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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
July 23, 2014
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Audition Requirements (Instrument)

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•  Keyboard Players   –   minimum Grade IX  Conservatory level
•  Singers –   minimum Grade VIII Conservatory level
•  Instrumentalists –   minimum Grade VIII Conservatory level 

Note: Official Conservatory certificates are not required. The level of performance demonstrated in the audition, not the Conservatory certificate, determines admission. Because of the restricted enrolment and competition for studio space, a higher level of performance may be required.

Be prepared to play a hymn (any hymnal), and two pieces of contrasting nature.  The hymn should be played as if leading a congregation; use of pedals is optional.  You will also be asked to sight-read a short piece.

Possible repertoire:
Bach, J.S. Any selection from Das Orgelbuechlein
(recommended edition: Concordia)
Bach, J.S. Number 1 or 4 from Eight Short Preludes and Fugues
Brahms, J. Any chorale prelude (recommened edition: Mercury)
Clerembault, L.N. Any movement from Livre d’orgue (any edition, e.g., Kalmus)
Langlais, J. Any selection from 10 Pieces (recommended edition: Elkan-Voegel)
Mendelssohn, F. Any movement from any of the Sonatas (any edition)
Peeters, Flor. Any chorale prelude from Opus 68, 69, or 70 (recommended edition: Peters)
Reger, Max. Any chorale prelude from Opus 67 (recommended edition: Bote and Bock)
Vierne, L. Any selection from 24 Pieces en style libre (recommended edition: Durand)

Other pieces of comparable difficulty (or more difficultly, of course) will be acceptable.

1.  Three octave scale and arpeggios of your choice. 

2.  One étude or caprice of your choice.

3.  One movement from any of the sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach.

4.  One movement of a concerto or show piece.

5. Sight reading may be requested. 

These are only guidelines; any program of comparable difficulty is acceptable.
1.  Scales and arpeggios in three octaves.      An etude of  Kreutzer or Rode.
2.  Two contrasting movements from a Bach Suite for Cello (BWV1007-1012)
3.  One of the following:
          Bach, J.S. Concerto
          Handel Concerto
          Schubert “Argpeggione” Sonata
          Telemann Concerto or any other sonata or concerto of equivalent or greater difficulty.
4.  Any work written in the twentieth century.

Overall musicality, level of technical development, and general musical background are considered.

Performance majors should be prepared to play three selections. Movements should be contrasting, i.e., some fast, some slow. Comprehensive, Music Education and Music Therapy majors should prepare two of the three categories.
1. Boccerini or Saint-Saëns a movement from a concerto
2. Beethoven or Brahms a movement from a sonata
3. Bach, J.S. or a movement from a Suite,  or Popper a movement from an etude

Double Bass
Prepare one sonata and one étude from this list (two contrasting movements, one fast and one slow)
1. Marcello, B. Six sonatas for double bass and piano (originally violoncello)
2. Vivaldi, A. Five sonatas for double bass and piano (originally violoncello)
3. Simandl. Any of 30 études for double bass 

Select one work from each group:
1. Bach, J.S. Any flute sonata, two contrasting movements
    Handel, G.F. Any flute sonata, two contrasting movements
    Mozart, W.A. Concerto in D major, any two movements, Concerto in G major, any two movements
    Pargolesi, G.B. Concerto in G
    Stamitz, K.P. Concerto in G 
2. Godard, B. Suite, Op. 116, 1st and 2nd movements 
    Chaminade, C. Concerto 
    Doppler, F. Hungarian Pastoral Fantasie 
    Fauré, G. Fantasie
    Hindeminth, P. Sonata for Flute and Piano
    Hue, G. Fantasie
    Poulenc, F. Sonata 
3. Choose one study from the collections of Berbiquer, Anderson, Kohler, or Genzmer. 
4. All major scales, 2-3 octaves

In addition to the listed repertoire, more difficult audition repertoire may be substituted with permission of the Faculty of Music.

Applicants will be asked to play several major scales. Also, it is strongly advised that they have a rudimentary knowledge of reed-making.
Please pick a slow and fast movement from the following list. Both movements don't have to come from the same piece:

Mozart, Quartet for oboe and strings K370
Mozart, Concerto in C major, K314
Haydn, Concerto in C major
Handel, Concerto in G minor
Marcello, Concerto in D (or D) minor

Any of the following:
Handel, Sonata
Telemann, Sonata
Poulenc, Sonata
Hindemith, Sonata


Prepare a slow and fast Barret study from the 40 Progressive Melodies. Fast melodies may be chosen from the following: #14, #16, #19, #20, #25.

1. Technique: Grade VIII Conservatory level.

2. Select one study from: Rose, Forty Studies for Clarinet OR Rose, 32 Etudes.

3. Select two contrasting pieces or movements from:

Finzi. Five Bagatelles
Poulenc. Sonata
Mozart. Concerto
Tartini-Jacob. Concertino
Schumann, Fantasy Pieces
Weber, Concertino

Works originally written for A clarinet may be played on B flat clarinet, if the edition used provides a transposed accompaniment.

4. Sight Reading.

1. All major scales, full range.
From the following, choose one concerto movement and one sonata movement for a total of two selections:
2. Concerti: Mozart in B flat Major, K191; Weber Concerto in F Major or Andante & Rondo; Vanhal Concerto in C Major, Vivaldi #1-37; Hummel Grand Concerto in F Major
3. Sonatas: Boismortier Opus 14, 20, 26, 40, 50 or 66; Corrette #1-6; Hindemith Sonata; Schreck Sonata; Tansman Sonatine or Suite

Choose a fast and contrasting slow movement.  You may audition on any other saxophones, but you must have an alto saxophone if you are admitted to Laurier.

Possible Repertoire:
Bozza, Eugene. Aria (publisher - Leduc)
Eccles, Henri. Sonate (publisher - Elkan Vogel)
Glazounov. Concerto (publisher - Leduc)
Handel. Sonata #3 (publisher - Rascher)
Ibert, J. Aria (publisher - Leduc)
Maurice. Tableaux de Provence (publisher - Lemoines)
Tourneur, George.  Concerto (publisher - Leduc)

Ferling. 48 Daily Exercises
Klosé. 25 Daily Exercises
Voxman. Selected Studies

French Horn
All major scales, two octaves.

Possible Repertoire
(Select two contrasting studies and/or pieces from this list or of own choice):

Alphonse, M. Maxime-Alphonse Etudes, Book 1 by A.Leduc
Kopprash. Sixty Selected Etudes for French Horn, Book 1 by C.Fischer
Mozart, W.A. Concerto No. 3 in E flat, 1st movement by International
Solos for the Horn Player, selected and edited by Mason Jones (anything from this book) pub. G. Schirmer

Technique:  B major, A minor harmonic, melodic, natural, 2 octaves scale and arpeggio.

1. one study or etude (RCM Grade 8 or higher)
2. two contrasting solo works (with piano accompaniment, or unaccompanied, if required by the

A.Vivaldi Armate face et anduibus

G.F. Handel Sonta, HWV 366

Bellini Concerto (arr. Dr. Marlatt)

G.F. Handel Sonata, HWV 373

Keith Bissell Little Suite

Trad. Variations on Blue Bells of Scotland (arr. D. Marlatt)

Bernard Fitzgerald Introduction and Fantasy

G. Balay Prelude et Ballade

William Lloyd Webber Suite in F Major

3. Sight-reading
4. You may be requested to play any scale.  

Prepare major and minor scales. Sight-reading will be given.
Choose a fast and contrasting slow movement

Solos written for tenor trombone:
Barat. Andante and Allegro
Guilmant. Morceau Symphonique
Rousseau. Piece Concertante
Nux. Concert Piece

Transcriptions for tenor trombone:
Galliard. Sonatas
Marcello. Sonatas

Solos written for bass trombone:
Boutry. Tubaroque
Lieb. Concertino Basso

Transcriptions for bass trombone:
Galliard. Sonata #5
Vivaldi. Cello Sonata #3

Qualities looked for: Sound: open and beautiful in all registers, clean attacks, good intonation
Style: ability to communicate musical content, correct pitches, dynamics, rhythms, and articulations
Technique: all major and harmonic/melodic minor scales and arpeggios, one octave. Please note the following is suggested for the audition, but selections of similiar difficulty are acceptable. 

Tuba Repertoire:
Masso. Suite for Louise (publisher - Kendor)
Beethoven (Bell)  Variations on a theme from Judas Maccabeus by Handel (publisher - Fischer)
Troje Miller. Sonatina Classica (publisher - Belwin-Mills) 

Euphonium Repertoire:
Any two contrasting movements from a Galliard or Marcello Sonata, published by International.

Students should prepare ONE piece from each list of snare drum, mallet percussion and timpani pieces. Those who have drum kit experience should be prepared to demonstrate, in any tempo and time signature, various styles including jazz (or swing), rock (or pop) and latin. Multiple percussion works are optional.

Snare Drum:
Solo Pieces
William Street. "Steppin' Out" - Pub. Carl Fischer
William Street. "Swinging Down the Street" - Pub. Carl Fischer
Traditional "The Downfall of Paris" - Pub. Ludwig
Traditional "Connecticut Halftime" - Pub. Ludwig 

Methods or Collections 
America's N.A.R.D. Drum Solos (Collection) - Pub. Ludwig
Anthony Cirrone. Portraits in Rhythm (Collection) - Pub. Belwin Mills
Fred Albright. Contemporary Studies for Snare Drum (Collection) - Pub. Belwin Mills
Morris Goldenberg. Modern School for Snare Drum (Both) - Published Chappell & Co.
William Schinstine. 17 Plus 1 Percussion Pieces (Collection) - Pub. Southern Music
Jacques Delecluse. Methode de Caisse Claire - Pub. Alphonse Leduc

Morris Goldenberg. Modern School for Xylo., Marimba & Vibraphone - Pub. Chappell & Co.
Arr. Thos. MacMillan. Masterpieces for Marimba (Collection) - Pub.Belwin Mills 
Bach for Marimba (Collection)
George H. Green. Caprice Valsant - Pub. Carl Fischer
George H. Green. Valse Brilliante - Pub. Carl Fischer
Mitchell Peters. Yellow After the Rain
George H. Green. Any of Green's Xylophone 'Rags' - Pub. Meredith Music
Clair Omar Musser. Any Etudes - Pub. Studio 4 Productions
Gordon Stout. Any Etudes - Pub. Studio 4 Productions
Keiko Abe. Any Etudes - Pub. Studio 4 Productions
J.S. Bach. Any work from Bach's Six Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (violin version or one prepared for keyboards)

Jacques Delecluse. 12 Etudes pour Timbales - Pub. Alphonse Leduc
Vic Firth. The Solo Timpanist - 26 Etudes - Pub. Carl Fischer
Garwood Whaley. Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist - Pub. JR Publications
Fred Begun. 21 Studies for Timpani - Pub. Meredith Music
William Schinstine. Timp Tunes - 19 Pieces - Pub. Southern Music
Fred Hinger. Solos for the Virtuoso Timpanist
Mitchell Peters. Fundamental Method for Timpani (any etudes) - Pub. Alfred

Multiple Percussion:
Roy Burns / Sandy Feldstein. Intermediate Percussion Solos - Pub. Belwin Mills
Charles Camilleri. Percussion Solos/Duos/Trios - Pub. Waterloo Music

Prepare four pieces, one from each of the following groups:

Group 1
A work from the Baroque era, in one of the following genres: 
   i)  Prelude and Fugue
   ii) Toccata or Fantasia
   iii) 3-part Invention (Sinfonia), or
   iv) two movements from a dance suite
   Note: Other Baroque genres are ineligible even though they may appear on Conservatory
            examination lists.
Group 2
A fast movement (usually first or last) from a sonata composed between 1750 and 1830 (for example, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven).
Group 3
A Romantic work written between 1825 and 1925 (Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Debussy, or one of their contemporaries),
Group 4
A work written since 1900 (Ravel, Poulenc, Bartók, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, etc.,), or your own composition, or your own improvisation.
All, or portions only of pieces may be heard at the audition, depending on time.  Memorization is advised.  You may choose what you would like to begin with.  In addition to playing your prepared pieces, you will be asked to sight-read a short passage. 

Voice applicants should prepare two songs from the standard classical vocal repertory in contrasting styles and languages; one piece should be in English.  Music theatre or folk song repertoire is acceptable for the English selection. Songs must have piano accompaniment.

Opera Diploma applicants should prepare two arias from the standard classical operatic repertory in contrasting styles and languages. Arias must have piano accompaniment.

Performers must play their audition pieces on a classical guitar with appropriate classical guitar technique. Prepare three to four pieces from various periods. Each piece must have a minimum difficulty level equivalent to repertoire in the Grade VI Royal Conservatory of Toronto guitar syllabus. Be ready to sight-read as well as to demonstrate scales and standard techniques. Ideally, all repertoire will be memorized.

HARP - 2 contrasting pieces and a study, or a third piece plus the technical requirements at a minimum of Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music level.

Students having difficulty locating music should contact one of the larger suppliers of repertoire such as Long and McQuade and St. Johns Music who have stores across Canada, Brandenburg Music in Alberta, Just Drums and Soul Drums in Toronto, and Sherwood Music and MusicPlus in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Music Plus, 5 Michael Street, Kitchener, ON   N2G 1L7
(519) 745-8530, or
Fax:   519-745-2842 

St. John’s Music, 188 Joseph Street, Kitchener ON Canada N2G 1J7
Phone: (519) 886-4990
Fax: (519) 886-4999
Order Desk: 1-800-563-9683 (toll free)