Undergraduate Auditions

To schedule an audition, please fill out and submit an Undergraduate Audition Request Form and submit it before the date you wish to audition. Mus. B. Auditions are held on specific dates throughout the year. If it is not possible for you to audition in person, a taped audition is acceptable. B.A. applicants must audition only if instrument or voice lessons will be a part of the degree program. Individual audition requirements are listed below:

Violin

  • Major and minor scales with corresponding tonic arpeggios in 3 octaves
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Rode, Mazas Etudes Speciales, or the equivalent
  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto of Accolay, DeBeriot, Rode, Viotti, Mozart, Bachor the equivalent
  • Sight-reading

Viola

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in 3 octaves
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Fiorillo or Campagnoli
  • A movement of a Bach Gamba Sonata or unaccompanied suite or an equivalent baroque piece
  • A work from the classical, romantic, or contemporary literature chosen by the candidate to demonstrate his/her present level of competency
  • Sight-reading

'Cello

  • Major and minor scales in 3 octaves; arpeggios in 3 octaves
  • An etude the level of Duport Volume II; Franchomme; Gruetzmachet Volume I
  • A work the level of Faure Elegy; Bruch Kol Nidrei; Saint Saens Allegro Appassionato; Bach Suite 1; Beethoven Sonata 1
  • Sight-reading

Double Bass

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in 2 octaves
  • An etude from Simandl Book II and one of the following:
    • an etude from Slama 66 Etudes
    • an etude from Sturm Book I
  • Two movements (slow and fast) from a sonata by Marcello or Vivaldi
  • A work from the classical, romantic, or contemporary literature chosen by the candidate to demonstrate his/her present level of competency
  • An excerpt from the classical or romantic orchestral repertoire
  • Sight-reading

Voice

Those interested in acceptance to this program should prepare a memorized audition consisting of three vocal pieces as follows:
  • A 17th or 18th century Italian aria
  • An art song in German or French
  • A song in English from the 20th century (either classical or musical theater)
  • N.B. An accompanist will be provided at all auditions. Students should bring the printed music for the pieces they will be performing.

Flute

  • Major, harmonic minor, chromatic scales (2 or 3 octaves)
  • Two contrasting movements of a J.S.Bach Sonata or Mozart Concerto
  • Any French recital piece
  • Sight-reading

Winds/Brass (Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba)

  • All major scales - 2 octaves; chromatic scale - 2 octaves
  • One of the following:
    • An etude or characteristic study that demonstrates the present level of competency on the instrument
    • One movement from a classical, romantic or contemporary concerto or sonata or solo piece
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

Snare Drum

  • Selected basic rudiments (rolls, paradiddles, flams, etc.)
  • One intermediate or advanced solo or etude
  • Sight-reading

Keyboard Percussion

  • Selected scales 2 octaves
  • One solo or etude which demonstrates the present level of competency on marimba or xylophone

Timpani

  • Ear test (matching pitches, interval identifications, etc.)
  • One etude or solo which demonstrates the present level of competency on two or four drums
  • Note: If students have limited experience on mallets or timpani, they are encouraged to contact Professor Kolor (tpkolor@buffalo.edu) to arrange for suitable substitute repertoire.

Piano

  • Three contrasting pieces, (memorized):
    • J.S. Bach
    • One movement from a classical sonata
    • 19th or 20th century.
  • The candidate will be asked for scales and/or sight-reading

Organ

  • Two work by J.S. Bach
    • A choral prelude
    • A larger work
  • A 17th century French, German, or Italian piece
  • A 19th or 20th century work
  • The candidate may be asked for scales and/or sight-reading

Harpsichord

  • A sonata by Scarlatti
  • A larger work of J.S. Bach
  • A piece from the French School
  • The candidate may be asked for scales and/or sight-reading

Classical Guitar

  • The candidate must demonstrate facility in scales executed with both rest stroke and free stroke. Three octave scales preferred.
  • An etude by Sor, Carcassi, Brouwer, Aguado, Rigondi, Villa-Lobos etc.
  • Another work of contrasting nature by composers such as, Bach, Barrios, Giuliani, Villa-Lobos, etc.
  • A work chosen by the candidate to demonstrate his/her present level of competency