Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

Aaron Copland School of Music

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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

MM/Graduate Certificate in Classical Performance

Applications are considered in the following areas:



  • 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



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



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)



  • 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)



Violin, Viola, Cello:

  • 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


  • 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



Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Saxophone:

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



Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba

  • 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



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


Classical Guitar

  • 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



MM Conducting Graduate Program Applicants:

The MM in Conducting (Instrumental) at Queens College is a two year program, inclusive of major performance goals, leadership opportunities, and the acquisition and polishing of career skills.

The program enrollment is limited to no more than two students, attached variously to the Queens College Orchestra, the Studio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and other ensembles, where appropriate.

Admission Requirements are the successful completion of:

  • An Undergraduate Performance Degree
  • Video Submission (details here)
  • Resume / CV documenting relevant performance experience as a conductor
  • Personal essay of around 750 words describing your current professional goals and concomitant future plans. How has your background thus far served those goals and how do you expect graduate studies at Queens College to help you achieve them?
  • Live Audition
  • Written Examination

Successful candidates will show command of rehearsal skills, a readable and easily accessible physical conducting technique, insightful musical interpretation, and the potential for growth. Previous conducting experience is a requirement of the program, as is mastery of your own instrument or voice.

Degree Program:

  • Private lessons and Seminar, 4 Semesters (16 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)
  • Writing about Music (2 credits)
  • Orchestra, 4 semesters (4 credits)
  • 36 Total Credits