Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Bachelor of Music (BM) Applicants

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

  • STRINGS

    It is suggested, but not required, that auditions be performed by memory*
     
    Violin
     •  One movement of an unaccompanied Partita or Sonata of J.S. Bach.
     •  One movement of a concerto from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable.
        Examples: Mozart, Kabalevsky, Bruch, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Barber, Dvorak
     •  One Etude or Caprice, such as those by Dont, Rode, Paganini
    Viola
     •  One Etude, such as those by Kreutzer, or Rode

     •  One movement from the solo Cello Suites of J.S. Bach.
     •  One movement of a contrasting work, such as a movement from a Concerto, a movement from a Sonata, or a short piece.
    Cello

     •  One movement from an unaccompanied Cello Suite by J.S. Bach
     •  One movement from a standard concerto, or equivalent work.
     •  One etude or Caprice such as those by Dotzauer, Duport, Popper, or Piatti.
    Double Bass

     •  A major/minor scale of the 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

  • BRASS

    Euphonium

     •  Any slow melody that will demonstrate the quality of your tone and sound. (i.e. lyrical air, operatic aria, etc.)
     •  Any fast technical solo that will show off your technical development. (i.e. air and variations, concerto movement, brilliant study, etc.) (Contact Aaron VanderWeele directly if you have any questions.)

    Horn
    •Two contrasting solo/concerto movements from standard works Examples: Strauss Concerti, Hindemith Sonata, Moazart Concerti,Franz Strauss Concerto, etc.

     •  Two contrasting etudes from Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse, Gallay or Kling
     •  Choose three of the following excerpts **Performance Only**

    -Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel - Opening Calls
    -Tchaikovsky, Symphony #5 - 2nd movement solo
    -Tchaikovsky, Symphony #4 - 1st movement opening
    -Beethoven, Symphony #3 - 3rd movement, 2nd Horn, Trio section
    -Shostakovich, Symphony #5 - 1st movement, tutti low excerpt
     

    Tenor Trombone

     •  Two etudes in contrasting styles by Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Bordogni/Rochut, or similar methods
     •  A prepared solo of your choice
        Examples: Hindemith Sonata for Trombone, Guilmant Morceau Symphonique or one of equal difficulty

    Bass Trombone

     •  Blazhevich tuba studies, Bordogni vocalizes
     •  A prepared Bass Trombone piece of Ewazen, Ritter George, Hidas, Spillman or transcription of Tuba or Baroque pieces i.e. Galliard, Lebedev, etc.

    Trumpet

     •  Three solos or etudes of your choice
        Examples: Sonatas by Kennan, Stevens, Hindemith, or Hubeau; solos by Ropartz, Bozza, Gaubert, Balay, Boutry; etudes by Goldman, Laurent, Petit, Kopprasch or Charlier
     •  Three Orchestral excerpts representative of the applicant's level of proficiency

    Tuba

     •  Two Etudes from the studies of Kopprasch, Blazevich, Rochut or equivalent
     •  A prepared solo of your choice
    NOTE: 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 or equal difficulty. No transcripts, please.
    (Contact Al Baer directly if you have any questions.)

  • CLASSICAL GUITAR

     •  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 J.S. Bach or Sylvius Leopold Weiss

  • COMPOSITION

    All applicants must complete the following to be considered for the composition concentration:

     •  Primary Instrument audition (refer to the appropriate area section)
        *Please note: some instruments offer modified requirements for Composition applicants*
     •  Submit a portfolio consisting of three written scores of original compositions (no arrangements) along with either live or high quality MIDI recordings. The compositions should reflect an array of genres (i.e. voice, instrumental, varying instrumentation)
        *These will be submitted online as well as brought to your audition/interview*
     •  Complete an interview with a Composition Faculty member on audition day
     •  Theory and Aural skills placement exam on audition day
        *Contact music@mgsa.rutgers.edu if you have any questions about the Composition requirements*

  • HARP

     •  Etude by Bochsa, Pozzoli, or Naderman
     •  Two contrasting solos (i.e. Feerie by Tournier, Sonatine by Natra)
     •  Two major orchestral excerpt that reflect the applicant's proficiency

  • JAZZ

    **Piano/Guitar, Bass and Drum accompanists will be provided at live auditions. Pre-recorded backing tracks are not needed or permitted**

    The following requirements apply to all instruments . (see below this for specific instrument details)
    Part I

    •  Scales, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible:
    •  Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales
    •  Chromatic scale, full range
    •  Arpeggios, all in root position, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible:
    •  Major, minor, augmented, and diminished triads
    •  Major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th chords
    •  Major scale-modes, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible (Ionian to Locrian)
    •  Aural recognition of 4-note chords, intervals, and modes, based on above criteria
    Jazz Saxophone (in addition to above):
    • One Etude from Ferling 48 studies
    Jazz Piano (in addition to above):
    • Major scales in twelve keys and one or more octaves
    • Major scale-modes, twelve keys and one or more octaves (lonian to Locrian).
    • Aural recognition and performance of chords and intervals:
    • Triads: major, minor, augmented, and diminished
    • 4-note chords: major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th
    Jazz Bass (in addition to above):
    • Acoustic Upright and Electric Bass applicants may audition.
    • Acoustic players may be asked to demonstrate some requirements arco.
    Jazz Drums and Percussion (supersedes above requirements):
    • Perform the following time feels: Swing in 4/4, and 3/4 (slow, medium, and up-tempo, with sticks and brushes), Bossa Nova, Samba, and Shuffle.
    • Interchange time feels with solos as requested: 4 bars time, 4 bars solo, 8 bars time, 8 bars solo, etc.
    • Site read charts and/or lead sheets, outline melodic content and hits while keeping time
    • 26 standard N.A.R.D. rudiments

    Part II: Prepare two (2) songs, one each from lists A and B below, both memorized (melody 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. Drummers must outline melodic content and hits while keeping time.

  • KEYBOARDS

    Piano - Performance only
    All works must be performed by memory
     •  A complete work by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti or another comparable Baroque composer
     •  A complete Sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven or Schubert
     •  A work by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt or a comparable 20th or 21st century composer
     •  A short work by Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Barber or a comparable 20th or 21st century composer
     •  Sight-reading skills will be tested as well

    Piano-Music Education and Composition only
    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 as well

    Harpsichord
     •  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 (i.e. partita, sonata, English suite, etc.)
     •  A Scarlatti Sonata

    Organ
     •  A Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach
     •  A movement from a 19th century organ work
     •  A work written after 1900
     •  Sight reading of a hymn

    *Applicants scheduled for an audition will also be given a rehearsal time*

  • PERCUSSION

    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 (three 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
    Please bring your own sticks and mallets to the auditions. Sticks and Mallets will NOT be provided for you. Only instruments are provided for you.

  • VOICE

    Applicants should be prepared to perform at total of four selections:
     •  Three art songs (must include at least one in English and one in a Foreign language)
     •  One aria from an opera, operetta or oratorio

    NOTE: if you do not plan to present an aria, you must substitute another art song for the 4th selection.
    classical songs only; no Broadway songs, popular music, choral arrangements or jazz. We do not have a vocal jazz or non-classical voice degree at this time.

    On the day of your audition, a brief ear test and interview will be conducted by one of the voice professors. You will be requested to match notes and note patterns as well as repeat rhythm examples. Music Education applicants will have a separate interview with the Music Education faculty on the day of the audition as well. 

     

  • WOODWINDS

    Bassoon
     •  Major and minor scales
     •  An Etude from Wessenborn 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
     •  Major and minor scales
     •  Any etude at the level of Rose 32 studies
     •  Two contrasting selections from the Concerto, Sonata, and/or solo literature

    Flute
     •  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
     •  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 of Classical era)
     •  Possible sight reading

    Saxophone
    Students interested in audition on Soprano Saxophone at the Undergraduate level should contact Paul Cohen directly at paulcohen.saxo@gmail.com to discuss repertoire choices

    Alto Saxophone (Classical)
     •  Major and minor scales
     •  Two prepared Etudes (one slow, one fast) from Voxman Selected Studies for Saxophone
     •  Two complete works (all movements) from the following:

    -Creston Sonata
    -Lunde Sonata
    -Jacobi Sonata
    -Eccles Sonata (arr. Rascher)
    -Handel Sonata #3 (arr. Rascher)
    (Contact Paul Cohen directly to discuss alternate repertoire choices)
     

    Tenor Saxophone (Classical)
     •  Two selections (one slow, one fast) from Voxman Selected Studies
     •  Two complete works (all movements) from the following:

    -Galliard Sonata No. 4
    -Telemann Sonata in C minor
    -Tuthill Sonata
    -Schmidt Sonatine
    -Hartley Poem
    (Contact Paul Cohen directly to discuss alternate repertoir choices)
     

    Baritone Saxophone (Classical)
     •  Two selections (one slow, one fast) from Voxman Selected Studies
     •  Two complete works (all movements) from the following:

    -Caravan Sonata
    -Presser Prelude
    -Spears Ritual and Celebration
    -Sonata #3 Handel (arr. Rascher) or Fasch Sonata (arr. Rascher)
    (Contact Paul Cohen directly to discuss alternate repertoire choices)
  • MUSIC EDUCATION

    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 on your supplemental application. 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 tot 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 kn 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.

    Admissions 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/voice.

    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.

    ENSEMBLE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

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

Graduate Music (MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) Applicants

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

  • BRASS

    Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

    Euphonium
     •  Any slow melody that will demonstrate the quality of your tone and sound. (i.e. lyrical air, operatic aria, etc.)
     •  Any fast technical solo that will show off your technical development (i.e. air and variations, concerto movement, brilliant study,etc.)
    (Contact Aaron VanderWeele directly if you have any questions)

    Horn
     •  Two contrasting solos
    Examples: Bach, Cello Suite No. 1 Courante (Wendell Hoss edition), Mozart Concerti, Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Strauss Concerti, Buyanovsky Espana, Dukas Villanelle, etc.
     •  Choose four orchestral excerpts from the following:

     •  Beethoven, Symphony #3 - 3rd movement, 2nd Horn, Trio Section
     •  Beethoven, Symphony #7
     •  Beethoven, Symphony #9 - fourth Horn solo
     •  Brahms, Symphony #2
     •  Ravel Pavane
     •  Shostakovich, Symphony #5 - 1st movement tutti low excerpt
     •  Strauss, Ein Heldenleben - opening call
     •  Wagner, Gotterdammerung - short call
     

    Tenor Trombone
     •  Two etudes in contrasting styles by Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Bordogni/Rochut, or similar methods
     •  A prepared solo of your choice.
    Examples: Hindemith Sonata, Tomasi Concerto, Creston Fantasy, Casterede Sonatine or equal difficulty.
     •  Two to three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire that reflects the applicants proficiency.
    Examples: Bolero, Tuba Mirum, Ride of the Valkyries, William Tell Overture

    Bass Trombone
     •  Two contrasting etudes
    Examples: Blazhevich tuba studies, Bordogni vocalizes
     •  A prepared solo of your choice.
    Examples: any bass trombone piece of Ewazen, Ritter, George, Hidas, Spillman or transcription of tuba or Baroque pieces i.e. Galliard, Lebedev, etc.

    Trumpet
     •  A prepared performance of advanced literature for trumpet.
    Examples: Honegger Intrada, Enescu Legend, solos by Bozza or Boutry, Concertos by Haydn, Tomasi, Gregson, Hummel, Boehme or Neruda.
     •  In addition, graduate students must perform on high trumpets.
    Examples: Torelli, Telemann, Fasch, Stradell, Hertel or equal difficulty.

    Tuba
     •  Two Etudes from the studies of Kopprasch, Blazevich, Rochut or equivalent
     •  A prepared solo of your choice
    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 or equal difficulty. No transcriptions please!
     •  Three to four excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire that reflects the applicants proficiency.
    Examples: major passages from works by Mahler, Wagner, Prokofiev, Berlioz, Strauss and Verdi
    (Contact Al Baer directly if you have any questions)

  • CLASSICAL GUITAR

    Artist Diploma
     •  A complete work by J.S. Bach
     •  One of the following complete works by Fernando Sor:
    - Sonata Op. 22
    - Sonata Op. 25

     •  Any Rossiniana or the Sonata Eroica by Mauro Giuliani
     •  A substantial work by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joaquin Tuina, Joen Manen, William Walton, Richard Rodney Bennet or equivalent.
     •  A substantial work written after 1980

  • HARP

    Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
     •  Bach/Grandjany Etude
     •  Two contrasting solos
     •  Two movements from one of the following:
    - Major concerto
    - Debussy Danses

     •  Ravel Introduction and Allegro
     •  Two major orchestral excerpts and one cadenza that reflects the applicants proficiency.

  • JAZZ

    Master of Music (MM)

    **Piano/Guitar, Bass and Drum accompanists will be provided at live auditions. Pre-recorded backing tracks are not needed or permitted**
    The following requirements apply to all instruments. See below for specific instrument details:
     
    Part I

     •  Scales, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible:

    - Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales
    - Chromatic scale, full range
    - Diminished scales, WH and HW
    - Whole-tone scales
     •  Arpeggios, all in root position, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible:
    - Major, minor, augmented, and dimished triads
    - Major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th b5, and dimished 7th chords.
     •  Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scale-modes, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible
     •  Aural recognition of 4-note chords, intervals, and modes, based on the above
     
    Jazz Saxophone (in addition to above)
     •  One Etude from Ferling 48 studies
     
    Jazz Bass (in addition to above):
    • Acoustic Upright and Electric Bass applicants may audition.
    • Acoustic players may be asked to demonstrate some requirements arco.
     
    Jazz Drums and Percussion (supersedes above requirements)
     •  Perform the following time feels:
    - Swing in 4/4, 3/4, 5/4, and 7/8 (slow, medium, and up-tempo with sticks and brushes)
    - Afro-Cuban 6/8
    - Bossa Nova
    - Samba
     •  Interchange time feels with solos as requested: four bars time, four bars solo. Eight bars time, eight bars solo, etc.
     •  Sight read charts and/or lead sheets, outline melodic content and hits while keeping time
     •  Sight read rudiment exercise(s)
     
    Piano Requirements:
     •   Major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales in twelve keys and one or more octaves
     •   Major scale-modes, twelve keys and one or more octaves (Ionian to Locrian)
     •   Aural recognition and performance of chords and intervals
     •  Triads: major, minor, augmented and diminished

     •  4-note chords: major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th b5, and diminished 7th

     

    Part II: Prepare 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. Drummers must outline melodic content and hits while keeping time.

  • KEYBOARDS

    Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) PIANO - (Solo Piano Performance) APPLICATION DEADLINES
    Rutgers University Graduate School Application due December 1, 2017
    Pre-screening Video (on-line submission) due December 15, 2017
    Graduate School Supporting Documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) due February 1, 2018
    Live Audition Dates: February 9th 2018 and February 12th 2018

    APPLICATION STEPS:
    1. Submit the Rutgers University application
    2. After the university application is received, instructions for the submission of the supplemental application will be sent via email.
    3. After the supplemental application and audition fee payment are received, instructions for the submission of the prescreening video will be sent via email.
    4. After all prescreening videos have been evaluated, applicants will be contacted with the results by mid-January. Applicants whose video performance are approved will be invited to campus for a LIVE audition. 

    Prescreening videos for all graduate solo-piano degrees (MM, AD, DMA) must include the a selection of THREE of the following:
     •  Baroque
     •  Classical
     •  Romantic
     •  Impressionistic or Contemporary styles
    **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

    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 each of the following:
     •  Baroque
     •  Classical
     •  Romantic
     •  Impressionsitic 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: MM applicants are expected to present an audition equivalent to a BM degree recital. DMA and AD applicants should present an audition at the level of a MM 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.

    ORGAN

    Master of Music requirements

    •  A work from the North German Baroque or French Classical 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 

    *Applicants scheduled for an audition will also be given a rehearsal time*

    Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma requirements

     •  A work from the North German Baroque or French Classical repertoire
     •  One of the chorale-based trios from the Great Eighteen Chorales or Clavier-Ubung 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 

    *Applicants scheduled for an audition will also be given a rehearsal time*

  • PERCUSSION

    Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

    Snare Drum
     •  Three orchestral excerpts
     •  One Delecluse etude
     •  Sight reading

    Timpani
     •  Three orchestral excerpts
     •  Hochrainer etude or comparable
     •  Sight reading

    Xylophone
     •  Three orchestral excerpts
     •  One solo piece

    Glock
     •  Three orchestral pieces

    Marimba
     •  Perform two pieces in contrasting styles
    Examples: 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.

    *Please bring your own sticks and mallets to the auditions. Sticks and mallets will not be provided. Only instruments are provided for you.

  • STRINGS

    Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

    Violin
     •  Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable
    Examples: Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, etc.
     •  A major movement of an unaccompanied Partita or Sonata of J.S. Bach
    Examples: Fuga, Ciaconna, etc.
     •  A Paganini Caprice
     •  Two contrasting movements of a 19th or 20th century Sonata for Violin and Piano

    Viola
    Master of Music (MM) only
     •  Two movements from the Bach Cello Suties, 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, Bartok or Hindemith

    Artist Diploma (AD) and Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) only
     •  An entire Bach Cello Suite, Violin Sonata or Partita
     •  An entire romantic Sonata such as Brahms, Schubert, Clarke or Schumann
     •  And entire concerto such as Walton, Bartok or Hindemith

    Cello
     •  Two contrasting movements from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable.
    Examples: Haydn D major, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Schostakovich, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, or Block Schelmomo)
     •  Three movements, including a Prelude, from an unaccompanied Suite by J.S. Bach
     •  Two contrasting movements of a 19th or 201th 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
     •  A three-octave major/minor scale of the applicant’s choice
     •  Three selections from three different periods of time: Baroque,Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary (choice may be a movement of a concert of sonata)
     •  Three significant orchestral excerpts

  • VOICE

    APPLICATION DEADLINES
    Rutgers University Graduate School Application due December 1, 2017
    Pre-screening Video (on-line submission) due December 15, 2017
    Graduate School Supporting Documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) due February 1, 2018
    Live Audition Dates: February 9th 2018 and February 12th 2018

    APPLICATION STEPS:
    1. Submit the Rutgers University application
    2. After the university application is received, instructions for the submission of the supplemental application will be sent via email.
    3. After the supplemental application and audition fee payment are received, instructions for the submission of the prescreening video will be sent via email.
    4. After all prescreening videos have been evaluated, applicants will be contacted with the results by mid-January. Applicants whose video performance are approved will be invited to campus to sing LIVE auditions. 

    Master of Music in Voice Performance
    Artist Diploma in Voice Performance
    Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance
    Master of Music with Concentration in Opera
    Artist Diploma with Concentration in Opera

    Each Graduate Voice Performance degree and Opera Institute applicant is required to submit a prescreening video in order to be considered for an invitation to sing a LIVE audition in New Brunswick, NJ. ONLY video recorded performances (no audition alone recordings) of the required repertoire* will be accepted for prescreening. The video should include the full body of the singer. The accompanist must also be visible. 

    Prescreening videos for all graduate degrees in Voice Performance (MM, AD, DMA) must include the following:
     •  One opera aria
     •  One oratorio aria
     •  One German lied
     •  One French melody
     •  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, then please include one other selection in Italian. 

    Prescreening videos for all graduate degrees offered through the Opera Institute (MM and AD with Concentration in Opera) must include
    Three opera arias featuring different languages that represent contrasting musical styles. 

    REQUIRED REPERTOIRE FOR LIVE AUDITIONS

    Master of Music Voice Performance
     •  One opera aria
     •  One oratorio aria
     •  One German lied
     •  One French melody
     •  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. Repertoire should represent different style periods, moods, and tempi. Musical theater selections are not acceptable.All selections must be memorized.

    Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma in Voice Performance
     •  Two opera arias
     •  One oratorio aria
     •  Two German Lieder
     •  Two French melodies
     •  Two English language Art Songs
    **Italian, French, German and English languages must be represented. One selection must be from the 20th or 21st centuries, preferably composed after 1950. Repertoire should represent different style periods, moods, and tempi. Musical theater selections are not acceptable.All selections must be memorized.

    OPERA INSTITUTE - Repertoire for LIVE Auditions

    Master of Music and Artist Diploma with Concentration in Opera
    FIVE opera arias (at least one of the arias must be from the 20th or 21st Century)  •  One aria in Italian
     •  One aria in German
     •  One aria in French
     •  One aria in English
     •  One aria in any language

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

  • WOODWINDS

    Master of Music (MM), Artist Diploma (AD), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

    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 technicality and musical ability
     •  A complete 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 for one solo clarinet
     •  At least three contrasting orchestral excerpts that reflect the applicant’s proficiency

    Flute
     •  Major and minor scales
     •  An etude at the level of Anderson Opus 60
     •  Two contrasting selections from the concerto, sonata or solo literature
    Examples: Concerti by Mozart, CPE Bach, Nielsen, Ibert or Sonatas by Poulenc, Prokofiev and 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
     •  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)
     •  Two complete works (all movements) from among the following:
    - Lunde Sonata
    - Lamb Sonata
    - Villa Lobos Fantasia
    - Steve Cohen Sonata
    - Sibbing Sonata
    - Gates Incarnation and Ritual
  • CONDUCTING

    Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

    Applicants to the conducting program must contact the faculty below to make special arrangements for their audition:
     •  Choral Conducting: Patrick Gardner - pgardner@mgsa.rutgers.edu
     •  Instrumental Conducting: Darryl Bott- dbott@mgsa.rutgers.edu
     •  Orchestral Conducting: Kynan Johns - kjohns@mgsa.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@mgsa.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).

    **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.

    **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 five will require actual rehearsal of the ensemble. Please feel free to contact Professor Darryl Bott, Director of University Bands at dbott@mgsa.rutgers.edu with any questions that you may have regarding the program.

    Orchestral Conducting

    Candidates for the graduate program in Orchestral Conducting must submit the following:
     •  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

    **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 kjohns@mgsa.rutgers.edu with any questions that you may have regarding the program.

  • MUSIC EDUCATION

    Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

    *Master of Music Only*

    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 (two 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 Only*

    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 (two official copies per school)
     •  Four 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

    Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Applicants for the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy must submit the university graduate school application, GRE scores, and a Professional resume (1–2 pages) in addition to the completed application form.
    Composition
    After submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be sent a link to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application. After submitting the Mason Gross supplemental application, applicants will be sent a link to submit a composition portfolio through an online portal: Acceptd. The composition portfolio should be submitted by December 15th, 2017 and will be reviewed as a prescreening. Applicants invited to interview will be contacted by mid-January.
    Music Theory
    Applicants for music theory should upload analytical papers or graphs as a part of the Rutgers University application. Sample works of model tonal composition are welcome. After submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be sent a link to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application. After submitting the Mason Gross supplemental application, applicants will be contacted directly to coordinate an interview.
    Musicology
    Applicants for musicology should submit research papers as part of the Rutgers University application. Music-specific materials should be sent directly to the Music Department or may be included with the regular application sent to University Admissions (address below). After submitting the Rutgers University application, applicants will be sent a link to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application. After submitting the Mason Gross supplemental application, applicants will be contacted directly to coordinate an interview.
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    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    56 College Avenue
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8541
    Phone: 848-932-7711