Audition Information

Saxophone Requirements

Note: a screening recording is required for all auditioning saxophonists (Deadline: December 1). See below for details.

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (Jazz Studies Emphasis)
Master of Music in Jazz Studies
Master of Music in Performance
Performer Diploma-Solo Performance
Doctor of Music in Performance
Multiple Woodwinds: follow the BM, MM, or DM in Performance guidelines if saxophone is your primary instrument.

Screening Recording
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Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in saxophone must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. Screening recordings must be received no later than December 1, 2014.  Follow the above links for audition requirements. We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be heard by committee or considered for advancement in the admission process.

Students may submit audio or video recordings online through the Music Admissions website. Be certain that the recording is of high quality and your recording should be produced without any artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb.  If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may upload a final audition recording. For detailed instructions on submitting your recording online, please click here.

Applicants may audition on soprano, alto, tenor or baritone saxophone.

Repertoire/Scales: Applicants should prepare the repertoire listed below for the screening or final recording. Repertoire for invited on-campus auditions is the same. Scales: on the recording, you need only include four keys of the scales requested (listed below).

Introduction and Resume:

Please include on your audio or video recording (screening or final) a spoken introduction stating your name, degree interest, hometown, school, teachers, how many years you have played the saxophone, and other instruments you play. Please also include a written resume indicating your musical, and academic accomplishments, your civic activities, private lesson teachers, etc.

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Bachelor of Music in Performance (screening recording due December 1)

  • Two etudes (one lyrical, one technical) and one complete work from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Glazounov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, etc.).
  • Scales full range: chromatic scale, all major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales, and triad arpeggios (major and minor) full range.  For the screening recording, include the full-range chromatic scale and the following scales only: Bb, B, C and C# major and harmonic minor scales (full-range). Play C major and harmonic minor entirely staccato; play the others all slurred.

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Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field
(screening recording due December 1)

  • Two contrasting movements (lyrical and technical) from standard works and one etude.
  • Full range scales: chromatic scale, all major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales, and triad arpeggios (major and minor) full range. For the screening recording, include the full-range chromatic scale and the following scales only: Bb, B, C and C# major and harmonic minor scales (full-range). Play C major and harmonic minor entirely staccato; play the others all slurred.

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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (Jazz Studies Emphasis) (screening recording due December 1)

  • Classical repertoire: Two contrasting movements (lyrical and technical) from standard works (such as Creston, Glazounov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, etc.). An etude may be substituted for one of the movements.
  • Jazz repertoire: Play the melody and improvise on three tunes from memory: a blues, a tune selected from the list below, and one additional tune that is not a blues, "rhythm changes" tune, or ballad.

Required audition repertoire (select one):

All Things You Are                            Joy Spring
Groovin' High                                   Confirmation
Half Nelson                                     On Green Dolphin Street
Stella by Starlight                            Have You Met Miss Jones?
What Is This Thing Called Love?         There Will Never Be Another You 

  • Scales full range: major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished, and ascending melodic minor scales (and their modes).  For the screening recording, include only the following full-range scales on Bb, B, C, and C#: major, harmonic minor, diminished (WH), and diminished-whole tone. Play C major and harmonic minor entirely staccato: play the others slurred.
  • Note: If invited to audition in person, auditionees will play two audition events, one for the saxophone faculty (all material--classical and jazz) and one for members of the Jazz Studies faculty (jazz material only).
  • Auditionees may be asked to sight-read chord changes and typical jazz ensemble parts.

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Master of Music in Jazz Studies (screening recording due
December 1)

  • Major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished, and ascending melodic minor scales (and their modes).  For the screening recording, include only four of each scale type (your choice).
  • Play the melody and improvise from memory on the chord changes of one tune from each of the following three lists.
    • Bebop tunes: Groovin' High, Half Nelson, Confirmation, Donna Lee, Joy Spring, Stablemates.
    • Standard tunes: All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, What Is  This Thing Called Love?, Star Eyes, Alone Together, There Will Never Be Another You, Have You Met Miss Jones?, On Green Dolphin Street
    • Post-bop tunes: Giant Steps, Moment's Notice, Bolivia, Inner Urge, Dolphin Dance, Moontrane.
  • Auditionees may be asked to sight-read chord changes and typical jazz ensembles parts.
  • Note: If invited to audition in person, auditionees will play two audition events, one for the saxophone faculty and one for members of the Jazz Studies faculty.

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Master of Music in Performance
Performer Diploma-Solo Performance
Doctor of Music in Performance*
(screening recording due December 1)

  • Two etudes (one technical and one lyrical) and two major works of contrasting style, including at least one selection from the standard repertoire (such as a work by Creston, Glazounov, Heiden, Ibert, Maurice, etc.). If you have a background in jazz, please also include two tunes of your choice.
  • Full range scales and arpeggios: chromatic scale, and all major, minor (harmonic, melodic), diminished, and whole tone scales, and arpeggios (major, minor, augmented, and diminished-seventh).  For the screening recording, include the full-range chromatic scale and the following scales only: Bb, B, C and C# major and harmonic minor scales (full-range).

*If invited for an in-person Doctor of Music audition: as part of the 20 minute audition students are expected to perform with piano Concertino da Camera by Jacques Ibert. A pianist will be provided. Additional repertoire is as stated above (performed without piano).  Auditions will take place during the February and March audition weekends on Friday, February 6, 2015 and Friday, March 6, 2015 by invitation only.