Audition Dates and Repertoire

Audition Dates

Prescreening recordings are only required for Artist Diploma applicants

Fall 2015 Audition Dates

Collaborative Piano: February 23

Composition: February 6

Early Music: February 20

Modern American Music: February 6 and February 13

Opera: February 9 and February 23

Piano: February 13 and February 23

Strings: February 9 and February 20

Voice: February 9 and February 20

Woodwinds and Brass: February 6 and February 13

All Artist Diploma Auditions: February 27

 

Regional Auditions

Los Angeles, CA: January 24 for all Departments

  

We encourage applicants to audition live at Longy whenever possible in order to meet faculty and current students and get a better feel for the school. We understand, however, that scheduling and travel constraints may only allow you to audition at a regional site. Applicants in Composition, Harpsichord, Modern American Music, Organ, and Artist Diploma are not eligible for regional auditions.

Applicants for Spring enrollment will have auditions arranged individually.

Audition Repertoire by Department

Accompanying Guidelines

Vocal Performance, Opera, Early Music Voice, and Artist Diploma applicants are required to perform with an accompanist, which Longy will provide. Artist Diploma applicants must make their own arrangements for an accompanist.

Longy will provide singers and instrumentalists for Collaborative Piano auditions. Collaborative Piano applicants are welcome to bring their own singers and instrumentalists but should notify Longy in advance.

Longy will provide a rhythm section for Modern American Music auditions. Modern American Music applicants are welcome to bring their own rhythm section but should notify Longy in advance.

Accompanists are not required for all other auditions. Applicants may choose to bring their own accompanist if they wish but should notify Longy in advance.

Artist Diploma


Please see further information for all Artist Diploma Applicants

Brass

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements or complete works from the standard repertory
  2. An etude demonstrating the applicant’s technical and musical ability
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertory
  2. A complete sonata in contrasting style to the concerto
  3. A work composed after 1920
  4. Four contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory
Chamber Music
  1. Two major works from the standard repertory
  2. A movement or complete work composed after 1960
Collaborative Piano
  1. A solo work
  2. Brahms G major violin sonata mvts. 1 and 3 OR Beethoven Spring Sonata mvts. 1 and 4
  3. "Ganymed" by Schubert – high key
  4. "Green" by Debussy (from Ariettes oubliées) – high key
Composition

Submission of three representative compositions scored for various media. Recordings of performed works are encouraged. All compositions and recordings should be uploaded via the online application; scores should not be mailed.

Early Music

Three selections from contrasting stylistic periods before c. 1800. Singers must perform works in three languages.

Modern American Music

Jazz-trained applicants

  1. Three jazz standards: a ballad, a medium swing tune, and an up-tempo tune. Applicants must perform from memory and include improvisation.
  2. One published transcription or previously performed solo that demonstrates advanced skills in interpretation of notated music.
  3. A movement from a classical work such as an etude, sonata, etc. (Jazz-trained applicants are not required to have extensive experience in classical music; they should, however, have a strong desire to explore this repertoire).

Classically-trained applicants

  1. Three works of the major repertory from contrasting stylistic periods
  2. One jazz standard, with improvisation (classically-trained applicants are not required to 
have extensive experience in jazz; they should, however, have a strong desire to explore this repertoire)

Composition applicants

Three works from the applicant’s primary genre (jazz or classical) and one work from the other genre. One work should be for large ensemble. Scores and recordings are mandatory and should be uploaded to the online application. Applicants are encouraged to submit their best work even if it does not fall within these guidelines. 

Opera


Five arias in at least four languages; one piece must be in English.

Piano
  1. A Baroque work, such as a Prelude and Fugue from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier or two sonatas by Scarlatti
  2. A complete classical sonata from the standard repertory
  3. A complete 19th-century work
  4. A work composed after 1920
Strings

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements from a solo partita, sonata, or suite of J.S. Bach
  2. First movement from a concerto from the standard repertory
  3. One movement from a sonata in contrasting style to the concerto

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements from a solo partita, sonata, or suite of J.S. Bach
  2. First movement from a major concerto from the 19th or 20th century
  3. Two movements from a sonata in contrasting style to the concerto
  4. One movement or complete short work composed after 1920
Guitar

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two studies reflecting fundamental left and right hand techniques such as Brouwer Studies 1-10, Sor 20 Studies, Giuliani Complete Studies, and Carcassi Studies and Etudes, Op. 60.
  2. Two selections from the standard repertoire in major and minor keys such as Bach Prelude in D minor BWV 999, Milan Pavans, Tarrega Lagrima, Dowland Melancholy Galliard, J.K. Mertz Liebeslied, and Brouwer Cancion de Cuna.

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two studies reflecting advanced left and right hand techniques such as Brouwer Studies 1-20, Villa-Lobos 12 Studies, and Gilardino Studies 1-12.
  2. Two selections from advanced repertoire such as Bach Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998, Brouwer Le Decameron Noir, Villa-Lobos 5 Preludes, Castelnuovo Tedesco's Tarantella, and Albeniz's Cordoba.
Harp

Undergraduate Diploma

Two works of contrasting styles. Repertoire should be equivalent to Pierne Impromptu-Caprice, Handel Tema con variazioni, Salzedo Chanson dans la nuit (Song in the Night), or Tournier Etude de concert: Au matin. Not more than one transcription is permitted. Auditions are to be performed without an accompanist.

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Candidates should prepare three works of contrasting styles. At least one work should be equivalent to Britten Suite for harp, Fauré Impromptu, or Hindemuth Sonata. Not more than one transcription is permitted. Auditions are to be performed without an accompanist.

Vocal Performance

Undergraduate Diploma

Three selections (songs or arias), in English and at least one other language

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

Five selections (songs or arias) consisting of song literature in English and two other languages and one aria from an opera or oratorio

Woodwinds

Undergraduate Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements or complete works from the standard repertory
  2. An etude demonstrating the applicant's technical and musical level
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory

Master of Music or Graduate Performance Diploma

  1. Two contrasting movements of a concerto from the standard repertory
  2. A complete sonata in contrasting style to the concerto
  3. A work composed after 1920
  4. Four contrasting orchestral excerpts from the standard repertory