Music Audition Requirements

Auditions for the music department are arranged through a supplemental Mason Gross Application sent to students once their University application is received.

A $75 nonrefundable audition fee (in addition to the university’s standard $65 application fee) is required along with the supplemental application which is payable online via credit card. 

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UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS | GRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Preparing for Your Audition

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UNDERGRADUATE BACHELOR OF MUSIC APPLICANTS:

Please select the appropriate category below to see audition requirements for your intended instrument/major.

  • BRASS (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for BRASS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all BRASS instruments
    · All brass applicants submitting a recorded audition should be sure the camera shot is close enough to show a clear picture of their embouchure. The widest angle the camera should capture is from the waist up.
    · All pieces must be performed without accompaniment.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Euphonium-Baritone - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Any slow melody (e.g. lyrical air, operatic aria or suchlike) that will demonstrate the quality of your tone and sound.
    • Any fast, technical, solo (e.g. air and variations, concerto movement, brilliant study or suchlike) that will show-off your technical development.
    (Please contact Dr. Allen directly via email should you need further clarification)

    Horn (french horn) - Music Education and Composition Concentration
    • Two contrasting standard solos or etudes.
    Examples: Mozart concerti, etudes by Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse, Gallay, Kling

    Horn (french horn) - Performance Concentration
    Two contrasting solo/concerto mvts. from standard works. Examples:
    - Strauss Concerto #1
    - Franz Strauss Concerto
    - Hindemith Sonata
    - Mozart Concerto #2

    Two contrasting etudes from Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse, Gallay, or Kling.
    • Excerpts - Choose three of the following excerpts: 
    - Strauss, /Till Eulenspiegel/ - Opening Calls 
    - Tchaikovsky, 5th Symphony - 2nd Mvt. Solo
    - Tchaikovsky, 4th Symphony - Opening to 1st Mvt.
    - Beethoven, /Eroica/ - 2nd horn, Third Mvt. Trio
    - Shostakovitch, 5th Symphony - Tutti 1st Mvt. low excerpt

    Trombone (Tenor) - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    Two etudes in contrasting styles by Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Bordogni/Rochut, or similar methods
    A prepared solo, such as Hindemith Sonata for Trombone; Guilmant Morceau Symphonique; Rimsky Korsakov Concerto for Trombone; or one of equal difficulty

    Trombone (Bass) - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
     - Blazhevich tuba studies, Bordogni vocalises
    any bass trombone piece of Ewazen, Ritter George, Hidas, Spillman, or transcription of tuba or Braoque pieces, e.g. Galliard, Lebedev

    Trumpet - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
     Three solos or etudes. Suggested pieces: sonatas by Kennan, Stevens, Hindemith, Hubeau; solos by Ropartz, Bozza, Gaubert, Balay, Boutry; etudes by Goldman, Laurent, Petit, Kopprasch, Charlier. Orchestral excerpts.

    Tuba - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
      Etudes from the studies of Kopprasch, Blazevich, Rochut, etc.
    Solos should include slow and fast movements equal to: Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba; Hindemith Sonata for Bass Tuba; Hartley Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba; Wilder Suite #1 (Effie) for Tuba; Persichetti Serenade for Solo Tuba; Stevens Sonatina for Tuba. No transcriptions please!
    Orchestral repertoire, such as major passages from works by Wagner, Mahler, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Strauss, and Verdi

  • CLASSICAL GUITAR (Undergraduate)

    Auditions accepted for Classical Guitar:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all applicants living outside of a 4-hour/ 250-mile radius of campus.

    One work by Heitor Villa-Lobos
    One etude from op 6, by Fernando Sor
    One piece by Frederico Moreno Torroba, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina or equivalent.
    One movement of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach or Sylvius Leopold Weiss.

     

  • COMPOSITION (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for COMPOSITION:
    • Live/On-Campus Interview and Audition - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all COMPOSITION applicants
    • **ALL COMPOSITION APPLICANTS MUST UPLOAD SCORES AND RECORDINGS ONLINE PRIOR TO THEIR LIVE INTERVIEW - **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page for online submission guidelines.
    • Because the Bachelor of Music in Composition requires a variety of skills and abilities, there are several steps in auditioning for acceptance into the program:
    · Performance: Audition on your primary instrument (or voice) as listed on this page.  **Please note where some instruments offer modified requirements for Composition Majors. 
    · Scores: Supply a representative portfolio of 3 written scores of original compositions (no arrangements) along with either live or high quality MIDI recordings. The compositions should reflect an array of genres (voice, instrumental, varying instrumentation). Brought with you to your live interview and submitted online: **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page for online submission guidelines.
    · Interview with Dr. Robert Aldridge on the audition day.
    · Theory and Aural Skills Placement Exam on audition day.
    • Please contact music@masongross.rutgers.edu if you have any questions about the composition audition/interview requirements.
     

  • HARP (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for Harp:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    Recroded - Accepted for all applicants living outside of a 4-hour/ 250-mile radius of campus. All others must audition live or obtain special permission from the department.
    · Video submissions only, no audio only recordings will be accepted. Students submitting a video should include a view of head, upper body and parts of body that interface with the instrument, i.e., fingers, hands, body.
    · The faculty reserves the right to request you to come to campus for a live audition or conduct a live interviewon via if they are interested in seeing more.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Harp - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    Etude by Bochsa, Pozzoli or Naderman
    2 contrasting solos such as Féerie by Tournier and Sonatine by Natra
    • 2 major orchestral excerpts

  • JAZZ (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for JAZZ:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Saxophones, Trombones, Trumpets for all applicants living outside of a 4-hour/ 250-mile radius of campus. All others must audition live or obtain special permission from the department.
    · Video submissions only, no audio only recordings will be accepted. Students submitting a video should include a view of head, upper body and parts of body that interface with the instrument, i.e., fingers, hands, mouth.
    · The Jazz faculty reserves the right to request you to come to campus for a live audition or conduct a live interview/improvisation test via skype if they are interested in seeing more.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    The following requirements apply to all pitched instruments: jazz guitar, double bass, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and piano. (See below for Drummers.)
    • Major scales and modes, harmonic minor scales, and melodic minor scales in twelve keys and two octaves; chromatic scale full range.
    Arpeggios: major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads; major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th b5, diminished 7th chords; all in root position, twelve keys, two octaves.
    • Sight-reading skills will be tested.
    Aural recognition of triads and basic intervals, 7th chords, and rhythms
    Two songs, one each from lists A and B below, both memorized (melody and chords). Play the melody (acoustic bass players must play melody arco), comp one chorus (guitar and piano only), walk one chorus (bass only), improvise one chorus, and play the melody again.

    LIST A
    • Scrapple from the Apple
    • Half Nelson
    • Dewey Square
    • Blues for Alice
    • Ornithology
    • Confirmation
    • Donna Lee
    LIST B
    • Have You Met Miss Jones?
    • All the Things You Are
    • Stella by Starlight
    • Afternoon in Paris
    • I Remember You
    • You Stepped Out of a Dream
    • There Will Never Be Another You

    The following are additional requirements for trumpet and saxophone:
    Jazz Trumpet (Undergraduate)
    • One technical study or etude
    • One transcribed solo (memorized) from Kent Sloan's 29 Modern Jazz trumpet Solos or Chet Baker's Tangerine
    Jazz Saxophone (Undergraduate)
    One étude from Ferling 48 Studies

    Jazz Drumset (Undergraduate)
    tempo, with sticks and brushes), bossa nova, samba, shuffle, and Afro-Cuban
    • Sight read basic figures in swing style while keeping time. Play intermediate-level rudimental and orchestral snare drum solos
    • Improvise 4-bar, 8-bar, and full-chorus drum solos within the context of a standard jazz form
    • 26 standard N.A.R.D. rudiments
    Aural recognition of triads and basic intervals, 7th chords, and rhythms

  • KEYBOARDS (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for KEYBOARDS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted from those who live greater than 300 miles away from campus or granted special permission by the faculty.
    · Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted. Video should include a clear view of the applicant performing and if possible a view of their hands.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Piano - Solo Performance Concentration (Music Education and Composition refer to next section)
    All works must be performed from memory.
    A complete work by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, or a comparable composer from the Baroque period
    • A complete sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
    A work by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, or a comparable composer from the 19th Century.
    A short work by Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Barber, or a comparable composer from the 20th or 21st century
    • Sight-reading skills will be tested.

    Piano - Music Education and Composition Concentration
    One piece must be performed from memory.
    • A two or three part invention OR Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
    • One movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
    A work by a 19th or 20th century composer
    • Sight-reading skills will be tested.

    Harpsichord - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    Two contrasting works from the French clavecin school (L. Couperin, F. Couperin, J.P. Rameau)
    • A work from the English virginal school (optional)
    • A major work of J.S. Bach (partita, sonata, English suite, etc.)
    A Scarlatti sonata

    Organ - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
     • A work by J.S. Bach
    A movement from a 19th century organ work
    • A work written after 1900
    • Sight-reading of a hymn and demonstration of piano skills may be expected.

  • PERCUSSION (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for PERCUSSION:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted from those who live greater than 300 miles away from campus or granted special permission by the faculty.
    · Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Bachelor degree (B.M.) for performance, composition and education (Undergraduate) Applicants should be prepared to perform ALL the selections on ALL instruments.

    Snare drum
    • Standard rudiments, slow to fast
    • One solo piece or etude in orchestral style
    • One solo piece or etude in rudimental style
    • Sight reading

    Keyboard percussion--marimba and xylophone
    • All major and minor scales and arpeggios (3 octaves)
    • One solo piece with two mallets (xylophone or marimba)
    • One solo piece with four mallets (marimba)
    • Sight reading

    Timpani
    • Rolls
    • One solo piece or etude
    • Sight reading

  • STRINGS (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for STRINGS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - BM candidates must audition live on Campus in New Brunswick unless granted special permission by the faculty to submit a recording. Recordings will not be accepted or reviewed until this permission is granted.
    · If granted permission, students should submit video only, no audio recordings will be accepted. Videos should focus on applicant showing clearly instrument, hands and body so posture and all aspects of techniques may be assessed.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Violin  - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
     The audition program should consist of selections from the following four categories. Specific composers of concerti and etudes are offered simply as suggestions to elucidate the type of repertoire that would comprise an acceptable audition program; however, candidates should not feel compelled to limit their program to compositions of the composers listed. Instead, audition programs should be comprised of works which most effectively display an applicant's ability. Memorization of categories #1 and #2 is compulsory.
    A major or minor scale in three octaves of the applicant's choice; performed with 4, 8, 24 notes slurred to a bow; as well as spiccato (one spiccato stroke for each note).
    • #2- Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied Partita or Sonata of J. S. Bach.
    One movement of a concerto from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable (for example: Mozart, Kabalevsky, Bruch, Lalo, Saint- Saëns, Barber, Dvorak).
    • #4- A selection of the applicant's choice (for example: an etude, caprice, showpiece, movement of a duo sonata, contemporary repertoire).

    Viola - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
      • Scales and arpeggios
    One étude from Kreutzer, Dont, or Rode
    • One movement from the solo cello suites of J.S. Bach
    One movement of a contrasting work, such a movement from a concerto or sonata. For example: Telemann, J.C. Bach, Handel, or Stamitz Concertos; Bloch Meditation, Bruch Romance, Schumann Adagio and Allegro etc.

    Cello  - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration 
    • One three octave scale and three octave arpeggio
    • One movement from an unaccompanied cello Suite by J.S. Bach
    • One movement of a standard concerto, or equivalent work
    • One étude representative of the applicant's level of proficiency, such as those by Dotzauer, Duport, Popper, or Piatti

    Double Bass - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
      • A major/minor scale of applicant's choice, at least two octaves.
    • Two contrasting movements of a Baroque sonata.
    • One etude from Bille, Simandl, Storch-Hrabe, or Sturm.
    • "Die Meistersinger" Overture by Wagner

  • VOICE (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for VOICE:

    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred, no pre-screening required.
    • Recorded - Not accepted as final audition material, unless granted special permission by the voice faculty.

    A total of FOUR selections:

    Three art songs, including at least one in English and at least one in a foreign language

    PLUS

    One aria from opera, operetta, or oratorio

    [If you do not plan to present an aria, you must substitute another art song for the fourth selection.]
    Only CLASSICAL songs or arias are acceptable for audition at Mason Gross (i.e., no Broadway songs, popular music, choral arrangements, or jazz). At this time, we do not offer instruction in vocal jazz or non-classical vocal repertoire.

    On the day of your audition, a brief ear test and interview will be conducted as a separate part of the audition process. You will be requested to match notes and note patterns as well as repeat rhythm examples. In addition to the audition and ear test administered by the voice faculty, Music Education applicants will have a separate interview with the Music Education faculty. Auditions will not be considered complete without the accompanying interviews.

    Please contact any member of our Voice Faculty if you have questions about your audition or repertoire choices.

  • WOODWINDS (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for WOODWINDS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all WOODWIND instruments
    • Woodwind applicants must submit a video. No audio recordings will be accepted. Videos should show all of the upper body, ideally the whole body and a pianist if accompanied.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on submissions.

    Bassoon - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Major and minor scales
    • An etude from Weissenborn Fifty Advanced Studies
    • At least two movements (one slow, one fast) from a sonata, concerto, or similar work, preferably from the Baroque or Classical period

    Clarinet- Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Major, minor and chromatic scales
    • Any etude at the level of Rose 32 Studies
    • Two contrasting selections from the concerto, sonata, and/or solo literature

    Flute- Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Major, minor and chromatic scales
    • An etude at the level of Andersen, Op. 33
    • A Baroque sonata or Classical concerto
    • A 19th or 20th Century piece

    Oboe - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Major and minor scales
    • Two contrasting etudes from Barret or Ferling
    • Two contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto (one must be from the Baroque or Classical era)
    • Possible sight-reading

    - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    Students interested in auditioning on Soprano Saxophone at the Undergraduate level should contact Paul Cohen directly at paulcohen.saxo@gmail.com to discuss repertoire choices

    <Alto Saxophone (classical)  - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Major and minor scales
    • Two prepared etudes (one slow, one fast) from Voxman Selected Studies for Saxophone
    • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    • Creston Sonata
    • Lunde Sonata
    • Jacobi Sonata
    • Eccles Sonata (arr. Rascher)
    • Handel Sonata #3 (arr. Rascher)
    (Please contact Paul Cohen directly at paulcohen.saxo@gmail.com to discuss alternate repertoire choices)

    Tenor Saxophone (classical) - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Two selections (one slow, one fast) from Voxman Selected Studies
    • Two complete works (all movements), one each from among the following pairs:
    • Galliard Sonata No. 4 or Telemann Sonata in C minor
    • Tuthill Sonata
    • Schmidt Sonatine
    • Hartley Poem
    (Please contact Paul Cohen directly at paulcohen.saxo@gmail.com to discuss alternate repertoire choices)

    Baritone Saxophone (classical) - Performance, Composition and Education Concentration
    • Two selections (one slow, one fast) from Voxman Selected Studies
    • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    • Caravan Sonata
    • Presser Prelude
    • Spears Ritual and Celebration
    • Sonata #3 Handel (arr. Rascher) or Fasch Sonata (arr. Rascher)
    (Please contact Paul Cohen directly at paulcohen.saxo@gmail.com to discuss alternate repertoire choices)

  • MUSIC EDUCATION (Undergraduate)

    Audition types accepted for MUSIC EDUCATION:
    • Live/On-Campus - Required
    • Recorded - Not Accepted
    **Students wishing to declare a Bachelor of Music concentrating in Music Education must complete a live/on-campus interview and audition.

    Undergraduate Classical Applicants applying as a Music Education major:
    Students auditioning for classical performance who wish to enter as a Music Education major must complete a classical audition as noted above and a brief interview at the time of the audition.

    Undergraduate Jazz Applicants applying as a  Music Education major:
    If you wish to apply as a Music Education major (for K-12 public school teaching) and study a jazz instrument, you will select the Music Education option AND the Jazz option. You will be required to do a 'modified' classical ensemble audition for the classical area faculty (Band Director or Choir Director) on the audition day. Requirements for the classical ensemble auditions are noted below. This is in addition to the jazz audition.

    Note: Jazz drum and jazz guitar applicants are eligible for the Music Education option. Since we do not use classical guitar in any of our ensembles, jazz guitarists will need to either (1) perform on another instrument for the classical ensemble audition if you plan to do the instrumental track or (2) audition for a choir if you wish to do the choral track. If you choose the choral track, you will be preparing to teach choir in K-12 public schools. If you choose the instrumental track, you will be preparing to teach band or orchestra (or both) in K-12 public schools. The opportunity to teach jazz in public schools may also be an option, but we do not train students to exclusively teach jazz.

    Admission will be based on the jazz audition and studio space. If admitted, you will study your jazz instrument with a member of the Jazz Faculty, perform in one of the Jazz Ensembles, and also perform in one of the classical ensembles as assigned by the Department each semester. You will not receive a lesson in the classical instrument.

    It will take five years to complete this program, but you will be very marketable upon graduation (able to teach both jazz and classical music). You must complete all of the Music Education requirements and all of the Jazz requirements. Go to Music Student Handbook, click on the program of interest and review the information. On your audition day, you will audition on the jazz instrument, classical instrument, and perform the classical ensemble audition. Jazz Drum and Guitar applicants will need to come to campus on two different audition days as indicated on the Audition Questionnaire Form.

    Ensemble Audition Requirements:

    Winds and Strings
    • Two short excerpts from an etude book or classical solo for your instrument. One should demonstrate technique, the other tone and phrase.

    Percussion
    • You may choose to do any TWO of the following (A, B or C):
    A. Two short excerpts (one to demonstrate technique, one to demonstrate musical phrasing) for two mallet or four mallet solo on marimba, from any etude or marimba solo.
    B. A short excerpt of a classical etude for the snare drum (Delecluse, Peters, Cirone, etc.) and a short excerpt of a rudimental snare solo.
    C. A short etude or orchestral excerpt for timpani

    Choral Audition
    • Students will vocalize, sing scales and complete simple pitch matching exercises.

 

GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICANTS:

Please select the appropriate category below to see audition requirements for your intended instrument/major.

  • BRASS (Graduate)

    Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)

    Audition types accepted for BRASS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all BRASS instruments
    · All brass applicants submitting a recorded audition should be sure the camera shot is close enough to show a clear picture of their embouchure. The widest angle the camera should capture is from the waist up.
    · All pieces must be performed without accompaniment.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Euphonium-Baritone
    • Any slow melody (e.g. lyrical air, operatic aria or suchlike) that will demonstrate the quality of your tone and sound.
    • Any fast, technical, solo (e.g. air and variations, concerto movement, brilliant study or suchlike) that will show-off your technical development
    (Please contact Dr. Allen directly via email should you need further clarification)

    Horn (french horn)
    • Two contrasting solos (examples):
     - Bach, Cello Suite No. 1 Courante (Wendell Hoss edition)
     - Buyanovsky, /Espana/
     - Mozart, Concerto No. 4
     - Schumann, /Adagio and Allegro/
     - Strauss, Concerto No. 1 or 2v - Dukas, /Villanelle /(Play opening_with_ valves)

    • Excerpts - Choose four of the following excerpts:
     - Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Trio (second horn part)
     - Beethoven Symphony No. 7
     - Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (fourth horn solo)
     - Brahms Symphony No. 2
     - Ravel Pavane
           - Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, low tutti section in the first movement
     - Strauss Ein Heldenleben, opening call
     - Wagner Götterdämmerung, short call

    Trombone (Bass)
    • Two contrasting etudes: For Example - Blazhevich tuba studies, Bordogni vocalises
    • Solo of choice: For example - any bass trombone piece of Ewazen, Ritter George, Hidas, Spillman, or transcription of tuba or Braoque pieces, e.g. Galliard, Lebedev

    Trombone (Tenor)
    • Two etudes in contrasting styles such as Bitsch, Bozza, Boutry, Bordogni/Rochut Volume 3; or similar of equal difficulty
    • Two contrasting solo movements, such as Hindemith Sonata; Tomasi Concerto, Creston Fantasy, Casterede Sonatine; or similar of equal difficult

    • 2-3 excerpts from the standard orchestral (e.g. Bolero, Tuba Mirum, Ride of the Valkyries, William Tell Overture)

    Trumpet
    • Performance of advanced literature for trumpet. Suggested pieces: Honegger Intrada, Enescu Legend, solos by Bozza, Boutry, concertos by Haydn, Tomasi, Gregson, Hummel, Boehme, Neruda.
    • In addition, graduate students must perform on higher trumpets. Suggested literature: Torelli, Telemann, Fasch, Stradella, Hertel.

    Tuba
    • Etudes from the studies of Kopprasch, Blazevich, Rochut, etc.
    Solos should include slow and fast movements equal to: Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba; Hindemith Sonata for Bass Tuba; Persichetti Serenade for Solo Tuba; John Williams Concerto for tuba; Woodward Concerto for Tuba; Encounters II for solo tuba. No transcriptions please.
    • Orchestral repertoire, such as major passages from works by Wagner, Mahler, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Strauss, and Verdi

  • CLASSICAL GUITAR(Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for Classical Guitar:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all applicants living outside of a 4-hour/ 250-mile radius of campus.
    Classical Guitar- Artist Diploma (A.D.)
    • A complete work by Johann Sebastian Bach
    • One of the following complete works: Sonata op 22 by Fernando Sor or Sonata op 25 by Fernando Sor
    • Any Rossiniana or the Sonata Eroica by Mauro Giuliani
    • A substantial work by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joquin Tuina, Joen Manen, William Walton, Richard Rodney Bennett or equivalent
    • A substantial work written after 1980

  • HARP (Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for Harp:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all applicants living outside of a 4-hour/ 250-mile radius of campus. All others must audition live or obtain special permission from the department.
    · Video submissions only, no audio only recordings will be accepted. Students submitting a video should include a view of head, upper body and parts of body that interface with the instrument, i.e., fingers, hands, body.
    · The faculty reserves the right to request you to come to campus for a live audition or conduct a live interviewon via if they are interested in seeing more.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Harp - Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)
    • Bach/Grandjany etude
    • 2 contrasting solos
    • 2 movements from a major concerto or Debussy Danses or Ravel Introduction and Allegro
    • 2 major orchestral excerpts and 1 cadenza

  • JAZZ (Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for JAZZ:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Saxophones, Trombones, Trumpets for all applicants living outside of a 4-hour/ 250-mile radius of campus. All others must audition live or obtain special permission from the department.
    · Video submissions only, no audio only recordings will be accepted. Students submitting a video should include a view of head, upper body and parts of body that interface with the instrument, i.e., fingers, hands, mouth.
    · The Jazz faculty reserves the right to request you to come to campus for a live audition or conduct a live interview/improvisation test via skype if they are interested in seeing more.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    The following requirements apply to all pitched instruments: jazz guitar, double bass, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and piano. (See below for Drummers.)
    • Major scales and modes, harmonic minor scales, and melodic minor scales in twelve keys and two octaves; chromatic scale full range.
    • Arpeggios: major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads; major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th b5, diminished 7th chords; all in root position, twelve keys, two octaves.
    • Sight-reading skills will be tested.
    • Aural recognition of triads and basic intervals, 7th chords, and rhythms
    • Two songs, one each from lists A and B below, both memorized (melody and chords). Play the melody (acoustic bass players must play melody arco), comp one chorus (guitar and piano only), walk one chorus (bass only), improvise one chorus, and play the melody again.

    LIST A
    • Scrapple from the Apple
    • Half Nelson
    • Dewey Square
    • Blues for Alice
    • Ornithology
    • Confirmation
    • Donna Lee
    LIST B
    • Have You Met Miss Jones?
    • All the Things You Are
    • Stella by Starlight
    • Afternoon in Paris
    • I Remember You
    • You Stepped Out of a Dream
    • There Will Never Be Another You

    The following are additional requirements for trumpet, trombone and saxophone:
    Jazz Trumpet (Graduate)
    • One technical study or etude
    • One transcribed solo (memorized) from Kent Sloan's 29 Modern Jazz trumpet Solos or Chet Baker's Tangerine
    Jazz Trombone (Graduate)
    • One Rochut etude
    • J.J. Johnson's solo "Bloozineff" from The J.J. Johnson Collection by Scott Whitfield (Hal Leonard), memorized
    • Lead trombone: 88 Basie Street by Sammy Nestico
    • Bass trombone: Intermission Riff by Ray Wetzel (Stan Kenton)
    Jazz Saxophone (Graduate)
    • One étude from Ferling 48 Studies

    Jazz Drumset (Graduate)
    • Perform the following time feels: swing in 4/4 and 3/4 (slow, medium, and up-tempo, with sticks and brushes), bossa nova, samba, shuffle, and Afro-Cuban
    • Sight read basic figures in swing style while keeping time. Play intermediate-level rudimental and orchestral snare drum solos
    • Improvise 4-bar, 8-bar, and full-chorus drum solos within the context of a standard jazz form
    • 26 standard N.A.R.D. rudiments
    • Aural recognition of triads and basic intervals, 7th chords, and rhythms

  • KEYBOARDS (Graduate)

    Master of Music(M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)

    Audition types accepted for KEYBOARDS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred for Solo Piano, Collaborative Piano, Organ and Harpsichord - Solo Piano by invitation only (See "pre-screening requirements" below). 
    • Recorded - Accepted for all Collaborative Piano. Also accepted for Solo Piano, Organ and Harpsichord for those who live greater than 300 miles away from campus or granted special permission by the faculty.
    · Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted. Video should include a clear view of the applicant performing and if possible a view of their hands.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Piano - (Solo Piano Performance) - Master of Music(M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)

    Please submit your Prescreening Video and Music Supplemental Application online NO LATER than December 12, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit your supplemental application will be sent to you once your graduate application is submitted.  Instructions on how to submit your prescreening video will be sent to you once you supplement is received and audition fee is paid - Completed graduate university applications with all supporting documents are due February 1, 2015.

    Master of Music applicants are expected to present an audition equivalent to a B.M. degree recital.  D.M.A. and A.D. applicants should present an audition at the level of a Master of Music degree recital. Pre-Screening recordings must include the following:
    • Baroque
    • Classical
    • Romantic
    • Impressionistic or contemporary styles
    For more information on recorded auditions and submission instructions please click here.

    Prescreening Deadlines:
    o Spring enrollment: CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    o Fall enrollment: December 12
    GRADUATE SOLO PIANO - INVITED LIVE AUDITION 
    Once a pre-screening is approved applicants will be contacted by the Music Department to schedule a live/on-campus audition. Students invited to audition live/on-campus must prepare the following:
    • Baroque
    • Classical
    • Romantic
    • Impressionistic or contemporary styles
    • Sight-reading and ensemble skills will also be tested on the audition day for all graduate keyboard applicants.
    **NOTE TO GRADUATE CANDIDATES: Master of Music applicants are expected to present an audition equivalent to a B.M. degree recital.  D.M.A. and A.D. applicants should present an audition at the level of a Master of Music degree recital.  

    GRADUATE SOLO PIANO - FINAL RECORDED AUDITION 
    If you are not able to attend a live/on-campus audition FINAL Recorded auditions will be accepted from those who live greater than 300 miles away from campus or are granted special permission by the piano faculty. **Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted. Video should include a clear view of the pianist and, if possible, a view of their hands. For more information on recorded auditions and submission instructions please click here.

    COLLABORATIVE PIANO - Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)
    NO PRE-SCREENING REQUIRED; LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION ACCEPTED; SEE NOTE BELOW FOR DETAILS
    • A movement of an advanced-level instrumental sonata (e.g. Beethoven, Brahms, Faure, ect.)
    • An instrumental work of a different style and composer (may be short)
    • 5 songs representing at least 3 languages, 4 composers, and 3 style periods
    • An opera aria
    • A short solo piano work (may be performed with score)
    **Collaborative Piano Note: Applicants are encouraged to audition with musicians with whom they regularly work. In the event this creates a hardship, video submissions are completely acceptable (February 1 deadline). If you choose to have collaborators arranged for an on-site audition, you may have to perform repertoire chosen for you, pay a fee for the service, and provide at least one month's notice to the director of the collaborative piano program.

    Harpsichord - Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.) 
    • A work from the English Virginal school
    • An early 17th-Century Italian work (Frescobaldi, M. Rossi, etc.)
    • An unmeasured prelude (L. Couperin, etc.)
    • A major work by F. Couperin or Rameau
    • A Scarlatti sonata
    • A major work by J.S. Bach (Partita, English Suite, etc.)

    Organ (Graduate) Master of Music (M.M.)
    • A work from the North German or French Classic repertoire
    • A major Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach
    • A major work by Franck, Mendelssohn, Reger, or other 19th century organ composer
    • A work written after 1960
    • Sight-reading of a short trio will be expected.

    Organ (Graduate) Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A) and Artist Diploma  (A.D.)
    • A work from the North German or French Classic repertoire
    • One of the chorale-based trios from the Leipzig Chorales or Clavierübung III, or one movement from one of the Six Organ Sonatas by J.S. Bach
    • A major Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach
    • A major work by Franck, Mendelssohn, Reger, or other 19th century organ composer
    • A work written after 1960
    • Sight-reading of a short trio will be expected.

  • PERCUSSION (Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for PERCUSSION:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted from those who live greater than 300 miles away from campus or granted special permission by the faculty.
    · Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)
    Applicants should be prepared to perform ALL the selections on ALL instruments.
    Snare drum
    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • One Delecluse etude
    • Sight reading
    Timpani
    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • Hochrainer étude or comparable
    • Sight reading
    Xylophone
    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • One solo piece
         Glock
    • Three orchestral excerpts
    Marimba
    • Perform two pieces in contrasting styles. For example: one piece could be by J.S. Bach and the other could be a contemporary piece. Or two contemporary pieces but in two different composition styles.

  • STRINGS (Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for STRINGS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass - M.M., A.D.P.L., D.M.A.
    · Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted. Videos should focus on applicant showing clearly instrument, hands and body so posture and all aspects of techniques may be assessed.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.

    Violin - Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)
    • Two contrasting movements, including applicable cadenzas, from a concerto of the standard repertory (for example: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, etc.)
    • A major movement of an unaccompanied Partita or Sonata of J.S. Bach (for example: fuga, ciaconna)
    • A Paganini caprice
    • Two contrasting movements of a nineteenth- or twentieth-century sonata for violin and piano

    Viola - Master of Music (M.M.)
    • Two movements from the Bach Cello Suites, or two movements from the Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas.
    • One movement from the standard sonata repertoire, such as Brahms, Schubert, Clarke, or Schumann.
    • One movement of a major concerto, such as Walton, Bartók, or Hindemith.

    Viola - Artist Diploma (A.D.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
    • An entire Bach Suite or Sonata or Partita, from the above list.
    • An entire romantic sonata, as above.
    • An entire concerto, as above.

    Cello - Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.) 
     • Two contrasting movements, including applicable cadenzas, from a concerto of the standard repertory (for example: Haydn D major, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, or Bloch Schelomo)
    • Three movements, including a Prelude, from an unaccompanied Suite by J.S. Bach
    • Two contrasting movements of a nineteenth or twentieth century sonata for cello and piano
    • A work of the applicant's choice: either a contemporary work (such as the Sonatas by Crumb or Ligeti), or a piece to display the applicant's technical virtuosity (such as those by Popper, Davidov, or Servais)

    Double Bass- Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.) 
    • A three-octave major/minor scale of applicant's choice.
    • Three selections from three different periods of time: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary (choices may be a movement of a concerto or sonata).
    • Three significant orchestral excerpts.

  • VOICE (Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for VOICE:

    • Live, On-Campus: Pre-screening required to be submitted no later than December 12th. Live audition required for admission by invitation from the faculty after review of pre-screening material.
    • Recorded: Not accepted as final audition material, unless granted special permission by the voice faculty.

    All GRADUATE Voice and Opera applicants - Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.) – are required to submit a prescreening video in order to be invited on campus in New Brunswick, NJ for a live audition. Video only, no audio recordings will be accepted. Video should include the full body of the singer and the accompanist must also be visible.

    Please submit your Prescreening Video and Music Supplemental Application online NO LATER than December 12, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit your supplemental application will be sent to you once your graduate application is submitted.  Instructions on how to submit your prescreening video will be sent to you once you supplement is received and audition fee is paid - Completed graduate university applications with all supporting documents are due February 1, 2015.

     

    All graduate voice applicants, approved by the members of the voice faculty on the basis of the pre-screening videos, must also perform a live audition on campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey, unless granted special permission by the faculty to submit a recording due to extenuating circumstances or prohibitive distances to travel for the auditions.

    Prescreening Deadline:
    o Spring Vocal Performance and Opera Institute enrollment: CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
    o Fall Vocal Performance enrollment: December 12
    o Fall Opera Institute enrollment: February 1

    The PRESCREENING VIDEO for OPERA INSTITUTE MM and AD should include three opera arias in different languages and should show contrast in musical styles.

    GRADUATE OPERA INSTITUTE - INVITED LIVE AUDITION:

    • 5 Arias Total
    • 1 In Italian
    • 1 In German
    • 1 in French
    • 1 in English
    • 1 in any language

    ( at least one of the arias must be 20th century or contemporary )

    The PRESCREENING VIDEO for VOCAL PERFORMANCE should include the following repertoire:
    • One opera aria
    • One oratorio aria
    • One German Lied
    • One French mélodie
    • One English language art song
    **Please note: Selections should represent different musical time periods, contrasting tempi and moods. If the aria is not in Italian, the VIDEO must also include one selection in Italian.

    GRADUATE VOICE - INVITED LIVE AUDITION:
    If invited to campus for a live audition please prepare the following vocal repertoire:
    MASTER of MUSIC (M.M.)
    (*Pre-screening required, see above)
    • One opera aria
    • One oratorio aria
    • One German Lied
    • One French mélodie
    • One English language art song
    **Italian, French, German and English languages must be represented.
    One selection must be from the 20th or 21st centuries, preferably composed after 1950.
    All selections must be memorized. No musical theater selections are acceptable.
    Repertoire presented should represent different style periods, moods and tempi.

    DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS (D.M.A.) or ARTIST DIPLOMA (A.D.) 
    (*Pre-screening required, see above)
    • Two opera arias
    • One oratorio aria
    • Two German Lieder
    • Two French mélodies
    • Two English language Art Songs
    **Italian, French, German, and English languages must be represented.
    At least one selection must be from the 20th or 21st centuries, preferably composed after 1950.
    All selections must be memorized. No musical theater selections are acceptable.
    Repertoire presented should represent different style periods, moods and tempi.

    Please contact any member of our Voice Faculty if you have questions about your audition or repertoire choices.

  • WOODWINDS (Graduate)

    Audition types accepted for WOODWINDS:
    • Live/On-Campus - Preferred
    • Recorded - Accepted for all WOODWIND instruments
    · Woodwind applicants must submit a video. No audio recordings will be accepted.  Videos should show all of the upper body, ideally the whole body and a pianist if accompanied.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on recorded submissions.

    Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.), and Artist Diploma (A.D.)

    Bassoon
    • Major and minor scales
    • An etude from Weissenborn Fifty Advanced Studies
    • At least two movements (one slow, one fast) from a sonata, concerto, or similar work, preferably from the Baroque or Classical period

    Clarinet
    • Two contrasting etudes showing the applicant's level of technical and musical ability
    • A compete concerto from the standard repertoire
    • One major solo from the standard repertoire
    • One work composed since 1970 - this may be a concerto, an accompanied work, or one for solo clarinet.
    • At least three (3) contrasting orchestral excerpts

    Flute
    • Major and minor scales
    • An etude at the level of Anderson Opus 60
    • Two contrasting selections from the concerto, sonata, or solo literature, such as:
    • Concerti by Mozart, CPE Bach, Nielsen, Ibert
    • Sonatas by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Liebermann

    Oboe
    • Major and Minor scales
    • Two contrasting etudes from Barret or Ferling
    • Two contrasting movements of a sonata or concerto (one must be from the Baroque or Classical era)
    • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts
    • Possible sight-reading

    Alto Saxophone (classical)
    • Major and minor scales
    • Two prepared etudes (one slow, one fast) from either Karg Elert 25 Caprices or Voxman Selected Studies for Saxophone
    • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    • Creston Sonata
    • Heiden Sonata
    • Bozza Improvisation et Caprice
    • Glazonov Concerto
    • Ibert Concertino
    • Dahl Concerto

    Tenor Saxophone (classical)
    • Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    • Tuthill Concerto;
    • Villa Lobos Fantasia
    • Ward Concerto
    • Ewazen Sonata
    • Gould Concerto

    Soprano Saxophone (classical)
    • Lunde Sonata
    • Lamb Sonata
    • Villa Lobos Fantasia
    • Steve Cohen Sonata
    • Sibbing Sonata
    • Gates Incantation and Ritual

  • CONDUCTING (Graduate)

    Applicants to the Master of Music (M.M.) or Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in conducting (Choral, Instrumental or Orchestral) must contact the faculty below to make special arrangements for their audition:
    Choral Conducting: Patrick Gardner, pgardner@rci.rutgers.edu
    Instrumental Conducting: Kraig Alan Williams, kraig.williams@rutgers.edu
    • Orchestral Conducting: Kynan Johns, kdjohns@rci.rutgers.edu

    CHORAL CONDUCTING
    Prior to submitting an application to Rutgers University graduate admissions, all students wishing to apply to the graduate choral conducting program must complete a prescreening by contacting the Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Patrick Gardner via email at pgardner@rci.rutgers.edu. In the prescreening email applicants must include:
    • A CV and list of major repertory conducted and sung.
    • A written description of Piano and Vocal skills.
    After the prescreening material is reviewed, applicants may be contacted for a phone interview.
    Those invited to continue to the second stage of the audition will be asked to provide:
    • A high quality CD of performances conducted by the applicant.
    • A Video of the applicant in rehearsal and performance. If possible, the video should show a major segment of the performance with the camera facing the applicant from the point of view of the choristers (and orchestra if applicable).
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.
    In person auditions are by invitation only. Applicants invited to campus for a live audition will have repertoire assigned by the Director of Choral Activities in consultation with the applicant. Typically the applicant will conduct one work of their choice (providing 65 scores if the work is not in the RU choral library) and one work which the chorus is preparing at the time of the audition. During the on campus visit applicants will be vocalized by the DCA and the piano skills of the applicant will be assessed.

    INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING
    Candidates for the graduate program in wind conducting must submit these additional items.
    •  A Video of no more than 10 minutes in length. The video must into both rehearsal and performance conducting. The view should be from behind the ensemble viewing the conductor.
    •  A repertoire list of compositions conducted since attaining your undergraduate degree.
    •  A repertoire list of the twenty-five most artistically significant pieces for wind band from your perspective.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.
    Upon review of all material submission, candidates who are deemed acceptable will be invited to campus to do a live audition with the University Wind Ensemble or Symphony Band. Assigned repertoire will be discussed at the point of invitation and the audition will be no more than 15 minutes. Ten minutes will be spent performing or reading a composition while 5 will require actual rehearsal of the ensemble.  Please feel free to contact Professor Kraig Alan Williams, Director of Wind Bands at kraig.williams@rutgers.edu with any questions that you may have regarding the program.

    ORCHESTRAL CONDUCTING
    Candidates for the graduate program in Orchestral Conducting must submit
    • A Video of no more than 15 minutes in length. The DVD must include both rehearsal and performance conducting. The view should be from behind the ensemble viewing the conductor;
    • A Video of you playing your instrument or a composition;
    • An updated CV;
    • A repertoire list of works conducted publicly, with relative ensembles;
    • An essay detailing why you want to study conducting and what you feel you have to offer the profession.
    **Please refer to the Recorded Audition page of our website for guidelines on video submissions.
    Upon review of all material submission, candidates who are deemed acceptable will be invited to campus to do a live audition with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra or Rutgers Sinfonia. Assigned repertoire will be discussed at the point of invitation and the audition will be no more than 15 minutes. Please feel free to contact Maestro Kynan Johns, Director of Orchestras at kdjohns@rci.rutgers.edu with any questions that you may have regarding the program.

  • MUSIC EDUCATION (Graduate)

    Master of Music (M.M.)
    Applications for the Masters in Music Education must submit the following materials:
    · Graduate School Application and Application Fee
    · Bachelor’s degree in music education (or equivalent) with minimum GPA of 3.0
    · Evidence of at least one year successful K-12 music teaching experience
    · Undergraduate Transcripts (2 official copies per school)
    · Three Current Letters of Recommendation should address academic potential, teaching skills, musicianship, and character
    · Professional Resume (1-2 pages)
    · Academic Writing Sample
    · Interview with music education faculty (optional; may be requested by faculty)
    Other requirements (e.g., audition for performance or ensembles, etc.) will depend on the choice of elective or performance area, which does not have to be made at the time of admission.

    Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A)
    Applicants for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education programs must submit the following materials:
    · Graduate School Application and Application Fee
    · Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education or equivalent (minimum undergraduate GPA, 3.0; minimum graduate GPA, 3.25)
    · Evidence of at least three years successful K-12 music teaching experience
    · Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts (2 official copies per school)
    · 4 current letters of reference, should address academic potential, teaching skills, musicianship, and character
    · Minimum of one letter from a graduate professor in an academic area
    · Professional Resume (1-2 pages) Evidence of writing proficiency (for example, a Masters-level course paper or thesis)
    · On-campus interview with music education faculty
    Other requirements (e.g., audition for performance cognate, ensembles, etc.) will depend on the choice of elective or cognate area, which does not have to be made at the time of admission.

  • MUSIC THEORY/MUSICOLOGY/COMPOSITION (Graduate)

    • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

    Applicants for the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy must submit the university graduate school application and GRE scores in addition to the completed application form.  Applicants for music theory should submit analytical papers or graphs.  Sample works of model tonal composition are welcome.  Applicants for musicology should submit research papers.  Applicants for composition should send a portfolio of 3-5 representative compositions with recordings, online (preferred) or via mail. Music-specific materials may be sent directly to the Music Department or may be included with the regular application sent to University Admissions.

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    56 College Avenue
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8541
    Phone: 732-932-7711