Audition Requirements - Classical

Audition requirements for

  • Bachelor of Music Performance - Classical
  • 1-year Advanced Music Performance - 2nd module of bachelor programme
  • Bachelor of Music in Conducting

Please note that some instruments have separate requirements for admission to the 2nd module/Advanced Music Performance.

About accompaniment

The Academy can provide piano accompaniment at your audition. In order to ensure that one of our pianists can accompany you, piano scores/sheet music of your audition repertoire must be enclosed with your supporting documents. It will not be possible to rehearse with the pianist prior to the audition.

If accompanied by an external pianist, note that the accompanist must be available throughout the week of auditions. No special schedule accommodations will be made for applicants with external accompanists. For practical purposes, an external pianist cannot accompany multiple applicants.

Repertoire Requirements

Accordion

  • One or several chosen works

Bassoon - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: One fast and one slow movement from one of these A. Vivaldi concertos: No 5 in d minor (Pincherle 282), No 7 in a minor (Pincherle 72), No 14 in c minor (Pincherle 432) or no 17 in C major (Pincherle 45).
  2. Two studies, medium difficulty
  3. One chosen piece

Bassoon - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. Compulsory repertoire: Two movements from a bassoon concerto by W.A.Mozart or C.M. von Weber
  2. Two studies, medium difficulty
  3. One chosen piece

Bass trombone

See trombone.

 

Cello - 1st module

  1. One movement from one of J.S. Bachs solo suites
  2. First movement from a concert from the 18th century (e.g. Haydn or Boccherini)
  3. One movement or a short romantic or modern work
  4. One chosen study/ etude/ caprice (e.g. Popper or Piatti)

Cello - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  • Compulsory repertoire: Two movements from a J. Haydn cello concerto
  • One movement from a romantic work
  • One chosen piece

Clarinet - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: C.M.von Weber: Concertino
  2. N.W. Gade: Ballade for clarinet and piano, op. 43, or a movement from Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, op. 73
  3. A chosen work

Clarinet - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  • Compulsory repertoire: C. M. von Weber: Concerto for Clarinet and orchestra no 1 in f-minor, 1st movement. 
  • N.W. Gade: Ballade for clarinet and piano, op. 43, or a movement from Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, op. 73
  • A chosen work

Double Bass - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: H. Eccles: Sonata in g minor, 2nd movement
  2. Compulsory repertoire: C.D. von Dittersdorf: Concert for double bass E major, 2nd movement.
  3. A chosen work

Double Bass - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. Compulsory repertoire: S. Koussevitsky: Concerto for Double Bass, 1st movement
  2. Compulsory repertoire: K.D. von Dittersdorf: Concerto for Double Bass, 1st movement
  3. A chosen work

Euphonium - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: Joseph Horowitz: Concerto for Euphonium, 1st and 2nd movements or Rolf Wilhelm: Concertino for Euphonium, 1st and 2nd movements
  2. Two contrasting movements from a baroque sonata
  3. A chosen work or a study / étude
  4. Knowledge of bass clef in C and treble clef in B flat

Euphonium - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. Compulsory repertoire: B. Bowen: Euphonium Music, 1st and 2nd movements
  2. Two contrasting movements from a baroque sonata
  3. A chosen work or a study / étude
  4. Knowledge of bass clef in C and treble clef in B flat

Flute - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: G.F.Handel: Sonata in G major, 1st and 2nd movements; or J.S. Bach: Largo e dolce from Sonata No 1 in B minor, BWV 1030
  2. One fast and one slow movement from Mozart's concerto in G major or D major
  3. P. Gaubert: Nocturne and allegro scherzando, G. Enesco: Cantabile et Presto or Louis Ganne: Andante et Scherzo
  4. A chosen work for solo flute, composed after 1950
  5. A chosen work

Flute - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. Compulsory repertoire: W. A. Mozart: Concerto no 1 in G major or 2 in D Major, 1st movement w/cadenza
  2. Ph. Gaubert: Nocturne & Allegro Scherzando or G. Enesco: Cantabile et Presto or Louis Ganne: Andante et Scherzo
  3. Jaques Ibert: Concerto, 3rd movement

  4. A solo piece composed after 1950

Guitar

  1. Compulsory repertoire: Two studies by F. Sor op 6 or 29, or M. Carcassi’s op. 60
  2. Compulsory repertoire: One movement from a suite or sonata for lute, violin or cello by J.S. Bach
  3. Compulsory repertoire: One étude or prelude (no. 2, 4 or 5) by H.Villa-Lobos

  4. One or more works totalling minimum 10 minutes in duration. This programme must be comprised music of diverse character and tempo (slow and fast pieces must be included),with a degree of difficulty corresponding to the compulsory repertoire.

Harp

  1. A French work from the Impressionism
  2. A study/étude by Dizi or Posse
  3. One individually chosen work composed after 1960
  4. A work from the Baroque

Harpsichord

  1. Compulsory repertoire: J.S. Bach: Prelude from Partita in B major, BWV 825
  2. A relatively difficult work of F. Couperin or D. Scarlatti
  3. A chosen work

Horn - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: 1st and 2nd movements from W.A.Mozart: Concerto in E flat major, K417 or K495
  2. A movement from a Romantic work
  3. A chosen work
  4. Transposition exercise, as well as scales and arpeggios (Two octaves, up to three sharps or flats)

Horn - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. Compulsory repertoire: W.A. Mozart: Horn concerto in E flat major, K495 (entire work)
  2. A movement from a Romantic work
  3. A chosen work
  4. Transposition exercise, as well as scales and arpeggios (two octaves, all keys)

Oboe - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: J.Haydn: Concerto in C major, 1st movement
  2. Compulsory repertoire: Marcello: 1st movement of Oboe Concerto in c minor or d minor, or Vivaldi's concerto i a minor, 1st and 2nd movement
  3. One work from the Romantic or later periods
  4. Ferling: from 48 études, op. 31: No 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14

Oboe - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. Compulsory repertoire: W.A.Mozart: Oboe concerto, 1st movement, or J.Kvandal: Oboe Concerto, 1st movement
  2. Compulsory repertoire: Marcello: 1st movement of Oboe Concerto in C minor or d minor, or G.F.Handel: Concerto in g minor, 1st and 2nd movements
  3. One work from the Romantic or later periods
  4. Compulsory repertoire: Ferling: from 48 études, op. 31: No 6, 8, 10, 12 or 14

Percussion

The applicant prepares a chosen program of up to 20 minutes in duration. The programme should include:

  1. One work for snare drum
  2. One work for timpani
  3. One work for melodic percussion
  4. If you wish, a work for multiple percussion
  5. Compulsory repertoire: music for snare drum, timpani, melodic percussion and small combination will be sent to the applicant about 4 weeks before auditions.

Piano - 1st module

  1. Compulsory repertoire: J.S.Bach: Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
  2. One fast and one slow movement from a Classical sonata (NB: not Beethoven op. 49, no. 1 or 2)
  3. One Romantic or Impressionist work
  4. One individually chosen work

"Slow movement" should here be understood as tempo ”andantino” or slower. Part of the programme must be performed without scores/sheet music.

Piano - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

Same as for 1st year auditions

Recorder

  1.  A sonata or suite for alto recorder and continuo from 1700-1750 (e.g. by G.F.Handel, G.Ph.Telemann, or B.Marcello)
  2. Ricercare/Diminution Work/Variation Work from 1550-1660 for soprano recorder or G-alto recorder (e.g. by J. van Eyck, G. Bassano, A.Virgiliano, D.Ortiz)
  3. One work from the more modern repertoire (after 1950)

Saxophone - 1st module

  1. A.Glazunov: Concerto, from the opening to figure 22; or Bernhard Heiden: Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, 1st movement (Schott)
  2. One étude / study of medium difficulty (Ferling or similar)
  3. One individually chosen work

Saxophone - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1.  A. Glazunov: Concerto; or Lars-Erik Larsson: Konsert (Gehrmans)
  2. Handel: Sonata No. 3 (op. 1 no. 12) (Arr. Rascher-Chappell Edition)
  3. One chosen work

Trombone - 1st module

  1. A. Guilmant: Morceau symphonique, op. 88
  2. One of the following: J.E. Gaillard: Sonata No 5; or L.E. Larsson: Concertino, op. 45 no. 7; or C. Saint-Saëns: Cavatine, op. 144; or N. Rimsky-Korsakov: Concerto (edition for trombone and piano)
  3. One chosen work
  4. Knowledge of bass and tenor clefs, as well as schales and arpeggios (Two octaves, up to three sharps or flats) 

Trombone - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. F. David: Concertino for Trombone in E flat major, op. 4, 1st and 2nd movements
  2. One of the following: L. Gröndahl: Concertino; L.E. Larsson: Concertino, op. 45 no. 7; Hindemith: Sonata; or S. Stojowski: Fanasia
  3. One chosen work
  4. Knowledge of bass and tenor clefs, as well as schales and arpeggios (Two octaves, up to three sharps or flats) 

Bass trombone

  1.  A. Lebedjev: Concerto No 1 in one movement
  2. One of the following: McCarty: Sonata; or E. Bozza: Allegro et Finale; or W. Hartley: Sonata Breve; or G.Frescobaldi: Canzonas (edition for bass trombone and piano)
  3. A chosen work

Trumpet- 1st module

  1.  Francis Thomé: Fantasi
  2.  Jean-Baptiste Arban: Characteristic studies, etyde no 1 or Theo Charlier, Etudes transcendantes, etyde no 2
  3. A chosen work from the Romantic or later periods

Trumpet - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. J.N. Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E major, 1st and 2nd movements
  2. H.Purcell: Sonata in D major, played in original key on D trumpet or piccolo trumpet
  3. One individually chosen work from the Romantic or later periods
  4. Transposition test

Tuba- 1st module

  1. E. Gregson: Concerto, 1st and 2nd movements; or A. Lebedjev: Concerto (Hofmeister)
  2. One étude from M. Bordogni: 43 Bel Canto Studies
  3. One chosen work
  4. Scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys (over two octaves)

Tuba - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. R. Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba, 1st and 2nd movements
  2. A study from M. Bordogni: 43 Bel Canto Studies
  3. A chosen work
  4. Scales and arpeggios in major and minor keys over two octaves.

Viola - 1st module

  1. One movement from one of J.S Bach's solo sonatas, partitas or suites. Played by heart. (no scores/sheet music) 
  2. First movement with cadenza from an 18th century concert (e.g. Hoffmeister or Stamitz). Played by heart.
  3. One movement or short romantic or modern work
  4. One study / étude / caprice or similar of choice (e.g. Paganini, Rode, Dont, Wieniawski or Kreutzer)
  5. Scales and arpeggios over three octaves, in several major and minor keys (Flesch, Galamian or similar).

Viola - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. One movement from a solo sonata, partita or suite for violin or cello by J. S. Bach. Played by heart( without scores/sheet music.)
  2. 1st movement with cadenza of F. A. Hoffmeister's Viola Concerto in D major, OR C. Stamitz Viola Concerto in D major, OR 1st movement of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata. Must be played without scores/sheet music.
  3. One romantic or modern work of choice
  4. Scales and arpeggios over three octaves, in several major and minor keys (Flesch, Galamian or similar).

Violin - 1st module

  1. One movement from one of Bach’s solo sonatas or partitas. Played by heart.
  2. 1st movement with cadenza from an 18th century violin concerto  (e.g. by W.A.Mozart or J.Haydn)
  3. One movement from or a short romantic or modern work
  4. One study / étude / caprice or similar of choice (e.g. Paganini, Rode, Wieniawski, Kreutzer or Dont)
  5. Scales and arpeggios over three octaves in several major and minor keys (Flesch, Galamian or similar)

Violin - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. One movement from one of J.S.Bach’s solo sonatas - or partitas. Played by heart ( without scores/sheet music)
  2. 1st movement with cadenza from violin concerto no.3, 4 or 5 by W.A.Mozart. Played without scores/sheet music.
  3. One chosen work of a technical character, preferably from the Romantic or later periods.
  4. An study / étude / caprice or similar of choice.(e.g. Paganini, Wieniawski, Dont, Rode or Kreutzer)
  5. Scales and arpeggios over three octaves in several major and minor keys (Flesch, Galamian or similar)

Voice - 1st module

  1. One Baroque song or aria
  2. One German, French or English song or lied from the Romantic period
  3. Two chosen works by Nordic composers, including one work composed after 1950
  4. One opera or oratorio aria
  5. One unaccompanied song
  6. Recital of a chosen poem
  7. One chosen piano piece

1st stage of auditions: 2 songs to be performed, one from group 3 and one from group 4. Indicate on the supplemental form which two songs will be performed on the first day

Voice - 2nd module and Advanced Studies

  1. One Baroque song or aria
  2. One German, French or English song or lied from the Romantic period
  3. Two chosen works by Nordic composers, including one work composed after 1950
  4. One opera or oratorio aria
  5. One unaccompanied song
  6. Recital of a chosen poem
  7. One piano piece with level of difficulty equivalent to e.g. Grieg’s Lyric Pieces
  8. Sight-reading: Piano accompaniment to a German lied, e.g. Schubert: Frühlingstraum, or Schumann: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’

1st round of auditions: 2 songs will be performed, one from group 3 and one from group 4. Indicate on the supplemental form which two songs will be performed on the first day. The audition panel decides for the 2nd stage.

Last updated: 15. October 2019