Woodwinds: Suggested Audition Materials

  • Flute

    Choose two works of contrasting styles from the works listed below, or you may choose to prepare works of comparable difficulty:

    • Mozart, Concerto in G Major
    • Quantz, Concerto in G Major
    • Taktakishvili, Sonata (mvt 3)
    • Burton, Sonatine (mvt 3)
    • Chaminade, Concertino
    • Hindemith, Sonata


    Prepare any of the works below (or works of comparable difficulty)

    • Cimarosa, Concerto
    • Handel, Concerto #3 in G Minor
    • Mozart, Concerto, K.314, 1st movement
    • Paladhilhe, Concertante
    • Barret, Oboe Method or Ferling 48 etudes (one slow, one fast)

    Clarinet (Bb Soprano)

    Clarinetists auditioning should prepare the chromatic scale (full range), all major scales, and one of the following selections:

    • W.A. Mozart, Concerto, (play mvt. 1 or 3)
    • C.M. von Weber, Concertino, (all)
    • C.M. von Weber, Concerto No. 1 in F minor, op. 73 (play mvt. 1 or 3)
    • C. Saint-Saens, Sonata, (play mvts. 1 and 4)
    • Willson Osborne, Rhapsody (all)
    • Two contrasting etudes from Cyrille Rose, 32 Etudes

    Additional repertoire can be approved prior to the audition by Rosemary Engelstad ( rosemary@iup.edu or 724-357-2068). Please call at least one month prior to the audition.

    Please note: Bass clarinet students should bring and be prepared to play the soprano clarinet in their audition. If accepted into the program as a music major, all students are required to own a Bb soprano.


    Bassoonists auditioning should prepare major scales up to three flats and sharps, a chromatic scale from low Bb to high F or Bb, and one of the following selections:

    • E. Bourdeau, Premier Solo, edited by H. Voxman, Rubank, Inc.
    • Any piece from Solos for the Bassoon Player, Sol Schoenbach, Schirmer, Inc.
    • Burrill Phillips, Concert Piece, Eastman School of Music c. 1940
    • Mozart, Concerto in B Flat, (K.191), Third Movement, Rondo

    Additional repertoire can be approved prior to the audition by Jason Worzbyt ( reedtip@iup.edu or 724-357-2068). Please call one month prior to the audition.


    Auditioning saxophonists should prepare all major scales, a full-range chromatic scale, and two contrasting selections from the following list:

    • Etude(s) from Selected Studies for Saxophone by H. Voxman or Forty-Eight Studies for All Saxophonists by W. Ferling
    • H. Eccles, Sonata for Alto Saxophone (Mvts. 1, 2, or 4)
    • A. Glazunov, Concerto in Eb (beginning to rehearsal 9)
    • B. Heiden, Sonata (any movement)
    • P. Maurice, Tableaux de Provence (any movement)
    • E. Bozza, Aria
    • Jazz etude from Jazz Conception by J. Snidero (“Amen,” “Rose,” “Proxy,” or “IND Line”) or Jazz Saxophone Etudes (any volume) by G. Fishman


    Note: You may audition on tenor or baritone saxophone; but, if at all possible, the audition should include at least one movement or etude on alto saxophone. If accepted as a music major, all students are required to own an alto saxophone when they come to IUP.

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