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Live Audition Repertoire Requirements

Live auditions will take place in New York City from March 9–13, 2020.

Monday, March 9 at 9 AM–8 PM: Violin and Bass
Tuesday, March 10 at 9 AM–8 PM: Viola and Cello
Wednesday, March 11 at 9 PM–8 PM: Piano
Thursday, March 12 at 9 AM–8 PM: Flute, Clarinet, and Percussion
Friday, March 13 at 9 AM–8 PM: Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Bass Trombone

Auditions will take place in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Please note that we cannot accommodate requests to change live audition dates or times.

Please review the audition repertoire for each instrument below as well as the information about the interview process.

Note: Ensemble musicians are provided for the required chamber music selections for Strings and Piano.

Flute

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. Two contrasting movements from a J. S. Bach suite, sonata, or partita
  2. A Mozart concerto (complete work)
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Oboe

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. A Mozart concerto (complete work)
  2. At least one major solo work of the applicant’s choice (complete work)
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Clarinet

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. The Mozart concerto (complete work)
  2. At least one major solo work of the applicant’s choice (complete work)
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Bassoon

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. A Mozart concerto (complete work)
  2. At least one major solo work of the applicant’s choice (complete work)
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Horn

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. Two standard etudes
  2. Mozart Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4 (complete work)
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Trumpet

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. Two standard etudes (one fast and one slow)
  2. At least one major solo work of the applicant’s choice
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Trombone (tenor)

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. Two standard etudes (one fast and one slow)
  2. At least one major solo work of the applicant’s choice
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Bass Trombone

First Round: Solo Repertoire
  1. Two standard etudes (one fast and one slow)
  2. At least one major solo work of the applicant’s choice
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Percussion

First Round: Solo Repertoire

Multi-percussion

  1. A multi-percussion work of the applicant’s choice (a specific list of instruments must be provided; please note that some works may not be possible)

Mallets

  1. A two-mallet J. S. Bach solo work of the applicant’s choice
  2. A contemporary four-mallet solo work of the applicant’s choice

Snare Drum

  1. One of the following:
    1. An etude from Cirone Portraits in Rhythm
    2. An etude from Delecluse 12 Etudes
    3. An equivalent etude or other work
  2. Two standard orchestral excerpts of your choice

Timpani

  1. One movement of your choice from Elliott Carter Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
  2. Two standard excerpts of your choice
Second Round: Interview

An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Piano

First Round: Solo Repertoire and Chamber Music
  1. Any major work by J. S. Bach (no transcriptions permitted)
  2. One of the following:
    1. A complete sonata by Beethoven (excluding Op. 14, 49, and 79)
    2. One of the following complete sonatas by Haydn:
      1. B Minor Hob. XVI: 32
      2. C-sharp Minor Hob. XVI: 36
      3. E-flat Major Hob. XVI: 49
      4. C Major Hob. XVI: 50
      5. E-flat Major Hob. XVI: 52
    3. One complete sonata by Mozart from K. 310 to K. 576 (excluding K. 311 and K. 545)
    4. One of the following complete sonatas by Schubert:
      1. G Major, D. 894
      2. A Minor, D. 784
      3. A Minor, D. 845
      4. D Major, D. 850
      5. One of the three posthumous sonatas, D. 958–D. 960
      6. Fantasy in C Major, D. 760
  3. One substantial composition by Berg, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Janáček, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, or Schumann (etudes, nocturnes, short dances, waltzes, or comparable works are not acceptable)
  4. One movement from a work composed after 1975
  5. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 4
  6. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478, movements 1 and 3
Second Round: Chamber Music and Interview
  1. Chamber Music: Piano applicants who are invited to the second round will be expected to perform the following chamber music works with an ensemble (provided):
    1. Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 4
    2. Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478, movements 1 and 3
  2. Interview: An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Violin

First Round: Solo Repertoire and Chamber Music
  1. Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied J. S. Bach sonata or partita
  2. A complete sonata by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Fauré (Sonata in A Major), Franck, Mozart, Ravel, or Schubert
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
  4. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 4
  5. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 563, movements 1 and 2
Second Round: Chamber Music and Interview
  1. Chamber Music: Violin applicants who are invited to the second round will be expected to perform the following chamber music works with an ensemble (provided):
    1. Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 4
    2. Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 563, movements 1 and 2
  2. Interview: An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Viola

First Round: Solo Repertoire and Chamber Music
  1. Two contrasting movements from a J. S. Bach suite, sonata, or partita
  2. A complete sonata by Brahms, Hindemith, or Schubert, or an equivalent work such as Bloch’s Suite, Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata, or Schumann’s Märchenbilder
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
  4. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 4
  5. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 563, movements 1 and 2
Second Round: Chamber Music and Interview
  1. Chamber Music: Viola applicants who are invited to the second round will be expected to perform the following chamber music works with an ensemble (provided):
    1. Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 4
    2. Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 563, movements 1 and 2
  2. Interview: An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Cello

First Round: Solo Repertoire and Chamber Music
  1. Two contrasting movements from a J. S. Bach suite
  2. A complete sonata by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, or Shostakovich
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
  4. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 3
  5. Chamber music (ensemble provided): Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 563, movements 1 and 2
Second Round: Chamber Music and Interview
  1. Chamber Music: Cello applicants who are invited to the second round will be expected to perform the following chamber music works with an ensemble (provided):
    1. Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, movements 1 and 3
    2. Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K. 563, movements 1 and 2
  2. Interview: An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Bass

First Round: Solo Repertoire and Chamber Music
  1. Three contrasting movements from the following selections by J. S. Bach:
    1. Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067, V. Polonaise—Double, VI. Menuet, or VII. Badinerie
    2. Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042, II. Adagio
    3. St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, Vivace from No. 33 Arie “Sind Blitze, sind Donner,” or No. 78 Chor “Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder”
  2. Two works of different periods with contrasting character
  3. A movement from a work composed after 1975
  4. Chamber music: Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 “Trout”, movements 1, 2 and 4 (ensemble provided)
Second Round: Chamber Music and Interview
  1. Chamber Music: Bass applicants who are invited to the second round will be expected to perform the following chamber music works with an ensemble (provided):
    1. Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 “Trout,” movements 1, 2, and 4
  2. Interview: An interview will take place for all applicants who advance to the second round. Please jump to the Interviews section for further information regarding Ensemble Connect interviews.

Interviews

All applicants who advance to the second round will be asked to participate in an interview with Ensemble Connect staff. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes.

The goal of the interview is to get to know you better as a musician, leader, educator, and learner. The panel will want to hear about your motivations for applying to the program, people or experiences that have inspired you, and areas within Ensemble Connect that most interest you.

To begin, applicants will be asked to present a “musical snapshot”: You will introduce and perform a three-minute work or excerpt that has particular personal significance. Your introduction should affect how the panel hears and experiences the work.

Questions to address include but are not limited to:

  • Does this work remind you of a significant person, place, or time in your life?
  • Did this work play a role in discovering your passion for your instrument?
  • Was there a moment when you witnessed the power of music that this work invokes?

This presentation should be no longer than five minutes. The panel suggests approximately two minutes of speaking and three minutes of playing. Percussionists will have access to a marimba and snare drum and are welcome to bring small handheld percussion instruments.

Carnegie Hall is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Ensemble Connect welcomes applications from groups that are underrepresented in the field of classical music.

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