Audition Requirements

Audition Requiremets, all orchestral instruments and piano

Strings

All string applicantsIn addition to the selected excerpts, please upload your best 5-7 minutes of solo or selection of selection of a sonata, concerto or other work that demonstrates your current performance ability. This may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.

  • Excerpt 1:

    Mussorgsky: Pictures at An Exhibition:

    VII Limoges – Le Marche – No.68 to end of the movement

    Tempo suggestion from the beginning of excerpt: quarter note = 110. Separate 1/16 note stroke should be off the string

    Excerpt 2:

    Debussy: La Mer (top line only) No.33 to 6 after 38

    Tempo suggestion from beginning of excerpt: quarter note = 140

  • Mussorgsky: in Pictures at an Exhibition Rehearsal 56 – 4 after 57

    Smetana: The  Moldau, ms 55-79

  • Select one of the two below:

    Debussy,  La Mer – 2 before #9, first cello

    OR

    Smetana, The Moldau, first page, all

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, MVT 1: rehearsal 8-downbeat of rehearsal 9

    Pictures at an exhibition, mvt VI “Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle”
    rehearsal 56-58.

Woodwinds

All woodwind applicantsIn addition to the selected excerpts, please upload your best 5-7 minutes of solo or selection of selection of a sonata, concerto or other work that demonstrates your current performance ability. This may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.

  • Rimsky Korsakov – Capriccio Espanol, Op.34 # IV. 8 before the flute cadenza, through the flute cadenza.  Four before “O” until “P”.

    Debussy – La Mer Flute 1: 4 bars after Figure 4 for 4 bars. Flute 1: 6 bars after Figure 54 ninth bar of Figure 55

  • Debussy, La Mer – one measure after 24-5 after 25.  

    Rimsky Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol – IV Scena e Canto Gitano beginning until 2 after “Q”  AND Fandango asturiano beginning until “R”

  • Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances

    Movement 1 (solo beginning after rehearsal 10 to rehearsal 11)

     

    Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnole

    Movement 1 (solo at A to B) and (solo at C to end)

    Movement 3 (11th measure of K to end)

  • Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien.  Andante un poco rubato

    Rachmanoff Symphonic Dances ( as marked)

    Mozart Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191, exposition of the first movement

    2019 Bassoon Exerpts

Brass

All brass applicantsIn addition to the selected excerpts, please upload your best 5-7 minutes of solo or selection of selection of a sonata, concerto or other work that demonstrates your current performance ability. This may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.

  • Capriccio Espanole

    1. Horn I — Movement II – Variazioni: Measure 3 — Letter D
    2. Horn I — Movement II – Variazioni: 5 after Letter E — 28 after Letter E

    Pictures:

    1. Horn 1 — Promenade 2: horn solo
    2. Horn 2 — Mvt. 1 — Gnomus: Rehearsal 12 — Rehearsal 14 (optional technical low horn excerpt)
  • Rimsky Korsakov Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade

    Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italian, Piston I; solo before rehearsal D

  • Mahler – Symphony No. 3, mvt. 1 (first solo)

    Rossini – William Tell Overture (storm scene)

  • Bach – Sarabande from Suite No. 5

    Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis (Turandot — two short excerpts)

  • Respighi – Fontane di Roma (11–14)

    Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (“Bydlo”)* May be played on euphonium

Percussion

Solo:  one solo on each snare drum ( Delecluse, Peters, Cirone etc…) , timpani ( Deleclude, Hochrainer, Carter etc…)  and marimba ( bach, or contemporary solo). If the solo work is over 10 minutes, or multi-movement, selections or a single movement – example:  Druckman, Reflections on the Nature of Water, 1st and 2nd movement only would be enough.

  • Bells – DEBUSSY: La Mer:

    1) second movement, one measure after 16 until one measure after measure 30.

    2) third movement- 179 until three after 185

    Xylophone – SHOSTAKOVITCH: Polka (as it appears in the Goldenberg book),  Appalachian Spring,  5 after 48 until 4 after 49

    Snare drum – PROKOFIEV: Lt. Keji opening solo only, D. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 (2nd mvt., reh. 98 to the end)

    Timpani – TCHAIKOVSKY 4th symphony, first movement: two bars before” T” to 18 bars after “T”

    TambourineBIZET: Carmen (Aragonaise – m. 1-18, 1 before reh. A to reh. B + 17) (Danse Bohème – 3 before reh. D through 3 after E; 3 after reh. L to 5 after M)

Harp

Solo: In addition to the selected excerpts, please upload your best 5-7 minutes of solo or selection of selection of a sonata, concerto or other work that demonstrates your current performance ability. This may be performed with or without piano accompaniment.

Orchestral Excerpt:

Excerpt A: Capriccio Espagnol, Mvt. 4 Cadenza (L to M); and Mvt. 5, R to T

Piano

Two contrasting works

Audition requirements, Composition program – students wishing to be admitted to the composition track

  • Composition applicants should submit scores of  PDF ’s two contrasting works written for solo, chamber or large ensemble ( orchestra, chamber orchestra or wind band). Recordings or midi realizations are not required but encouraged. In addition, two letters of recommendation are required.

Application process

  • The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is pleased to work with www.getacceptd.com for our application process.  Audition recordings will be submitted through this portal as part of the application process.
  • Application fees
    • $60.00 if submitted between Mid october and January 15th.
    • $75.00 if submitted any time after January 15th until March 1st.
    • $85.00 After March 1st
  • For priority scholarship consideration, applications should be submitted by January 15th, 2019.  
  • Final scholarship application deadline for the 2019 Sewanee Summer Music Festival is March 1st.  Applications submitted after March 1st will be reviewed on a case by case basis, with limited scholarship consideration.  

Video Guidelines

All applications should be submitted using a video –  no audio-only applications will be admitted accepted.

Your videos should be of recent performances, no more than 6 months old.  Please upload the solo video and excerpt video as two different examples. Do your best to submit high-quality recordings, using the best available equipment.


Application FAQ

Q: I attended SSMF in a prior summer, do I need to submit an application again?

A: Yes, all new and returning students need to submit an application. EXCEPTION – winners of the 2018 Jacqueline Avent Concerto competition DO NOT have to submit a new festival application

Q: I applied and was admitted in the past, but did not attend, do I need to submit an application again?

A: Yes. Thanks!

Q: I want to audition with something different than the requirements, is that ok?

A: No, please review the audition requirements carefully.  We have given you the opportunity to choose something of your own, along with the pre-set excerpts for 2019.  Please send the materials requested.

Q: Can you waive the application fee?

A: We are unable to waive the application fee, as this fee supports our online audition portal.

Q: What is the age range for SSMF?

A: While we do not have a specific age limit, we do feel that students will most benefit from the Sewanee experience if they are somewhere between 15-25

Q: How good do I have to be to get into SSMF?

A: SSMF hears students from across the world and is a competitive program.  We encourage you to do your best in the application and make sure you have strong recommendation letters.  We also believe that students both in high school and in college will benefit from the Sewanee experience, so we encourage students from age 15-25 to apply

Q: When will I hear from Sewanee regarding my application?

A: Notification can occur anytime after our faculty reviews your application, usually 2-3 weeks after submitting the application. Calling or emailing the office will not accelerate the process!

Q: What happens if I am waitlisted?

A: If you are waitlisted, you should confirm your spot on the waitlist by replying to the admissions team that you wish to be considered for the waiting list.  Some students are admitted right away, others are denied acceptance, and many are placed on the wait list. Calling or emailing the office will not increase your chances of being selected from the waitlist.