Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

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Summer 2015
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International Music Performance Training Program

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Hours and Location

Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

Mon-Thurs 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Audition Requirements

Undergraduate (BMus) and Graduate (MM in Classical Performance)

Applications are considered in the following areas:

 

Piano

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • A Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier
    Or
  • Another major work of J.S. Bach
  • A sonata of Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart
  • A Romantic Work
  • A Twentieth Century Composition (optional)

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • A Prelude and Fugue or comparable work by J.S. Bach
  • A sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart or Schubert
  • Any large keyboard work of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt or Schumann
  • A Twentieth Century Composition

 

Harpsichord

Undergraduate (BMus)

Representative works from major areas of the literature:

  • A major work of J.S. Bach
  • A Baroque work
  • A work from the early Classical or Twentieth century repertoire

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

Representative works from major areas of the literature:

  • A major work of J.S. Bach
  • A Baroque work
  • A work from the early Classical or Twentieth century repertoire

 

Organ

Undergraduate (BMus)

Three substantial works from different style periods:

  • A work of J.S. Bach
  • A work from the Nineteenth or Twentieth century repertoire
  • A work of the applicant's choice
    (Applicants should bear in mind the character of the Maynard-Walker Memorial Organ)

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

Three substantial works from different style periods:

  • A work of J.S. Bach
  • A work from the Nineteenth or Twentieth century repertoire
  • A work of the applicant's choice
    (Applicants should bear in mind the character of the Maynard-Walker Memorial Organ)

 

Voice

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • A selection from the Italian Anthology
  • An aria from an opera or oratorio
  • A song in English

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • Three art songs in contrasting style and language. (Italian, German, French, and/or English, English songs should not be a translation)
  • Three arias in contrasting style and language. (Italian, German, French, and/or English)

 

Strings

Violin, Viola, Cello:

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • One movement of a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of Solo Bach
  • One movement of a sonata, contemporary work or a show piece

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • Two movements of a major concerto
  • Two contrasting movements of Solo Bach
  • One movement of a sonata
  • One movement of a contemporary work or show piece

Bass:

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • Major or minor scale and arpeggio, three octaves, of applicant's choice
  • Two contrasting movements of a baroque sonata, or first movement of a standard concerto and an additional contrasting movement or work
  • One etude on the level of Bille, Simandl, Storch-Hrabe, or Sturm
  • One orchestral excerpt of the applicant's choice

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • Three contrasting works of different style periods, which must include either a complete concerto or a sonata
  • Doctoral and Professional Studies Audition Requirements
  • Four complete, contrasting recital works, including the twentieth or twenty-first century
  • Three significant orchestral excerpt

 

Woodwinds

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone:

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • One movement from a concerto
  • 2 contrasting etudes
  • 3 to 5 excerpts

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • One complete concerto
  • One contemporary work accompanied or unaccompanied
  • 2 contrasting etudes
  • 3 to 5 excerpts

 

Brass

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • One movement from a concerto
  • 2 contrasting etudes
  • 3 to 5 excerpts, if the student has them

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • Major and minor scales
  • Two contrasting movements from one or more concertos
  • One contemporary work accompanied or unaccompanied
  • 2 contrasting etudes
  • 3 to 5 excerpts

 

Percussion

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • Snare drum solo work and rudiments
  • A solo on a mallet instrument (usually Marimba) plus all scales
  • A Timpani solo and tuning exercises

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • A snare drum solo
  • Two and four mallet solos
  • A Timpani solo

 

Classical Guitar

Undergraduate (BMus)

  • A technical study or composition by Sor, Aguado or Carcassi
  • A work from the Renaissance or Baroque period
  • A solo twentieth century composition

Graduate (MM/Certificate)

  • Representative selections from major areas of the literature:
  • A major work of J.S. Bach
  • A twentieth century work
  • A selection of the applicant's choice

 

Conducting

Graduate Students Only

A two-year program culminating in a full orchestral concert recital.

The program is limited to three students and centers around the activities of the Queens College Orchestra under Music Director, Maestro Peress. The QCO rehearses twice a week and gives four concerts per semester. MA Conductors cover the full repertoire. They conduct section rehearsals and "run-through" readings.

Season 2004-05 included, Symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart; Concerti by Mozart, Bruch, Corigliano and Chopin; Smetena, Ma Vlast, Stravinsky Fireworks, Barber KnoxvilleSummer of 1915, Moussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at Exhibition and Brahms German Requiem.

Candidates are screened for their keenness of ear and keyboard skills … figured bass and score reading … they also take a written examination that covers, nomenclature, orchestration, score identification, harmonization, bowings, some French and German translation, and they conduct a rehearsal/audition with full orchestra –– Beethoven "Symphony #1" movements one and four, Mozart "Prague" movement one, and Debussy L'Apres midi d'un faune. Candidates must demonstrate mastery of their own instrument and are expected to have substantive orchestra conducting experience, as well as an undergraduate degree in music.

  • Private lessons and Seminar, 3 Semesters (12 credits)
  • Performance Practice e.g. 18th, 19th and/or 20th Century, 2 semesters (6 credits)
  • Analysis for Performers, 1 semester (3 credits)
  • Three semesters of electives e.g. Languages, Theory, Musicology (9 credits)
  • Orchestra, 4 semesters (4 credits)

Candidates are encouraged to contact Maestro Peress before applying.