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Graduate Audition/Interview Information by Major Area

Mizzou New Music Ensemble Audition Repertoire

Mizzou New Music Ensemble

Assistantship Audition Information
Students wishing to audition for a New Music Ensemble (NME) graduate assistantship must prepare additional repertoire for the audition (beyond that normally expected for the MM in performance). NME audition pieces should demonstrate the performer’s highest range of technical and musical ability and be at least 6 minutes in total length. Two contrasting pieces (either short pieces or short excerpts from two longer pieces) must be prepared. NME audition repertoire should be approved in advance.

Sample audition repertoire is listed for each instrument. Audition repertoire need not be limited to the pieces listed below.

Flute
Ian Clarke:
Zoom Tube (1999)
Takemitsu:
Air for Solo Flute (1995)
Robert Dick: Lookout (1989)
Shulamit Ran: East Wind (1987)
Berio:
Sequenza I (1958)

Clarinet (*or bass clarinet)
Carter: GRA (1993)
Rózsa: Sonatina (1957)
William O. Smith: Five Pieces (1959)
Tower: Wings* (1983)
Martino: A Set for Clarinet (1954)
Berio: Sequenza IXa (1980)

Percussion, Marimba (excerpts)
Schwantner: Velocities (1990)
Minoru Miki: Marimba na toki [Time for Marimba] (1968)
Druckman: Reflections on the Nature of Water (1986)

Multiple Percussion
Etude from: The Multiple Percussion Book by Petrella/Allemeier The Contemporary
Percussionist by Udow/Watts

Piano
Memorization of this part of the audition is optional. Auditionees will be evaluated in sightreading beyond the MM audition level. No prepared piano pieces will be approved  for this audition.
Berio: Sequenza IV (1966)
Bolcom: Twelve Etudes (1964) or 12 New Etudes (1986)
Boulez: Sonata No. 2 (1947)
Carter: Piano Sonata (1945-46)
Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 6 (1970) (performer must provide the recording for the audition)
Ives: Concord Sonata (rev. 1947)
Ligeti: Etudes (1985-2001)
Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus (1944)
Perle: Six Etudes (1973-76) or Six New Etudes (1984)
Rzewski: People United Will Never Be Defeated (1975) or De Profundis (1992)
Stockhausen: Piano Pieces I-IV (1952)

Violin
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1 (1928)
Schoenberg: “Columbine” from Pierrot Lunaire (1912)
Kernis: “Hymn” from Still Movement with Hymn (1993)
Penderecki: “Abschied: Larghetto” from Clarinet Quartet (1995)

Cello Required:
Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps, VI: “Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes,” beginning to letter E (1940-41)

Select two from the following:
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, movement. 19 “Serenade” (1912)
Prokofiev: Symphonie Concertante, any movement (1950-51, rev.1952)
Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1, op. 107, any movement (1959)
A movement from a solo sonata or suite by Hindemith, Crumb, Britten, Kodály or Cassado

MM in Piano Performance

Audition Repertoire (four pieces minimum):

  • One complete Classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven (a full concerto by Mozart or Beethoven may also fill this requirement) AND
  • Selections from at least two of these three additional categories:
    • Bach Prelude and Fugue, or other major Baroque work
    • One large work from the Romantic period
    • A significant piece or set of pieces from the 20th century

All pieces must be memorized.

Additional information: Please submit a list of repertoire studied in the last five years, including solo, collaborative/chamber, and concerto. All in-person auditions include sight-reading.

For questions about audition repertoire, please contact:
Dr. Janice Wenger, Area Coordinator for Keyboard
WengerJ@missouri.edu

MM in Collaborative Piano Performance

Audition Repertoire (four pieces minimum):

  1. At least two (2) memorized selections from the four categories detailed in MM Piano Performance above AND
  2. Two (2) selections of contrasting collaborative literature; these may be either instrumental or vocal, or both, but should demonstrate a range of ensemble abilities. For the in-person audition, you may bring your own collaborator, or we will try to find one for you (appropriate notice required).

Additional information: Please submit a list of repertoire studied in the last five years, including solo, collaborative/chamber instrumental, and vocal. All in-person auditions include sight-reading.

For questions about audition repertoire, please contact:
Dr. Janice Wenger, Area Coordinator for Keyboard
WengerJ@missouri.edu

MM in Piano Pedagogy

Audition Repertoire: Same as MM in Piano Performance.

Additional Requirements (also due by January 15 priority application deadline):

  1. Video recording of the applicant teaching a 30-minute private piano lesson to a student of any age or level of ability.
  2. Essay discussing reasons for pursuing an MM in Piano Pedagogy and professional goals.
  3. An in-person or videoconference interview (if traveling to campus is not possible). In-person interviews will be scheduled during Graduate Audition days; videoconference interviews will be scheduled as mutually convenient.

For questions about audition repertoire, please contact:
Dr. Janice Wenger, Area Coordinator for Keyboard
WengerJ@missouri.edu

MM in Vocal Performance

Audition Repertoire: Four (4) selections required, including at least one operatic aria and two art songs, including repertoire in four languages: English, French, German, and Italian.

For prescreening audition (on ACCEPTD), you must submit three (3) video selections, to include one (1) operatic aria and two (2) art songs. Three different languages should be represented. Please note that if you are selected for an in-person audition all four selections (described above) will be required at your live audition. International applicants and anyone who may not be able to attend an in-person audition should submit all four selections as part of the pre-screening process (on ACCEPTD).

For questions about audition repertoire, please contact:
Professor Christine Seitz, Area Coordinator for Voice
Email: SeitzC@missouri.edu

MM in Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds Performance

Audition repertoire: Minimum of three selections (at least 20 minutes' total length), with repertoire representing appropriate and contrasting style periods.

Given the varying nature of repertoire in the different instrumental areas, applicants should contact the appropriate area coordinator, listed below, to discuss and confirm audition repertoire:

Brass:
Dr. Tim Howe, Area Coordinator for Brass
HoweT@missouri.edu

Percussion:
Megan Arns, Percussion Coordinator
ArnsM@missouri.edu

Strings (including classical guitar and harp):
Professor Eva Szekely, Area Coordinator for Strings
SzekelyE@missouri.edu

Woodwinds:
Professor Leo Saguiguit, Area Coordinator for Woodwinds
SaguiguitL@missouri.edu

MM in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy, Graduate Jazz Certificate

Audition Requirements

Instrumentalists (other than drummers):

Prepare one jazz standard* and one blues in the key of your choice, improvising on each piece. Provide your own accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD).

Drummers:
Perform the following grooves at the prescribed tempos

  • Swing at 120 bpm
  • Double-Time Swing at 240 bpm
  • Bossa Nova at 100 bpm
  • Samba (double-time bossa nova) at 100 bpm (half-note)
  • Funk/Hiphop at 100 bpm
  • Ballad (with brushes) at 80 bpm
  • Alternating four (4) measures swing with four (4) measures solo at 120 bpm

Vocalists:
Prepare one medium up-tempo jazz standard* and one ballad, no more than one chorus of each. Provide your own piano accompaniment (Aebersold or other play-along CD).

*Standards are generally defined as songs from the "Great American Songbook" (composers like Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers, Hart, et al.). The definition of "standard" has expanded to include famous jazz pieces written and performed by jazz artists like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and others. Standards may include, but are not limited to the following tunes. You may select any tune you wish that qualifies as a jazz standard based on the definition above:

  • All the Things You Are
  • Blue Bossa
  • All Blues
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • A Foggy Day
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • Summertime
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • Just Friends
  • Stella by Starlight
  • There is No Greater Love
  • The Song Is You
For questions about audition repertoire, please contact:
Dr. Brian Silvey, Interim Director of Bands

MM in Composition

Submit a portfolio of representative original compositions when completing the School of Music online application. The portfolio must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline (January 15).

For questions about the portfolio, please contact:
Dr. Stefan Freund

All composition applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an in-person interview when completing the School of Music online application, to ensure full admission and assistantship consideration

MA in Musicology

Submit samples of original scholarly writing (such as research papers or undergraduate theses in music) when completing the School of Music online application. Samples must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline (January 15).

For questions about writing samples, please contact:
Dr. Michael Budds, Area Coordinator for Musicology and Ethnomusicology
BuddsM@missouri.edu

All musicology applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an in-person interview when completing the School of Music online application, to ensure full admission and assistantship consideration

MM in Music Theory

Submit a research/analytical paper on a topic in music theory when completing the School of Music online application. This may be a paper written for a class or one written expressly for this application. In lieu of a paper on a music theory topic, a paper on a music history topic may be submitted. Samples must be submitted by the Priority Application Deadline (January 15).

For questions about the writing samples, please contact:
Dr. Neil Minturn, Area Coordinator for Music Theory and Composition
MinturnN@missouri.edu

All music theory applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an in-person interview when completing the School of Music online application, to ensure full admission and assistantship consideration

MM in Choral Conducting

Submit a video by the Priority Application Deadline (January 15) containing:

  1. A one-minute introduction giving your name, current institution (and position, if employed), and why you want to pursue a graduate degree in choral conducting.
  2. Approximately ten (10) minutes of the applicant leading a choral rehearsal.
  3. Approximately four to six (4-6) minutes of the applicant leading a performance.

Applicants selected for in-person interview/audition will rehearse a School of Music choir for 15-20 minutes (music will be assigned and sent to you before the audition); take a short conducting lesson on the same music; sing a prepared aria or art song; demonstrate proficiency in sight-reading and ear-training; and demonstrate basic piano proficiency.

For questions about Choral Conducting audition requirements, please contact:
Dr. Paul Crabb, Director of Choral Activities
CrabbRP@missouri.edu

MM in Orchestral Conducting

Submit a "face-to-the-camera" video by the Priority Application Deadline (January 15) of the applicant conducting in both rehearsal and performance settings. Both small and large ensemble excerpts are acceptable. The video should be approximately 15 minutes total length. Please take one minute at the beginning of the video to introduce yourself and briefly describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting. All applicants must also submit a complete list of works conducted in public performance.

For questions about Orchestral Conducting requirements, please contact:
Professor Edward Dolbashian, Director of Orchestral Activities
DolbashianE@missouri.edu

MM in Wind Conducting

Submit a "face-to-the-camera" video by the Priority Application Deadline (January 15) of the applicant conducting in both rehearsal and performance settings. Both small and large ensemble excerpts are acceptable. The video should be approximately 15 minutes' total length. Please take one minute at the beginning of the video to introduce yourself and briefly describe your goals in pursuing graduate studies in conducting. All applicants must also submit a complete list of works conducted in public performance.

For questions about Wind Conducting requirements, please contact:
Dr. Brian Silvey, Interim Director of Bands

silveyba@missouri.edu