Perform at least three compositions, each representing different periods (one contrapuntal work and at least one sonata movement); and minor scales and arpeggios.
Choose two complete instrumental works, four songs, and one aria from the Collaborative Piano audition repertoire list. In addition, applicants should prepare one solo work from memory and may also be asked to sight read as part of the audition. International applicants may submit a DVD recording of equivalent repertoire in lieu of a live audition (please contact Dr. Anne Kissel for details).
Perform five selections, including one opera or oratorio aria, in a minimum of four languages and representing a variety of styles and periods. Recital Track (MM-Music Education) – perform four selections in a minimum of three languages.
Perform several compositions (sonata or concerto movements, or pieces), which demonstrate both technical competence and contrasts of musical style; play scales and arpeggios through three octaves.
Perform at least two movements from each of several different major works selected from contrasting style periods in the standard repertoire for the instrument. An accompanist is preferred, but not required.
Perform two solos, one representative of pre-twentieth century styles and the other from the contemporary period, and several standard orchestral excerpts. The audition may include sight-reading.
Perform solos on snare drum, multiple percussion, timpani, and mallet instruments, timpani, and mallet instruments; scales and arpeggios on a mallet instrument; rudiments; and tune timpani.
Candidates will conduct a rehearsal of the College Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or other curricular wind ensemble, which will include two compositions as listed below:
1. A composition representing the classical period (i.e., a Mozart, Haydn or early Beethoven symphony or the closest equivalent band literature).
2. A composition representing the Romantic period (i.e., a movement of a Dvorak, Brahms or Tchaikovsky symphony, or the closest equivalent in band literature).
The candidate should be prepared to submit three compositions for each of the above from which the committee will choose the literature to be rehearsed. If the candidate wishes to use music available at Fredonia, she/he should be certain to determine that the literature is in the School of Music Ensemble Library. The candidate must check directly with Dr. Paula Holcomb or Dr. David Rudge. In dealing with the literature in the audition rehearsal, the candidate should display a considerable knowledge of instrumental techniques and rehearsal procedure.
Candidates will conduct a rehearsal of the College Choir, Chamber Singers or other curricular reading chorus, which will encompass five compositions as, listed below:
1. PREPARED PIECE: Renaissance Polyphonic Mass or Motet movement (Palestrina, Lotto, Victoria, etc.).
2. PREPARED PIECE: Baroque composition, selection from an opera, oratorio or cantata (Bach, Handel et all.).
3. PREPARED PIECE: Romantic composition, ( Brahms, Bruckner, etc.).
4. LIMITED PREPARATION: 20th century composition in a moderate to fast tempo with changing and irregular meters (Stravinsky, Britten, etc.).
5. LIMITED PREPARATION: Recitative (solo or choral).
Selections in the first three categories should reflect a multiplicity of styles and languages and be prepared by the candidate prior to the audition. The candidate must check directly with the Director of Choral Studies.
In dealing with the literature in the audition rehearsal, the candidate should display a considerable knowledge of diction, vocal technique and rehearsal procedure.
Prospective students must present a portfolio (tapes, CDs, scores, papers, analyses, etc.) to be examined by the Coordinator of Music Theory or Composition or her/his designee. In the case of applicants who are unable to arrange a visit to campus, the portfolio must be submitted by mail. A personal interview may be requested; acceptance of application without an interview will be at the discretion of the Coordinator of Music Theory or Composition.
A complete graduate application packet must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies for acceptance in any graduate degree program.