Audition Repertory Guidelines

Note that only audio and/or video files may be uploaded to support an application. Links to online resources, however, cannot be considered or evaluated. The most important issue is that applicants should provide only the very best representations of their art. Our faculty will have only what is submitted to us, so applicants should be sure that the quality of their recordings supports the level of the recorded performance. Thank you.


One movement from a Vivaldi bassoon concerto
One movement from a French solo sonata (e.g. Boismortier, Corrette, Couperin)
One movement from any solo sonata of your choice (Telemann, Galliard, Merci, etc...)


Two contrasting movements from a sonata (or the Partita) by J.S. Bach
Two contrasting movements from a suite, or a set of three or four unaccompanied preludes (in one key) by Hotteterre
One movement from any 18th-century concerto
Accompaniment is desirable, but not necessary.


Continuo: Two contrasting movements (17th- and/or 18th-century) demonstrating your continuo skills
Solo repertoire: One movement from a solo work of J.S.Bach or Rameau or F. Couperin or D. Scarlatti


One fast movement and one slow movement from a German or Italian solo sonata or obbligato aria (e.g. Handel, Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi, etc.)
One movement of your choice from a French suite by Couperin, Philidor, Hotettere, Montéclair, or similar
If available, a sample of a chamber music performance OR a sample of your playing on an auxiliary instrument (i.e. oboe d'amore, oboe da caccia, recorder, etc.)


One work by a 17th- or 18th-century Italian composer
One obbligato solo from a Bach cantata or Handel oratorio
One work by Biber or Schmelzer


One obbligato solo from a Bach cantata or "Quoniam" from the Mass in B Minor
Horn 1 excerpts from Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Handel's Concerto a due cori No. 2 or 3, or Heinichen Concerto in F major
Horn 1 from the overture to Handel Water Music in F, or Fireworks La Réjouissance


One work by a 17th-century Italian or Austrian composer
One movement from a Bach solo partita or solo sonata
One movement from a Vivaldi concerto (may be accompanied by harpsichord in lieu of ripieno)
One movement from a French solo sonata or suite (Leclair, Couperin, etc)


One movement from Telemann Concerto or Bach Brandenburg 6
One movement from a Bach cello suite or violin sonata/partita transcribed
One transcribed movement from an Italian sonata: Corelli or an early 17th-century composer
One transcribed movement from a French work by Couperin or Marais

Violoncello/Viola da gamba/Contrabass/Violone

Continuo: Two contrasting movements (17th- and/or 18th-century) demonstrating your continuo skills; you may wish to include secco recitative samples as well.
Solo repertoire: Two movements of contrasting tempos from a 17th- or 18th-century solo sonata or suite. Specifically:
• Cellos: Two contrasting movements, including at least one movement from a Bach Suite.
• Violas da gamba: Two contrasting movements including at least one French or English selection.
• Contrabass/Violone: You may submit performances of appropriate transcriptions.
Optional (not required, but suggested): A movement from an ensemble work such as a Paris Quartet or trio sonata or obbligato aria with an independent part.


One aria by J.S. Bach
One secco recitative (or secco with arioso) by J.S. Bach
One aria from the high baroque in Italian (e.g. Handel, Vivaldi)
One aria or song from the 17th century (e.g. Purcell, Monteverdi, Moulinié, Schütz, etc.)
In addition, you are welcome to include lute songs, Spanish or Latin American baroque music, self-accompanied pieces, or other unique repertoire from c.1550-1760.
Please limit your selections to no more than 6 and do not include music composed after the 18th century.


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