Orchestral Performance

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This concentration prepares students as advanced performers on orchestral instruments. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of proficiency and potential for success as career performers. Graduates may be qualified for teaching at the college level or privately, or for performing professionally as soloists, members of large ensembles, or chamber musicians. Performance audition required.

Audition Requirements

TECHNICAL

One of the following:

Alexander Arutunian: Concerto for Trumpet to letter L 

Theo Charlier: Etude No. 2 from 36 Ètudes  Transcendantes 

Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, I-Mit kraft 

Arthur Honegger: Intrada

Kent Kennan: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, I-With strength and vigor

LYRICAL

One of the following: 

Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major II-Andante*

Johann Baptist Georg Neruda: Concerto for Trumpet II-Largo*

*performance on Eb trumpet is not required, but suggested

5 CONTRASTING EXCERPTS from the standard orchestral repertoire 

Horn

Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

Tenor Trombone

One movements from two different standard concertos or sonatas: (Repertoire suggested, but not limited to)

Grondahl - Concerto

Lars-Erik Larsson - Concertino

Casterede - Sonatine

Ewazen - Sonata

Hindemith - Sonatae

Martin - Ballade

AND

Three standard orchestral excerpts: (Excerpts suggested, but not limited to)

Berlioz - Hungarian March or Symphonie Fantastique

Mahler - Symphony No. 3 or No. 5

Mozart - Tuba Mirum

Ravel - Bolero

Rossini - William Tell

Schumann- Symphony No. 3

Wagner - Die Valkyrie

Bass Trombone

One movements from two different standard concertos or sonatas: (Repertoire suggested, but not limited to)

Bach - Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5

Bozza - New Orleans

Ewazen - Concerto or Capriccio

Lebedev - Concerto in One Movement

Siekman - Concerto

Spillman - Concerto

AND

Three standard orchestral excerpts: (Excerpts suggested, but not limited to)

Berlioz - Hungarian March

Haydn - Creation

Kodaly - Hary Janos

Respighi - Fountains of Rome

Rossini - William Tell

Schumann - Symphony No. 3

Wagner - Die Valkyrie

Euphonium

Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

Tuba

One movement from two different standard concertos or sonatas (Vaughan-Williams, Gregson, Ewazen or any similar works)

3 standard orchestral excerpts (such as Respighi - Fountains of Rome, Berlioz - Hungarian March or Symphonie Fantastique, Wagner - Die Meistersinger, Ride of Die Valkyrie, etc.)

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Percussion Performance at Georgia State University are to demonstrate graduate-level competency in the four primary areas of concert percussion (snare drum, mallets, timpani, and multi-percussion) through an in-person or video-recorded audition. The candidate has flexibility in the specific repertoire choices, however, they should include solos and/or technical etudes as well as orchestral excerpts that best showcase their musical and technical level and reflect their professional interests. The majority of audition repertoire should be from the established percussion canon and must be approved in advance by the GSU Percussion Coordinator. The candidate is encouraged to contact Professor Stuart Gerber (swgerber@gsu.edu) as early as possible to discuss their proposed repertoire and the audition process. 

Violin
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

Viola
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.An etude of moderate difficulty by Rode, Kreutzer, Fuchs, etc.

First movement from a major 20th-century concerto, with cadenza if applicable.

First movement of a Brahms sonata, or the first movement from Sonata of similar difficulty, or a short piece of similar difficulty. 

Two movements from a Bach Suite

Cello
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

An etude of moderate difficulty by Popper, Duport, Dotzauer, etc.

Two of the following:
A movement from the Bach Suites

A movement of a sonata or a short piece such as those by Brahms, Fauré, Sammartini, Schumann or Beethoven

A movement from a concerto such as those by Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Boccherini or Lalo

 

Double Bass
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

Koussevitsky Concerto 1st movement 

One movement from a Bach Cello Suite

Recitative from Beethoven Symphony No.9

Bass solo from 2nd movement of Mahler Symphony No.1

Excerpts from Mozart Symphony No.35

Harp
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

Oboe
30 minutes of music including at least one movement from a standard concerto, a piece written in the 20th or 21st century, a fast and slow Ferling etude, and two orchestral excerpts

Flute
Two contrasting movements from a Baroque work

Movements one and two of the Mozart Concerto in G Major, K. 313 OR the Concerto in D Major, K. 314 (both movements with cadenza)

A work from the 20th or 21st Century (you may choose to play only one movement from a composition with multiple movements)

Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Sight-reading

Clarinet
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes. The audition should include works from at least three historical style periods (transcriptions are acceptable). The applicant will be expected to exhibit tonal and range potential demanded in the performance of standard instrumental repertory, accurate intonation and execution of rhythm, and knowledge of clefs and/or transpositions essential to the reading of instrumental literature.

Bassoon
Two contrasting movements from a Baroque Concerto or Sonata

First Two Movements of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, K191, with cadenzas

One Milde Etude or Concert Study

Orchestral Excerpts:  

Mozart:  Marriage of Figaro

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvt. 2

Ravel:  Bolero

Saxophone
Applicants should prepare an audition program of approximately 30 minutes of music including:

At least one movement from a standard concerto

One piece from the traditional standard repertoire (for example: Desenclos, Decruck, Albright, Husa Elegie et Rondeau, Lennon Distances Within Me, Gotkovsky Brillance)

One piece composed in the past 20 years

Two contrasting orchestral excerpts