Audition Repertory for Saxophone
Applicants should prepare solo works, études, and passages from the orchestral repertoire. Sight reading may be given at the audition.
Below are examples of the literature appropriate for an audition. You should 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 by Paul Creston or Bernard Heiden, Glazunov’s Concerto, Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence. Candidates should play contrasting movements or sections of one-movement works. One slow and one fast étude by Ferling and one étude from Karg-Elert 25 Caprices, Book 1 (or a work of comparable 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.