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Audition Information

The Ohio State University School of Music requires a successful audition on the major instrument for all freshmen, transfer students, and graduate performance students. The audition determines acceptance as a music major. The audition will be performed for representative members of the music performance faculty.

*Please note that the following repertoire is suggested to serve as a guideline; works of similar scope may be performed. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Undergraduate Clarinet:

  • Perform major and minor (harmonic & melodic) scales and chromatic scale over the normal range of the clarinet
  • Two contrasting etudes from the Rose 32 Etudes
  • One concerto and one French concours work or unaccompanied work from the following lists. Works of similar scope and difficulty may also be performed:
    • Concerti - First movement of Mozart Concerto K.622, Weber Concerto No. 1 in f minor, or Weber Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major
    • French concours - Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie, Messager Solo De Concours, Rabaud Solo De Concours, or other similar French concours works
    • Unaccompanied works: Willson Osborne, Rhapsody for Clarinet, Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo, (movements 2 and 3 only)
  • Piano accompaniment is not required for clarinet or woodwind auditions; however, applicants may provide their own accompanist if desired.

DMA & MM Clarinet

  • Perform extended major and minor (harmonic & melodic) scales and chromatic scale
  • First movement of either the Mozart Concerto K.622, Weber Concerto No. 1 in f minor, Weber Concerto No. 2 in E-flat major, Copland Concerto, or Nielsen Concerto
  • First movement of either Brahms sonata or French concours work such as Debussy Premiere Rhapsodie, Widor Introduction et Rondo Chausson Andante et Allegro, Messager Solo De Concours, Francaix Tema con Variazioni or other similar work
  • Choose one Contemporary Solo Unaccompanied work from the list below:
    • For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet (inA) Shulamit Ran
    • Sequenza IXa per clarinetto solo, Luciano Berio
    • Soliloquies, Leslie Bassett (choose two of the movements)
    • Dancing Solo, Libby Larsen (choose two of the movements)
    • Flammes, Komives (choose two of the etudes)
    • Prelude, Penderecki
    • Gra, Carter
    • Hommages, Kovacs DaFalla or Bach
    • Sonatina for Clarinet Solo, Rozsa (movement 1)
    • Sonate für Klarinette in B, Edison Denissow (both movements)
    • Sonate pour Clarinette Solo, Ida Gotkovsky (choose two movements)
    • A Set for Clarinet, Martino (choose one movement)
  • Piano accompaniment is not required for clarinet or woodwind auditions; however, applicants may provide their own accompanist if desired.
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Choose six from the listed works below: Beethoven 6: Movement 1 (solo at the end of the movement) Beethoven 8: Minuet and Trio (do not take the repeat) Borodin, Polovetsian Dances (solos mvt. II m. 6-14) and (mvt. III m. 3-10) Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (opening solo to 2) Kodaly: Dances of Galanta (first page solo) Mendelssohn scherzo: (opening through the end of the trills; dotted quarter = 84) Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolfe (cadenza) Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol movement 1, (both solos) and movement 3 (solo) Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (solo at F Recit Moderato assai) and (movement III upbeats to G to H) and (movement IV solo from I to K) Stravinsky: The Firebird (Variation de l'oiseau de feu) Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 9 movement 2 (opening solo) and (movement 3 Presto m.1-17)

Admission Requirements for DMA & MM in Clarinet Performance

  • Completion of application to The Ohio State University
  • Completion of application to the School  of Music
  • An audition before a faculty committee
  • Evaluation of application materials including:
    • Academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Three letters of recommendation

General Information about DMA/MM Auditions

  • All domestic applicants must audition in person. (The area must approve any exceptions.)
  • International applicants applying for scholarships and assistantships must audition in person. (The area must approve any exceptions.)
  • All other international applicants may submit a CD for provisional acceptance and audition in person in the first semester in residence.
  • Applicants who do not pass an audition the first time may audition one more time the following semester.
  • A second failed audition precludes any further consideration for admission into the DMA program.

Audition Procedures

Admission to the program of study for the MA (woodwind pedagogy), MM (woodwind performance), and DMA (woodwind performance) degrees will be determined by an audition committee on the basis of the applicant's ability to demonstrate sufficient performing ability to fulfill the requirements of the degree program.

If circumstances prevent an audition in person, a recently recorded audition will be considered.  Label the recording with the applicant's name, desired degree program, mailing address, e-mail address, recording date, titles of pieces or movements, and composer.*

University Fellowship applicants must audition by January 14 in order to be admitted in time for the Graduate School fellowship competition that is held in February.  Applicants who wish to be considered for a School of Music Graduate Teaching Associateship (GTA) are encouraged to audition by March 15

Audition Requirements

1. Submit a biographical statement and repertoire list.

2. The audition must include the following (memorization is not required):

    a. two (2) complete solo pieces (i.e. concerto, sonata, French conservatory piece),
        from contrasting style periods.  Accompanist not required.
    b. at least six (6) orchestral excerpts demonstrating knowledge of standard literature

*Send to:
Graduate Studies
School of Music
The Ohio State University
310 Weigel Hall - 1866 College Road
Columbus, OH 43210

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Dr. Caroline Hartig

Professor of Clarinet The Ohio State University
School of Music, 312 Weigel Hall
1866 College Road Columbus, OH 43210-1170
Studio phone: (614) 292-8969