Listed below are audition requirements to various colleges and universities I have located online. Please note: I have copied the requirements directly from the schools’ websites. If there are errors, I can’t be held responsible for them. If you, the reader, are looking to audition at one of these schools I recommend you verify any information you see here, as I will not catch all updates.

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The inclusion or exclusion of schools is in no way a comment regarding any colleges and universities. These school listings are given merely to inform oboists of the typical requirements for auditions. I’m happy to add more schools as I locate them online, as time allows.


ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Music Department Website

Undergraduate MUP 111 Applicants (for all degrees except performance)

  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required.
  • Scales. Major scales in two octaves up to E-flat and chromatic scale.
  • Sight-reading
  • One etude. Suggested etudes can be found in the Barret Oboe Method, Brod Oboe Method, and Ferling Forty-eight Etudes.
  • A solo comparable in difficulty to Bellini Concerto, Donizetti Sonata, Guilhaud Concertino, Haydn Concerto, Hindemith Sonata, Hummell Adagio, Theme and Variations, Mozart Quartet or Concerto, Paladilhe Solo de Concert, Saint-Säens Sonata, and Telemann Sonata in A-minor.

    The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good demand of tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.

Undergraduate:
Undergraduate MUP 127 Applicants (for performance degree)

  • Basic knowledge of reed making is required.
  • Scales. Major and natural and harmonic minor scales in two octaves up to E-flat.
  • Sight-reading.
  • One etude. Suggested etudes can be found in the Barret Oboe Method, Brod Oboe Method, and Ferling Forty-eight Etudes.
  • A solo comparable in difficulty to Bellini Concerto, Donizetti Sonata, Guilhaud Concertino, Haydn Concerto, Hindemith Sonata, Hummell Adagio, Theme and Variations, Mozart Quartet or Concerto, Paladilhe Solo de Concert, Saint-Säens
    Sonata, and Telemann Sonata in A-minor.

    The etude and solo must be contrasting works that demonstrate a good demand of
    tone, technique, articulation and musicianship.

Graduate:

In addition to the Division of Graduate Studies requirements, and the School of Music application form, the School of Music requires an acceptable audition, either in person or by taped performance, as well as submission of repertoire lists as evidence of previous study.

Admission to a graduate degree program in music is a two-fold process. The applicant must apply and be accepted by both the Division of Graduate Studies and the School of Music. Anyone who holds a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a university of recognized standing is eligible to apply for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies. An applicant must have a grade-point average of 3.00 (4.00 = “A” scale), or the equivalent, in the last two years of work leading to the bachelor’s degree. The Division of Graduate Studies and the School of Music require a 3.0 GPA for all master’s level work accomplished prior to admission to the doctorate. Applicants to the master’s programs must meet minimum Division of Graduate Studies standards for admission, including a junior/senior minimum 3.0 GPA.


BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Music Department

Undergraduate:
The applicant should be prepared to perform solo works and études or studies written expressly for the instrument.  The applicant should be prepared to play passages from the orchestral repertoire as well as all scales and arpeggios that demonstrate musical and technical command of the instrument.  Applicants should be prepared also to sight-read literature appropriate to their instrument.

Auditions are usually performed without accompaniment.

Below are examples of the literature appropriate for an audition.  Where the requirements allow substitutions, you should consider works that demonstrate cantilena style (slow tempo, legato melodic lines, sustained phrasing, singing tone quality) and technical facility (fast tempo, variety in rhythm, correct phrasing, tone quality, clean articulation, etc.):

Sonata No. 1 or No. 2 by Handel; First movement from Sonata by Hindemith; First movement, F Major Quartet, K. 370 by Mozart; or works equal to these in difficulty.  Orchestral repertoire-major passages from works such as Symphony No. 4 (slow movement) by Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) by Beethoven; symphonies by Brahms, Schumann, or Mozart; or symphonic works equal to these in difficulty.

Graduate:
Applicants to the Oboe program must be prepared to perform three compositions, one from the Baroque or Classical periods, one from the Romantic period, and one from the Contemporary period.  The candidate may also offer orchestral excerpts suitable to his or her own instrument.

Doctoral:
Applicants to the Oboe program should prepare material equivalent to a master’s level recital program.


UNIVERSITY OF CINCINATTI
Music Conservatory Overview
Conservatory of Music Website

Undergraduate (BM):

Applicants should be prepared to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios plus two contrasting solo selections and two orchestral
excerpts.

Graduate, Doctoral (MM,DMA,AD):

The College-Conservatory of Music has no set repertoire requirement for the graduate admissions audition. It is important that the applicant choose selections which represent current performance capabilities from a variety of musical styles and periods. A recommended audition program for prospective graduate students woudl include three contrasting solos, sonata, or concerto selections, an étude of Ferling or Barret, adn at least three orchestral excerpts.


UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
Music Department Website

Undergraduate:

1. Chromatic scale (sixteenths at quarter note = 72:)

At least two octaves (low C to high C)

2. Major scales (sixteenths at quarter note = 72):

– Two octaves: B-Flat, B, C, D-Flat, D (if possible, E-Flat and E)
– One octave and a fifth: E-Flat, E, F, G, G (if possible, A-Flat and A)

– One octave: A-Flat and A

3. Repertoire:

– Two selections in contrasting styles, chosen to best demonstrate the ability of the student.

– One selection may be from a standard etude book or method, such as Ferling, Barret, Sellner, Rubank, Brod, etc.
– It is acceptable to play two movements from a single work (e.g. sonata or concerto) if the movements are contrasting in tempo.

4. Sight reading

Live auditions are preferred, but a high quality recording may be substituted if travel distance is prohibitive. Please write on the label and announce at the beginning of the recording your name, instrument and repertoire selections. Audition times on campus are also available by appointment for those who cannot attend one of the Saturday audition dates in February.

Graduate:
Graduate auditions are by scheduled appointment or may be accomplished by audio or videotape, depending on the student’s major area. Graduate students may also audition on Saturdays during February.

If you are applying for performance or pedagogy, you should make an appointment for a personal audition in Boulder or submit an audition tape of at least ten minutes in length. The tape should demonstrate your understanding of and your ability to perform music of varying styles and from different eras. If you are applying in composition, you should submit scores and tapes of some of your compositions in performance. If you are applying in music literature, you should submit a term paper or brief research paper that represents your best writing. If you are applying in conducting, you should submit a video cassette tape. Applicants in music education who want to use conducting as a specialization or as a minor must submit a video tape of a rehearsal or performance; those who want to use the performance or pedagogy of an instrument or voice as a minor
should sbmit an audio tape or arrange to audition in person. Other applicants in music education, though not required to submit a tape or to audition, are encouraged to make arrangements for an interview.

Please contact the Graduate Music Office for further information at 303-492-2207 or [email protected].


UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD
The Hartt School
Music Department Website

Undergraduate:

INSTRUMENTAL AUDITION INFORMATION:
Candidates auditioning with classical repertoire should prepare contrasting works drawn from the standard classical literature, together with major and minor scales, and technical studies where appropriate. Selections should reflect contrasting styles and periods. Most auditions will include
sight-reading. Your playing time with the committee will be 10-15 minutes. All instrumental performance majors who audition by tape must submit a standard VHS format videocassette or DVD (see website for Hartt’s policy on the submission of tapes). All majors will interview with their audition committee. Undergraduate instrumental auditions are unaccompanied. Applicants may bring their own pianist or audition without accompaniment.

Suggested Repertoire:
An étude from Barret or Ferling
Two contrasting movements from any Handel, Telemann, or Bach sonata or Mozart Concerto

Masters, Doctoral:

Here’s a bit of info:

Instrumental Performance:
Your playing time with the committee will be 20 minutes for Master of Music and Graduate Professional Diploma candidates, 30 minutes for Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma candidates. Sight-reading and scales may be included. Please note details for your specific area included in the following pages. All Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma candidates must audition with piano accompaniment where appropriate. If applicants are unable to bring their own accompanist to the audition, please contact The Hartt School Admissions Office at (860) 768-4465 with a list of audition pieces and movements at least three weeks before the audition date to receive local pianists’ names and contact information.


INDIANA UNVERSITY
Music Department Website

Undergraduate:

1. two contrasting etudes from Barret, A Complete Method for the Oboe, or Ferling, 48 Famous Studies;
2. two contrasting movements from a major concerto or a sonata by Bach, Handel, Telemann, or Vivaldi;
3. one movement of a standard major concerto of the applicant’s choice;
4. three orchestral excerpts;
5. all major and minor scales.

Graduate:
All graduate auditions must be in person. An accompanist is required only for D.M. and A.D. applicants, but highly recommended for M.M. and Ph.D. applicants.

Applicants should prepare:

Two contrasting etudes from Barret, Grand Etudes from A
Complete Method for the Oboe
or Ferling, 48 Famous Studies
One complete major concerto or sonata by Bach, Handel, Telemann, or Vivaldi
One complete major post-baroque concerto (such as Martinu, Mozart, Strauss, or Vaughan-Williams)
Four orchestra excerpts: Beethoven, Symphony No. 3; Brahms, Violin Concerto; Rossini, La scala di seta; and Strauss, Don Juan


LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
Music Conservatory Website

Undergraduate:

An 18th-century, or earlier, concerto
A second piece in contrasting style, such as another solo work, an etude, or an orchestral excerpt
Number 25 in d minor from “Forty Progressive Melodies,” Barret Oboe Method (also found on pg. 32 of the Vade-Mecum of the Oboist, ed. Andraud)
Major and minor scales


UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Music Department Website

Admission to the UM School of Music is by audition and/or interview only.
Auditions & interviews are held once a year to select the incoming class.
Admission is very competitive.

Degrees: Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Undergraduate:

Two compositions of contrasting styels, one of which must be selected from the solo literature; the other may be a solo or an etude. The solo may be selected from any State Festival List of repertoire, such as the Maryland Band Director’s Association Festival List, and must be from grades 4-6.


NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Music Department Website

Undergraduate:

The titles suggested in this section illustrate the kind and quality of music appropriate for an audition. Applicants are free to choose a program that will best show their ability, using music from this list or music of comparable quality. Whenever possible, music should be selected from a variety of stylistic periods. The audition program should consist of four different compositions, or in some cases three compositions and orchestral excerpts. Instrumentalists should be prepared to play scales in all keys.

Concertos by Cimarosa, Marcello, Handel, Mozart; sonatas by Telemann, Handel, Hindemith; Three Romances, Six Metamorphoses.

Graduate:

The titles suggested illustrate the kind and quality of music appropriate for a Master of Music audition. Except where specific requirements are listed, applicants are free to choose a program that will best show their ability, using music from this list or music of comparable quality. Whenever possible, music should be selected from a variety of stylistic periods. The audition program should consist of four different compositions, or in some cases three compositions and orchestral excerpts. Instrumentalists should be prepared
to play scales in all keys.

Concertos by Cimarosa, Marcello, Handel, Mozart; sonatas by Telemann, Handel, Hindemith; Schumann’s Three Romances; Britten’s Six
Metamorphoses.


RICE UNIVERSITY
Music Department Website ( The
Shepherd School of Music)

Undergraduate:

Preliminary Tape: Two contrasting movements of standard solo work.

Live Audition: Prepare a Handel Sonata, two orchestral excerpts, and two contrasting etudes by Ferling.

Graduate:

A Bach aria, two contrasting etudes by Ferling, the 1st Schumann Romance, the Mozart concerto and excerpts of the applicant’s choice.


SUNY Fredonia
Music Department Website

The school does not specify audition repertoire; rather, we encourage you to consult with your teacher to choose good literature that you can perform well. Bear in mind that the purpose of the audition is to gather evidence of both current ability and the potential to complete the preferred degree program. Thus, we look for pitch accuracy, correct and steady rhythm, physical coordination, the ability to make expressive musical statements, and disciplined work habits. Vocalists are required to audition with accompanist (NOTE: SUNY Fredonia will provide accompanists for On-Campus Vocal Auditions, but we cannot provide accompanists at Off-Campus Auditions). Instrumentalists may audition with their own accompanist, however it is not required and is not encouraged.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance are expected to demonstrate a higher level of proficiency than applicants for other programs. The audition includes tests in pitch matching, sight reading, and sight singing. Students will also be asked to take a rudimentary theory test while on campus.

Students are encouraged to audition on-campus, if at all possible. We currently offer an off-campus audition in Long Island, NY (note:we do not audition percussionists at off-campus sitess). There is a $15 fee for on-campus auditions; a $40 fee for off-campus auditions. Audition fees are non-refundable. Audition requests should be made at least FOUR weeks in advance. Space in some studios is limited, so you are urged to audition as early in the year as possible. Students wishing to be considered for music scholarships must audition no later than March.

Perform two contrasting movements (slow-fast) from a sonata or concerto showing technique, tone and general musicianship. Contrasting etudes may be substituted. Also perform the chromatic scale (two-octaves) and all major scales legato and staccato.



UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Music Department Website

Undergraduate:

A performance audition is required of applicants to all programs in woodwind and brass instruments. Three selections representing various stylistic periods of music should be prepared for the audition. These selections should be full-length pieces from the standard solo literature, although excerpts from ensemble literature may also be included. If any of the selections are taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only prepare one movement of the piece. In addition, applicants should be prepared to play standard etudes of their choice as well as various scales and arpeggios.

A recent, high-fidelity recording may be submitted with the Thornton School of Music Supplementary Application in lieu of a live audition if necessary.

Graduate:

A performance audition is required of applicants to all programs in woodwind and brass instruments. Three selections representing various stylistic periods of music should be prepared for the audition. These selections should be full-length pieces from the standard solo literature, although excerpts from ensemble literature may also be included. If any of the selections are taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only prepare one movement of the piece. In addition, applicants should be prepared to play standard etudes of their choice as well as various scales and arpeggios.

A recent, high-fidelity recording may be submitted with the Thornton School of Music Supplementary Application in lieu of a live audition if necessary.


WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
Music Department Website

Music majors and minors must:

1) Be academically admitted to the University
2) Be accepted by audition by the Department of Music

Candidates should prepare to perform two selections — either two solos or a solo and an etude. Select works of differing styles that will best exhibit your talent. I would rather hear you play a piece of medium difficulty well, than a difficult piece badly. If your piece calls for an accompanist, it is best for you to arrange for one. If you cannot secure an accompanist, we will provide one for you. Music for the accompanist must be sent to the Department of Music at least two weeks prior to your audition. Mark the music with indications of cuts, tempo, etc. and have your name and address on the first page. Photocopies are illegal and will not be accepted.

You should be prepared to play the following in an oboe audition.

For general admission to the Music Education, Music Business or Music Therapy programs as well as admittance as a music minor, you should prepare:

A. One prepared etude:

Selected from the Barret Oboe Method or Ferling 48 Famous Studies

B. One prepared movement from an oboe solo:

Handel Concerto in G Minor (or equivalent work)

C. Scales

All major scales, 2 octaves (up to at least high D)
2 octave C chromatic scale

D. Sight reading

For admission as a Music Performance Major you should prepare:

Same as above – plus a movement from a standard oboe concerto (Haydn, Marcello), or a standard oboe sonata (Telemann, Hindemith)