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Organ 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.

Organ Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

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

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.
     

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

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

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Degree Page: Music Theory (BM)

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

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

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Three works from contrasting periods (early Italian; French classic; north German before J. S. Bach; J. S. Bach; early, French, or German romantic; 20th-century French, German, English, or American). A typical audition program might include any of the preludes and fugues, trio sonatas, or large chorale works of J. S. Bach; a comparable work by Buxtehude or a French classic composer; and a romantic work by a composer such as Franck or Reger.

    Other audition programs may be approved after discussion with the major teacher involved. Contact the School of Music with any questions.

  2. Sight-reading will consist of two hymns. Applicants are not required to prepare a hymn accompaniment in advance.

Note: Memorization is not required.

Organ 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.

  1. A piece by J.S. Bach (preferably a prelude/fugue, toccata/fugue, or fantasy/fugue.
  2. A piece by a composer from the Romantic period (1820-1920)
  3. A piece by a 20th or 21st century composer

Note: selections from the Romantic period and 20th/21st century should be contrasting (i.e. one should be slow and lyrical, and the other up tempo and technical)

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

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.

  1. A piece by J.S. Bach (preferably a prelude/fugue, toccata/fugue, or fantasy/fugue.
  2. A piece by a composer from the Romantic period (1820-1920)
  3. A piece by a 20th or 21st century composer

Note: selections from the Romantic period and 20th/21st century should be contrasting (i.e. one should be slow and lyrical, and the other up tempo and technical)

FACULTY

Matthew Hall
Professor of Organ and Harpsichord 
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Specific repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Hall.