Auditions

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

 

2018 Audition Dates

LIVE AUDITION DATES FOR FALL 2018

 

Artist Diploma: February 26

Brass: February 12 & 19

Piano & Collaborative Piano: February 12 & 19

Composition: February 9 & 16

Historical Performance: February 9 & 12

Historical Performance Voice: February 9

Jazz & Contemporary Music: February 16 & 19

Opera: February 12 & 19

Strings: February 9 & 16

Vocal Performance: February 12 & 16

Woodwinds: February 12 & 19

 

*Organ and Chamber Music auditions are arranged by special appointment only 

 

Auditions for Spring 2018 applicants are by recording or by special appointment only.

Audition Repertoire by Department

Audition Accompanying Guidelines

 

VOCALISTS

Vocal Performance, Opera, and Historical Performance Voice applicants are required to perform with an accompanist. Longy will provide a pianist for Voice, Opera, and Historical Performance Voice auditions. 

ARTIST DIPLOMA

Artist Diploma applicants must make their own arrangements for an accompanist.

COLLABORATIVE PIANO

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.

JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Longy will provide a rhythm section for Jazz and Contemporary Music auditions. Jazz & Contemporary Music applicants are welcome to bring their own rhythm section but should notify Longy in advance.

INSTRUMENTAL

Accompaniment is not required for instrumental auditions, including: Brass, Woodwinds, and Strings. If instrumentalists would like an accompanist for their audition, they are responsible for arranging their own. A list of Longy accompanists can be given to any interested applicant, upon request.

Audition Repertoire

Artist Diploma


Please see further information for all Artist Diploma Applicants

Brass

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma

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

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Three 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
Chamber Music

Video recording accepted; Live audition by appointment only

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two major works from the standard repertory
  2. A movement or complete work composed after 1960
Collaborative Piano

Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. A solo work
  2. The first movement of a violin or cello sonata by Beethoven or Brahms.
  3. "Ganymed" by Schubert or “Botschaft” by Brahms-high key
  4. "Green" by Debussy (from Ariettes oubliées) – high key
  5. Sight-reading
Composition

Interview required

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Submission of three representative compositions scored for various media, via the online application
  2. Recordings of performed works are encouraged, but not required
  3. On-campus (or scheduled Skype) Interview with the Chair of Composition

*All compositions and recordings should be uploaded via the online application; scores should not be mailed. 

Guitar

Video recording or live audition accepted

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

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Historical Performance

Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Three selections from contrasting stylistic periods before c. 1800
  2. Singers must perform works in three languages.
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Video recording or live audition accepted

A rhythm section (consisting of piano, bass, and drums) will be provided to assist with the audition as needed. 

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 of the following:
    • One published transcription or previously performed solo that demonstrates advanced skills in interpretation of notated music.
    • 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. One movement of a work from either the baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary 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)
  3. One of the following:
    • An original interpretation of a pre-existing piece
    • A structured improvisation of a pre-existing piece

Click HERE for a repertoire list of suggested tunes

 

Composition applicants

  1. Two works from the applicant’s primary genre (jazz or classical)
  2. One work from the other genre.

One of these works 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. 

Master of Arts in Teaching

Video recording required

We do not expect applicants to submit a studio-quality recording; we are listening for the quality of musicianship and performance, not the quality of the recording itself. Video is preferred. Do not mail scores, DVDs and/or CDs.

Instrumentalists and Vocalists:

  • Two contrasting works on your primary instrument, or voice.
  • Applicants may refer to the conservatory MM requirements for repertoire examples.

Conductors: 

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

Jazz/World/Folk Musicians:

  • Four prepared and contrasting pieces of your choice
  • MAT 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
    • a composition from the instrumental or vocal repertory of your chosen genre. Only one of the four may include your own original composition.

 

Your audition portfolio may include other media on secondary instruments and/or examples of your teaching background.  We want to learn more about you as an artist and educator. 

Opera


Video recording or live audition accepted

Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Three opera arias
  2. One additional selection, either art song or oratorio, that is in a dramatic nature

Selections must cover at least three languages; one must be in English.

Organ

Video recording accepted; Live audition by appointment only

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Three selections from contrasting stylistic periods before c. 1800
Piano

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma, Master of Music, and Graduate Performance Diploma

  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 20th-century work
Strings

Video recording or live audition accepted

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
Vocal Performance

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma

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

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Five selections (songs or arias) consisting of song literature in English, and two other languages
  2. One aria from an opera or oratorio
Woodwinds

Video recording or live audition accepted

Undergraduate Diploma

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

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Three 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