For your audition, you should prepare two pieces of contrasting character. Audition materials for the woodwind instruments typically include etudes or solo literature, such as sonatas, concertos and solos. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Etudes by Ferling, Voxman (“Selected Studies”) and Karg-Elert
  • Concerto movements by Ibert and Glazunov
  • Sonata movements or solo pieces by Heiden, Creston, Muczinsky and Bozza


Be prepared to perform any scales upon request.


You will be asked to sight-read a passage as part of your audition. You will be given a few moments to look it over and then we will ask you to perform it.

Preparation tips

Occasionally, a member of your audition committee may ask a student to do something in a slightly different way in order to evaluate the flexibility or “teachability” of the student.

If you have any questions, contact Patrick Smith, coordinator of winds and percussion.