Clarinet Audition

Prescreening Procedures

All clarinet applicants (for either classical program or orchestral performance program) are required to submit an video recording for prescreening purposes, in order to receive an invitation to a live audition in New York City. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below. Prescreening recordings must be uploaded via www.musiccas.com. Please find information on how to upload prescreening materials here.  It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality must be as good as possible.

  • ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED ON THEIR PRESCREENING RECORDING.
  • Two contrasting works (or single movements taken from full-length works), representing two different styles and/or periods (accompanied)
  • Two orchestral excerpts displaying a balance of technical and lyrical playing (unaccompanied)
  • One etude

Audition Procedures

  • Applicants who pass the prescreening portion of the audition will be invited for a live audition in New York City.
  • Auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length (doctoral auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length). Each applicant chooses his/her first work and the faculty will choose a second and possibly third work from the audition repertoire list provided by the applicant.
  • AUDITIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED. An accompanist is provided free of charge at auditions OR applicants may choose to bring their own accompanist. If applicants wish to rehearse with the School's accompanist BEFORE the audition, rehearsal time and cost should be arranged between the two parties.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

  • Two contrasting etudes.
  • Two complete works from contrasting periods.
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts.
  • Knowledge of transposition/clefs where applicable.
  • Sight-reading.

Graduate

  • Two contrasting etudes.
  • Two complete works from contrasting periods (one work must be a concerto and one work must be from the 20th century).
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts.
  • Knowledge of transposition/clefs where applicable.
  • Sight-reading.

Orchestral Performance (Graduate Program)

Visit the Orchestral Performance page for information >

Doctoral and Professional Studiests

A full-length recital from contrasting style periods including a work from the 20th century, plus four orchestral excerpts.