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Pre-screening recordings are required in the majors listed below for those wishing to audition in person at Peabody.

Pre-screening recordings must be video for all majors except Composition. Selections must be performed without editing. The faculty will make its decisions in December or in early January. We should have results to you roughly one month before Audition Week. For early decision, pre-screening will be completed and decisions will be sent shortly before the audition date.

Recordings must be uploaded to the Peabody application at the time you submit your application (no later than November 1st for early decision, December 1st for February auditions, and April 15th for May auditions.)

Composition (All programs)

BM
Prospective students should submit their best three (3) pieces as part of the application. Please be sure to clearly indicate the titles of each composition. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable if necessary.

MM
Prospective M.M. students who wish to audition are expected to demonstrate a solid overview of contemporary music, including music written since 1945. Prospective students should submit their best three (3) pieces as part of the application, representing as wide a variety of scoring/instrumentation as possible. Large ensemble works are welcome, but not required. Please be sure to clearly indicate the titles of each composition. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable.

DMA
Prospective D.M.A. students who wish to audition are expected to demonstrate their ability to be conversant in all aspects of contemporary music through the present-day. Prospective students should submit their best three (3) pieces as part of the application, representing as wide a variety of scoring/instrumentation as possible. Large ensemble works are welcome, but not required. Please be sure to clearly indicate the titles of each composition. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable.

Conducting (MM, GPD, DMA)

Orchestral Conducting

Pre-screening is done by video uploaded to the Peabody application. The recordings should consist of 3-4 excerpts, each 2-3 minutes in length, of contrasting standard repertoire demonstrating a variety of styles and tempi. The camera should be placed at the back of the orchestra with the focus on the front of the conductor. A full-size orchestra is not required; a quintet with piano would suffice, for example. Appropriate dress is expected. If you pass the pre-screening, you will be invited to audition with orchestra at Peabody. Details, including repertoire, will not be available until that time.

Wind conducting

  • The conductor should be recorded from the front so that his/her eyes, face, hands, gestures and posture are all clearly seen. Please no¬†videos filmed from the conductor’s back.
  • The subject should be shown rehearsing for part of the¬†video and performing for the remainder. Suggested allocation: 1/2 rehearsal, 1/2 performance. The performance component should be just that, a complete run of a composition or movement.
  • The chosen excerpts should include a variety of musical styles as well as some technically challenging passages.
  • The¬†video should be accompanied by a word document showing the conductor’s name, the repertoire, the date and location of the selected rehearsals and performances and the ensembles conducted. A brief description of the type of ensemble (e.g. student, community, semi-professional, workshop, etc.) should be included. For the rehearsal portion of the recording, please include where the recording was made in the rehearsal sequence. For example, this was the third rehearsal in a sequence of six rehearsals.
  • Lighting should be adequate and the microphone should optimally be placed in front of the ensemble, if possible, in order to get a good sense of the overall sound of the ensemble. Ideally, a separate microphone should be used, rather than the built-in microphone on the video camera. For the rehearsal component of the recording, the microphone should be place near the podium so that the rehearsing conductor’s comments and instructions are clearly heard.
  • Total length of video: 15-20 minutes recommended; 30 minutes maximum.
  • The video should be from recent conducting work (within the past two years).

Double Bass (All programs)

BM
One movement from any of the Solo Suites for cello by J.S. Bach, one movement of a standard concerto, and one orchestral excerpt.

MM and GPD
One movement from any of the Solo Suites for cello by J.S. Bach, one movement from a standard concerto, and three orchestral excerpts of contrasting styles.

DMA and AD
Three solo works of contrasting styles.

Flute (All programs)

Flute applicants must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application. Repertoire for the pre-screening video is below.  It is the same as for regular auditions.

  1. Two contrasting movements from a sonata by J.S. Bach OR two contrasting movements from a concerto by Mozart (including cadenzas)
  2. A complete work for solo flute (a work originally written for flute alone, i.e. Bach Partita, Bozza Image, Berio Sequenza)
  3. A third contrasting work of the candidate’s choice (typically a work for flute and piano such as a sonata, a concerto, or an unaccompanied work)

The flute faculty strongly urges using an accompanist for the video recording, but it is not technically required. Be advised that occasionally the flute faculty will initiate additional contact with an applicant before making an acceptance decision from a video recording.

Applicants are urged to perform repertoire which best represents their performance level and musical taste.

Musicology (MM)

In lieu of an audition, you will have an interview with the appropriate faculty. You will need to upload an essay (1,500 words or more) about a musical subject of your choice. It must be typed with footnotes and supporting scholarly research. A previously written document is acceptable.

Percussion (Graduate programs)

Solo Selections for Pre-screening:

  • A major work for either marimba or vibraphone
  • One piece from Elliott Carter’s Eight Pieces for Four Timpani
  • A solo piece for multiple percussionAn √©tude for snare drum

Marimba

  • A major work for either marimba or vibraphone
  • A movement from a cello suite or violin sonata or partita by J.S. Bach
  • Sight reading will be required

Multiple-percussion

  • A solo piece for multiple percussion (7-15 min duration)

Timpani

  • One solo from Elliott Carter’s¬†Eight Pieces for Four Timpani.
  • 2 excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Snare drum

  • An etude from Delecluse¬†Douze Etudes, Cirone¬†Portraits in Rhythm.
  • 2 excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Xylophone

  • 2 excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Glockenspiel

  • 2 excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire

Piano (All programs)

Undergraduate piano applications must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by November 1st for early decision, December 1st for regular auditions, or April 15th for late auditions. The video must include:

  • A complete classical sonata
  • A romantic work of at least 10 minutes in length. Several shorter works can be combined, such as Brahms Op. 118, nos. 1-3, or a movement of a large sonata (Chopin, Schumann, et.).
  • A virtuosic etude

MM and GPD who are not current Peabody students must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application. Repertoire includes:

  • A complete classical sonata
  • A complete major romantic work
  • A virtuosic etude

D.M.A. applicants must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1. The material on the video should be a 50-60 minutes of music that represents three style periods. A video recording of a recital can be used if it was performed within the past two years. Selections on the recording do not have to be the same ones you will perform for your audition.

A.D. applicants must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1.  The material on the video should be 60-70 minutes of music of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE: Current Peabody Piano students applying for the DMA and AD programs MUST submit videos for pre-screening.