Orchestral Instruments (including euphonium, except as detailed below)

Candidates who plan to audition on any non-percussion orchestral instrument or on any instrument which is a member of the saxophone family or the euphonium shall play for that audition:

1. Two octave ascending and descending major scales (one octave for string bass). Also, a two octave ascending and descending chromatic scale for those auditioning on woodwind or brass instruments.

2. Two pieces or movements in contrasting musical styles from the standard classical repertoire which best demonstrates the candidate's musical and technical abilities. An etude may be substituted for one of the pieces or movements provided it contrasts musically or technically from the other selection to be heard.

Orchestral String Instruments

The following are required for entrance into the Music Department:

  1. 3 octave scales for violin, viola and cello; 2 octave scales for bass
  2. 2 contrasting movements from pieces in the standard classical repertoire for your instrument (ex. concerti, sonatas, concert pieces)
  3. 1 or 2 etudes from the standard literature for your instrument (see instruments listed below)
  4. Sight-reading will be required.

For questions or for more information please contact Director of Orchestral Activities Ann Danis


Suggested Repertoire

One movement of an unaccompanied Bach suite
One movement of a standard concerto (ex: Haydn, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Elgar, Dvorak, Boccherini)
One etude demonstrating current level of technical skill (ex: Popper, Grutzmacher, Dotzauer)

String Bass

Vivaldi A minor Sonata, any movements
Capuzzi Concerto 1st movement
Koussevitsky 4 pieces, any one

any edition is acceptable

Simandl 30 Etudes
any one from 9-30


  1. 2 octave scales in all keys. Chromatic scale over the range of the instrument.
  2. 2 contrasting movements from the standard classical repertoire for your instrument (Mozart Concerti, Bach Sonatas, French Conservatory pieces, for example). One piece should demonstrate your technical facility and one should demonstrate your musicality.
  3. Sight-reading may be required.

If you have questions about whether your repertoire is appropriate, please contact flute instructor Susan Thomas.


1. Major scales up to 4 flats/sharps (two octaves of D flat, D, E flat and E major) and full range chromatic scale
2. A solo work of your choice which demonstrates tone quality, intonation and musicality.
Suggested pieces:
Handel or Telemann Sonata , Albinoni Marcello, Cimerosa or other baroque concerto, Nielsen Fantasy Pieces, Piston Suite, Saint Saens Sonata, Jacob Bagatelles, etc.
3. An etude (from a book like Barrett, Niemann, Salviani, Weideman, Ferling etc) or additional solo work which demonstrates articulation and technical facility.

While students at URI will have lessons on English horn, all applicants are expected to audition on oboe only.

If you have questions, please contact Jane Murray at murrmus@uri.edu


1) At least two selections in contrasting styles: one which demonstrates tone production, control and phrasing; the other solo selection should be in a moderately quick to fast tempo to demonstrate articulation, dexterity and technical facility.

Sonatas by Hindemith, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Stanford and Bernstein.
Concertos by Mozart, Weber, Debussy and Spohr.

2) One technical study or etude.

Etudes by Rose, Cavallini or from the Selected Studies (H.Voxman).

3) Two scales, one major and one minor selected by the audition committee.
It is also required to play the chromatic scale which covers the entire range of
the clarinet.

4) Sight reading is required

NOTE: Clarinetists must audition on Bb Clarinet. If preparing the Mozart Concerto, it is preferred to be prepared on A Clarinet.


Professor: Dr. Jared Sims, musicassignments@gmail.com

The URI saxophone audition is comprised of two parts.

Part A Prepared Selections
Select either of the following:

  • Contrasting movements of standard literature such as Bozza Improvisation and Caprice, Milhaud Scaramouche, Ibert Concertino de Camera, etc. Please contact Dr. Sims before the audition if you choose to prepare a piece of standard literature.
  • Two contrasting etudes from Selected Studies for Saxophone by H. Voxman (published by Rubank/Hal Leonard). Choose one lyrical and one technical selection from the list below.

Lyrical Selections:

Technical Selections:

D Major on page 19

Tempo di marcia on pages 24-25

B Minor on page 21

C Minor on pages 26-27

F Minor on page 37

A Flat Major on pages 34-35


  • two contrasting Ferling etudes (an even number and an odd number)

Part B Scales

Students should be ready to play any of the twelve major scales by memory. Scales should be performed no slower than eighth notes at 72 beats per minute.

The audition can be played on any saxophone but the majority of traditional saxophone repertoire is written for alto. Any students who are admitted to URI on the “classical” saxophone performance track should expect to perform alto in private lessons.

Harp Requirements

Scales: 2 octave scales in major and all 3 forms of minor

Etudes or Exercises: Any 2 in different meters and keys

2 solos from contrasting periods and styles (may include a cadenza from standard orchestral repertoire)

Trumpet Requirements

  • Solo
    • Haydn Trumpet Concerto movements I, III
    • Goedicke Concert Etude
    • Hindesmith Sonata: movement I
  • Etudes
    • Vasiny Brandt Orchestral Etudes No. 1, 9, 17
    • Theos Chaulier Treate Six Etudes Transcedentes No. III
    • Walther Smith Top Tones Etude No. I
  • Sight Reading
    • Brandt Orchestral Etudes No. XXI
    • Stevens-Bordogni 48 Lyric Etudes No. XX