Artist Certificate

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The Artist Certificate in Music is a post-master’s certificate in either performance or conducting. The program is 18 semester hours and takes two semesters to complete.

To be admitted into the Artist Certificate program, students must have either a master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience.

 Audition Requirements

There are specific audition requirements for each concentration.  Please select your program of study for more information.

  • Pre-Screening Requirements (due December 30):

    • resumé or curriculum vitae providing complete information concerning the musical training and experience of the applicant. 
    • A face-to-the-camera, high-quality video recording of the applicant conducting in rehearsal and interacting with an ensemble he or she regularly conducts, and a performance must be uploaded to a file sharing website (such as YouTube) and emailed to Dr. Deanna Joseph at djoseph@gsu.edu. The video should be at least ten minutes in length and include literature of the applicant's choice. The examples may be incomplete, and a variety of different styles is welcomed. 
    • Two completed applications – one to Georgia State University and one to the School of Music (including two letters of recommendation).

    Audition and Interview Requirements:

    A limited number of applicants will be invited to audition & interview at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The auditions typically take place in February or March and will consist of the following components:

    • conducting audition in which the applicant will be invited to conduct works he or she has prepared in consultation with the program director.
    • An interview with the program director and any other persons designated.
    • demonstration of well-developed aural skills, which may include the ability to recognize discrepancies between the printed score and the actual sound, and the ability to sing individual parts from a choral score.
    • An evaluation of musicianship skills compatible with the student's specialization.
    • demonstration of the ability to communicate effectively with a group of performers.

    • A videotape of a rehearsal or concert which the candidate recently conducted and a list of conducting repertoire. An interview/audition with the instrumental conducting faculty is recommended.
    • Two letters of recommendation.

      • Applicants must submit the following:

            a conducting video of 10 to 30 minutes in length.  The video should be comprised of rehearsal and concert footage.  If possible please include a rehearsal and performance of the same piece. The video should be front facing so that the conductor is clearly visible from the front. 

            a list of works rehearsed or conducted publicly.  Please indicate (R) for pieces that you rehearsed only and (P) for pieces you conducted publicly. 

        Applicants may also submit the following optional materials:

            a recording of a recent performance by an ensemble that they have conducted;

            list of works performed on their major instrument;

        It should be noted that the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting – Wind Band Track is highly competitive.  After application materials are reviewed, a select number of highly qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus audition.

 

All Masters and Performance Certificate applicants should prepare from memory contrasting works from different styles and periods listed below. Applicants must also submit a repertoire list of works performed or studied up to the time of application to Georgia State University School of Music.

 

a)     one Baroque work (such as a Prelude and Fugue of Bach)

b)    one Classical work (such as those by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven)

c)     one Romantic major work or group of works (such as those by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms or Rachmaninoff)

d)    one Modern work or group of works (such as those by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, etc.)

 Applicants wishing to be considered for an assistantship should be prepared to perform short sight-reading excerpts assigned at the audition.

An audition program of twenty minutes by memory is required. Repertoire should represent three or four historical periods and include art songs, opera and/or oratorio, and at least three of the following languages: Italian, German, French, English, Spanish, and Russian. Sight-singing may be requested. An accompanist will be provided, no taped or CD accompaniments, please. Please bring six (6) copies of an updated resume and repertoire list/ recital programs to the audition.  There will be an interview with voice and opera faculty immediately following the audition. Once accepted into the School of Music, diction exams will also be administered. These will include both written and oral exams.

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

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