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New Haven,  CT,  06520-8246
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Materials Required for Applications for the 2008–09 Academic Year

Materials required by all applicants:

1) Application Form (submitted online)
2) Prescreening Recording
3) Transcripts/Academic Records
4) Three Letters of Recommendation
5) Résumé
6) Application Fee ($100)

 


Prescreening Recording and Audition Information
for Applications for the 2008–09 Academic Year

Applicants are invited to Yale for an audition on the basis of the prescreening recording and other credentials. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been invited to audition by January 25, 2008. Auditioning applicants must be prepared to perform all material specified in the repertoire guidelines below. The audition may also include tests of sightreading ability and other essential musical skills.

Auditions will be held at the Yale School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut, between February 25 and March 4, 2008. A complete list of specific audition dates will be available on this website shortly.

Yale does not assume responsibility for the loss of tapes, CDs, and scores. Original copies of these materials should not be sent. Recordings, videotapes, and scores will not be returned.

Prescreening Recording and Audition Repertoire Guidelines
for Applications for the 2008–09 Academic Year

Unless otherwise indicated, the repertoire guidelines listed below apply to both the prescreening recording and the audition. The audition repertoire you select may be different from your prescreening repertoire, as long as it adheres to these guidelines. No repertoire substitutions may be made where specific works are requested.

KEYBOARD

Piano
1) a Bach prelude and fugue or another original work by Bach (not a transcription)
2) a sonata or variations by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert (for the recording,
prepare at least two contrasting movements; for the live audition, prepare an entire work)
3) a larger Romantic nineteenth-century work
4) a twentieth-century composition

Organ
Recording Guidelines:
Representative works from the major areas of organ literature — a major Bach work, a Romantic work, and a contemporary work.

Audition Guidelines:
Organ applicants are strongly encouraged, though not required, to perform different works from those on the prescreening recording. However, works should be chosen from the same three categories (see above). Auditioning applicants will also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability and other essential musical skills.

STRINGS

Violin
1) a movement of an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita
2) a movement of a Romantic or twentieth-century concerto
3) any Paganini caprice
4) a short piece by Kreisler, Sarasate, de Falla, or comparable composer

Viola
1) a movement of any of the Bach cello suites OR a movement of a suite for solo viola by Reger
2) a movement of a sonata by Schubert or Brahms
3) a movement of either the Bartók concerto OR the Walton concerto OR Hindemith's Der Schwanendreher

Cello
For the prescreening round, cellists are strongly encouraged to send a video (VHS or DVD in NTSC format) instead of an audio recording.

1) the first movement of the Haydn D Major Concerto OR the last movement of the Haydn C Major Concerto
2) the second movement of the Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante OR the first movement of the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1
3) the second movement of the Boccherini A Major Sonata (Allegro) OR the first and second movements of the Valentini Sonata

Bass
Recording Guidelines:
1) a movement of a Bach cello suite
2) a movement of a concerto or sonata
3) two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Audition Guidelines:
Same as recording guidelines, plus a short contemporary piece.

Guitar

Representative selections from the major areas of the literature, including a major work of Bach, a major classical composition, and a twentieth- or twenty-first-century composition.

Harp
1) a major work by Bach or another baroque composer
2) a major French work
3) a work by Hindemith, Casella, Debussy, or Ravel

WOODWINDS

Flute
Recording Guidelines:
1) Sonatine of Dutilleux (with piano)
2) the second movement of Mozart's Concerto in D Major
3) Rossini's Semiramide Overture (standard piccolo excerpt, starting 6 bars before letter G)
4) a work of the applicant's choice

Audition Guidelines:
All flute applicants are expected to perform their audition with piano accompaniment.
1) the third movement of the Ibert concerto OR Jolivet's Chant de Linos
2) from memory: the second movement of Mozart's Concerto in D Major
3) the first movement of any Vivaldi C Major Piccolo Concerto

Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
1) a major sonata
2) a solo piece or étude
3) a concerto
4) several orchestral excerpts

BRASS

French Horn
1) a major sonata
2) a solo piece or étude
3) a concerto
4) several orchestral excerpts

Trumpet
1) two movements of a major sonata or concerto
2) a solo piece or étude
3) several orchestral excerpts

Trombone
Prepare a sampling of solo and orchestral music of varying styles, including a Baroque selection. The repertoire should display a broad range of genres, styles, range, and technical demand, and should include the following:
1) four or more standard orchestral excerpts
2) four or more selections from the solo repertoire (a "selection" is defined as a solo piece, étude, or an individual movement of a sonata or concerto)

Tuba
1) two contrasting pieces or individual movements selected from sonatas, concertos, soloistic études, or solo pieces
2) several standard orchestral excerpts

PERCUSSION

Recording Guidelines:
All applicants must submit an unedited video (DVD or VHS in NTSC format) containing the following repertoire:
1) a major work for either marimba or vibraphone
2) one piece from Elliott Carter's Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
3) a solo piece for multiple percussion
4) an étude for snare drum

Audition Guidelines:
Percussion auditions each last one hour.
1) a major work for either marimba or vibraphone (examples of acceptable works include, but are not limited to, Minoru Miki's Time for Marimba; Gordon Stout's Two Mexican Dances; Steven Mackey's See Ya Thursday; Philippe Manoury's Le Livre de Claviers; or Franco Donatoni's Omar)
2) a solo piece for multiple percussion (examples of acceptable works include, but are not limited to, Iannis Xenakis's Rebonds or Psappha; David Lang's Anvil Chorus; or James Wood's Rogosanti)
3) Jacques Delecluse's étude No. 1
4) Anthony Cirone's étude No. 32
5) two pieces from Elliott Carter's Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
6) two- and four-mallet marimba sight-reading will be required
7) the following orchestral excerpts:
a. timpani: Beethoven Symphony No. 9
b. timpani: Richard Strauss Burleske
c. timpani: Mozart Symphony No. 39
d. snare drum: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
e. xylophone: Messiaen Exotic Birds
f. glockenspiel: Debussy La Mer

VOICE

Opera
Prepare seven selections from the operatic, oratorio, and/or art song repertoire of contrasting style and language. Four of these selections should be operatic arias. Prescreening recordings may be submitted in CD or DVD format only.
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Early Music, Oratorio, and Chamber Ensemble
Recording Guidelines:
Include seven selections from the oratorio and art song repertoire of contrasting style and language. Selections can be chosen from any period and may include opera arias or contemporary compositions. At least three selections should be from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. In your selections, highlight your versatility as a performer. Applicants should submit two copies of their audition CD. Each CD case should include the following information in type print: applicant's name, voice type, age, repertoire listing, and current school (if applicable). Please include a repertoire listing on the cases only, and label each CD with applicant's name and voice type.

Audition Guidelines:
Please prepare five pieces of contrasting style, in at least three languages and from several periods. At least one of these pieces should be from the Baroque period and one from the Renaissance, or prior. For the audition, you may choose your first piece and the audition committee will choose one or two additional pieces. Opera arias and contemporary pieces are acceptable repertoire. Please demonstrate your flexibility as a performer. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability and other essential musical skills.

COMPOSITION

Applicants must submit scores and compact discs of three recent works, each written for a different group of instruments, voice, and/or electronic media. Those applicants who advance beyond the prescreening round will be invited to New Haven for a 30-minute interview with the composition faculty.

CONDUCTING

Orchestral Conducting
Applicants must submit a video (DVD or VHS in NTSC format) of up to twenty-five minutes in length. The video camera should be positioned behind the orchestra and pointed toward the front of the conductor. We are primarily interested in rehearsal footage, although some concert footage may be included. Those applicants invited to New Haven for a live audition will be expected to present a highly developed level of comprehensive musicianship, including theory, transposition, keyboard skill, and score reading. In addition, applicants will be asked to conduct several selections from the standard orchestral repertoire with a University ensemble.

Choral Conducting
Applicants must submit a video (DVD or VHS in NTSC format) of up to fifteen minutes in length showing the conducting of both rehearsal and performance. Those applicants invited to New Haven for a live audition will be expected to present a highly developed level of comprehensive musicianship, including theory, transposition, keyboard skill, and score reading. In addition, applicants will be asked to conduct one or two assigned choral works with a University ensemble.

 

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Application Deadline (1st Year): 12/1
 
 
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