Woodwinds Audition Repertoire

Collaborative pianists are required only for DMA Flute auditions, unless specifically noted. Applicants must arrange for their own pianists. The Admissions Office can provide a list of local collaborative pianists for hire.

Prescreening Recording

Prescreening recordings are required for all applicants to NEC. The prescreening repertoire does not need to be accompanied unless specifically noted. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application. DMA prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as for the live audition. Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

Flute

Prescreening Recordings (all Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. Mozart - Exposition of 1st and 2nd movements of the Concerto in G or D Major
  2. Contrasting piece of the candidate's choice
  3. Orchestral Excerpts (3 total):
    A. Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3 - measures 328-360
    B. Brahms Symphony No.4, last movement - measures 93-105
    C. Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Nights Dream - 2 measures before P to the end

Updated on 1/12/2022 for Fall 2022 Applicants:

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, final round auditions will be in a recorded format. Below are updated requirements for recordings.

Undergraduate:

Please submit three videos. Each video must be recorded in one take with no editing allowed. Collaborative pianists are allowed for accompanied solo works but not required.

  1. Concerto in G or D by WA Mozart, movement 1 exposition
  2. A 2-3 minute sample of a 20th or 21st century work.
  3. 2 orchestral excerpts (played sequentially in one take):
  4. Required: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2 – 155 – 3 measures before 157; 176 to 2 measures after 179
  5. 1 excerpt chosen from the following list:
    • Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 – measures 328-360
    • Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream – 12 measures before P to the end
    • Brahms Symphony No. 4, fourth movement – measures 89-105
    • Dvorak Symphony No. 8, fourth movement – rehearsal C-E
    • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis – Andantino, 12 before B to end

Graduate:

Please submit four videos. Each video must be recorded in one take with no editing allowed. Collaborative pianists are allowed for accompanied solo works but not required.

1. Concerto in G or D by WA Mozart, movements 1 and 2 exposition

2. A 2-3 minute sample of a 20th or 21st century work

3. One movement from a J.S. Bach Sonata, without repeats

4. 2 orchestral excerpts:

A. Required: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2 – 155 – 3 measures before 157; 176 to 2 measures after 179

B. 1 excerpt chosen from the following list:

  • Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 – measures 328-360
  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream – 12 measures before P to the end
  • Brahms Symphony No. 4, fourth movement – measures 89-105
  • Dvorak Symphony No. 8, fourth movement – rehearsal C-E
  • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis – Andantino, 12 before B to end
 

Oboe

Prescreening:

  1. One slow Ferling etude, and either a fast Ferling etude or a Barrett Grand Study
  2. One slow and one fast movement from either a Baroque or Classical concerto
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts for undergraduates and four excerpts for graduates

Applicants invited for a live audition should expect to sight-read as part of the audition.

Updated on 1/12/2022 for Fall 2022 Applicants:

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, final round auditions will be in a recorded format. Below are updated requirements for recordings

Undergraduate and Graduate Final Audition:

Please submit three videos. Each video must be recorded in one take with no editing allowed. Collaborative pianists are allowed for accompanied solo works but not required.

  1. One slow Ferling etude, and either a fast Ferling etude or a Barrett Grand Study
  2. Approximately 5 minutes from either a Baroque or Classical concerto, including sections of two contrasting movements
  3. One orchestral excerpt
 

Clarinet

Prescreening Recordings (all Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. One etude from Rose 32 Etudes
  2. Mozart Concerto, K.622, first movement exposition with piano accompaniment
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice

Updated on 1/12/2022 for Fall 2022 Applicants:

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, final round auditions will be in a recorded format. Below are updated requirements for recordings

Undergraduate:

Please submit four videos. Each video must be recorded in one take with no editing allowed. Collaborative pianists are allowed for accompanied solo works but not required.

  1. 3-5 minutes from a clarinet concerto written in the 18th or 19th century, including sections from two contrasting movements. 
  2. 3-5 minutes from a major work for the clarinet (concerto, sonata, solo, etc.) written in the 20th or 21st century. 
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice.
  4. A melody of your choice which you feel represents your cultural background and/or personal interest. It may be from any genre of music and you may add embellishment or improvisation.

Graduate:

Please submit four videos. Each video must be recorded in one take with no editing allowed. Collaborative pianists are allowed for accompanied solo works but not required.

  1. 3-5 minutes from a clarinet concerto written in the 18th or 19th century, including sections from two contrasting movements. 
  2. 3-5 minutes from a major work for the clarinet (concerto, sonata, solo, etc.) written in the 20th or 21st century.
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of your choice.
  4. A melody of your choice which you feel represents your cultural background and/or personal interest. It may be from any genre of music and you may add embellishment or improvisation

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Bassoon

Prescreening Recordings (all undergraduate and graduate MM & GD):

  1. Movements 1 and 2 of a concerto by Mozart, Weber, or Hummel (expositions only; accompaniment preferred)
  2. Two of the following orchestral excerpts:
    1. Marriage of Figaro Overture (mm. 139 - 171)
    2. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4 (mvt. 2, solo to end)
    3. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 6 (mvt. 1, opening solo)
    4. Ravel, Bolero (solo)
    5. Ravel, Piano Concerto (mvt. 1, rhl. 9 - 10, and mvt. 3, rhl. 14 - 16)
    6. Stravinsky, Rite of Spring (opening solos)
    7. Stravinsky, Firebird (Berceuse solo)
    8. Rimsky-Korsakov, sheherazade (mvt. 2, solo and cadenzas)
    9. Beethoven, Symphony no. 4 (mvt. 4, mm. 15 - 25, 184 - 188, 300 - 303, 348- end)
    10. Shostakovich, Symphony no. 9 (solo from mvts. 4 - 5) 

Updated on 1/12/2022 for Fall 2022 Applicants:

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, final round auditions will be in a recorded format. Below are updated requirements for recordings.

Undergraduate:

Please submit three videos. Each video must be recorded in one take with no editing allowed. Collaborative pianists are allowed for accompanied solo works but not required.

  1. 3 or 4 minutes of an 18th or 19th-century sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece, or two contrasting etudes from the Milde 50 Concert Studies.  Include excerpts from two movements or etudes unless you are doing a one-movement work.
  2. 3 or 4 minutes of a 20th-century or later sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece.  Include excerpts from two movements unless you are doing a one-movement work.
  3. Two orchestral excerpts of your choice

Graduate:

  1. Approximately 3 minutes of a Baroque or Classical sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece.  Include excerpts from two movements unless you are doing a one-movement work.
  2. Approximately 3 minutes of a Romantic or early 20th-century sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece.  Include excerpts from two movements unless you are doing a one-movement work.
  3. Approximately 2 minutes of a post-1950 sonata, concerto, or unaccompanied piece.  Include excerpts from two movements unless you are doing a one-movement work.
  4. Three orchestral excerpts of your choice

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Saxophone

Updated on 1/12/2022 for Fall 2022 Applicants:

Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, final round auditions will be in a recorded format. Below are updated requirements for recordings.

Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for the prescreening audition. Full pieces, with accompaniment when appropriate, should be submitted, unless otherwise indicated.  Applicants have the option to use the videos already submitted in the prescreening round as their final audition, or they can rerecord anything and upload as a replacement for a previous recording.

Undergraduate prescreening and live audition:

Two of the following, or comparable works:

  • Creston Sonata, Op.19 (pub. Shawnee); 2 contrasting mvmts
  • Desenclos Prelude, Cadence et Finale (pub. Leduc)
  • Glazounov Concerto (pub. Leduc)
  • Decruck Sonata (pub. Billaudot)
  • Nelson Sonata (pub. Advance Music)
  • Ibert Concertino da Camera (pub. Leduc); 1 movement
  • Rueff Sonate (pub. Leduc)
  • Villa-Lobos Fantasia (pub. Peer-Southern); 2 contrasting mvmts

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Master of Music and Graduate Diploma prescreening and live audition:

  1. Ibert Concertino da Camera (pub. Leduc), or a comparable work
  2. Choose one of the following, or a comparable work:
    • Creston Sonata, Op.19 (pub. Shawnee); 2 contrasting mvmts
    • Dahl Concerto (pub. European American Music); 2 contrasting mvmts
    • Tower Second Flight (pub. Associated Music Publishers)
    • Denisov Sonata (pub. Leduc); any 2 mvmts
    • Chen Twice Removed (pub. RCEditions)
    • Glazounov Concerto (pub. Leduc)
    • Harbison Sonata "San Antonio" (pub. Schirmer-AMP); 2 contrasting mvmts
  3. Two orchestral excerpts from The Orchestral Saxophonist, Vol.1 (pub. Roncorp). Suggested excerpts:
    • Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
    • Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije
    • Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Doctor of Musical Arts:

A recital-length program of stylistically diverse works that are musically and technically challenging.

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants to the Bachelor of Music, Tufts/NEC Five-Year Dual-Degree, Master of Music, and Graduate Diploma will be offered equal consideration for both recorded auditions and in-person auditions. Due to the selective nature of our Doctor of Musical Arts and Harvard/NEC Five-Year Dual Degree programs, applicants to those programs must present a live audition on campus.

If a prescreening recording is required of your intended major or program, you must submit this as a part of the online application. If you pass the prescreening round, you will be invited to submit a final video audition recording in January. Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Full pieces, with accompaniment when appropriate, should be submitted, unless otherwise indicated. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials, including prescreening if required, are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.