Audition Dates & Repertoire

  Please find audition dates on the left and repertoire on the right below.

 

Audition Dates

Fall 2015 audition dates have passed. If you are still interested in applying or have questions for next year, please contact the Admission Office at admission(at)longy.edu. Fall 2016 audition dates will be posted later this summer. 

Audition Repertoire by Department

Accompanying Guidelines

Vocal Performance, Opera, Early Music Voice, and Artist Diploma applicants are required to perform with a collaborative pianist. Artist Diploma applicants must make their own arrangements for a collaborative pianist; Longy will provide a pianist for Voice, Opera, and Early Music Voice auditions. 

Longy will provide singers and instrumentalists for Collaborative Piano auditions. Collaborative Piano applicants are welcome to bring their own singers and instrumentalists but should notify Longy in advance.

Longy will provide a rhythm section for Modern American Music auditions. Modern American Music applicants are welcome to bring their own rhythm section but should notify Longy in advance.

Collaborative pianists are not required for all other auditions. 

Audition Repertoire

Artist Diploma


Please see further information for all Artist Diploma Applicants

Brass

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements or complete works from the standard repertory
  2. An etude demonstrating the applicant’s technical and musical ability
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertory
  2. A complete sonata in contrasting style to the concerto
  3. A work composed after 1920
  4. Four contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory
Chamber Music
  1. Two major works from the standard repertory
  2. A movement or complete work composed after 1960
Collaborative Piano
  1. A solo work
  2. Brahms G major violin sonata mvts. 1 and 3 OR Beethoven Spring Sonata mvts. 1 and 4
  3. "Ganymed" by Schubert – high key
  4. "Green" by Debussy (from Ariettes oubliées) – high key
Composition

Submission of three representative compositions scored for various media. Recordings of performed works are encouraged. All compositions and recordings should be uploaded via the online application; scores should not be mailed. 

Conducting (MAT only)
  1. Submission of a detailed repertoire list of works studied (please asterisk works you have performed)
  2. 15-20 minute video of a rehearsal and performance of two works in contrasting styles. Applications lacking rehearsal footage will not be considered.
Early Music

Three selections from contrasting stylistic periods before c. 1800. Singers must perform works in three languages.

Jazz/World/Folk (MAT Only)

Four prepared and contrasting pieces of your choice

The Master of Arts in Teaching (Los Angeles campus) welcomes applicants who are trained in non-classical music of all types. Suggested repertory includes the following: a tune from a well-known artist or band of any style, a tune from the standard jazz repertory with your own improvisation, and/or a composition from the instrumental or vocal repertory of your chosen genre. Only one of the four may include your own original composition.

Modern American Music

Jazz-trained applicants

  1. Three jazz standards: a ballad, a medium swing tune, and an up-tempo tune. Applicants must perform from memory and include improvisation.
  2. One published transcription or previously performed solo that demonstrates advanced skills in interpretation of notated music.
  3. A movement from a classical work such as an etude, sonata, etc. (Jazz-trained applicants are not required to have extensive experience in classical music; they should, however, have a strong desire to explore this repertoire).

Classically-trained applicants

  1. Three works of the major repertory from contrasting stylistic periods
  2. One jazz standard, with improvisation (classically-trained applicants are not required to 
have extensive experience in jazz; they should, however, have a strong desire to explore this repertoire)

Composition applicants

Three works from the applicant’s primary genre (jazz or classical) and one work from the other genre. One work should be for large ensemble. Scores and recordings are mandatory and should be uploaded to the online application. Applicants are encouraged to submit their best work even if it does not fall within these guidelines. 

Opera


Five arias in at least four languages; one piece must be in English.

Percussion (MAT Only)
  1. Four solo pieces utlizing the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, 2 and 4 mallet
  2. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts on each of the following: snare drum, xylophone, and timpani
Piano
  1. A Baroque work, such as a Prelude and Fugue from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier or two sonatas by Scarlatti
  2. A complete classical sonata from the standard repertory
  3. A complete 19th-century work
  4. A work composed after 1920
Strings

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements from a solo partita, sonata, or suite of J.S. Bach
  2. First movement from a concerto from the standard repertory
  3. One movement from a sonata in contrasting style to the concerto

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements from a solo partita, sonata, or suite of J.S. Bach
  2. First movement from a major concerto from the 19th or 20th century
  3. Two movements from a sonata in contrasting style to the concerto
  4. One movement or complete short work composed after 1920
Guitar

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two studies reflecting fundamental left and right hand techniques such as Brouwer Studies 1-10, Sor 20 Studies, Giuliani Complete Studies, and Carcassi Studies and Etudes, Op. 60.
  2. Two selections from the standard repertoire in major and minor keys such as Bach Prelude in D minor BWV 999, Milan Pavans, Tarrega Lagrima, Dowland Melancholy Galliard, J.K. Mertz Liebeslied, and Brouwer Cancion de Cuna.

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two studies reflecting advanced left and right hand techniques such as Brouwer Studies 1-20, Villa-Lobos 12 Studies, and Gilardino Studies 1-12.
  2. Two selections from advanced repertoire such as Bach Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998, Brouwer Le Decameron Noir, Villa-Lobos 5 Preludes, Castelnuovo Tedesco's Tarantella, and Albeniz's Cordoba.
Harp

Undergraduate Diploma

Two works of contrasting styles. Repertoire should be equivalent to Pierne Impromptu-Caprice, Handel Tema con variazioni, Salzedo Chanson dans la nuit (Song in the Night), or Tournier Etude de concert: Au matin. Not more than one transcription is permitted. Auditions are to be performed without an accompanist.

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Candidates should prepare three works of contrasting styles. At least one work should be equivalent to Britten Suite for harp, Fauré Impromptu, or Hindemuth Sonata. Not more than one transcription is permitted. Auditions are to be performed without an accompanist.

Vocal Performance

Undergraduate Diploma

Three selections (songs or arias), in English and at least one other language

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Five selections (songs or arias) consisting of song literature in English and two other languages and one aria from an opera or oratorio

Woodwinds

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements or complete works from the standard repertory
  2. An etude demonstrating the applicant's technical and musical level
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertory
  2. A complete sonata in contrasting style to the concerto
  3. A work composed after 1920
  4. Four contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory