Music Audition Information


Music audition guidelines for all students

  • Perform two works of contrasting style – please see your specific instrument for definition of contrasting style
  • Keep all audition materials to approximately 7 minutes of total length
  • Be prepared to perform scales
  • Understand that sight-reading may be requested
  • The following must be sent to Joey Crowley two weeks prior to your audition date:
    • Piano accompaniment for selection(s) you will be doing with our accompanist
    • Sheet music for both selections you will be performing

Additional guidelines by instrument

Strings / Woodwinds / Percussion / Piano / GuitarVoice / Jazz

Strings

Two works chosen from these categories: Baroque period composition; a composition or sonata movement from the Classical or Romantic period; a composition from post-1900.

  • One work should be technical, such as an etude
  • One work should be melodic
  • At least one work must include piano accompaniment

Woodwinds

Two works chosen from these categories: Baroque period composition; a composition or sonata movement from the Classical or Romantic period; a composition from post-1990.

  • One work should be technical, such as an etude
  • One work should be melodic
  • At least one work must include piano accompaniment

Percussion

Two works on contrasting instruments

  • One work should be on a batter instrument
  • One work should be on a melodic instrument
  • At least one work must include piano accompaniment

Piano

Two works from two different periods

Guitar

Perform two pieces of any style or origin, at least one of which must be learned from standard notation written music (NOT tablature), plus major scales. Students may also improvise on 12-bar blues in addition to the above requirement. 

Voice

Two art songs or arias

  • Consider songs that contrast in tempo, mood, character, style, and period
  • Both songs must be memorized
  • Both songs must have piano accompaniment
  • Original language is preferred
  • Foreign language songs are encouraged, but not required
  • One song may be a musical theatre piece
  • Popular songs are not acceptable

Jazz

One or two works that display improvisatory skills and/or swing feel and jazz articulation

  • Cornell will provide rhythm section accompaniment if requested in advance

Repertoire Suggestions

The following lists are provided to represent sample repertoire only and are not meant to be exclusive listings of acceptable works that may be performed. Please contact your personal music instructor if you need additional help in choosing acceptable audition material. Popular songs are not an accepted form of audition repertoire.

Strings / Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion / Piano / Voice

Strings

Violin
  • First movement from a Mozart Concerto:
    • No. 3, K. 216
    • No. 4, K. 218
    • No. 5, K 219
  • The first movement of any standard repertoire concerto
  • One etude from standard literature, such as:
    • Kreutzer
    • Rodé
    • Fiorillo
    • Gavinés
Viola
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • J.C. Bach: Viola Concerto in C minor
    • Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto in D Major
    • Telemann: Viola Concerto in G Major
  • Marcello: Sonata in G Major
  • Mozart: Sonatina in C Major (ed. Piatigorsky)
  • Marais: Five Old Dances
  • Bloch: Suite Hébraïque
Violincello
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
    • Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
    • Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
  • Prelude to any Bach Suite (Prelude and Fugue if Suite V)
Double Bass
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Capuzzi: Double Bass Concerto in F Major
    • Dragonetti: Double Bass Concerto in A Major
    • Dittersdorf: Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major
  • Marcello: (select 1 from) Six Sonatas for Cello or Double Bass
  • Vivaldi: (select 1 from) Six Sonatas for Cello or Double Bass
  • Eccles: Sonata in G minor
Harp
  • Two works of contrasting styles.

Woodwinds

Flute
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Mozart: Flute Concerti in either G Major (K.313) or D Major (K.314)
    • Bach: Sonata in A Major (BWV 1032) or Partita in A minor (BWV 1013)
    • Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano
    • Chaminade: Concertino for Flute in D Major, Op. 107
    • Quantz: (select 1 of the following):
      • Concerto for Flute in G minor, QV5:196 (No. 262)
      • Concerto for Flute in D Major, QV5:74 (No. 70)
      • Concerto for Flute in C Major, QV5:15 (No. 188)
      • Concerto to Flute in G Major, QV5:174 (No. 161)
Oboe
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314
    • Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto in F Major, RV 455
    • Cimarose: Oboe Concerto in C minor: (I. Introduzione or II. Allegro will be accepted)
    • Schumann: (select 1 from) Romance No. 3, Op. 94
Bassoon
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 19: (I. Allegro or III. Rondo di menuetto will be accepted)
    • Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F Major, Op. 75
    • Galliard: (select 1 from) Six Sonatas for Bassoon
    • Milde: (select 1 from) Concert Studies for Bassoon
Clarinet
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
    • Weber: Clarinet Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26
    • Cavallini: Adagio and Tarantella
    • Jeanjean: Arabesque
  • Rose: 32 Etudes for Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
  • Bozza: Ballade for Bass Clarinet and Piano
  • Gipps: Prelude for Unaccompanied Bass Clarinet
  • Galliard: Adagio and Allegro for Bass Clarinet and Piano
  • Diethe: Romanze for Bass Clarinet and Piano
Alto Saxophone
  • Bozza: Concertino for Alto Saxophone
  • Debussy: Rhapsodie for Alto Saxophone
  • Handel/Rascher: Sonata No. 3
  • Creston: Sonata, Op. 19
Tenor Saxophone
  • Bach/Gateau: Deuxiéme Sonate BWV 1031
  • Bach/Gee: Sonata No. 4
  • Handel/Londeix: Sonata No. 1
Baritone Saxophone
  • Davis: Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann
  • Gurewich: Fantasy in F minor
  • Vince/Wain: Sonata No. 1, Adagio and Allegro

Brass

Horn
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 417
    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 477
    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 495
    • Strauss: Romanze
    • Strauss: Nocturno
Trumpet
  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
    • Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E Major
      • 1st or 3rd Movement
    • Bozza: Badinage
    • Whitney: Concertino
    • Barat: Andante et Scherzo
    • Fitzgerald: Gaelic Suite
Trombone
  • Ropartz: Andante et Allegro
  • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonic pour Trombne et Piano
  • Marcello/Ostrander: (select 1 from) Six Sonatas for Violoncelli and Cembalo
Euphonium
  • Barat: Andante et Allegro
  • Corelli/Maganini: Suite in B-flat Major
  • Gottwald: Fantasie Heroique, Op. 25
Tuba
  • Bach/Bell: Air and Bouree
  • Vaughan Williams: Concerto in F minor for Bass Tuba
  • Stevens: Sonatina for Tuba

Percussion

Timpani
  • Perform an etude or solo from one of the following:
    • Peters: Fundamental Method for Timpani
    • Peters: Fundamental Solos for Timpani
    • Goodman: Modern Methods for Timpani
    • Beck: Sonata for Timpani
Snare Drum
  • Clark: MacArthur at Manila
  • Harr: Downfall of Paris
  • Gauthreaux: Speed Trap
  • Albright: Contemporary Studies for the Snare Drum
Mallets
  • Musser: Etude in A-flat Major
  • Chopin/Musser: Etude in F minor
  • Rodriquez/Breure: La Cumparsita
  • Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor; Suites for Cello
Drum Set

Show ability to perform basic styles such as swing, jazz brushes, bossa nova, samba, Afro-Cuban, funk, and rock. Demonstration may be in a presentational format or structured into a solo format (such as 8 bars of each style, or 4 bars followed by 4 bars fills, etc.). A composed drum set solo may also be performed.

Piano

  • J.S. Bach. Preludes
    • Two Part Inventions
    • Three Part Inventions
    • Prelude and/or Fugue from Well Tempered Klavier (either volume)
    • Movement from a Suite
    • Sonatina movement
    • Sonata movement by: Beethoven, Chopin, Greig, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann
    • Character piece by: Brahms, Chopin, Faure, Grieg, L Mendelssohn, Liszt, Scriabin, Schubert, Schumann
    • Work or movement by: Albeniz, Bartok, Debussy, Granados, Prokovieff, Ravel, Shostakovich

Voice

Two memorized songs with piano accompaniment; foreign language is not required. Suggested resources include the following:

  • Art songs or arias, such as solos from:
    • First Book anthologies series, Joan Boytim, editor
    • 26 Italian Songs & Arias, John Glenn Paton, editor
    • One excerpt may be from the musical theatre repertoire – see Singer’s Musical Theater Anthology series, Richard Walters, editor

Scheduling & deadline

Auditions must be completed by Mar. 1 and arranged at least two weeks in advance. Schedule your audition by calling the Admission Office at 800-747-1112.

If you are not able to come to campus, auditions may be recorded on DVD/CD and postmarked by Mar. 1, or they may be e-mailed before 1 p.m. on Mar. 1 to:

JCrowley@cornellcollege.edu
319-895-4532

Cornell College Admission Office
c/o Joey Crowley
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, IA  52314