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Conservatory Auditions

Post by flutemaniac09 »

Hello Everyone,

I have a question about audition repertoire for conservatories. I'm a junior in high school and I am starting to decide my college repertoire. I'm in sort of a dilema, or so I think. My ultimate dream school for me is Curtis (of course). Right now the repertoire that I was thinking of doing is:

Gaubert Noctorne et Allegro Scherzando
Dutilleux Sonatine
Ibert Concerto (maybe)
Bach Sonata EM
Mozart Concerto in G

I know I don't necessarily need all of the repertoire, but some schools require different things so that's why there's so many pieces. Now for Curtis I know Khaner is basically a technical junkie (yes I know you have to have a fabulous tone and musicality also). So I was wondering do you think it would hurt my chances of getting into Curtis if I were to play the Dutilleux, Gaubert, and Bach instead of something technically harder? My teacher (Tadeu Coelho) would like me to play the Ibert Concerto, Jovliet's Chant de Linos and bach or mozart for my auditions because he knows I have wonderful technique and I can handle those pieces. I think that would be great for Curtis but for other schools that i'm auditioning for such as Carneige Mellon with Jeanne Baxtresser, Rice, Eastman, Mannes, Colburn, Oberlin, and Manhattan I think that would be too technique-based. So what do you guys think I should do??

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Post by flutemaniac09 »

oh by the way, by no means am I saying that I think I will get into Curtis. It is VERY likely I will not, but I am just wondering the repertoire that will help me most in getting in.

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Post by fluteguy18 »

For Curtis, definately follow Tadeu's advice. He is a great teacher, and knows what he is doing.

Now, my 2 cents on the audition repertoire...

If you do the Ibert [for the other schools], I would skip out on the Chant de Linos. Both are incredibly technical, and frankly, I don't think it would be a great idea to have two pieces like that in one audition. I would do the Ibert for sure. It seems like you are a pretty high caliber player for your age, and the Ibert would be nice I think. It is technical, but it also has musicality [whereas to me, the Jovliet doesn't have enough material geared towards musicality].

So, if you do the Ibert, you will have the Contemporary era covered. I would do the Gaubert for the Romantic Era piece. It is rather nice.

The Mozart would be expected I believe, so definately have that prepared.

The Bach would be fine, but just as a bit of forewarning, many people have very strong opinions about Bach. So, I might look into some of the Telemann Fantasies as well.

One thing that I would also do, is prepare a few orchestral excerpts as well. Because you are applying to schools of such a high level of prestige, you never know what they might ask for on the drop of a hat. Making a list of your Repertoire to give to the individual you are auditioning for would be a great idea.

Lastly, make sure that you look at all of the audition requirements. Many schools at this level require taped auditions first, then a second round that are invitation only.

Check your inbox. I will be sending you a PM [personal message] soon. I am thinking about auditioning for Tadeu Coehlo for Grad school in a few years, and I have a few questions about him.

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Post by lhampton »

check with the schools' websites. they usually list the audition repertoire

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