Audition Repertory for Oboe


Applicants should prepare solo works and études or studies written expressly for the instrument.  The applicant should be prepared to play passages from the orchestral repertoire as well as all scales and arpeggios. Applicants should be prepared also to sight read. Auditions are usually performed without accompaniment.

Below are examples of the literature appropriate for an audition. Consider works that demonstrate cantilena style (slow tempo, legato melodic lines, sustained phrasing, singing tone quality) and technical facility (fast tempo, variety in rhythm, correct phrasing, tone quality, clean articulation):

Sonata No. 1 or No. 2 by Handel; First movement from Sonata by Hindemith; First movement, F Major Quartet, K. 370 by Mozart; or works equal to these in difficulty. Orchestral repertoire: major passages from works such as Symphony No. 4 (slow movement) by Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) by Beethoven; symphonies by Brahms, Schumann, or Mozart; or symphonic works equal to these in difficulty.

MM & Performance Diploma

Applicants should prepare three compositions, one from the Baroque or Classical periods, one from the Romantic period, and one from the Contemporary period. Applicants may also offer orchestral excerpts suitable to his or her own instrument.

DMA & Artist Diploma

Applicants should prepare material equivalent to a master’s-level recital program.