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Saxophone 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.

Pre-Screening Requirements:

All Undergraduate Saxophone applicants are required to submit prescreening materials before being invited to audition. These requirements are different from the full audition requirements listed below, though overlapping repertoire may be used for both purposes if applicants would like to do so. Requirements can be found on our Pre-Screening Requirements page.

Saxophone Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

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

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Classical Audition

  1. Two selections in contrasting style (separate pieces, movements from a single piece, or études)
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

Jazz Audition

  1. Be prepared to perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list (below). For each selection, perform the head, solo once over the form, return to the head, and end accordingly. Instrumental jazz studies applicants must also sing the melody of one of their prepared pieces.
    Audition Information for Jazz Studies Majors
  2. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

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

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music Theory (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Performance and Music Education (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. At least two movements of a multi-movement work from the standard saxophone literature
  2. One shorter work in contrasting style (e.g., a movement from a larger piece, an étude, or a shorter piece)
  3. All major scales
  4. Sight-reading

Saxophone 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

Steven Banks
Professor of Music
E-mail: sbanks@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Banks' Website

Specific classical repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Banks.

Mike Titlebaum
Director of Jazz Studies
Phone: (607) 274-1283
E-mail: mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Titlebaum's Website

Specific jazz repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Titlebaum.