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Conservatory Audition Requirements

Audition requirements for the 2022/23 school year are available below

Scroll down to your instrument and click the “+” to view the audition requirements. Requirements are organized by ensemble level.

Students should prepare repertoire for the highest level they feel comfortable preparing for. For more information about each program and our ensembles, click here. Students interested in multiple programs will need to submit separate videos for each program.

> Learn more about the Conservatory audition process!

Questions? Contact Amy Bischoff at [email protected].

ORCHESTRA

MERIT STRING ORCHESTRA

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solos at the same level of difficulty as A. Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor, First Movement or higher. (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 4 per bow) Students must play 1 major and 1 melodic minor scale and arpeggio. One of these must be three octave scale.  (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

 

MERIT PHILHARMONIC

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solos at the same level of difficulty as J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, First Movement or higher. (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 8 per bow; may be asked to demonstrate Martelé, stacatto, or spicatto stroke) Students must play one 3 octave major and one 3 octave melodic minor scale and arpeggio.   (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

MERIT STRING ORCHESTRA

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solos at the same level of difficulty as A. Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Minor, First Movement or higher. (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 4 per bow) Students must play 1 major and 1 melodic minor scale and arpeggio. One of these must be three octave scale.  (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

 

MERIT PHILHARMONIC

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solos at the same level of difficulty as J.C. Bach’s Concerto in C Minor, First Movement or higher. (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 8 per bow; may be asked to demonstrate Martelé, stacatto, or spicatto stroke) Students must play one 3 octave major and one 3 octave melodic minor scale and arpeggio.   (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

  • Must be able to fluidly sight read a melodic line in tenor clef

MERIT STRING ORCHESTRA

Repertoire:  2 contrasting solos at the same level of difficulty as Marcello’s Sonata Op. 1 No. 2 or higher. (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 4 per bow) Students must play 1 major and 1 melodic minor scale and arpeggio. One of these must be three octave scale.  (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

 

MERIT PHILHARMONIC

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solos at the same level of difficulty as Rondo from J.B. Breval’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major or higher. (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 8 per bow; may be asked to demonstrate Martelé, stacatto, or spicatto stroke) Students must play one 3 octave major and one 3 octave melodic minor scale and arpeggio.   (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

  • Must be able to fluidly sight read a melodic line in tenor clef

MERIT STRING ORCHESTRA

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solo pieces or etudes of the student’s choice (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 4 per bow) Students must play 1 major and 1 melodic minor scale and arpeggio. (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

 

 

MERIT PHILHARMONIC

Repertoire: 2 contrasting solo pieces or etudes of the student’s choice (Memorization is strongly encouraged)

Orchestra Excerpts: Click here for file

Scales: metronome ♩=60 (Separate and slurred up to 8 per bow; may be asked to demonstrate Martelé, stacatto, or spicatto stroke). Students must play 1 major and 1 melodic minor scale and arpeggio. (Scales and arpeggios must be memorized)

Sight-reading

 

WOODWINDS/ BRASS/ PERCUSSION

CONCERT BAND

All current Concert Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

 

SYMPHONIC BAND

All current Symphonic Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below)
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales:
    • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch)
    • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing
    • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

WIND SYMPHONY

All current Wind Symphony students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form.

  • Repertoire:
    • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here.
    • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)
  • Scales: Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

CONCERT BAND

All current Concert Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

SYMPHONIC BAND

All current Symphonic Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below)
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales:
    • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch)
    • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing
    • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

WIND SYMPHONY

All current Wind Symphony students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form.

  • Repertoire:
    • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here.
    • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)
  • Scales: Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

CONCERT BAND

All current Concert Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here (Clarinet)

Audition materials are available here (Bass Clarinet)

SYMPHONIC BAND

All current Symphonic Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below)
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales:
    • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch)
    • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing
    • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

WIND SYMPHONY

All current Wind Symphony students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form.

  • Repertoire:
    • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here.
    • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)
  • Scales: Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

CONCERT BAND

All current Concert Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

SYMPHONIC BAND

All current Symphonic Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below)
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales:
    • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch)
    • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing
    • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

WIND SYMPHONY

All current Wind Symphony students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form.

  • Repertoire:
    • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here.
    • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)
  • Scales:Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

CONCERT BAND

All current Concert Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Alto Saxophone audition materials are available here.

Tenor Saxophone audition materials are available here.

Baritone Saxophone audition materials are available here.

SYMPHONIC BAND

All current Symphonic Band students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble.

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below)
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales:
    • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch)
    • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing
    • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

WIND SYMPHONY

All current Wind Symphony students MUST re-audition to keep their spot in this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form.

  • Repertoire:
    • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEA Senior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here.
    • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)
  • Scales :Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below)
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition)

Audition materials are available here.

CONCERT BAND  

AllcurrentConcert Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice 
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

SYMPHONIC BAND  

Allcurrent Symphonic Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below) 
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales: 
  • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch) 
  • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing 
  • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

WIND SYMPHONY  

Allcurrent Wind Symphony students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form. 

  • Repertoire: 
  • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here. 
  • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)  
  • Scales:Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

CONCERT BAND  

AllcurrentConcert Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice 
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

SYMPHONIC BAND  

Allcurrent Symphonic Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below) 
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales: 
  • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch) 
  • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing 
  • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

WIND SYMPHONY  

Allcurrent Wind Symphony students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form. 

  • Repertoire: 
  • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here. 
  • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)  
  • Scales:Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

CONCERT BAND  

AllcurrentConcert Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice 
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

SYMPHONIC BAND  

Allcurrent Symphonic Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below) 
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales: 
  • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch) 
  • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing 
  • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Trombone audition materials are available here. 

Bass Trombone audition materials are available here. 

 

WIND SYMPHONY  

Allcurrent Wind Symphony students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form. 

  • Repertoire: 
  • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here. 
  • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)  
  • Scales:Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

CONCERT BAND  

AllcurrentConcert Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice 
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

SYMPHONIC BAND  

Allcurrent Symphonic Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below) 
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales: 
  • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch) 
  • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing 
  • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

WIND SYMPHONY  

Allcurrent Wind Symphony students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form. 

  • Repertoire: 
  • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here. 
  • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)  
  • Scales:Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

CONCERT BAND  

AllcurrentConcert Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes:2 Contrasting Excerpts (see below) OR two comparable sections of student’s choice 
  • Scales: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

SYMPHONIC BAND  

Allcurrent Symphonic Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble.  

  • Required Etudes: 2 Etudes (see below) 
  • Scales: 8 Total Major Scales: 
  • 4 Required: E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major (written key, not concert pitch) 
  • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing 
  • All scales should be performed in the pattern and number of octaves indicated on the scale sheet 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

 

WIND SYMPHONY  

Allcurrent Wind Symphony students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form. 

  • Repertoire: 
  • Students are strongly recommended to prepare the marked excerpts from the 2022-23 ILMEASenior Band Etudes (see below). The University of Illinois faculty has put together performances of each ILMEA etude that can be used as a resource in preparing your audition. You can find a comprehensive list of these videos here. 
  • 1 Orchestral Excerpt (except Euphonium and Saxophone)  
  • Scales:Excerpts from provided scale sheet (see below) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

CONCERT BAND 

AllcurrentConcert Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. 

 Required Snare and Mallet Etudes: 2-3 Contrasting Excerpts (see file) 

  • Scales:  
  • Concert Band: C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major, Chromatic Scale (all scales can be performed with any octave range) 
  • Rudiments 
  • Buzz Roll 3 Ways: forte dynamic only, piano dynamic only, piano to forte then back to piano 
  • Paradiddle (play as 16th notes, minimum tempo quarter = 90 bpm) 
  • Flam Tap (slow to fast) (play as 16th notes, minimum fastest tempo quarter = 60 bpm) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here. 

SYMPHONIC BAND 

Allcurrent Symphonic Band students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. 

  • Snare Drum Etude: See File 
  • Mallet Etude: See File  
  • Scales:  
  • Symphonic Band: 8 Total Major Scales (see file) 
  • 4 Required (E Major, Ab Major, D Major, Eb Major) 
  • 4 Additional Scales of your choosing 
  • All scales should be performed in the pattern indicated on the scale sheet 
  • Rudiments 
  • Buzz Roll 3 Ways: forte dynamic only, piano dynamic only, piano to forte then back to piano  
  • Double Stroke Roll 3 Ways: forte dynamic only, piano dynamic only. piano to forte then back to piano Paradiddle (play as 16th notes, minimum tempo quarter = 90 bpm) 
  • Flam Tap (slow to fast) (play as 16th notes, minimum fastest tempo quarter = 60 bpm) 
  • Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here.

 

WIND SYMPHONY 

Allcurrent Wind Symphony students MUST re-auditionto keep their spotin this ensemble. Students who wish to also be considered for the Merit Philharmonic should indicate this on their audition sign up form. 

  • Snare Drum Etude: See File 
  • Mallet Etude: See File 
  • Timpani Excerpt: See File 
  • Scales: See File 
  • Rudiments 
  • Buzz Roll 3 Ways: forte dynamic only, piano dynamic only. piano to forte then back to piano  
  • Double Stroke Roll (slow to fast) 
  •  Sightreading: (provided at audition) 

Audition materials are available here.

JAZZ (INSTRUMENTAL)

Scales:

Alto/Bari Saxophone: F Major & Gb Major, 2 octaves, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Tenor Saxophone: C Major & Db Major, 2 octaves, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Repertoire:

Saxophone players should be prepared to play the melody and an improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You (in F).

Alto/Bari: “Buzzy”  & “I Love You”

Tenor: “Buzzy” & “I Love You”

Scales:D Major & F Major, 1 octave, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Repertoire:

Trumpet players should be prepared to play the melody and an improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

Scales:Eb Major & G Major, 1 octave, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Repertoire:

Trombonists should be prepared to play the melody and an improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy”(a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

JAZZ GUITAR

Scales:A Major & Eb Major, 2 octaves, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Repertoire:

Guitarists should be prepared to play the melody, comp, and play an improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

Scales:D Major & Bb Major, 2 octaves hands together, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Repertoire:

Pianists should be prepared to play the melody, comp, and play an improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

Scales:F Major & Bb Major, 2 octaves, in eighth notes at ♩= 60

Repertoire:

Bassists should be prepared to play the melody, a walking bass line, and improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

Style:

Please demonstrate 16 measures of Bossa Nova groove (in 4/4 time) at ♩= 130

Repertoire:

Drummers should be prepared to play time, play an improvised solos, and trade fours for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

Scales:Ab Major & D Major, 2 octave, in eighth notes at ♩= 70

Repertoire:

Vibraphonists should be prepared to play the melody, comp, and play an improvised solo for each of the following tunes: “Buzzy” (a 12-Bar Blues in Bb) and “I Love You” (in F).

PIANO

2022/2023 Conservatory Piano Audition Requirements

Pianists interested in audition for Merit’s Conservatory can choose to prepare the requirements from either Category A or Category B below.  Please select the category that best matches your current skill level.  All auditioning pianists should prepare:

  1. Solo piece(s) from the suggested repertoire list below
  2. The appropriate scales listed below for your selected category
  3. Piano duet: this year’s selected duet repertoire will be posted on Merit’s website on Monday, April 4th. You must learn both the primo and secondo parts.
  4. Sight-reading repertoire will be provided to you during your live audition

 

Audition Instructions:

New Students (students who are not enrolled in the 2021/2022 Conservatory Piano Program) will need to submit a video recording as part of a prescreening process.  Recordings must include performances of the TWO solo pieces from your selected category (see below) but do not need to include scales, duet repertoire, or sight-reading.  Submissions can include separate videos for each solo piece; however, each piece must be performed in its entirety in one take.  In other words, performance videos may not be edited or spliced together to include multiple takes of the same piece.  All videos included in your prescreening submission must have been recorded no earlier than January 1, 2022.

More information on how to submit your prescreening videos will be available on Merit’s website by February 1, 2022.  Prescreening video submissions will be due not later than April 8, 2022.   Students who pass the prescreening round will be invited to register for an in-person audition which will take place on April 30th or May 7th.

Returning Students (students who are enrolled in the 2021/2022 Conservatory Piano Program) do not need to submit prescreening videos and will be welcome to register for an audition time slot on April 30th or May 7th.  Returning students should plan to perform their solo piece, scales, duet piece, and sight-reading during their live audition.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Category A

Scales – Please be prepared to play:

  • All major and harmonic minor scale up to 4 sharps or 4 flats
  • 4 octaves in parallel motion
  • Tempo: quarter note = 132 (the scale should be played in eighth notes/ two notes per metronome click)

Prepare two solo pieces from different historical periods listed below.  At least one of the pieces must be from the Baroque or Classical period.

Note: Students enrolled in the 2021/2022 Conservatory Piano Department only need to prepare one solo piece.

Baroque – a two-part invention by J. S. Bach (except Invention no.1 in C major) or polyphonic piece of similar difficulty.

Classical – a fast movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven similar to the level of the sonatas listed below:

  • Beethoven- Sonata in G major, Op. 49 No 2, mov 1
  • Haydn- Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:35, mov 1 or 3
  • Mozart- Sonata in C major, K. 545, mov 1

Romantic – a composition from the list below or another piece of similar level.

  • Chopin – Mazurka in A minor, Op.67 no.4
  • Grieg – from Lyrics Pieces: Elegie Op.38, or Butterfly from Op. 43
  • Tchaikovsky – March or April from The Seasons

20th / 21st century- a composition from the list below or another piece of similar level.

  • Bartok- Evening in the Country
  • Dett- Honey (Humoresque) from In the Bottoms
  • Price- Silk Hat and Walking Cane from Dances in the Canebrakes
  • Prokofiev – Tarantella from Music for Children, Op.65
  • Shostakovich – Fantastic Dance No. 1 from Three Fantastic Dances

Piano duet- This year’s specific duet music will be posted to Merit’s website on April 4th and you will have 4 weeks to prepare.  Two duet options per age group will be posted; you are welcome to choose to learn whichever one composition you prefer however you must prepare both the primo and secondo parts.

Sight-reading– You will be provided sight-reading repertoire during the live audition.

 

 

Category B

Scales– Please be prepared to play:

  • All major and harmonic minor scales up to 6 sharps or 6 flats
  • 4 octaves in parallel motion
  • Tempo: quarter note = 90 (the scale should be played in sixteenth notes/ four notes per metronome click)

Prepare two solo pieces from different historical periods listed below. At least one of the pieces must be from the Baroque or Classical period.

Note: Students enrolled in the 2021/2022 Conservatory Piano Department only need to prepare one solo piece.

 

Baroque – a three-part invention or prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach (except Prelude and Fugue in C major, WTC vol. 1, BWV 846)

Classical – a fast movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven similar to the level of the sonatas listed below (except Haydn Hob: XVI 35, Mozart K.545 or, Beethoven Op.49 No. 2)

  • Beethoven- Sonata No. 1in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1, mov I or IV
  • Beethoven- Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2, mov I or III

Romantic – any composition by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninov or other Romantic composer similar to the level of:

  • Chopin- Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1

20th/21st century – a composition from the list below or another piece of similar level.

  • Barber – Excursions, Op. 20 No.1
  • Bonds- Troubled Water
  • Burleigh- From the Southland
  • Coleridge-Taylor- any movement from Valse Suite for Piano “Three-Fours”, Op. 71
  • Copland – Cat and Mouse
  • Price- In Sentimental Mood
  • Prokofiev – Montaque and Capulets, Op. 75 No. 6
  • Shostakovich – any Prelude and Fugue
  • Villa-Lobos- Bachinanas Brasileiras, No. 4, Preludio
  • Walker- Prelude and Caprice

 

Piano duet- This year’s specific duet music will be posted to Merit’s website on April 4th and you will have 4 weeks to prepare both the primo and secondo parts.

Sight-reading– You will be provided sight-reading repertoire during the live audition.

VOICE

*Please note that students must be at least 10 years of age to register online for a Conservatory audition. If your student does not meet the age minimum but is still interested in auditioning, please contact Merit’s Voice Program Director, Pam Shortall at [email protected] 

 

VOICE 

Students who successfully audition into the Voice program will be placed in a Merit choral ensemble. 

Please prepare the following: 

Repertoire: Auditioning voice students must present two pieces that follow the guidelines below: 

  • Art song – English or foreign language 
  • American Songbook/Jazz 
  • Musical Theatre 
  • Pop/Contemporary 
  • Selected part from a choral piece 

(Note: All selections must be memorized, and an accompanist will be provided for the audition. Please bring three copies of your music for the audition panel.) 

Scales: Major scale in any key. (Scales can be sung on solfege or on a neutral syllable.) 

Sight-reading 

 

RETURNING VOICE STUDENTS 

All Voice students must re-audition each year to maintain their place in the program. 

Please prepare the following: 

Repertoire:One solo piece in any style 

(Note: All selections must be memorized, and an accompanist will be provided for the audition. Please bring three copies of your music for the audition panel.) 

Sight-reading 

 

Art song examples 

Let Us Dance, Let Us Sing, Purcell
The Mermaid’s Song, Haydn
The Crucifixion, Barber
Vittoria, mio core, Carissimi
Caro mio ben, Giordani
Das Veilchen, Mozart
Rastlose Liebe, Schubert 

 

American Songbook examples 

Fly Me to the Moon, Bart Howard
Misty, Erroll Garner
All of Me, Marks & Simon
Summertime, George Gershwin
What a Difference a Day Makes, Adams & Grever
Our Love is Here to Stay, Ira and George Gershwin
Blue Skies, Irving Berlin 

 

Blues Examples 

Route 66, Bobby Troup
Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do, Grainger and Robbins
Stormy Monday, T-bone Walker
Further On Up the Road, Jo Medwick
Blue Monk, Thelonius Monk 

GUITAR

Repertoire:Two contrasting solo pieces 

Students may reference the linked examples for indication of appropriate level:

Scales:Two Scales, two octaves each

See linked examples for indication of appropriate level. Scales must be memorized: