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Clarinet Studies

Undergraduate Auditions

Auditioning for any School of Music is an important event requiring thorough, advanced preparation. It is a tremendous advantage for a high school student to be studying clarinet privately when preparing an audition.

The UT Clarinet Studio suggests that the following materials be prepared for auditions for entrance into the UT School of Music and the UT Clarinet Program:

  • Major and Minor (harmonic and melodic) scales.
  • One Slow Etude and One Fast Etude from the Rose Studies (Hite Edition), Baermann, Jean-Jean or Klose Studies.
  • One solo piece from the Standard Repertoire (Possible choices include Weber, Mozart, Poulenc, Crusell, Stravinsky and Brahms)
  • Performance Majors should select 3 orchestra excerpts from the standard audition selections.
  • An informal interview follows the audition. Students are asked about their musical experiences and career aspirations.
  • Instructor will meet with the student and parent(s) following the audition.
  • It is recommended to contact the Instructor prior to the audition to set-up a free lesson.

Let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance in your audition preparation.

To request an audition, complete the Undergraduate Audition Request Form.

Below are further suggestions (some do's and don'ts) for consideration for all auditions.

What to do:

  • ClarinetPresent a professional image. You only get one chance to make a first impression!
  • Plan what you will say, do, and perform.
  • Show confidence.
  • Dress for the occasion. Men: wear coat and a tie. Women: wear professional outfits (e.g., knee-length dresses or slacks and a nice blouse or sweater.)
  • Be on time. Give yourself plenty of time to find your way around, relax, and warm up.
  • Make sure your equipment is working properly and that you have everything you need.
  • Always bring extra copies of your music. Make sure they are clean and unfolded.
  • Maintain a positive appearance even if the audition does not go well.

What to say:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Look people in the eyes.
  • Tell the committee what you will perform. Correctly pronounce both the title and the composer.
  • Ask questions before you play only if the answer will directly affect your performance; if not, wait until after you have performed.
  • Thank the committee when you are finished.

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