Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Bachelor of Music (BM) Applicants

All undergraduate applicants will complete a simple pitch-matching ear training assessment on the day of their audition. Please select the appropriate category below to see audition requirements for your instrument/major:

  • 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.

    Horn
     •Two contrasting solo/concerto movements from standard works. Examples: Strauss Concerti, Hindemith Sonata, Mozart Concerti, Franz Strauss Concerto, etc.
     •Two contrasting etudes from Kopprasch, Maxime-Alphonse, Gallay or Kling.
     •Choose three of the following excerpts **Performance Only**

    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, Moreceau Symphonique or one of equal difficulty.

    Bass Trombone
     •A technical etude (such as Blazhevich, Grogoriev or Koprasch) AND a lyrical etude (such as Bordogni/Rochut or Concone)
     •A prepared bass trombone solo or transcription of a tuba solo.

    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 Alan 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*
       *Contact music@mgsa.rutgers.edu if you have any questions about the Composition requirements*

  • HARP

     •One Etude by Bochsa, Pozzoli or Naderman
     •Two contrasting solos (i.e. Feerie by Tournier, Sonatine by Natra)
     •Two major Orchestral excertps that reflect the aplicant's proficiency

  • JAZZ

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

    Please prepare both Parts I AND II of the Jazz Audition Requirements listed below. 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, harmonica minor, and melodic minor scales
     •Chromatic scale, full range
     •Arpeggios, all in root position, in twelve keys, two octaves as possible
     •Major, minor, augmened and dimished 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)
     •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
     •A bass amp will be provided. Bassists must bring their own patch cable

    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.
     •Sight read charts and/or lead sheets, outline melodic content and hits while keeping time
     •26 standard N.A.R.D. rudiments

    Jazz Guitar
     •A guitar amp will be provided. Guitarists must bring their own patch cable

    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. Tune selections cannot be substituted and must be chosen from Lists A and B only.

    **If you wish to apply as a Music Education major and study a jazz instrument, please click on the Music Education tab below**

  • KEYBOARDS

    PIANO
    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Rutgers University Undergraduate Application Due: December 1

    AUDITION DATES
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
    Applicants to the Piano Performance program must prepare the following for a live audition:
     •  A Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach from the Well-Tempered Clavier
     •  A piano sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert
     •  A substantial work from a major Romantic Era composer (Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, etc.)
    •  A work by a 20th or 21st century composer that illustrates post-romantic compositional techniques.
     •  Sight-reading and other musicianship skills may be examined as part of the audition process.
    All repertoire must be performed from memory, except music composed after 1945.

    Applicants to the Music Education and Composition programs with specializations in piano must prepare the following for a live audition:
    One piece must be performed from memory

     •  A work by J.S. Bach
     •  A sonata-allegro movement of a piano sonata by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert.
     •  A work from a major Romantic Era composer (Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, etc.) which is not shorter than five minutes in duration.
     •  A work by a 20th or 21st century composer that illustrates post-romantic compositional techniques
     •  Sight reading skills and other musicianship skills may be examined as part of the audition process.

    ORGAN
    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Rutgers University Undergraduate Application Due: December 1

    AUDITION DATES
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
     •  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

     

  • 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.

  • 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 or Paganini

    Viola
     •One Etude, such as those by Kretuzer or Rode
     •One movement from the solo Cello Suties 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 scalre fo 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

  • VOICE

    Applicants should be prepared to perform, by memory,  a total of four selections:
     • All selections must be from the standard classical repertoire (Art song, Opera and/or Oratorio arias)
     • At least one song should be in English, and one in Italian, German, or French
     •No "Acapella" or pre-recorded music accompaniment allowed, an accompanist will be provided
     •The songs should be of contrasting style and show potential, interpretative ability and musicianship
     •No Broadway songs, popular music, choral arrangements or jazz. We do not have a vocal jazz or non-classical voice degree at this time.

    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. 

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

  • WOODWINDS

    Bassoon
     •  Major and minor scales
     •  Chromatic scale, full range
     •  One standard orchestral excerpt of the student's choice
     •  An Etude from Wessenborn Fifty Advanced Studies
     •  Two contrasting movements from a Concerto or Sonata- One must be from the Baroque or Classical era, the other can be from any period

    Clarinet
     •  All major 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. For applicants in Jazz Bass, Jazz Guitar, and Jazz Piano, you will be required to do a 'modified' classical ensemble audition for the classical area faculty on the audition day. You may choose any classical piece played on any orchestral instrument. Sight reading may be required.

    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.

    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.

     

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
     •  A technical etude (such as Blazhevich, Grogoriev, or Koprasch) AND a lyrical etude (such as Bordogni/Rochut or Concone)
     •  A prepared bass trombone solo or transcription of a tuba solo
     •  Two to three excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire that reflects the applicants proficiency.
    Examples: Ride of the Valkyries, Hungarian March, Fountains of Rome, and The Creation

    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)

    Jazz 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)

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

    APPLICATION DEADLINES
    Rutgers University Graduate School Application Due: December 1, 2018
    Pre-screening video on-line submission due December 15, 2018
    Supporting Documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) due February 1, 2019

    LIVE AUDITION DATES
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Tuesday, February 15, 2019

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE
    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. Follow these instructions.
    3. After the supplemental application and audition fee payment are received, instructions for the submission of the prescreening video will be sent via email. See prescreening requirements below.
    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 REQUIREMENTS
    All applicants to graduate programs in Piano Performance (Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees) who are not currently completing a degree from Mason Gross must submit a prescreening recording. Applicants' prescreening submissions must be in video format which shows a clear view of the applicant's hands. The video does not need to be "professional quality" but should clearly and accurately represent the applicant. While pieces or movements may be included from different settings/performances, each individual piece or movement should be unedited and should not contain any processed effects.

    The prescreening video must be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration. It must include three of the four categries below. All pieces must be performed from memory, except works composed after 1945.
    1. A work by J.S. Bach in one of the following genres: Prelude and Fugue, Suite, Toccata, another work containing a fugue
    2. A sonata-allegro movement from a classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert
    3. A substantial work from a significant Romantic Era composer
    4. A work by a 20th or 21st century composer that illustrates post-romantic compositional techniques and which is not shorter than five minutes in duration.

    LIVE AUDITION PROCEDURES
    If the applicant's pre-screening submission is approved, he or she will be invited to audition live on campus. Applicants must offer the repertoire as indication below at live auditions. Again, memorization is required except for works composed after 1945.
     •  Master of Music applicants must offer a program of at least 45 minutes of music satisfying all four of the categories above as well as the remaining movements of classical sonata.
     •  Artist Diploma applicants must offer a program of at least 60 minutes satisfying all four of the categories above as well as the remaining movements of the classical sonata.
     •  Doctor of Musical Arts applicants must offer a program of at least 60 minutes of music that either (a) satisfies the four categories above and includes the remaining movements of the classical sonata; or (b) is pre-approved by the piano faculty. DMA applicants will also participate in a short interview with faculty members.

     

    RECORDED AUDITIONS ALTERNATIVE
    Live auditions are strongly recommended for all piano applicants. However, special permission may be granted for a video recording in lieu of a live audition if the applicant is unable to attend a live audition. The recording must be in accordance with the general recording guidelines indicated above for the prescreening requirement and offer the same required repertoire as indicated above for each degree program (i.e. a MM recorded audition must be at least 45 minutes in duration and satisfy all four of the repertoire categories above).

    ORGAN

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

    LIVE AUDITION DATES
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    Saturday, February 16, 2019

    AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
    Applicants scheduled for an audition will be given rehearsal time.

    Master of Music
     • 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

    Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts

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

  • 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.
     •Two movements of an unaccompanied Partita or Sonata of J.S. Bach, or only the Ciaconna from Partita no. 2
     •A Paganini Caprice, or movement from the solo Sonatas of Ysäye
     •One movement of a 19th or 20th century Sonata for Violin and Piano

    Viola

     •Two movements of a concerto from the standard repertory
     •Two movements from the unaccompanied works of Bach (originally for cello or violin)
     •One movement from a Sonata or equivalent work
     •A work of the applicant's choice: either a contemporary work or a piece to display the applicant's technical virtuosity

    Cello
     •Two contrasting movements of a concerto or equivalent work from the standard repertory with cadenza, if applicable
      Examples: Haydn D major, Dvorak, Schumann, Elgar, Schostakovich, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, or Block Schelmomo)
     •Two movements, including a Prelude, from an unaccompanied Suite by J.S. Bach
     •One movement of a 19th or 201th century Sonata for Cello and Piano
     •A work of the applicant’s choice: either a contemporary work, or a piece to display the applicant's technical virtuosity (such as those by Popper, Piatti, Davidov or Servais)

    Double Bass
     •Two contrasting movements of a standard double bass concerto with cadenza or comparable works from the standard double bass solo repertoire
     •Three orchestral excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire
     •Two movements of a solo Bach Cello Suite in any key
     •A work of the applicant's choice

  • VOICE & OPERA

    APPLICATION DEADLINES
    Rutgers University Graduate School Application due December 1, 2018
    Pre-screening Video (on-line submission) due December 15, 2018
    Graduate School Supporting Documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) due February 1, 2019
    Live Audition Dates: February 6th 2019 and February 15th 2019

    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

    All Graduate Voice Applicants are required to submit a prescreening video in order to be considered for an invitation to sing a LIVE audition on campus. ONLY video recorded performances of the required repertoire will be accepted for the prescreening. Piano or Orchestral accompaniment is required except, in the rare instance, where the selection is designed as an "a cappella" piece. There should be no selection offered as "a cappella" that has a designed accompaniment. The video should include the full body of the singer and 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: Repertoire should represent different musical time periods, contrasting tempi and moods. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.  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 the following:
     •One opera aria in Italian
     :•One opera aria in English
     •One opera aria in any other language

    Please note: Repertoire should represent different musical time periods, contrasting tempi and moods. Musical theater selections are not acceptable. All selections must be memorized.

    REQUIRED REPERTOIRE FOR LIVE AUDITIONS (for those invited)

     

    Master of Music Voice Performance
    Five selections total
     •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.

    Master of Music and Artist Diploma with Concentration in Opera
    FIVE opera arias total
     •One aria in Italian
     •One aria in German
     •One aria in French
     •One aria in English
     •One aria in any language

    One aria must be from the 20th or 21st centuries. 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
    NINE selections total
     •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.

    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
     •t 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 unaccompanied word, or a work or for one solo clarinet
     •At least three contrasting orchestral excerpts that reflect the applicant’s proficiency

    Flute
     •Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
     •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. Do not formally apply until you have communicated with Dr. Gardner.

    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.

    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