Admissions

How to Apply

General Information

Application Materials

A completed online application (for all degree programs) is due by December 1 and must include the following items:

1. Online application
The application includes sections to upload all of your application materials. Anything sent by mail (any supplementary materials that cannot be uploaded) must be postmarked December 1 or earlier.

Applicants to the Yale School of Music’s choral conducting, early music voice, and organ programs must also submit an application through the Institute of Sacred Music (more information below).

B.A./M.M. applicants applying as high school seniors must also submit a college application through the Yale College Office of Undergraduate Admissions. B.A./M.M. applicants applying as current Yale College students must meet specific requirements (more information below).

For all other applicants, the Yale School of Music application is the only Yale University application you need to submit.

2. $150 application fee
Applications will not be reviewed unless the application fee is paid. The fee is nonrefundable. We do not offer fee waivers except for B.A./M.M. applicants applying to Yale College simultaneously who received an application fee waiver from Yale College. The fee should be paid online by credit card. Alternatively, we accept checks or money orders (made payable to Yale University). If paying by check, please include your name and application reference number on the check. All checks must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. To pay the fee online, first submit your application, then log in and click the link on your status page to pay the fee: Submit Payment for 150.00 USD.

3. Prescreening recordings
We strongly prefer that all applicants submit prescreening recordings online, as part of the online application, instead of by mail. These files or website links should be uploaded directly to the online application. Yale does not assume responsibility for loss of recordings and scores; copies should be sent.

It is very important that the audio quality of audio and video recordings is excellent. If you are given a choice between submitting audio recordings or video recordings, and your video does not have high audio quality, we prefer that you submit an audio recording.

Live auditions will be held for applicants who pass the prescreening round. Attendance on campus is required.

4. Résumé or CV
Your résumé or CV helps give us a full picture of your musical background and experience. It is helpful to include information such as your schools, private teachers, musical experience (solo, chamber, orchestral), music festivals attended, and teaching experience.

5. Letters of recommendation (3)
Letters should be written by teachers, mentors, or advisors with knowledge of your abilities as a musician. We will also accept letters by mail (with signature across envelope seal) or by email to gradmusic.admission@yale.edu. Letters may be submitted throughout the month of December, but we strongly prefer to receive them by the December 1 application deadline.

6. Academic transcripts
We require transcripts from all universities and conservatories that you have attended or are currently attending. An unofficial transcript can be uploaded to your online application, but please make sure that the transcript is legible and includes your name, the name of the institution, the degree program, and your GPA. On the “Education History” tab of the application, you will see an upload button for transcripts after clicking “Add Institution.” If you are offered a live audition, we will require official transcripts to be mailed from your schools in a sealed envelope. All transcripts must be in English. Final transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator, if applicable.

7. TOEFL score (non-native English speakers)
The TOEFL is required for applicants whose first language is not English. Official score reports must be sent directly from ETS; note that TOEFL scores are only valid within two years of the test date. All applicants must send in a TOEFL score by December 1, regardless of whether or not the score is passing. It is possible to be offered a live audition with a score below the minimum. However, Yale School of Music will not extend an offer of admission to any student who has not met our TOEFL requirement before March 1 of that application cycle. 

Minimum Score Requirements
Artist Diploma: 80 internet, 215 computer, or 552 paper
All other degree programs: 86 internet, 227 computer, or 567 paper

*MyBest scores will not be accepted

Reporting Information
ETS Institution Code: 3992
ETS Department Code: none required

TOEFL Exemption
You may request a TOEFL waiver if you have studied at English-speaking institutions full-time for six years or more. This means six years prior to beginning school at Yale. Waiver requests should be made online as part of the online application and include the following:

  1. A short description of your education history (tell us when you started attending English-speaking schools and how many years you studied at each school)
  2. Copies of your university, high school, and/or middle school transcripts that show six years or more of strong grades at English-speaking schools

Please note that TOEFL waivers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed for those who have studied at English-speaking schools for six or more years. Uploaded transcripts must show strong academic performance and significant coursework in areas other than music performance.

8. GRE score (composition applicants only)
Composers must submit valid Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, sent directly from ETS. The GRE should be taken by December 1 in order for the application to be considered. We do not require the GRE for any other programs. We do not require a minimum score. We do not ask for you to enter your GRE scores on the online application.

Reporting Information
Test: GRE General Test
ETS Institution Code: 3992
ETS Department Code: none required

Program-Specific Requirements

D.M.A. Applicants

D.M.A. applicants are required to submit supplementary materials in addition to the items listed above, including a significant sample of past scholarly writing on a musical or non-musical topic (5-20 pages) and seven short answer questions, including your present career plans and reasons for pursuing admission to the D.M.A. program.

Applicants must pass both the entrance exam (Saturday, February 29, 2020), and musicianship and proficiency exams (Friday, February 28, 2020), in addition to the live audition to be considered for admission. The entrance exam contains four sections:

  1. Listening and score identification
  2. Music history
  3. Tonal analysis
  4. 20th century analysis

The proficiency exams include a foreign language proficiency exam (for students whose first language is English) and a keyboard proficiency exam. The musicianship exam will test your aural perception of melody, harmony, rhythm, and phrase structure in music through dictation and other written exercises.

D.M.A. applicants must be present on exam days. Exams are not offered on any other dates and will not be rescheduled. 

download sample dma exams

 

Applying to more than one degree program

If you are applying to the A.D. program, for example, and you would also like to be considered for another degree program (such as the M.M.A., M.M., or Certificate), you must select A.D. as your primary degree program on the online application. Then you may select a secondary degree program. D.M.A. applicants interested in being considered for the M.M.A. or A.D. program may select M.M.A. or A.D. as the secondary degree program. You may only apply to a maximum of two degree programs with each application.

 

Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) applicants

Applicants to any of the ISM programs (choral conducting, early music voice, or organ) must submit both the School of Music online application and the ISM online application.

ISM Admissions

 

B.A./M.M. applicants

Applying as a prospective Yale College student
B.A./M.M. applicants who are high school seniors must submit applications to both Yale College and Yale School of Music for the same academic year. The two applications are entirely independent of each other.

The application deadline for the next academic year is December 1 for the School of Music and January 2 for Yale College. If you qualify for a fee waiver with your Yale College application, we will also waive your School of Music application fee.

Live auditions will be held for applicants who pass the prescreening round, and attendance is required. The School of Music’s Admissions Office will notify applicants of prescreening results by the end of January and of live audition results by early April.

Yale College Office of Admissions

 

Applying as a current Yale College student
B.A./M.M. degree program applicants should consult their major teacher at the beginning of the first term of their junior year. By the end of junior year, the applicant should have completed, at a minimum, the following courses:

  1. Music majors: four terms of performance (MUSI 360a or b, 361a or b, 460a or b, 461a or b) and MUSI 210a or b and 211a or b
  2. Majors in subjects other than music: four terms of performance (MUSI 360a or b, 361a or b, 460a or b, 461a or b) and four courses, which usually include two courses from the MUSI 301–311 series, and two of MUSI 350a, 351b, 352b, or 353a

Live auditions will be held for applicants who pass the prescreening round, and attendance is required. The School of Music’s Admissions Office will notify applicants of prescreening results by the end of January and of live audition results by mid-March.

Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL Score (Non-Native English Speakers)

The TOEFL is required for applicants whose first language is not English. Official score reports must be sent directly from ETS; note that TOEFL scores are only valid within two years of the test date. All applicants must send in a TOEFL score by December 1, regardless of whether or not the score is passing. It is possible to be offered a live audition with a score below the minimum. However, Yale School of Music will not extend an offer of admission to any student who has not met our TOEFL requirement before March 1 of that application cycle. 

Minimum Score Requirements
Artist Diploma: 80 internet, 215 computer, or 552 paper
All other degree programs: 86 internet, 227 computer, or 567 paper

*MyBest scores will not be accepted

Reporting Information
ETS Institution Code: 3992
ETS Department Code: none required

Students whose first language is English are automatically exempt from this requirement. Students whose first language is not English wishing to be considered for an exemption must follow the exemption instructions below.

 

TOEFL Exemption

You may request a TOEFL waiver if you have studied at English-speaking institutions full-time for six years or more prior to beginning school at Yale. Waiver requests should be made online as part of the online application and include the following:

  1. A short description of your education history (tell us when you started attending English-speaking schools and how many years you studied at each school)
  2. Copies of your university, high school, and/or middle school transcripts that show six years or more of strong grades at English-speaking schools

Please note that TOEFL waivers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed for those who have studied at English-speaking schools for six or more years. Uploaded transcripts must show strong academic performance and significant coursework in areas other than music performance.

Yale University's Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, 221 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, 203 432-0849. For additional information, see www.yale.edu/equalopportunity.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Spangler, at 203 432-4446 or at titleix@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617 289-0111, Fax: 617 289-0150, TDD: 800 877-8339, or Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov.

Personal Data

Personal data collected by Yale University throughout the admissions process is collected for the primary purposes of considering your candidacy for admission and evaluating your eligibility for financial aid, if applicable. If you are admitted and enroll, your personal data will be used as necessary for registration and to facilitate your education.

Prescreening Repertoire + Live Auditions

The faculty has selected the following works as appropriate for prescreening and live auditions. Students should adhere to the repertoire as closely as possible. In some cases, substitutions may be acceptable. Questions should be directed to gradmusic.admissions@yale.edu.

DMA Exam Dates: 
Musicianship & Proficiency Exams: Friday, February 28, 2020*
Entrance Exam: Saturday, February 29, 2020*

*D.M.A. applicants must be present on both exam days. Exams are not offered on any other dates and will not be rescheduled.

Artist Diploma Final Round Auditions: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020

 

Brass

Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

Prescreening recording (audio or video)
Applicants should prepare repertoire that will show their playing to the best advantage with the most variety possible both instrumentally and musically. Repertoire should display a broad range of styles, genres, and technical abilities, with examples covering the full range of the instrument, and should include the following:

  1. Four or more varied standard orchestral excerpts
  2. Three or more varied selections from the solo repertoire. A “selection” is defined as a solo piece, étude, or individual movement of a sonata or concerto

Live audition
Audition and prescreening repertoire may be the same or different, as long as both programs adhere to these guidelines.

Live auditions will be on Monday–Wednesday, February 24–26, 2020, for horn, trumpet, and trombone.

Tuba auditions will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Composition

Prescreening recording
Applicants should submit scores and recordings of two to three recent works (no more than three will be considered), preferably written for different genres or instrumentations and/or electronic media. Composers should upload PDFs of scores, as well as recordings, videos, or external links to the online application.

In the case of particularly large (oversized) scores that would be difficult to review on a computer screen, materials may be sent by mail, but applicants should submit all scores/recordings by the same method (either online or by mail), not a combination of both methods.

Interview
Those applicants who advance beyond the prescreening round will be invited to New Haven for a 30-minute interview with the composition faculty.

Interviews will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Conducting

Orchestral Conducting

Please note there is no orchestral conducting vacancy for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Prescreening recording (video required; online submission mandatory)
Applicants must submit video excerpts highlighting the applicant’s best orchestral conducting. No specific repertoire is required. However, the samples must include at least two contrasting musical styles of standard orchestral repertoire and must have been filmed within the past 12 months.

A minimum of three excerpts may be uploaded to a video hosting website (YouTube, Vimeo etc.). The videos should contain the following:

  1. Footage of the applicant conducting an ensemble/orchestra in concert
  2. Footage of the applicant working with an ensemble/orchestra in rehearsal

Note: All footage should contain the title of the piece, the date, and name of the ensemble (mandatory). In addition, for rehearsal footage, it would be helpful for the conductor to wear a lavalier microphone, to avoid poor audio quality.

The video camera should be positioned behind the orchestra and pointed toward the the conductor. We are most interested in rehearsal footage, although some concert footage should also be included.

Each video sample and any additional samples should be uploaded as separate video files and should total no more than 20 minutes in length. It is preferred that videos be made with a full orchestra, but a mixed ensemble of about 15 musicians is acceptable. Video footage should focus on the conductor, not the ensemble.

Live audition
Select applicants will be invited to New Haven for a series of interviews and for a live audition. Invited applicants will be asked to conduct several selections from the standard orchestral repertoire with the Yale Philharmonia. Repertoire will be included in the invitation letter.

 

Choral Conducting

Prescreening recording (video required)
Applicants must submit a video of up to 15 minutes showing them conducting in rehearsal and in performance.

Live audition
Those applicants invited to New Haven for a live audition will be expected to demonstrate a highly developed level of comprehensive musicianship including theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, harmonic dictation, and score reading. Individual conducting assignments for the live audition will be noted in the audition invitation letter.

Live auditions will be on Monday, February 24, 2020, and Friday, February 28, 2020.

Guitar

For M.M., M.M.A., and Certificate applicants

Prescreening recording (audio or video):

  1. A major work by Bach (prepare the larger movement – the Prelude or Prelude and Fugue), two Scarlatti Sonatas, or three movements from a Silvius Leopold Weiss suite.
  2. A major work or two shorter works by Giuliani, Sor, Coste, Mertz, Regondi, Legnani, Aguado, or others
  3. A work of the 20th or 21st century, such as Villa-Lobos etudes (four of the 12 etudes) or a major work of Rodrigo, Turina, Ponce, Barios, Jose, Britten, Martin, Brouwer, Assad, Walton, Ginastera, Takemitsu, Carter, or Lindberg
  4. Guitar applicants who are composers are encouraged to include a work of their own, although it cannot replace requirement number 3
  5. The first movement of one of the following concertos (with piano or orchestra): Arnold’s Guitar Concerto, Brouwer’s Concerto de Toronto, Corigliano’s Troubadours (Variations for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra), Giuliani’s Concerto No. 1 in A major, Goss’s Guitar Concerto, Ponce’s Concierto Del Sur, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Sculthorpe’s Nourlangie, Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream, Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D major, or Villa-Lobos’s Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra
  6. Applicants may also consider including any of the following repertoire (not required): Renaissance music of Dowland and/or Da Milano, or arrangements of the Spanish masters Granados and Albeniz

Live audition
In addition to the prescreening pieces, invited applicants must prepare a short, required piece that will be announced and e-mailed to applicants four to six weeks before the audition.

 

For A.D. and D.M.A. applicants

Prescreening recording (audio or video):
Applicants must submit a live recording of one hour and 15 minutes of music (the equivalent of a full recital program) plus a concerto movement. The recital program must include the following:

  1. A full Bach suite or partita, or the Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro; or the Chaconne from the D-minor Partita
  2. A major work from either the Classical or Romantic period, such as Giuliani’s Sonata Eroica, Grand Overture, or any of the Rosinianas; Mertz’s Elegy, Hungarian Fantasy, or the complete (six) Schubert’sche Lieder; Regondi’s Introduction and Caprice or Three Etudes; or Sor’s Grand Solo or Professor Verdery’s arrangement of Mozart’s Adagio, K. 540
  3. A major work of the 20th or 21st century such as a sonata by Brouwer, Ginastera, José, or Turina, or one of the following: Assad’s Aquarelle, Berio’s Sequenza, Britten’s Nocturnal, Carter’s Changes, Henze’s Royal Winter Music or Drei Tentos, Linberg’s Mano a Mano, Marshall’s Soepa, Martin’s Quatre Pièces Brèves, Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, Sculthorpe’s From Kakadu, Takemitsu’s Into the Woods or All in Twilight, Villa-Lobos études (four of the twelve études), or Walton’s Bagatelles
  4. The first movement of one of the following concertos (with piano or orchestra): Arnold’s Guitar Concerto, Brouwer’s Concerto de Toronto, Corigliano’s Troubadours (Variations for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra), Giuliani’s Concerto No. 1 in A major, Goss’s Guitar Concerto, Ponce’s Concierto Del Sur, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Sculthorpe’s Nourlangie, Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream, Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D major, or Villa-Lobos’s Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra
  5. Guitar applicants who are composers are encouraged to include a work of their own, although it cannot replace requirement number (3)
  6. Applicants may consider including any of the following repertoire (not required): the music of Milan, Dowland, and Da Milano, or arrangements of works by Granados and Albéniz

Live audition
In addition to the prescreening pieces, invited applicants must prepare a short, required piece that will be announced and emailed to applicants four to six weeks before the audition.

Note: The guitar repertoire is vast. If a piece an applicant for any program wants to play is not on the above list, the applicant is encouraged to inquire if it is acceptable for the audition.

All guitar auditions are on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Harp

Prescreening recording (audio or video):

  1. A work by Bach or another Baroque composer including but not limited to Scarlatti (two sonatas of contrasting style) or Handel
  2. A large solo work from the standard repertoire, including but not limited to Fauré’s Impromptu, Britten’s Suite, Renié’s Légende, works by Parish Alvars, Grandjany’s Rhapsodie
  3. A sonata from the standard 20th century standard repertoire by such composers as Casella, Tournier, Tailleferre, Hindemith, or Houdy

Live audition
Audition and prescreening repertoire may be the same or different, as long as both programs adhere to these guidelines.

Auditions are on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Harpsichord

Please note there is no harpsichord vacancy for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Prescreening recording (audio):

  1. Any contrapuntal work by J.S. Bach
  2. Two or more French dances from either the 17th or 18th century
  3. Candidate’s choice: In addition to the above repertoire, please choose a representative example from either the English Virginalist school, an early 17th-century Italian toccata, a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti, or a piece of 20th or 21st century literature

Live audition
Candidates will be responsible for the above-mentioned literature and, additionally, any contrasting work by a different composer. Candidates will also be tested on their expertise in continuo realization.

Organ

Prescreening recording (audio):
Representative works from the major areas of organ literature:

  1. A major work by J.S. Bach
  2. A Romantic work
  3. A contemporary work

Live audition
Organ applicants are strongly encouraged, though not required, to perform different works from those on the prescreening recording. However, works should be chosen from the same three categories above. Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability and other essential musical skills.

Auditions will be held Friday, February 28, 2020–Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Percussion

Prescreening recording (video required; unedited):

  1. A major work for either marimba or vibraphone
  2. One piece from Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
  3. A solo piece for multiple percussion
  4. An étude for snare drum

Live audition:

  1. A major work for either marimba or vibraphone (examples of acceptable works include, but are not limited to, Minoru Miki’s Time for Marimba; Gordon Stout’s Two Mexican Dances; Steven Mackey’s See Ya Thursday; Philippe Manoury’s Le Livre des Claviers; or Franco Donatoni’s Omar)
  2. A solo piece for multiple percussion (examples of acceptable works include, but are not limited to, Iannis Xenakis’s Rebonds or Psappha; David Lang’s Anvil Chorus; or James Wood’s Rogosanti)
  3. Jacques Delecluse’s Étude No. 1
  4. Anthony Cirone’s Étude No. 32
  5. Two pieces from Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
  6. Two- and four-mallet marimba sight-reading will be required
  7. The following orchestral excerpts: 
    1. Timpani: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
    2. Timpani: Richard Strauss’ Burleske
    3. Timpani: Mozart’s Symphony No. 39
    4. Snare drum: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade
    5. Xylophone: Messiaen’s Exotic Birds
    6. Glockenspiel: Debussy’s La Mer

Live auditions will be Monday, February 24, 2020, and Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Piano

Prescreening recording (audio or video):

  1. A Bach prelude and fugue or another original work by Bach (not a transcription)
  2. A sonata or variations by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert (for the recording, provide at least two contrasting movements; for the live audition, prepare an entire work)
  3. A larger 19th century Romantic work
  4. A 20th- or 21st century composition (for a multi-movement work, provide at least two contrasting movements)

Live audition
Audition and prescreening repertoire may be the same or different, as long as both programs adhere to these guidelines. A concerto may be used for the recording, but not for the live audition.

Auditions will be held Monday–Thursday, February 24–27, 2020, and Friday, February 28, 2020 for A.D. applicants.

Strings

Violin

Prescreening recording (video preferred, with high-quality audio):

  1. One movement of an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita (A.D., M.M.A., and D.M.A. applicants must provide two movements)
  2. A movement of a Romantic or 20th-century concerto
  3. Any Paganini caprice
  4. A short work of your choice
  5. A movement of a Mozart concerto 

Live audition
Audition and prescreening repertoire may be the same or different, as long as both programs adhere to these guidelines. (A.D., M.M.A. and D.M.A. applicants must play Mozart at the live audition. M.M. and Certificate applicants will not be asked to play Mozart at the live audition.)

Auditions are Monday–Friday, February 24–28, 2020. All D.M.A., M.M.A., and A.D. auditions will be on Friday, February 28, 2020.

 

Viola

Prescreening recording (video or audio; piano required, where applicable):
Applicants must provide at least 15 minutes of music of their choice, including three works of contrasting styles. One movement of each work is acceptable, and applicants should be sure that at least one of the pieces (the concerto or the sonata) is a Romantic work. It is not necessary to include the pieces required for the live audition.

Live audition

  1. The prelude from any Bach cello suite or the first movement of any Bach sonata or partita for solo violin, or the Chaconne
  2. The first movement of a Romantic viola sonata by a composer such as Brahms, Glinka, Franck, Schubert, or Vieuxtemps or a transcription of a piece such as Brahms Op. 38 and Op. 78, the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata, or the Grieg Cello Sonata
  3. The first movement of a viola concerto by a composer such as Mozart (Clarinet Concerto, arr. for viola), Bartók, Hindemith, Walton, Martinů, Bowen, Penderecki, Schnittke (first and second movements), or Elgar (Cello Concerto, arr. L. Tertis)
  4. A short, required piece that will be announced to invited applicants four to six weeks before the audition
  5. A.D. and D.M.A. applicants must also include (in addition to the pieces above) a piece of the candidate’s choice

Applicants must be sure that at least one of the pieces (the concerto or the sonata) is a Romantic work.

Auditions are Wednesday–Friday, February 26–28, 2020.

 

Cello

Prescreening recording (video required):

  1. Prelude and another movement from Bach Suite No. 4 or No. 6
  2. The first movement from one of the following concerti: Haydn C major, Dvořák, Schumann, Shostakovich, or Elgar
  3. Candidate’s choice: a piece (solo or with piano) written after 1970

Live audition
Audition and prescreening repertoire may be the same or different, as long as both programs adhere to the guidelines.

Auditions are Wednesday–Friday, February 26–28, 2020.

 

Double Bass

Prescreening recording (video required):

  1. A movement of a Bach cello suite (with repeats if not a prelude)
  2. Two contrasting movements from concertos, sonatas, or virtuoso pieces
  3. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Live audition
Prepare the same pieces as the prescreening recording (repertoire may be substituted), plus a short contemporary work by a composer such as Carter, Kurtág, Berio, Henze, Weinberg, or Persichetti.

Auditions are Wednesday–Friday, February 26–28, 2020.

Voice

Opera

Prescreening recording (video strongly preferred; video required for at least five selections)
Provide seven selections from the operatic, oratorio, and/or art-song repertoire of contrasting styles and languages. Four of these selections should be operatic arias.

Live audition
Audition and prescreening repertoire may be the same or different, as long as both programs adhere to these guidelines.

Live auditions will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and Sunday, March 1, 2020 (singers must be present both days).

 

Early Music, Oratorio + Chamber Ensemble

Prescreening recording (audio or video; video required for at least one selection)
Include seven selections of contrasting styles and languages from the sacred music (oratorio, mass, cantata, sacred song, etc.), opera, and art-song repertoire. Selections can be chosen from any period, including contemporary compositions. However, at least three selections should be from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. At least one aria by J.S. Bach is required. Applicants should choose selections that highlight their versatility as a performer.

Live audition
Prepare five pieces of contrasting style, language, and period. These selections may be the same or different works from the prescreening recording. Of the five selections, prepare at least two Baroque selections (including one aria by J.S. Bach) and a third selection written prior to 1700. All works should be chosen from the same reportorial categories as above and performed from memory. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability and other essential musical skills.

Interviews will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, and auditions on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Woodwinds

Flute

Prescreening recording (video required):

  1. Dutilleux’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano (with piano)
  2. The second movement of Mozart’s Concerto in D major (with piano)
  3. On piccolo: Rossini’s Semiramide Overture (select one of the standard excerpts)
  4. A work of the applicant’s choice (complete work preferred)

Live audition (pianist required):

  1. Jolivet’s Chant de Linos
  2. From memory: the second movement of Mozart’s Concerto in D major
  3. The first movement of any Vivaldi C-major piccolo concerto

Live auditions will be on Friday, February 28, 2020,* and Saturday, February 29, 2020.

*the first round of A.D. auditions for all winds will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020. 

 

Oboe

Prescreening recording (audio or video; piano required, where applicable):
Applicants provide 15 to 20 minutes of music of their choice, sampled from each of the following:

  1. A major sonata
  2. A solo piece or étude
  3. A major concerto
  4. Four varied orchestral excerpts

Live audition (pianist required):

  1. Two movements of a major sonata
  2. Two movements of a Baroque concerto, sonata, or solo piece
  3. Two movements of a major concerto (with cadenzas where applicable)
  4. Six varied orchestral excerpts

Live auditions will be on Friday, February 28, 2020,* and Saturday, February 29, 2020.

*the first round of A.D. auditions for all winds will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020. 

 

Clarinet

Prescreening recording (audio or video):

  1. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto exposition with accompaniment (orchestral or piano)
  2. Stravinsky: second of the Three Pieces for solo clarinet
  3. Weber: first movement exposition from Concerto No. 1 or No. 2
  4. Brahms: exposition of clarinet sonata of the applicant’s choice with piano
  5. A five-minute selection of the applicant’s choice that shows his or her best qualities, preferably a contemporary work

Live audition (pianist required): Selections from the above may be requested, in addition to possible sight-reading.

Live auditions will be on Thursday, February 27, 2020, and Friday, February 28, 2020*.

*the first round of A.D. auditions for all winds will take place on Friday, February 28, 2020. 

 

Bassoon

Prescreening recording (video preferred; piano required, where applicable):
Applicants provide no more than 15 minutes of their playing, excerpted from the following:

  1. A sonata or other non-concerto work for bassoon and piano
  2. A concerto
  3. Two to four varied orchestral excerpts

Live audition (pianist required):

  1. At least two movements of a major sonata or other non-concerto work for bassoon and piano
  2. At least two movements of a major concerto (with cadenzas where applicable)
  3. Six varied orchestral excerpts

Live auditions will be on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

String Quartet Fellowship

Please note there is no string quartet fellowship vacancy for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Should we have a vacancy, a completed application will be due on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Only one member of an ensemble should fill out the application. This person will be considered the “Primary Contact” for the group.

The Primary Contact must be prepared to include the following information about each quartet member:

  1. Date of birth
  2. Email address
  3. Individual bio

Application materials
 As part of the application, the Primary Contact for the group must include:

  1. An individual bio for each quartet member
  2. A group bio
  3. A repertoire lst
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Prescreening recordings

String Quartet Fellowship applicants do not need to submit TOEFL scores or academic transcripts.

Only one application fee ($150) is required for each ensemble.

Prescreening recording (video required)
Three contrasting movements by three different composers from the standard quartet repertoire. One movement must be by Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven.

Live audition
Prepare three complete works by three different composers. One work must be by Mozart, Haydn, or Beethoven.

Collaborative Piano Fellowship

A completed application for the Collaborative piano fellowship is due by Sunday, December 1, 2019. As part of the application, each applicant must include the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae*
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Pre-screening recordings
  4. Application fee: $80

Collaborative piano fellowship applicants do not need to submit TOEFL scores or academic transcripts.

*An applicant’s curriculum vitae should address the applicant’s musical background and any employment or administrative experience.

Prescreening recordings (video strongly preferred):

  1. with an instrumentalist, two contrasting movements of different styles from different periods
  2. one piece for solo piano

Audition repertoire
Applicants should be available for a live audition in New Haven. Specific repertoire, likely adhering to the following guidelines, will be provided with the audition invitation:

  1. one piece with a string player
  2. one piece with a wind player
  3. one piece for solo piano
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