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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Woodwind

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of the prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

Applicants unable to travel to Denver

While Lamont faculty prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited video audition in lieu of the on-campus audition. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application.

Area-Specific Requirements

Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone

Bassoon

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All major, and either harmonic OR melodic minor scales, using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key
  2. One etude from Milde Scale or Concert Studies
  3. Two complete works from contrasting periods (sonata, concerto or one movement work)
  4. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
  5. Knowledge of transpositions/clefs where applicable
  6. Sight-reading might be requested

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All major, and either harmonic OR melodic minor scales, using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key
  2. Two contrasting etudes from Milde Concert Studies
  3. Two complete works from contrasting periods; one work must be a concerto and one work must be from the 20th century
  4. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture and one other contrasting orchestral excerpt
  5. Knowledge of transposition/clefs where applicable
  6. Sight-reading might be requested

Please note: while the bassoon faculty strongly prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited recorded VIDEO audition in lieu of the on-campus audition.

Artist Diploma

Clarinet

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All major scales
  2. Two (2) contrasting Rose etudes (one technical, one lyrical)
  3. First movement from a standard concerto: (Please select from the following but not limited to)
    • Crusell, Concerti
    • Mozart, Clarinet Concerto
    • Spohr, Concerti
    • Stamitz, Concerti
    • Weber, Concertino (complete)
    • Weber, Concerto No. 1
    • Weber, Concerto No. 2

Undergraduate (Minor)

  1. Two (2) contrasting Rose etudes, one lyrical and one technical

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All major and minor scales
  2. A complete concerto or sonata
  3. An unaccompanied 20th/21st Century solo
  4. Three (3) standard orchestral excerpts

Artist Diploma

  1. Same requirements as certificate in performance
  2. Any French conservatory solo

For questions regarding audition requirements, please contact Dr. Reynolds.

Flute

Undergraduate (BM, BA, and Minor)

  1. All major and minor scales and 3-octave chromatic scale
  2. Exposition of the 1st movement of a Mozart Flute Concerto (G Major or D Major)
  3. A contrasting solo of your choice (for example: any French conservatory solo, i.e., Fauré Fantaisie, Enesco Cantabile et Presto, Chaminade Concertino, etc. or a piece of your choosing)

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Exposition of the 1st movement and opening of the 2nd movement of either Mozart Flute Concerto (G Major or D Major)
  2. A contrasting piece of your choosing
  3. Three (3) standard orchestral excerpts

Artist Diploma

Oboe

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All major scales and minor scales
  2. Chromatic scale, full instrument range (B flat-F)
  3. One (1) Barret or Ferling etude
  4. Two contrasting movements or works from the standard solo repertoire

Undergraduate (Minor)

  1. All major and minor scales
  2. Two contrasting movements or etudes from the standard repertoire

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Two (2) contrasting movements from the following list (or similar):
    • Vaughan Williams, Oboe Concerto
    • Mozart, Oboe Concerto
    • Strauss, Oboe Concerto
    • Doráti, Cinq pièces pour le hautbois
    • Schumann, Three Romances
    • Telemann, Fantasies
    • Dutilleux, Oboe Sonata
  2. Two (2) or three (3) orchestral excerpts of your choice

Artist Diploma

Saxophone

Undergraduate (BM, BA, and Minor)

  1. All major and minor scales
  2. Two (2) Ferling etudes
  3. One (1) solo work of the student's choice

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Student's choice of any two (2) major solo works for the saxophone

Jazz
Artist Diploma