Undergraduate Clarinet Audition Requirements

Students must apply to Baylor University and fill out the School of Music Request for Audition Form before auditioning.

 

 

Soprano Clarinet

Students should prepare selections that are contrasting in style and tempo and best demonstrate the player’s abilities. Two movements from the same composition are acceptable. Although not required, memorization is encouraged.

 

Suggested literature:

 

  • One or two movements from a standard concerto (with cadenza, if applicable)

Recommended: Weber Concerto No.2 (Movement I or III); Mozart Concerto (Movement I or III) preferably on A clarinet; Spohr Concerto No. 1 (Movement I); Copland Concerto (up to Cadenza); Weber Concertino (Complete)

 

  • A short piece and/or contrasting etudes

Recommended: Rose 32 Etudes or Cavallini Caprices.

 

  • All major scales, harmonic and melodic minor scales ( including F# minor, Eb minor, Bb minor, and Ab minor) and full range chromatic       

Three octaves if possible, up to mm=120 slurred and mm=112 tongued in 16th note format
 

Bass Clarinet

Beginning in 2014, we are accepting Bass Clarinetists for undergraduate music education and performance degrees.

 

Audition requirements for both degrees:

 

  • All major scales, harmonic and melodic minor scales ( including F# minor, Eb minor, Bb minor, and Ab minor) and full range chromatic      

Three octaves if possible, up to mm=120 slurred and mm=112 tongued in 16th note format

 

Solo Selection:

  • Bach: PRELUDE ONLY from Cello Suite II, BWV 1008 (Any edition for bass clarinet/clarinet is accepted).

This version is preferred.

  • Wilson Osborne: Rhapsody for Clarinet

 

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • Grofe : Grand Canyon: on the trail: Square 2 until 3

  • Stravinsky: Petrushka (complete bass clarinet part)

 

Other Requirements: 

  • Minimal TOFEL requirement is 76 ( only for international students).

 

FAQ:

 

Who is present at the audition?

Generally, the entire woodwind division faculty will be evaluating your audition.

 

Will I be expected to stand or permitted to sit?

It is expected that you sit for orchestral excerpts and stand for all other selections.

 

What is the audition room environment?

Auditions are usually held in a medium tiled ensemble room.

 

Can I send a video to complete my audition requirement? 

A live audition is required for the clarinet studio.