The UIowa Saxophone Studio will host auditions in accordance with the School of Music's official audition days (unless otherwise noted): one in November/December and one in February. Please arrange accordingly and check back for updates. *If you plan on coming to one of our official audition days, you must register online HERE
2016-2017 SOM Official Audition Dates: December 2, 2016, January 27, 2017 and February 10, 2017
 

Pre-Screening Audition Procedures:
All undergraduate and graduate saxophone applicants will be pre-screened through a recording round

  • Send a CD (labeled with your name, contact email and mailing addresses as well as your targeted degree (BA/BM/BM with certification; MA/DMA) to:

Dr. Kenneth Tse
5002 VOX
University of Iowa School of Music
93 E Burlington St
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1500

*Please make sure you have applied to the U. of Iowa and the School of Music BEFORE sending your recording. Recordings without an application record will not be processed. If you wish to email MP3 files, please make sure each file is less than 10MB in size and send to: kenneth-tse@uiowa.edu after the application process. If you wish to send larger files, please use one of the online file-sharing options of your choice (mediafire.comwetransfer.comsendspace.comdropbox.com, etc.) and forward the download links. 

  • School of Music application and recording must be received no later than 4 weeks prior to your desired audition day.
  • A letter of invitation to audition or rejection will be sent after your recording has been reviewed. Each recording will be reviewed carefully and no second try in the same audition period will be allowed. Therefore, please make sure your recording is of the highest quality both in performance and audio.
  • Unfortunately, due to the nature of the audition and number of applicants, we will not be able to provide individual comments. All decisions made will be final.

Requirements for the pre-screening recording:

  • Time limit: no less than 10 minutes, no longer than 20 minutes
  • Undergraduates ONLY: choose 5 scales, quarter-note = 88 x 4 sixteenths, slur up and tongue down
  • Repertoire: 2 contrasting movements from the same or two different pieces. Unaccompanied works are allowed. Accompanied works MUST have piano accompaniment.
  • Judging criteria: tone quality, musicianship, overall control, consistency and fluency.
  • You may instead send in a video of your performance of the above if you prefer.

International applicants: Although it is recommended that you visit our campus, CD or DVD is accepted in place of your live audition. You do NOT need to send in a pre-screening recording if you do not plan on a live audition.

Live Auditions Information
Undergraduate (B.M./B.A.)

Auditionees are expected to have had private instruction but it is not a prerequisite. 
All major and minor scales (as many versions as possible) at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 80 x 4 (sixteenth notes)
Chromatic scale
Two contrasting solo pieces (one lyrical and one technical) with or without piano. When pieces with piano are chosen, please bring an accompanist if possible. You may choose compositions from this list, or choose works that are of similar difficulty. It is important to choose works that showcase your strengths as a musician.
Sample repertoire:
ALTO/BARITONE
Henk Badings: Concerto 
Roger Boutry: Divertimento
Paul Bonneau:Caprice en forme de valse 
Herbert Couf: Introduction, Dance and Furioso
Paul Creston: Sonata
Alexandre Glazunov: Concerto
Ida Gotkovsky: Brillance 
Jascha Gurewich: Concerto
Walter Hartley: Petite Suite
Bernhard Heiden: Sonata
Bernhard Heiden: Diversion
Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera 
Lawson Lunde: Sonata
Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence
Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche
Alfred Reed: Ballade
TENOR 
Jules Demersseman: Introduction and Variations
James DiPasquale: Sonata
Walter Hartley: Poem
Jean-Baptiste Singelée: Adagio et Rondo
Hector Villa-Lobos: Fantasia

Graduate (M.A./M.F.A./D.M.A.
All major and minor scales (extended to altissimo range if possible) at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 120 x 4 (sixteenth notes)
Chromatic scale, diminished scales, and whole-tone scales
Two contrasting solo pieces (one lyrical and one technical) with or without piano.  When pieces with piano are chosen, please bring an accompanist if possible. You may choose compositions from this list, or choose works that are of similar difficulty. It is important to choose works that showcase your strengths as a musician.
Sample repertoire:
SOPRANO 
Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIIb
David Canfield: Sonata
Thierry Escaich: Le chant des tenebres
Jindrich Feld: Sonata 
Jindrich Feld: Elegie
Pedro Iturralde: Suite Hellenique
Or any baroque transcriptions
ALTO 
Warren Benson: Aeolian Song
Luciano Berio: Sequenza IXb
David Canfield: Sonata
Jacques Charpentier: Gavambodi II
Paul Creston: Concerto 
Ingolf Dahl: Concerto
Alfred Desenclos: Prelude, cadence et finale
Jindrich Feld: Sonata
Jindrich Feld: Suite Rhapsodica
Ida Gotkovsky: Variations Pathetiques
Karel Husa: Elegie et Rondeau
Lars-Erik Larsson: Concerto
Christian Lauba: an etude of your choice
Frank Martin: Ballade
Robert Muczynski: Sonata
Robert Muczynski: Concerto
Lucie Robert: Cadenza
John C. Worley: Sonata
TENOR
Michael Cunningham: Trigon, Op. 31
Morton Gould: Diversions
Christian Lauba: an etude of your choice
Frank Martin: Ballade
Leon Stein: Sonata
Robert Ward: Concerto
John C. Worley: September Sonata
BARITONE 
J. S. Bach: Six Suites for Cello
David Canfield: Sonata
Michael Cunningham: Sonata
Walter Hartley: Sonata
Christian Lauba: an etude of your choice
John C. Worley: Sonatina