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Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Audition Dates, Pre-Screening and Live Audition Repertoire for Fall 2017

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Audition Dates

  • All auditions for the Music Division take place in New York, at The Juilliard School (excepting Historical Performance applicants who may opt to audition live in Paris). The School does not accept video auditions, under any circumstances.
  • 2017 Music Auditions week will start on Friday, February 24 (piano only), skip Saturday, and resume from Sunday, February 26 to Friday, March 3, 2017. No auditions will be scheduled outside of these dates, under any circumstances (excepting Orchestral Conducting). See grid below for more information on music audition dates.
  • 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 and Orchestral Conducting 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 2017 Audition Dates (some Dates TBD*)
Bassoon February 27
Bass Trombone February 27
Cello February 27 & 28, March 1 
Clarinet February 28, March 1 & 2
Collaborative Piano March 2, March 3
Composition Composition Exam: February 26
Composition Interviews: February 27 & 28
Double Bass February 26 & 28
Flute February 28 (evening)
Guitar February 28
Harp March 2, March 3
Historical Performance New York: February 24, 26, & 27
Paris: March 7
Horn February 27, February 28 (if needed), March 3 (if needed)
Jazz Studies* 3 - 4 days
Oboe February 26, February 27
Orchestral Conducting

January 26 & 27

Organ Organ Dinner: February 27
Auditions: February 28, March 1
Percussion March 1, 2, & 3
Piano February 24, 27 - 28, March 1 - 3
Trombone March 2
Trumpet March 1 & 2
Tuba February 27
Viola February 27 & 28, March 1 
Violin February 27 - March 3
Voice February 26 - 28

*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, 2016. Please check back over the coming weeks.

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

*B-C-J Exchange students applying to the accelerated Master of Music must prepare all repertoire required of MM applicants.

Bassoon

  • The Graduate Diploma in Bassoon consists of one year of full-time study.
  1. Two complete works of contrasting styles and periods; one must be a concerto.
  2. Four or more standard orchestral excerpts.

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

  • The Graduate Diploma in Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone, Trumpet, and Tuba consists of one year of full-time study.

Bass Trombone and Tuba

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

Bass Trombone only, Major and minor scales.

Tenor Trombone

  • Tenor Trombone is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

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

Live Audition Repertoire

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

Trumpet

  • Trumpet is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.

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

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

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Cello

  • Cello is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Cello consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

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

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

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. A complete concerto from the standard cello repertoire, such as Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn D or C, Lalo, Shostakovich, Barber, Herbert, Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, Elgar, or Saint-Saëns. Must be performed from memory.
  2. A Bach prelude and one other movement from any Bach suite (the prelude and movement should come from the same Suite). Must be performed from memory.
  3. One virtuoso piece such as those listed: Popper Spinning Song or Elfentanz, Paganini Moto Perpetuo, 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

  • The Graduate Diploma in Clarinet consists of one year of full-time study.
  1. Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical ability.
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice. Must be performed from memory.
  3. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire. Must be performed from memory.
  4. A work composed since 1970. This may be a concerto, a work with piano, or one for solo clarinet.
  5. A representative number of standard orchestral excerpts.

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Collaborative Piano

  • Graduate and Post-Graduate levels only. Undergraduate programs are not available in this department.
  • Collaborative Piano is a pre-screened major.
  • Please remember that the quality of your pre-screening recordings may significantly affect the determination of the pre-screening jury. Review your pre-screening recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality.
  • All applicants must submit pre-screening materials through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • All applicants must be fluent in spoken English.
  • Once an applicant’s audition program has been submitted, it may not be changed unless notification is received earlier than one month before the audition. All changes must be approved by the department chair.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano consists of two years of full-time study.
  • A list of appropriate partners from The Juilliard School will be provided by mid-February.
    • It is necessary to contact your partners as soon as the list is made available. Rehearsals with partners may only be scheduled in the two weeks before the audition period. Applicants must use the partners provided by The Juilliard School.

Pre-Screening Materials

  1. Proof of English Language Proficiency, if applicable
  2. A performance and education résumé or C.V.
  3. A complete repertoire list (instrumental and vocal) in addition to the list of required audition repertoire.
  4. Audio-visual recordings of the following (a total of 4 songs/movements):
    1. Two selections from No. 1 of the live audition repertoire.
    2. One movement from each of No. 2a and No. 2b of the live audition repertoire.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • All vocal repertoire must be performed in the high keys unless otherwise stated.
  1. Vocal: There are four required songs.
    1. Brahms Botschaft
    2. Schubert Der Musensohn
    3. Barber St. Ita’s Vision, in the original key
    4. Debussy Green
  2. Instrumental: There are three required choices.
    1. Mozart Sonata for Piano and Violin in B-flat Major, KV. 454 OR Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2 OR Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 102, No. 1
    2. Brahms Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 OR Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano
    3. Kreisler Liebesfreud OR Tambourin Chinois for violin and piano
  3. Sight-reading skills to be demonstrated by applicant in vocal and/or instrumental repertoire chosen by the faculty.
  4. A personal interview of the applicant will be conducted by the faculty in conjunction with the audition.

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Composition

  • Composition is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening materials through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • Each portion of each requirement (audio files, 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.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Composition consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Requirements

  1. Two scores of contrasting styles composed within the last two years. Each score should be circumscribed to present up to seven minutes of music which represents your best, most accomplished work (two seven-minute selections, for a total of approximately fourteen minutes).
  2. Audio recordings which are cued to the same section of music should accompany the scores. (Recordings are in support of the scores and may be live music or digital realizations of your works.)
  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 college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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.
  • Pre-screening recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • Applicants are expected to bring their own instrument for the audition. We regret that there is no instrument storage available at The Juilliard School for auditioning students.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Double Bass consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

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

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

Live Audition Repertoire

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

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Flute

  • Flute is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening materials (audio-visual recordings) through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Flute consists of one year of full-time study.

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. One of the following pieces, in its entirety:
    1. Prélude et Scherzo (Henri Büsser) 
    2. Concertino, Op. 107 (Cecile Chaminade)
    3. Concertino, Op. 45 (Alphonse DuVernoy) 
    4. Cantabile et Presto (Georges Enesco) 
    5. Fantasie, Op. 79 (Fauré)  
    6. Andante et Scherzo (Louis Ganne) 
    7. Fantasie, Nocturne at Allegro Scherzando (Philippe Gaubert) 
    8. Ballade (Périlhou) 
    9. Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino (Paul Taffanel)
  4. Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2 measures before P to the end.
  5. Two orchestral excerpts selected from the following choices:
    1. Beethoven Eroica Symphony – Last movement – measures 172–200.
    2. Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 – measures 328–360.
    3. Brahms Symphony No. 4 – Last movement – measures 93–105.
    4. Debussy Afternoon of a Faun – measures 1–4.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • At least one of Nos. 2, 3, or 4 must be performed from memory in its entirety.
  1. A complete Bach sonata.
  2. A complete Mozart concerto.
  3. A complete 20th or 21st-century concerto.
  4. Two additional complete works of contrasting styles and periods.
  5. One of the following pieces, in its entirety:
    1. Prélude et Scherzo (Henri Büsser) 
    2. Concertino, Op. 107 (Cecile Chaminade)
    3. Concertino, Op. 45 (Alphonse DuVernoy) 
    4. Cantabile et Presto (Georges Enesco) 
    5. Fantasie, Op. 79 (Fauré)  
    6. Andante et Scherzo (Louis Ganne) 
    7. Fantasie, Nocturne at Allegro Scherzando (Philippe Gaubert) 
    8. Ballade (Périlhou) 
    9. Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino (Paul Taffanel)
  6. Six standard orchestral excerpts displaying a balance of technical and lyrical playing.

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Guitar

  • All compositions must be performed from memory.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Guitar consists of two years of full-time study.
  1. A complete suite, sonata, or partita of J.S. Bach.
  2. A composition by a 19th century composer.
  3. A substantial work (nine minutes or more in length) by a representative 20th-century composer. Examples include (but are not limited to): Britten Nocturnal; Brouwer Black Decameron; Walton Five Bagatelles; Henze Royal Winter Music, Tower Clocks; Ginastera Sonata.
  4. A substantial work (nine minutes or more in length) in a style contrasting with No. 3 above. A selection from the Classical period would be appropriate, or a piece by a more “tonal” 20th-century composer, such as Rodrigo, Ponce, Torroba, Turina, Lauro, or Villa-Lobos. (Note: If using Villa-Lobos, you may submit a set of works totaling nine minutes or more).

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Harp

  • The Graduate Diploma in Harp consists of one year of full-time study.
  • 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 with the exception of the Fugue by Bach/Grandjany, for which memorization is recommended but not required.
  1. Two contrasting Scarlatti sonatas.
  2. Fugue in D minor by Bach, No.2, from the Bach-Grandjany Etudes.
  3. A large work for harp such as the Impromptu Op. 86 by Gabriel Fauré or Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style by Salzedo.
  4. A 20th century sonata such as Hindemith or Tournier.
  5. Debussy- Danse Sacree et Profane.

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Harpsichord

  • Master of Music and Graduate Diploma Harpsichord applicants, please refer to the Historical Performance audition requirements.

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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.
  • Eligible instruments are Baroque violin, viola da gamba, Baroque cello, Baroque double bass, Baroque flute, Baroque oboe, Baroque bassoon, plucked instruments, and harpsichord. Baroque viola is occasionally eligible by request.
  • In addition to the Criteria for Acceptance listed at the beginning of this section, applicants in Historical Performance will also be assessed on their stylistic aptitude and awareness.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance consists of two years of full-time study.
  • There is no pre-screening process for Historical Performance applicants; all applicants will be scheduled for a live audition. However, as a special service to students from abroad, video recordings of the applicants performing the required audition repertoire may be submitted well in advance of December 1 to determine the advisability of travel for a personal audition. However, the application must still be submitted by December 1. Send DVDs in U.S. format as per these instructions. Please note: the application fee is not refundable, regardless of the outcome of this assessment.

Live Audition Procedures

  • All auditions must be played on a historically-appropriate instrument at A=415.
  • Violinists must use at least gut A and E strings.
  • Chin rests may not be used.
  • Cellists must use at least a gut A string.
  • Baroque double bassists must use at least gut G and D strings; bass applicants auditioning on Viennese bass or violone must use a full set of gut strings.
  • All string players must use a Baroque bow.
  • Harpsichordists will have two audition instruments available:
    • Flemish style, two manuals, 2x8’ and 4’ and buff stops; GG to f''' by Bruce Kennedy, at A=415 in Neidhardt kleine Stadt 1732
    • Italian style, single manual by John Philips after Grimaldi, 2x8’, A=440, meantone
  • The accompanying instrument for other auditions will be:
    • Flemish style, two manuals, 2x8’ and 4’ and buff stops; GG to f''' by Bruce Kennedy, at A=415 in Neidhardt kleine Stadt 1732
  • A harpsichordist will be provided for auditions, although applicants may bring their own accompanist.
  • For bass-line instruments, continuo and orchestral repertoire (e.g., excerpts for double bass and bassoon) may be accompanied by a faculty member.

Live Audition Callback Procedures

  • Callbacks will take place on the same day as applicants’ first round auditions.
  • Applicants selected for callbacks may be asked to play audition repertoire not requested during the first round.
  • Applicants may be requested to incorporate musical or stylistic suggestions from the audition panel, and to describe their experience with historically-informed performance.
  • All applicants who are called back may be asked to sight read either alone or in the context of a small ensemble comprised of members of the faculty.
  • Applicants who are not called back may reasonably conclude that they are no longer under serious consideration for admission.

Live Audition Repertoire

Baroque Violin

  1. The Chaconne from J.S. Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, or one of the three fugues for solo violin by Bach: G minor, BWV 1001; A minor, BWV 1003; or C Major, BWV 1005.
  2. Any slow movement from Bach Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas.
  3. One sonata for violin and continuo from Sonatae violino solo of 1681 by H.I.F. Biber.
  4. One complete sonata from Op. 5, Nos. 1-6 by Arcangelo Corelli, with ornaments in the slow movements.
  5. One fast movement and one slow movement from either the Septième, Neuvième (Ritratto dell' Amore), or Onzième concert from Les Goûts-réünis, ou Nouveaux Concerts by François Couperin.
  6. One movement of a Baroque sonata of the applicant's choice.

Viola da Gamba

  1. One complete sonata by J.S. Bach for viola da gamba and harpsichord.
  2. One suite by Marais from Books 2 or 4, to include a prelude, allemande, sarabande, and one character piece.
  3. Tobias Hume: Captaine Hume's Pavan (No. 46), or Death (No. 12) and Life (No. 13), or similar from The First Part of Ayres, 1605.
  4. One movement by Forqueray.

Baroque Cello

  1. A complete ricercare for unaccompanied cello by Domenico Gabrielli.
  2. Three movements from a suite for solo cello by J.S. Bach.
  3. A complete sonata by Geminiani, Vivaldi, or Hellendaal.
  4. A complete concerto by F.J. Haydn or C.P.E. Bach, with the solo cello playing the bass line in any orchestral tuttis longer than four measures.
  5. A complete sonata by Jean Barrière or a complete work of the applicant’s choice from the High Baroque through the early Classical eras (no later than Mozart).

Baroque Double Bass

  1. Two contrasting movements of a concerto for double bass/Viennese bass by Sperger, Cimador, Vanhal, Hofmeister, Pichl or Dittersdorf.
  2. A complete accompanied (transcribed) Baroque sonata (e.g. by J. S. Bach, Handel, Gabrielli, Corelli, Marcello, Abel, Telemann, Boismortier, etc.).
  3. An unaccompanied solo work from the 16th or 17th century, (e.g. from the canzona/viola bastarda repertoire for the G-Violone: Bonizzi, Rognoni, Selma y Salaverde, etc.) or two movements of a transcribed solo cello suite by J. S. Bach.
  4. The following orchestral excerpts:
    1. "The people that walked in darkness" (from the beginning to rehearsal B), from Messiah by G.F. Handel
    2. Overture to Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067, by J.S. Bach (up to measure 70)
    3. Bass solos from Symphony No. 6 ("Le Matin") by F.J. Haydn.

Baroque Flute

  1. A complete sonata by J.S. Bach.
  2. Four contrasting movements from a suite by J.-M. Hotteterre.
  3. The obbligato flute part from two contrasting arias by J.S. Bach, chosen from the Passions, the B-minor Mass, and/or the cantatas.

Baroque Oboe

  1. A complete baroque sonata in the Italian style.
  2. Four dance movements in the French style.
  3. Two contrasting arias with obbligato oboe by J.S. Bach.
  4. A work of the applicant's choice.

Baroque Bassoon

  1. Two contrasting movements of a solo concerto by Antonio Vivaldi.
  2. Two complete solo sonatas or suites (e.g. Boismortier, Corrette, Fasch, Galliard, Merci, Telemann).
  3. The following orchestral excerpts:
    1. Overture to Orchestral Suite No. 1, BWV 1066, by J.S. Bach
    2. Overture to G.F. Handel's "Water Music" Suite in F Major, HWV 348.

Plucked Instruments

  • Applicants should be prepared to play theorbo AND one other instrument.
  • In addition, applicants will be expected to sightread a short continuo excerpt of two contrasting movements from a Baroque sonata with faculty members.

Theorbo:

  • A toccata or similar piece by Kapsberger, Piccinini, or Castaldi.
  • Three contrasting French dances from the Saizenay MS or the Hurel MS.

One of the following instruments:

Baroque Lute:

  • Three contrasting movements by Sylvius Leopold Weiss from the Dresden or British Museum manuscripts for 11- or 13-course lutes.

Baroque Guitar:

  • Three contrasting movements from a suite by Corbetta, Robert de Visee, or Santiago de Murcia.
  • A set of variations by Santiago de Murcia (from Passacalles y obras or the Saldivar Codex).

Archlute:

  • Three contrasting pieces by Piccinini or Zamboni.

Renaissance Lute:

  • A Pavan with divisions by Dowland or Bacheler.
  • Three contrasting pieces by Michelagnolo Galilei, Nicolas Vallet, or Anthoine Francisque.

Harpsichord

  1. A pavan and a galliard by William Byrd.
  2. A French suite from the 17th or 18th century (D'anglebert, Marchand, Louis or François Couperin, Rameau, etc.).
  3. A complete major work of J.S. Bach (partita, suite, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, etc.).
  4. Two complete sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti.
  5. A short continuo excerpt of two contrasting movements of a Baroque sonata, to be sightread with faculty members.

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Horn

  • Horn is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening materials (either audio OR audio-visual recordings) through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Horn consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

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

Group A

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

Group B

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

Live Audition Repertoire

  1. Two etudes showing the applicant’s level of technical and musical advancement.
  2. At least one major solo of the applicant’s choice.
  3. Five to ten standard orchestral excerpts.
  4. A complete concerto from the standard repertoire.
  5. 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 (with the exception of current Juilliard college students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • Each audio recording should be clearly labeled and 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • If invited to audition live in New York, you may be asked to perform the same repertoire selections you submitted for pre-screening on your primary instrument, in addition to Big band excerpts which you are to prepare in advance and an etude (see below). You will also be required to complete and submit a creative project approximately two weeks before your audition. Further instructions regarding Big band excerpts 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 or four choruses 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. "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. "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" by Wayne Shorter (starts on a Concert E-flat seven)

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

  1. "Confirmation" by Charlie Parker (Concert F)
  2. "King Porter Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton (Any key)

The last 16 bar strain is as follows*:

∥∶ G♭  G∘⁷∣ D♭Maj/A♭  Db⁷∣ G♭  G∘⁷∣ DMaj/A♭  D

G♭  G∣ DMaj/A♭  Bb∣ E♭⁷      A♭⁷      ∣

G♭  G∣ DMaj/A♭  D♭⁷∣ G♭  G∘⁷∣ DMaj/A♭  D

G♭  G∣ DMaj/A♭  B♭⁷∣ E♭⁷  A♭⁷∣ D♭      ∶∥

*For further clarification please reference the original recording. 

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)

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 which you will be expected to prepare in advance and an etude (see below). You will also be required to complete a creative project approximately two weeks before your audition. Further instructions regarding Big band excerpts 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 listed for their instruments (see "Live Audition Repertoire" below),
  2. Play the Big band excerpts, which will be provided after pre-screening and
  3. Play the repertoire from the pre-screening requirements, as specified.

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, individual 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 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 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 to the audition.

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

Saxophone:
Etude No. 1 from "48 Etudes for Saxophone" by Franz Willhem Ferling

Trombone:
Etude No. 22 from "Melodious Etudes for Trombone" by Joannes Rochut 

Trumpet:
Etude No. 11 from "14 Characteristic Studies" by Jean Baptiste-Arban

Double Bass
Etude No. 21 in F minor by Franz Simandl

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

Guitar
Bb Melodic Minor from “Daily Exercises” by Barry Galbraith pg 34

Piano
Choose one of the following:

  • J.S. Bach Invention #1 in C Major, BWV772
  • J.S. Bach Invention #8 in F Major, BWV779

Vibraphone
J.S. Bach A minor Violin Concerto, 1st movement, measures 1 - 80.

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Oboe

  • The Graduate Diploma in Oboe consists of one year of full-time study.
  • Either No. 2 or No. 3 must be a complete major work which is not less than 10 minutes in length.
  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.
  • Orchestral Conducting is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • Each portion of each requirement (audio-visual files, PDFs of the résumé, as noted below) must be in its own digital file. Do not upload all pre-screening requirements in the same file. Do not upload files containing more than one movement, excerpt, etc.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Orchestral Conducting consists of two years of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Requirements

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

Live Audition Repertoire

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

Audition Procedures

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

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

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Organ

  • Organ auditions will take place on The Juilliard School’s Holtkamp organ in Paul Hall. A complete list of stops and specifications will be sent with the audition schedule letter. This information can also be accessed here.
  1. A major work of J. S. Bach.
  2. An organ composition by a representative Romantic composer.
  3. A work composed since 1930.
  4. Applicants may be asked to sight-read.

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Percussion

  • Percussion is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Percussion consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

1. Mallets

  1. Two mallets – any 2 mallet movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin or Suites for solo cello – no repeats.
  2. Four mallets – a 2–3 minute excerpt from a work of your choice.

2. Snare Drum

  1. Long Roll ♩=80.

  1. Wilcoxon – Rhythmania 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

  1. Long Roll ♩=80.

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

Live Audition Repertoire

  • If invited to a live audition, applicants should bring 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.
    5. Four standard orchestral excerpts.
  2. Snare Drum
    1. Etudes from Cirone Portraits in Rhythm or Delecluse 12 Etudes or the equivalent.
    2. Knowledge of rudiments and ornaments.
    3. Ability to roll at all dynamic levels.
    4. Sight-reading.
    5. Four standard orchestral excerpts.
  3. Timpani
    1. Etudes from Goodman method, Firth, Delecluse, or Hochrainer books or the equivalent.
    2. Ability to tune accurately.
    3. Ability to roll at all dynamic levels.
    4. Sight-reading.
    5. Four standard orchestral excerpts.

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Piano

  • Piano is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio-visual recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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.
  • Pre-screening recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • 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.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Piano consists of one year of full-time study.

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 60 minutes. Shorter programs may be subject to approval by the piano faculty.
  1. Bach: Any major work. A prelude and fugue is acceptable. (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 college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • All compositions except for duo sonatas should be memorized.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Viola consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

For pre-screening, applicants must submit:

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

Live Audition Repertoire

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

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Violin

  • Violin is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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 recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • The completeness and thoughtfulness of live audition repertoire submitted with the application is a factor in the decision whether to invite a candidate for an audition.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Violin consists of one year of full-time study.

Pre-Screening Repertoire

  1. A slow and fast movement from a 19th-, 20th-, 21st-century concerto.
  2. One movement from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita.
  3. One Paganini caprice.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • Of Nos. 1, 3 and 4, one work must be a selection composed since 1960.
  • Memorization of music since 1960 is encouraged but optional. All other compositions must be performed from memory except for duo sonatas.
  • Please minimize piano accompaniment interludes.
  1. A complete concerto from the 19th-, 20th-, 21st-century.
  2. Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita. No repeats please, unless ornamented. A dance section and its double constitute one movement. The Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d minor will satisfy this requirement.
  3. A Classical-era sonata for violin and piano. If the Beethoven Concerto is chosen for No. 1, a Romantic or 20th- or 21st-century sonata should be played.
  4. Two contrasting brilliant concert pieces.
  5. Two Paganini caprices.

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Voice

  • Voice is a pre-screened major.
  • All applicants (with the exception of current Juilliard college or B-C-J Exchange students applying to the same major) must submit pre-screening audio recordings through the online application, by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. on December 1.
  • 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.
  • Pre-screening recordings need not be presented in the order listed below. Instead, applicants should put the pre-screening requirement which best represents their work first, and then present the other required pre-screening works after.
  • The quality of your pre-screening recordings 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.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Voice consists of two years of full-time study.

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.
  • For the callback session, applicants may change into clothes that are comfortable but also appropriate for an educational environment.
  • 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

  1. An Italian art song or aria from 18th century or before.
  2. A song in English (not a translation).
  3. A third selection in any language.
  4. An opera aria from any period, in any language. (An oratorio aria may not be used to fulfill this requirement.)
  5. One German Lied.
  6. One French Melodie.

Live Audition Repertoire

  • All compositions must be performed from memory.

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

  1. An additional German Lied.
  2. An additional French Melodie.
  3. A 20th or 21st-century art song in any language.
  4. If English is not your native speaking language, please prepare an additional song in your native language.

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