Auditions

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 & Transfer Students)

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.

Graduate Students

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.

Oboe

Please contact Philip McKenzie at philip.mckenzie@ndsu.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

Undergraduate Students (Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students):

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

Graduate Students (MM & 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

Clarinet

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

Undergraduate Students (Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students):

1. Scales
  • All Major scales up to two sharps/two flats
  • Chromatic scale (full comfortable range)
  • 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
  • D. Hite: Melodious and Progressive Studies
Solos
  • G. Tartini: Concertino (Arr. Gordon Jacobs)
  • G. Finzi: Five Bagatelles
  • C. Saint Saens: Sonata
  • C. Stamitz: Concerti
  • C.M. Weber: Concertino and Concerti
  • Other approved work by Dr. Keogh

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 Orchestral Excerpts

4. Sight Reading

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 & Transfer Students):

1. Scales:
  • Chromatic scale (low Bb to high F or F#.)
2. Two contrasting works (ONE technical & ONE lyrical).
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These works may be chosen from studies and or contrasting movements of original saxophone works or etude
Suggested Repertoire- Selections may be chosen from but not limited to:
Studies
  • Ferling: 48 Famous Studies
  • Voxman: Selected Studies for Saxophone
  • Rubank Advanced Method Volume 1 and/or Volume 2
  • 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.
  • (Optional) Jazz standard or blues approved by Dr. Patnode


Graduate Students (MM & 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

Bassoon

Please contact Dr. Cody Hunter at cody.hunter@mayvillestate.edu for any questions pertaining to the audition requirements, and/or to schedule an audition.

Undergraduate Students (Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students)

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

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 Kayla Nelson at kayla.l.nelson@ndsu.edu 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 & Transfer Students)

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
  • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
  • Hasse: 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 Maestoso
  • Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
  • Lieb: Concertino Basso
  • Tcherepnin: Andante
  • Telemann: Sonata in F minor

Undergraduate Students (Transfer 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

1. Scales:
  • C, D & F Major (2 octaves), Bb Major (3 octaves)
Studies: Same as above

Solos: Contact Dr. Mack

Strings

If you have any questions pertaining to the audition process, and/or to schedule an audition, please contact Jennifer Tackling at jennifer.tackling@ndsu.edu for upper strings and Elise Buffat Nelson at elise.buffatnelson@ndsu.edu for lower strings.

Undergraduate Students (Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students)

  • Two selections or movements that contrast in tempo and style, one of which may be an etude

Graduate Students

  • A first or last movement of a major violin concerto
  • A movement of an unaccompanied composition, preferably solo Bach
  • A work of the candidate's choice from a musical period not represented by the other two selections

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 & Transfer Students)

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

Graduate Students (BM, MM, DMA):

Please contact Dr. Johnson for suggestions.