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Graduate Music Audition Requirements

For information about our different graduate programs, please view the Graduate Academic Requirements.

Brass

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba

Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment.

Prepare two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire and three (3) orchestral excerpts.  For your solo repertoire, you may choose from the suggested pieces below or make your own choices at a similar level of difficulty. We ask that you play the listed excerpts. In addition, please prepare all major and minor (natural, melodic and harmonic) scales and arpeggios and be prepared to sight-read.

If you are submitting a recorded audition, please make sure that there is no accompaniment, and that the recording has not been edited and does not contain reverb. Recorded auditions should also include one major and three minor scales (one each: natural, melodic and harmonic) and corresponding arpeggios. View more information about submitting recorded auditions.

Trumpet

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Haydn: Concerto
  • Hindemith: Sonata

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Leonore (No. 2 and No. 3)
  • Stravinsky: Petrushka (Ballerina’s Dance)
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

French Horn

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2, 3 or 4
  • Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 or 2
  • Gliere: Horn Concerto

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Strauss: Opening solo from Til Eulenspiegel
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, 2nd Movement solo
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement, Horn 1, Rehearsal 17-21

Trombone

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Martin: Ballade
  • Milhaud: Concerto d’Hiver
  • Tomasi: Concerto

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Mozart: Tuba Mirum
  • Ravel: Bolero
  • Berlioz: Hungarian March

Bass Trombone

Suggested Repertoire

  • Ewazen: Concerto
  • T.R. George: Concerto

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony no. 9
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
  • Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries

Tuba

Suggested Repertoire:

  • Hindemith: Sonata
  • Vaughan Williams: Concerto

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Recorded audition information.

Choral Conducting

Pre-screen required.

Applicants must submit a pre-screening recording online by the December application deadline. Read more about the recorded audition process.

The pre-screen video and supporting materials must contain the following:

  • A 15-20 minute video recording of footage from a rehearsal and a performance. Note: The video should be from the perspective of the choir and show the conductor's face. A successful applicant should provide video that shows rehearsal technique as well as performance conducting. Video clips need not include an entire musical selection.
  • A performance resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A representative repertoire list of works conducted and/or studied.
  • Two letters of recommendation from artists/teachers who can most fully discuss your potential in the field of choral conducting.
  • A written self-assessment of piano skills, vocal skills, and experience with languages and sung diction (Latin, German, French, Italian, Spanish, etc.).
  • A brief but complete analysis of a short common practice period choral work equivalent to a movement from a Brahms motet or Bach cantata from the applicant's repertoire. Note: the analysis should include a chart of the work's form, harmonic language, key areas, etc.

Applicants may be invited to audition and interview at The Boston Conservatory based on an evaluation of the materials submitted above, as well as submission of a complete application. During auditions, applicants will be asked to:

Rehearse with a Boston Conservatory choral ensemble during which the applicant should expect to:

  • Conduct a brief warm-up.
  • Conduct a complete work or movement from a larger work, as assigned by Dr. George Case, Director of Choral Activities, which the ensemble is preparing for its spring performance.
  • Introduce a work or an excerpt from a larger work of the applicant’s choosing, in consultation with Dr. Case.

Interview with Choral faculty, during which the applicant will:

  • Sing a prepared solo at the level of an Italian art song (a pianist will be provided).
  • Demonstrate piano skills by playing a prepared piece of your choosing at the level of a two-part Bach Invention.
  • Play open score (SATB) at the level of a Bach chorale.
  • Aurally identify intervals, scales, triads, and harmonic progressions.
  • You may also perform on your major instrument if you would like to.

Applicants will be invited to observe classes and rehearsals, as well as interact with current graduate and undergraduate students.

Collaborative Piano

Pre-screen required.  Live audition required.

All collaborative piano applicants must submit a pre-screen recording (video required) by the December application deadline. All recordings must be submitted online.

Pre-screen recording requirements

Please record the following works with musicians of your choosing. Please note that the pre-screen repertoire does not necessarily have to be the same as the audition repertoire. Any questions regarding pre-screening process or repertory should be addressed to aaltenbach@bostonconservatory.edu.

General curriculum

  1. Two contrasting movements from a Classical, Romantic, or 20th century sonata for piano and one or more instruments.
  2. Three contrasting vocal works. Applicants are encouraged for one work to be a selection from the operatic repertory.

Opera emphasis curriculum

  1. One Allegro movement from a Classical, Romantic, or 20th century sonata for piano and one or more instruments.
  2. Four contrasting vocal works. Two of the works must be selections from the operatic repertory.

Based on the pre-screen, applicants may be invited for a live audition for which they should prepare the following works. Note: Collaborative Piano applicants must audition live in Boston since the audition requires ensemble playing and sight-reading. Regional and final recorded auditions are not permitted. Questions concerning extenuating circumstances may be addressed directly to the chair of the department, Andrew Altenbach.

Live audition requirements

Collaborative musicians will be provided by The Boston Conservatory for the live audition, and rehearsals will be arranged on-campus in advance. Applicants must prepare to audition with all of the following repertoire. Applicants will be required to speak the text for all vocal repertoire. In addition, applicants will be asked to sight-read both vocal and instrumental literature. 

General curriculum

Vocal (please prepare all songs in high keys)

  • Schubert, Ganymed
  • Brahms, Wie Melodien
  • Poulenc, Quelle aventure! (from La courte paille)
  • Barber, St. Ita’s Vision (from Hermit Songs)

Instrumental (please prepare complete sonata)

  • Beethoven Violin Sonata Op. 12 in D major

Solo

  • Work or movement less than 10 minutes in length from the classical or romantic repertoire; memorization not required.

Opera emphasis curriculum

Vocal (please prepare all songs in high keys)

  • Schubert, Ganymed
  • Brahms, Wie Melodien
  • Poulenc, Quelle aventure! (from La courte paille)
  • Barber, St. Ita’s Vision (from Hermit Songs)
  • Mozart, E Susanna non vien...Dove sono (from Le nozze di Figaro)
  • Massanet, Pourquoi me réveiller (from Werther)
  • Strauss, Sein wir wieder gut (from Ariadne auf Naxos)

Instrumental (please prepare complete sonata)

  • Beethoven Violin Sonata Op. 12 in D major

No solo work is required for applicants to the opera emphasis.  

Composition

Pre-screen required.

  • Applicants to the MM in Composition or the PSC in Composition should submit a portfolio of between three and six works (no more), at least one of which must be for large ensemble (over 10 players), and at least two of which were written in the last two years.
  • Scores should be legibly notated (by hand or by computer).
  • Recordings of your work are encouraged.
  • Be sure that there is an accompanying score for each submitted recording.
  • Write a short essay describing your musical influences and enthusiasms. Reference three modern concert works that have made an impact on you, and say why. The first of these three works should have been written between 1930 and 1960; the second written between 1960 and 1990; and the third written between 1990 and 2014.
    (Note: This is separate from the writing sample about your interest in the Boston Conservatory, in the online application.)
  • Applicants may be asked to interview, in which case an in-person interview is required.

All of the above pre-screen materials must be submitted onlinePre-screen materials sent via mail will not be accepted, and you will be asked to submit online. 

Contemporary Music

The graduate programs in Contemporary Music Performance is open to the following instruments: bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, harp, horn, oboe, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone (bass/tenor), trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, voice. Percussion applicants should prepare separate repertoire indicated below. All other instruments should prepare three (3) complete works in the following categories.

  1. One standard work composed before 1900 that demonstrates technical and musical proficiency.
  2. One 20th-century work, in traditional notation, from the standard repertoire, such as Berio’s Sequenzas, Carter, Boulez, Schoenberg, Berg, Ligeti, Stravinsky, etc. Chosen works should not be minimalist in nature and should reflect technical, rhythmic and musical proficiency.
  3. One work composed since 2000: This work may be written by the performer, by a student or colleague or by an established composer. This work may include electronics and may incorporate improvisation. Chosen works should not be minimalist in nature and should reflect technical, rhythmic and musical proficiency.

Please provide at least two copies of the scores for the audition panel. Photocopies are permitted. Speakers and auxiliary cord can be provided.

 Percussion applicants to the Contemporary Music program should prepare the repertoire required for a standard graduate percussion audition. Orchestral excerpts are not required, however, and instead a multiple-percussion solo recording should be provided (details below). Auditions should be performed without accompaniment, although playback of electronics on CD or mp3 device is acceptable. Speakers and an auxiliary cord can be provided at the audition. You are encouraged to program creatively so as to represent your skills well, and also demonstrate something unique about yourself as a musician.

  1. Graduate percussion applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the areas described below.
  2. Graduate percussion applicants may be asked to sight-read on the instruments below.

Snare Drum

Perform both of the following, totaling about four minutes:

  • Concert étude. Suggested composers: Délécluse, Cirone, Aleo, Peters.
  • Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Tompkins, Wilcoxon.

Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone—your choice)

Perform both of the following, totaling at least four minutes:

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solo, creative adaptations of any other composers' works are most welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.

Timpani

Perform the following, totaling about three minutes:

  • Solo piece about three minutes in duration. Suggested composers: Woud, Hochrainer, Firth, Délécluse, Lepak, Macarez, Carter.

Note: Etudes that demonstrate standard orchestral timpani musicianship (e.g., Woud or Hochrainer etudes) are preferred over Carter solos.

Multi-Percussion: Please submit a recording of a multi-percussion solo or other contemporary solo on an instrument(s) not otherwise represented above. Please record and upload your video recording (in lieu of a live performance of this work) prior to your audition date. Questions? Contact Brian Calhoon, Director of Admissions.

 

Harp

Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment. All candidates may use The Boston Conservatory harps to practice and audition (during audition weekend only). Applicants may also choose to bring their own harp. To arrange this, please contact Harp Faculty and Coordinator, Ina Zdorovetchi.

Available harps:

  • Lyon-Healy, style 100 (new)
  • Salvi, Daphne
  • Camac, Atlantide Prestige

Applicants should prepare the following repertoire for a live or recorded audition.

Etude

Choose one:

  • Bochsa: Fifty Studies, Op. 34, Book II (Hasselmans edition), No. 41 (F Major)
  • Pozzoli: Studies of Moderate Difficulty, No. 14

Two solo pieces

Choose two of the following pieces, or play two compositions of similar, or higher degree of difficulty (please contact department coordinator for repertoire approval):

  • Handel: Concerto in B-flat (any edition)
  • Debussy: Danses Sacres et Profanes
  • Ravel: Introduction et Allegro
  • Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299
  • Hindemith: Harp Sonata
  • Salzedo: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Orchestra excerpts

Choose two of the following orchestra excerpts:

  • Donizetti: Solo and cadenza (in D major) from Lucia di Lammermoor
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
  • Ravel: Cadenza from Tzigane
  • Wagner: Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
  • Wagner: Magic Fire Music
  • Strauss: Don Juan

Recorded audition information.

Marimba

Instrumental auditions should be performed without accompaniment (although playback of electronics on CD or mp3 player is acceptable).

On marimba, perform three works of contrasting styles totaling a minimum of 20 minutes. At least two of these must utilize four mallets; one or two must have been composed since 1970. Adaptations by the applicant are welcome; creativity in repertoire selection is encouraged. For suggestions, see "Recommended Solos".

Applicants may be asked to sight-read.

Recorded audition information.

Music Education

  • Complete an interview with the Chair of the Music Education Department, Dr. Rhoda Bernard.
  • International applicants must provide a TOEFL score of 80 or higher in order to interview.
  • Perform a live audition for the Chair of the Music Education Department. International applicants may submit recorded auditions by special request. The audition should consist of 5 minutes of your choice of music to demonstrate your musicianship. Please note that any style of music can be performed at the audition. A piano accompanist will be provided. If you would like to rehearse with the accompanist, please arrive 30 minutes early for your appointment.
  • Auditions and interviews are conducted at the same appointment. To schedule, please follow the prompts after you submit your online application.

Orchestral Conducting

Pre-screen required. Live audition required.

All Orchestral Conducting applicants must submit a pre-screen recording by the December application deadline. Read more about the recorded audition process.

The pre-screen must contain the following:

  • A resumé highlighting the applicant’s performing, conducting and educational experience;
  • A repertoire list of compositions conducted in performance and/or rehearsal;
  • Two artistic letters of recommendation from teachers or faculty who have observed the applicant conducting;
  • A 30-minute video of the applicant conducting a working rehearsal of any instrumental ensemble or repertoire. The recording camera should be facing the conductor, and the video should demonstrate verbal communication skills. (Video of a performance is not required.) 
  • A 15-minute audio recording of the applicant performing recently prepared repertoire on the applicant’s primary instrument/voice.

Applicants may be invited to audition and interview at The Boston Conservatory based on an evaluation of the materials submitted above, as well as submission of a complete application. During auditions, applicants will be asked to:

  • Conduct The Boston Conservatory Conductor's Orchestra in repertoire the orchestra is currently preparing (to be announced if invited).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in orchestration, score analysis, sight singing, ear training and dictation, repertoire and standard terminology in English, French and Italian.

Percussion

Instrumental auditions should be performed without accompaniment (although playback of electronics on CD or mp3 player is acceptable).

  1. Graduate applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the areas described below.
  2. In addition, graduate applicants must prepare two (2) standard orchestral excerpts each for snare drum, timpani, and xylophone.
  3. Graduate applicants may be asked to sight-read on the instruments below.
  4. Graduate applicants to the Contemporary Music program should follow other repertoire guidelines.

You are encouraged to program creatively so as to represent your skills well, and also demonstrate something unique about yourself as a musician.

Snare Drum:

Perform both of the following, totaling about four minutes:

  • Concert étude. Suggested composers: Délécluse, Cirone, Aleo, Peters.
  • Rudimental solo. Suggested composers: Pratt, Tompkins, Wilcoxon.

Mallets (xylophone, marimba, vibraphone—your choice)

Perform both of the following, totaling at least four minutes:

Note: For two-mallet and/or four-mallet solo, creative adaptations of any other composers' works are most welcome. In general, pieces with tempo fluctuations and a variety of rhythms and characters are preferred over perpetual motion pieces.

Timpani

Perform the following, totaling about three minutes:

  • Solo piece about three minutes in duration. Suggested composers: Woud, Hochrainer, Firth, Délécluse, Lepak, Macarez, Carter.

Note: Etudes that demonstrate standard orchestral timpani musicianship (e.g., Woud or Hochrainer etudes) are preferred over Carter solos.

Recorded audition information.

Piano

Pre-screen required.

All piano applicants must submit a video pre-screen online by the December application deadline. Only those applicants who pass the pre-screening round will be invited for a live audition in Boston. The audio and video should be of high quality, and the video must clearly show the applicant's hands. If you plan to audition by recording, you must submit a video online with all of the live audition requirements. Incomplete or audio-only recorded auditions will not be accepted.

Pre-screen recording requirements

  • A program of at least 20 minutes including two or more contrasting works.
  • Single movements of multi-movement works are acceptable for the pre-screen recording, only.
  • Complete works are to be prepared for the live audition, if invited.

Live audition requirements

All multi-movement works must be prepared in their entirety. All works are to be performed from memory.

  • A complete solo recital program at least 45 minutes in length, consisting of three to four works that show a variety of pianistic and musical skills.
  • One virtuosic etude. Suggested composers: Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, or Ligeti
  • Selections will be made by the faculty panel at the audition.

Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

It is not required that you perform your audition with piano accompaniment, and the Conservatory cannot provide an accompanist for you. But for those who would like to work with a pianist, the Interim String Department Chair, Lawrence Isaacson, can provide a list of local collaborative pianists for hire. A grand piano will be available in the audition room.

  • An etude or short virtuosic work that best demonstrates your ability to shift freely around the whole range of the instrument with good control of bowing articulation
  • Two movements of unaccompanied Bach
  • A complete first or last movement of a standard concerto
  • A work of the applicant’s choice (a 20th century work is recommended)
  • Prepare a melodic and a harmonic minor scale of your choice in 3-4 octaves performed with a minimum of 4 notes slurred per bow, plus the corresponding arpeggios. The arpeggio cycle of Flesch or Galamian is preferred and should be performed 3 notes slurred to a bow.
  • There will be sight-reading at the live audition.

Recorded audition information.

Vocal Pedagogy

Pre-screen required.

All Vocal Pedagogy applicants require the submission of a pre-screen recording (audio or video; video preferred) by the December application deadline.

The required method for submitting your recording is through DecisionDesk. You will need to register and submit your pre-screen by the deadline. CDs or DVDs are not permitted.

This pre-screen recording must be accompanied, and should include representative pieces which fulfill the audition requirements (below). They do not have to be the repertoire you plan to sing for your audition. All works are to be performed from memory. All Vocal Pedagogy applicants are encouraged to audition live in Boston where an accompanist will be provided.

Applicants must be prepared to perform all of the following:

  • An Italian art song
  • An art song in either French or German
  • An art song in English (not a translation)
  • Optional: an aria from an opera or oratorio
  • Optional: a selection from the classical or contemporary musical theater genre

If invited to a live audition, each applicant will perform for Director Kevin Wilson and other members of the voice faculty. Recorded auditions are permitted, though live auditions are preferred.

Voice

Pre-screen required.

All voice applicants require the submission of a pre-screen recording (audio or video; video preferred) by the December application deadline.

The required method for submitting your recording is through DecisionDesk. You will need to register and submit your pre-screen by the deadline. CDs or DVDs are not permitted.

This pre-screen recording must be accompanied, and should include representative pieces which fulfill the audition requirements (below). This does not have to be the same repertoire you plan to sing for your audition. All works are to be performed from memory. An accompanist is provided for all voice auditions at the Conservatory.

Applicants must be prepared to perform all of the following:

  • An Italian art song
  • An art song in German
  • An art song in French
  • An art song in English (not in translation)
  • Optional: an aria from an opera or oratorio

Recorded audition information.

Opera

Pre-screen required. Live audition required.

All Opera applicants require the submission of a pre-screen recording (audio or video; video preferred) by the December application deadline.

The required method for submitting your recording is through DecisionDesk. You will need to register and submit your pre-screen by the deadline. CDs or DVDs are not permitted.

This pre-screen recording must be accompanied, and should include representative pieces which fulfill the audition requirements (below). This does not have to be the same repertoire you plan to sing for your audition. All works are to be performed from memory. An accompanist is provided for all voice auditions at Boston Conservatory.

Applicants must be prepared to perform all of the following:

Three arias in contrasting style and language:

  • one in Italian
  • one in German or French
  • an oratorio aria (optional)

Three art songs: 

  • one in English (not in translation)
  • two in languages of your choice

Note: Recorded auditions are not accepted. All Opera applicants must audition live in Boston.

Woodwinds

Flute/optional Piccolo, Oboe/optional English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

Note: Instrumental auditions must be performed without accompaniment. If you are submitting a recorded audition, please make sure that there is no accompaniment, and that the recording has not been edited and does not contain reverb. View more information about submitting recorded auditions.

Flute

  • Two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire (e.g. Prokofiev Sonata, Poulenc Sonata, Mozart Concerto)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Beethoven: Leonore Overture, Brahms: 4th Symphony, Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo)

Optional Piccolo

  • Two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire (e.g. Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Rossini: Semiramide Overture)

Oboe

  • Two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerto, Vaughan-Williams Concerto, Ferling Études, Barrett Étude)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Beethoven: 3rd Symphony, Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture)

Optional English Horn

  • Two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire (e.g. Donizetti Concertino)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Berlioz Roman: Carnival Overture, Dvôrák: New World Symphony, Largo; Debussy: Nocturnes, Fetes)

Clarinet

  • Two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerto, Weber: either Concerto)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo; Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Second movement)

Bassoon

  • Two movements of contrasting nature from the solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerto)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Beethoven: 4th Symphony, Strauss: Don Juan, Stravinsky: Rite of Spring)

Saxophone

  • A movement from the standard concerto repertoire
  • A movement from the standard sonata repertoire
  • A work of the applicant’s choice (new music or transcription)
  • Two orchestral excerpts (e.g. Milhaud: Creation of the World, Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition)
    • available in “The Orchestral Saxophonist”, volumes 1 and 2, published by RonCorp, Cherry Hill, NJ

Recorded audition information.

Woodwinds with Auxiliary Instrument Specialization

Students interested in applying for graduate level programs in woodwinds now have the option of formally declaring an auxiliary instrument specialization. The core curriculum for these specializations is nearly identical in structure to other graduate level programs in woodwinds. Accepted students who declare auxiliary instrument specializations will note the specialized work in the applied area (private lessons, juries, and recitals), large ensembles (with casting priority on the specialized instrument), and the possibility of Chamber Music assignments. Applicants who wish to be considered for the specializations should adhere to the specific audition requirements below.

Flute with Piccolo Specialization

Flute

  • Two contrasting movements of your choice from the standard solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerti, Prokofiev Sonata, Poulenc Sonata, Bach Sonatas or Partita)

Piccolo

  • Any Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto: one slow and one fast movement
  • Four orchestral excerpts
    • Your choice of Opera Overture by Rossini (e.g. La Gazza Ladra, La Scala di Seta Overture, Semiramide Overture)
    • Your choice of Shostakovich Symphony 6, 8, or 10
    • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4
    • Berlioz - "Dance of the Sprites" from Damnation of Faust

Oboe with English Horn Specialization

Oboe

  • Two contrasting movements of your choice from the standard solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerto, Vaughn-Williams Concerto, Strauss Concerto)

English Horn

  • One of the following solo works
    • J.S. Bach - Cantata #1, the Aria "Wie schön leuchtet"
    • Donizetti - Concertino for English horn
  • Three orchestral excerpts
    • Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture - all the passages from the Andante Sostenuto section
    • Debussy - Nocturnes Movt. 2 (Fêtes) - the first passage and figures 2-4 and 14-18
    • Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez – Adagio

Clarinet with Bass Clarinet Specialization

Clarinet

  • Two contrasting movements of your choice from the standard solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerto, Weber Concerti, Nielsen Concerto)

Bass Clarinet

  • One movement of a J.S. Bach Cello Suite (original or transposed keys)
  • One contemporary solo piece of your choice (e.g. Elliott Carter- Steep Steps, Loevendie - Duo, Isang Yun - Monologue)
  • Your choice of TWO of the following orchestral excerpts
    • Ravel - La Valse
    • Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring
    • Grand Canyon Suite
    • Shostakovich - Violin Concerto
    • Ravel - Daphnis & Chloé Suite No.2

Bassoon with Contrabassoon Specialization

Bassoon

  • Two contrasting movements of your choice from the standard solo repertoire (e.g. Mozart Concerto, Weber Concerto, Tansman Sonata)

Contrabassoon

  • Complete orchestral parts for the following works:
    • Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
    • Ravel - Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    • Brahms - <Symphony No. 1
    • Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Recorded audition information.

Multiple Woodwind

All multi-woodwind applicants should represent ability on three different woodwind family instruments (i.e. no multi-clarinets, no multi-saxes). For the applicant’s primary instrument, the applicant should prepare two contrasting movements from a standard repertoire sonata or concerto. For each secondary instrument presented, the applicant should prepare a piece which demonstrates current levels of technical and musical proficiency. Each recording should supply 5-7 minutes of music for each instrument without piano accompaniment.

Scales and/or sight reading may be requested at the live audition. Each applicant must be accepted on all three instruments by faculty in order to gain acceptance to the Multiple Woodwind graduate program. If unable to attend a live audition, applicants may submit a recorded audition. Please make sure that on the recording there is no accompaniment and that the recording has not been edited and does not contain reverb. Read more information about submitting recorded auditions.

 

Artist Diploma

Pre-screen required. Live audition required.

Artist Diploma applicants are required to submit a pre-screen portfolio in the form of a comprehensive press kit and video recording, in addition to a submitted application by the December deadline. Qualified applicants are exceptional artists and are already expected to have demonstrated success as a professional musician outside of their institution. The press kit should include copies of concert programs (outside of school), concert reviews, orchestral employment, competitions won, etc. Applicants should also include future commitments and plans for ongoing projects.

The Artist Diploma is extremely selective; between zero and three applicants are invited each year. Without a press kit and video recording, applicants will not be invited. Pre-screen portfolio/press kit must include the following:

  • Copies of concert programs
  • A complete repertoire list
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An artistic resume detailing your career and study to date, including future engagements and projects
  • A pre-screen audition recording (video required) of 20 minutes of contrasting material that demonstrate a high level of musical and technical artistry

Applicants must submit materials online by the December application deadline. View details about submitting recordings online.

You may choose to mail your press kit and recordings to this address:

Boston Conservatory
Admissions Office
31 Hemenway St.
Boston, MA 02115
USA

Based on the review of the recording, applicants may be invited to a live audition at The Boston Conservatory. Those invited to audition for the Artist Diploma must prepare a full-length recital program, including a concerto. Accompanists are required for all Artist Diploma auditions, and are not provided by The Boston Conservatory.

Recorded Auditions

Our required method of receiving audition recordings, pre-screens and portfolios is online. View details about recorded auditions.

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