Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Ensembles

Audition Requirements



NYU SYMPHONY AND PHILHARMONIA AUDITIONS

  •  Winds
    • Two complete, contrasting works from different style periods
  • Brass
    • Solo work of choice
    • Standard orchestral excerpts from all of the following for Performance Majors.  Non-Performance Majors may elect to play two solo movements and three orchestral excerpts of their own choosing.
      • Trumpet
        • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, "Promenade"
        • Stravinsky: Petrouchka, "Ballerina's Dance"
        • Respighi: Pines of Rome
      • Horn
        • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Nocturne
        • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
        • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
      • Trombone
        • Mozart: Requiem, "Tuba Mirum"
        • Rossini: La gazza ladra
        • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
      • Bass Trombone
        • Haydn: The Creation, No. 26
        • Schumann: Symphony No. 3
        • Rossini: La gazza ladra
      • Tubas
        • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
        • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
        • Gershwin: An American in Paris, Solo
      • Euphonium
        • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, "Bydlo"
        • Holst: The Planets
        • Strauss: Don Quixote
  • Percussion (for Orchestras, New Music, and all Percussion Ensembles)
    • Snare drum
      • One Delecluse or Cirone snare drum solo
      • Standard excerpt from Lieutenant Kijé
    • Keyboards
      • One 4-mallet solo
      • Standard Porgy and Bess xylophone excerpt
    • Timpani
      • One Goodman, Hochrainer, Firth or Carter timpani solo
      • Standard Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, 1st mvt. excerpt
  • Piano
    • Orchestral assignments based on teacher recommendation and need
    • Incoming pianists should prepare two contrasting pieces for chamber ensemble auditions made by appointment with Dr. Marilyn Nonken


NYU COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA

  • Two short, contrasting pieces, approximately 1/2 page each in length
  • Sight-reading

CHOIR AUDITIONS

  • One song
  • Sight reading and pitch matching
  • Improvisation for those interested in the Jazz Choir

The Men's Glee Club does not require auditions, but please sign-up to audition if you wish to meet the director or audition for more than one choir.

There are no auditions for the Children’s Chorus; we simply require that the child wants to sing and that the family makes a commitment to the rehearsals. New singers are accepted at the first rehearsal.

JAZZ STUDIES PROGRAM ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

  • Auditioners should prepare three jazz standards of contrasting tempos and styles, demonstrating improvisation and interactive skills within a live trio setting.
  • You will be asked to perform one of these compositions and you may also be asked to perform with fellow auditioners.
  • There will be a live rhythm section at each audition. Please bring three copies of each of your lead sheets to your audition.

NYU CONCERT BAND AND MUSIC EDUCATION JAZZ ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

  • Two contrasting pieces
  • Sight-reading

Percussionists interested in auditioning for the Concert Band please contact Professor Breaux for equipment and a date for your audition.
Drum auditions for the Music Ed Jazz Ensemble will take place at the first rehearsal on Monday, September 9th at 7:30 pm. Please contact Professor Breaux to arrange for an audition.

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