniment is required.

Students through age 13:

  1. Major and minor scales in three octaves.
  2. An étude on the level of Schroeder Foundation Studies, Vol. 2.
  3. Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied cello suite by Bach or a comparable unaccompanied work.
  4. A movement from a sonata, or concert piece, by a composer such as Boccherini or Vivaldi.
  5. A first or last movement of a concerto by Bach or Saint-Saëns, or the Haydn C Major, or comparable.

Students age 14 and older:

  1. Major and minor scales and arpeggios in four octaves.
  2. An étude on the level of Duport études, Piatti, or Popper High School of Cello Playing.
  3. Two contrasting movements, including a prelude, from an unaccompanied cello suite by Bach.
  4. A first or last movement of a concerto by Lalo or Dvorak, or the Haydn D Major, or comparable.
  5. A work by a contemporary composer.


VOICE
Appropriate accompaniment is required for all voice auditions.

The voice program is a highly selective program for high school students, age 14 or older, who are advanced in their classical vocal training. Students should be prepared to audition with the requirements listed below.

  1. A standard classical song from the Italian Anthology sung in Italian or English.
  2. A classical song of the applicant's choice sung in English.
  3. A short classical song in a foreign language.