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Clarinet Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Clarinet Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: Audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

  1. Two works in contrasting styles
  2. Major and melodic minor scales in two octaves and a chromatic scale in three octaves, in 16th notes
  3. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. Two works in contrasting styles
  2. Major and melodic minor scales in two octaves and a chromatic scale in three octaves, in 16th notes
  3. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. Two works in contrasting styles
  2. Major and melodic minor scales in two octaves and a chromatic scale in three octaves, in 16th notes
  3. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

  1. Two works in contrasting styles
  2. Major and melodic minor scales in two octaves and a chromatic scale in three octaves, in 16th notes
  3. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard clarinet repertoire, such as concerti or concertinos by Crusell, Krommer, Mozart, Spohr, Stamitz, Tartini, Weber, and sonatas and sonatinas by Arnold, Bernstein, Brahms, Hindemith, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, etc.
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style, (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece) such as Cavallini Adagio and Tarantella, Finzi Five Bagatelles, Osborne Rhapsody, any of the Solos de Concours, works by Cahuzac, Bozza, and Jeanjean, and études by Rose, Cavallini, Baermann, Polatschek, Uhl, Voxman Classical Studies, etc.
  3. Major and melodic minor scales from memory (minimum 2 octaves); chromatic scale (from low E, minimum 3 octaves)
  4. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Degree Page: Performance & Music Education (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard clarinet repertoire, such as concerti or concertinos by Crusell, Krommer, Mozart, Spohr, Stamitz, Tartini, Weber, and sonatas and sonatinas by Arnold, Bernstein, Brahms, Hindemith, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, etc.
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style, (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece) such as Cavallini Adagio and Tarantella, Finzi Five Bagatelles, Osborne Rhapsody, any of the Solos de Concours, works by Cahuzac, Bozza, and Jeanjean, and études by Rose, Cavallini, Baermann, Polatschek, Uhl, Voxman Classical Studies, etc.
  3. Major and melodic minor scales from memory (minimum 2 octaves); chromatic scale (from low E, minimum 3 octaves)
  4. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Note: SRT applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording (review requirements)

  1. Two works in contrasting styles
  2. Major and melodic minor scales in two octaves and a chromatic scale in three octaves, in 16th notes
  3. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Two works in contrasting styles
  2. Major and melodic minor scales in two octaves and a chromatic scale in three octaves, in 16th notes
  3. Sight-reading

NOTE:
Students who have had bass clarinet as their primary instrument in high school may play one piece on bass as long as the other is played on soprano clarinet. Students may also play their scales and sight reading on either instrument.

Clarinet Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

Prepare the following for a 15-minute audition:

  1. Elements of technical preparation such as scales and arpeggios.
  2. One complete sonata, concerto, or suite.
  3. Two or three additional works representing various periods of standard repertoire (Baroque, Classic, Romantic, or Contemporary). These may be single movements of longer works.

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

Faculty

Richard Faria
Professor of Clarinet
Visit Professor Faria's Website

Specific repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Faria.