School of Music
Graduate Audition Requirements


School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151

Additional application requirements for specific Master of Music programs:

Music Education
The master's in Music Education offers you several curricular options, and in many cases the university's application for graduate study is all that is required for consideration of admission. One of the options, however, involves performance study and a culminating recital. Those interested in the "recital option" must audition either before beginning coursework or before completing 12 credit hours. Explore your choices for this degree in the university Catalog.

An audition/interview request form is part of the graduate studies application. The full application must be completed (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) before any audition or interview will be scheduled.


Music Performance (Conducting, Voice, or Instrumental):  An audition is required (see details below). Please select from the general audition dates when submitting the Graduate Audition/Interview Request Form (which is part of the Application for Graduate Study), and the entire application must be completed (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) before the audition will be scheduled. View details in the university catalog.


Theory/Composition: An interview is required, and original scores with recordings (Composition) or samples of scholarly work (Theory) must be submitted.  The Graduate Audition/Interview Request Form is part of the Application for Graduate Study, and the entire application must be completed (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) before the interview will be scheduled.  Please note: a performance audition is not required.
View details in the university catalog.


Music Therapy: In the application for graduate study, the 2 letters of recommendation should include one from a clinical and one from an academic supervisor.  No interview or audition is required.
View details in the university catalog.




Audition detail by instrument or area of study:

Piano | Collaborative Piano | Voice | Strings | Woodwinds | Brass
Percussion | Conducting - Instrumental | Conducting - Vocal
Theory/Composition


Piano

Perform at least three compositions, each representing different periods (one contrapuntal work and at least one sonata movement); and minor scales and arpeggios.
 

Collaborative Piano

Applicants should prepare ALL of the selections on 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).


Voice

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.

Strings

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.

Woodwinds

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.

Brass

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. 

Percussion

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.

Conducting: Instrumental

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.

Conducting: Vocal

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 Dr. Gerald Gray. In dealing with the literature in the audition rehearsal, the candidate should display a considerable knowledge of diction, vocal technique and rehearsal procedure.

Theory/Composition

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.


 

Questions?

Music Education:
Contact Dr. Katherine Levy, Chair of Music Education

Music Performance - Conducting:
Contact Dr. David Rudge, Director of the College Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Paula Holcomb, Director of the Wind Ensemble, or Dr. Gerald Gray, Director of the Fredonia College Choir and the Fredonia Chamber Choir.

Music Performance - Voice or Instrumental:
Contact Dr. Patricia Corron, Associate Director of Academic Affairs.

Theory/Composition:
Contact Dr. Paul Murphy, Theory Area Head, or Dr. Rob Deemer, Music Composition Area Head.

Music Therapy:
Contact Dr. Joni Milgram-Luterman, Music Therapy Area Head.


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