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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: Music Theory (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: Performance (MM)

Candidates must exhibit the equivalent preparation to that required for the Bachelor of Music in Performance at Ithaca College and give evidence of being equipped to perform successful recitals during the period of study for the degree program.

Prepare the following for a 20-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.
  4. Excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

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.

Faculty

Richard Faria
Professor of Clarinet
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Specific repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Faria.