Audition Requirements by Instrument

CLARINET

Please contact Dr. Cecilia Kang at Cecilia.kang@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

    1. Scales:    
  • All Major Scales (Two or more octaves)
  • Chromatic Scale (Low E to high G above staff) 
  • Please prepare all slurred and all articulated patterns for all of the scales.
    2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).
  • These works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of standard clarinet studies/sonatas/concerti.

Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:
Studies

  • C. Rose: Studies (Set of 40)
  • C. Rose: Studies (Set of 32)
  • D. Hite: Melodious and Progressive Studies
  • Solos

  • G. Tartini: Concertino (Arr. Gordon Jacobs)
  • G. Finzi:  Five Bagatelles
  • C. Saint Saens: Sonata
  • C. Stamtz: Concerti
  • Other approved work by Dr. Kang
  • GRADUATE STUDENTS (MM & DMA):

      1. Scales:    
    • All Major Scales (Full Range)
    • All Minor Scales: (Harmonic & Melodic in full range)
    • Chromatic Scale (Full Range) 
    • Please prepare all slurred and various articulation patterns for all major and minor scales.
      2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).
    • These works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of clarinet studies/sonatas/concerti.

    Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:

    Studies

  • C. Rose: Studies (Set of 32 or 40)
  • Polatschek: Advanced Studies for Clarinet
  • Cavallini: 30 Caprices
  • Baermann: Complete Method for Clarinet
  • J.S. Bach: Partitas & Suites
  • Solos

  • C. M. von Weber: Concertino
  • R. Schumann: Fantasy Pieces (I or II)
  • W.A. Mozart: Concerto (I or II)
  • I. Stravinsky: Three Pieces
  • Other approved work by the instructor.
  • 3. Two Contrasting Orchestra Excerpts

    4. Sight Reading

    TRANSFER STUDENTS: Please contact Dr. Kang.

    SAXOPHONE

    Please contact Dr. Matthew Patnode at Matthew.Patnode@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

    1. Scales:    

  • All Major scales (One or two octaves)
  • Chromatic scale (low Bb to high F or F#.)
  • 2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).

  • These works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of original saxophone sonatas/concerti.
  •  Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:

    Studies

  • Ferling: 48 Famous Studies
  • Voxman: Selected Studies for Saxophone
  • Mule: 18 Exercises after Berbiguer
  • Solos

  • Paul Creston: Sonata
  • Bernhard Heiden: Sonata
  • Lawson Lunde: Sonata
  • Glazounov: Concerto
  • Gurewich: Concerto
  • Other approved work by Dr. Patnode.
  • 3. Sight Reading

    TRANSFER STUDENTS & GRADUATE STUDENTS (MASTER & DMA):

    1. Scales:
  • All majors and harmonic minors (Full Range & Various Articulation Patterns) 
  • Broken Thirds
  • 2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).
  • The works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of saxophone sonatas/concerti.
  •  Suggested Repertoire:  Please contact Dr. Patnode

    3. Sight Reading

    FLUTE

    Please contact Professor Jenny Poehls at jenny.poehls@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

    1.  Scales:

  • All Major scales up to two sharps/two flats (At least two octaves)
  •  Chromatic scale (Full Range)
  • 2. Two contrasting works, preferably from the standard repertoire.

    3. Sight reading may be included.

    GRADUATES:

    1.  Scales (Taffanel & Gaubert and/or Moyse patterns are suggested):

  • All Major & Minor scales (harmonic & melodic) (Full Range)
  • Chromatic scale (Full Range)
  • 2. Two contrasting works, preferably from the standard repertoire.

  • Excerpts: 3-4 Standard Orchestral Excerpts
  • 3. Sight-reading may be included.

    TRANSFERS:

    Please contact Professor Poehls for audition requirements and suggested repertoire.

    OBOE

    Please contact Dr. Christina Chen-Beyers at christinayipingchen@gmail.com for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

    1. Scales:

  • All Major Scales (Two or more octaves)
  • Chromatic Scale (Low B-flat to high D above staff)
  • 2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical)

  • Works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of oboe sonatas/concerti.
  • Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:

    Studies

  • W. Ferling: Studies (No.1-48)
  • Barret: Studies (forty progressive melodies)
  • Solos

  • R. Schumann: 3 Romances
  • D. Cimarosa: Concerto
  • C. Saint Saens: Sonata for oboe and piano
  • 3. Sight Reading

    TRANSFER STUDENTS & GRADUATE STUDENTS (MASTER & DMA):

    1. Scales:

  • All Major Scales (Two or more octaves)
  • Any two Minor Scales: (Two or more octaves)
  • Chromatic Scale (Low B-flat to 3rd octave G above staff)
  • 2. Two contrasting complete works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).

  • Works may be chosen from contrasting movements of clarinet sonatas/concerti.
  • Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:

    Solos

  • C. Saint Saens: Sonata
  • P. Hindemith: Sonata
  • F. Poulenc: Sonata
  • W.A. Mozart: Concerto or Quartet
  • B. Britten: Six Metamorphoses
  • Marcello: Concerto
  • 3. Sight Reading

    BASSOON

    Please contact Professor Sebastian Tackling at tacklis@fargoschools.org or (701) 446-2157 for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

    UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

      1. Scales
    • F major 2 octaves
    • E major 2 octaves
    • Bb chromatic 2 octaves
      2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).
    • The works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of bassoon sonatas/concerti.

    Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:

    Studies

    • Weissenborn Studies for Bassoon
    • Rubank Advanced Method for Bassoon
    • Ozi Caprices
    Solos
    • Mozart: Concerto in Bb
    • Concert and Contest Collection (Rubank)
    • Schoenbach: Solos for the Bassoon Player
    • Weissenborn: Any solo
    • Telemann: Sonata in f minor
    • Vivaldi: Any concerti
    • 3. Sight Reading

      TRANSFER STUDENTS & GRADUATE STUDENTS:

      1. Scales:

    • All 12 major scales in 2 octaves
    • F harmonic and melodic minor 2 octaves
    • Bb harmonic and melodic minor 2 octaves
    • Bb chromatic 3 octaves
    • 2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).

    • The works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of clarinet sonatas/concerti.
    • Suggested Repertoire:

      Studies

    • Milde
    • Ozi
    • Weissenborn
    • Jancourt
    • Solos

    • Hindemith: Sonata
    • Saint-Saens: Sonata
    • Mozart: Concerto in Bb
    • Weber: Concerto in F
    • Bourdeau: Premiere Solo
    • Hummel: Concerto in F
    • Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo
    • 3. Sight Reading

      TRUMPET

      Please contact Dr. Jeremy Brekke at jeremy.brekke@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

      UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN)/TRANSFER STUDENTS:

      1. Scales

    • Major Scales (slurred, one octave) three will be asked
    • Chromatic scale (playable range)
    • 2. Two contrasting musical selections (ONE lyrical & ONE technical) 2-5 minutes each in length, accompaniment is optional.

      Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:

      Studies

    • J. L. Small: Twenty Seven Melodious and Rhythmical Studies
    • H. L. Clarke: Technical Studies (etudes)
    • J. B. Arban: Characteristic Studies
    • Solos

    • Haydn, Hummel or Neruda Trumpet Concerti
    • Balay: Andante and Allegro
    • Ropartz: Andante and Allegro
    • Clarke: Maid of the Mist    
    • Barat: Andante and Scherzo
    • Goedicke: Concert Etude
    • GRADUATE STUDENTS (MM & DMA):
      Please contact Dr. Brekke for audition repertoire.

      HORN

      Please contact Professor Erik Vigessa at orneryhorn@gmail.com for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

      UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN)/TRANSFER STUDENTS:

      1. Scales:

    • Any scales in full range - minimum of two
    • 2. Solos:

    • One work from the following or any other piece approved by the instructor
    • Suggested Repertoire:

    • Mozart: Concerto (Any Movement)
    • Strauss: Concerto No.1 (Movement I)
    • Strauss: Nocturno
    • Saint Saens: Moreau de Concert (Movement I)
    • Any other piece approved by the instructor
    • LOW BRASS

      Please contact Dr. Kyle Mack at Kyle.Mack@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

      UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

      Tenor Trombone and Euphonium:

      1. Scales:

    • Major Scales: Bb, C & F (Two octaves)
    • 2. Solos:

    • Two Contrasting Works
    • Suggested Repertoire:
      Studies:

    • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes, Vol. 1
    • Arban: Complete Method
    • Solos:

    • Galliard: Sonata No. 1
    • Guilman: Morceau Symphonique
    • Hass: Hasse Suite
    • Ropartz: Andante et Allegro
    • Saint-Saens: Cavatine
    • Telemann: Sonata in F minor
    • David: Concertino (Tenor Trombone only)
    • Jacob: Fantasia (Euphonium only)
    • Bass Trombone:

      1. Scales: Same with Bb Major down to pedal Bb

      2. Solos: Two Contrasting Works

      Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:
      Studies:  

    • Bordogni/Rochut: Melodious Etudes, Vol. 1 (8ba/Loco)
    • Arban Complete Method
    • Bordogni/Ostrander: Melodious Etudes for Bass Trombone
    • Gillis: 20 Studies
    • Grigoriev: 24 Studies
    • Solos: 
    • Hoffman: The Big Horn
    • Koetsier: Allegro Maestros
    • Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
    • Lieb: Concertino Basso
    • Tcherepnin: Andante
    • Telemann: Sonata in F minor
    • UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (TRANSER UPPER CLASS):

      Solos:
      Same as Incoming Freshmen with more focus on (depending on level of experience):

    • Tenor Trombone: Guilmant and David
    • Euphonium: Guilmant and Jacob
    • Bass Trombone: Lebedev and Telemann
    • GRADUATE STUDENTS:

      Scales: C, D & F Major (2 octaves), Bb Major (3 octaves)

      Studies: Same as above

      Solos: Contact Dr. Mack

      PERCUSSION

      Please contact Dr. Sigurd Johnson at Sigurd.Johnson@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

      UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (INCOMING FRESHMEN):

      Snare Drum

      Concerto Solo:

    • Cirone: Portraits in Rhythm (Any Etude)
    • Rudimental Solo (Optional)

    • Contact Dr. Johnson for suggestions
    • Mallet Instruments

      Scales: C Chromatic, Bb Major, D Harmonic Minor- (3 Octaves, Ascending & Descending)

      “2” Mallet Solo

      Suggested Repertoire- from the following books:

    • McMillan: Masterpieces for Marimba
    • Goldenberg: Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone (Any Etude)
    • “4” Mallet Solo (Optional)

    • Contact Dr. Johnson for suggestions
    • Timpani

      Firth: The Solo Timpanist

      Drum Set (Optional)

      Contact Dr. Johnson for suggestions

      TRANSFER STUDENTS & GRADUATE STUDENTS(BM, MM, DMA):

      Please contact Dr. Johnson for suggestions.

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