Audition on Clarinet

To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Clarinet), a student must pass an entrance audition before a faculty jury of three, to be appointed by the chairperson. The audition will occur near the end of the second semester of college and must demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well challenging repertoire representing several historical periods and styles. A student wishing to perform an entrance audition must notify the chairperson in writing at least three weeks prior to the audition. Only after passing the entrance audition may the student declare as a major the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Clarinet). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Clarinet) may declare a major in Music prior to the semesters stated above but will be listed as a candidate for the B.A. Music until he or she passes the audition. A student who does not pass the entrance audition in the second semester may have a second opportunity in the third semester.

Repertoire Requirements

For entrance into the degree program Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Clarinet), the student must demonstrate:

1) Advanced progress in the standard etude and technical studies such as:

  • Hyancinth Klose. Celebrated Method for the Clarinet
  • Gabriel Pares. Pares Scales for Clarinet
  • Carl Baermann. Complete Method for the Clarinet, Vol. 3
  • Rode. Twenty Grand Studies
  • David Hite. Melodious and Progressive Studies
  • Cyrille Rose. 40 Studies, 32 Studies

2) Proficiency in the preparation and performance of the standard clarinet solo repertoire of moderate difficulty, such as:

  • C. M. Weber. Concertino
  • Johan Vanhal. Sonata in Bb
  • Carl Stamitz. Concerto No. 3 in Eb
  • Gerald Finzi. Five Bagatelles
  • Wilson Osbourne. Rhapsodie

Representative Repertoire

During the four years of study at The College of Wooster toward the Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, materials will include scale studies, etudes, orchestral excerpts, and pieces from the standard clarinet repertoire covering all pertinent historical periods and including sonatas, concertos, and unaccompanied works. This list is not exhaustive, but merely provides examples.

Etudes

  • Cyrille Rose. 32 Studies
  • Ernesto Cavallini. 30 Caprices
  • Alfred Uhl. 48 Studies
  • Paul Jeanjean. Etudes progressive et melodiques pour la clarinette
  • Marcel Bitsch. 12 Rhythmic Studies

Sonatas/Duos (with piano)

  • Franz Danzi. Sonata in Bb
  • Paul Hindemith. Sonata
  • Camille Saint-Saens. Sonata in Eb, Op. 67
  • Johannes Brahms. Sonatas, Op. 120
  • Francis Poulenc. Sonata
  • Darius Milhaud. Duo Concertante
  • Norbert Burgmuller. Duo
  • Witold Lutoslawski. Dance Preludes
  • Bohislav Martinu. Sonatina
  • C. M. Weber. Grand Duo
  • Claude Debussy. Rhapsodie
  • Gerald Finzi. Five Bagatelles

Concertos

  • C. M. Weber. Concertos No. 1 and 2
  • W. A. Mozart. Concerto in A Major, K. 622
  • Aaron Copland. Concerto
  • Carl Stamitz. Concerto No. 3 in Eb
  • Ludwig Spohr. Concertos 1-4
  • Franz Krommer. Concerto in Eb
  • Darius Milhaud. Concerto
  • Giacomo Rossini. Introduction, Theme and Variations

Unaccompanied

  • Malcolm Arnold. Fantasy for Solo Clarinet
  • Leslie Bassett. Soliloquies
  • Ronald Caravan. Excursions
  • Eric Mandat. Etude for Barney
  • Oliver Messiaen. Abime des Oiseaux
  • Wilson Osbourne. Rhapsodie
  • Miklos Rosza. Sonatina
  • Igor Stravinsky. Three Pieces
  • Heinrich Sutermeister. Capriccio

Excerpts

  • Daniel Bonade. Orchestral Studies

Scale/Technical Studies

  • Hyancinth Klose. Celebrated Method for the Clarinet
  • Carl Baermann. Complete Method for the Clarinet, Vol. 3
  • Fritz Kroepsch. 416 Progressive Daily Studies for the Clarinet
  • Gaston Hamelin. Gammes et exercises pour la clarinette
  • Reginald Kell. 17 Staccato Exercises