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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.)

Cello (All programs)

Undergraduate

Cellists must upload a pre-screening video containing 10-15 minutes of music from the audition repertoire. The pre-screening video must be uploaded by November 1st for early decision, December 1st for February auditions, and April 15 for May auditions.

  1. The first movement of a concerto from standard literature
  2. Two contrasting movements from any Bach suite or Baroque sonata
  3. One etude from one of the following: Duport 21 Etudes, Popper High School of Cello Playing, Piatti 12 Caprices

Graduate

Cellists must upload a pre-screening video containing 10-15 minutes of music from the audition repertoire. The pre-screening video must be uploaded by November 1st, December 1st for February auditions, and April 15th for May auditions.

The Graduate audition repertoire in Cello is patterned after a typical undergraduate senior recital. In order to provide some latitude, the requirements are not dictated. However, you must prepare “sufficient material to perform a full solo recital containing works which show a diversity of periods and styles.”

Composition (All programs)

BM
Scores consisting of a variety of instrumentations are strongly encouraged. For B.M. candidates however, an orchestral score is not required. Three scores ‚Äď but no more than three ‚Äď should be uploaded to the Peabody application, along with all recordings. Please be sure to clearly indicate the names of the compositions. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable.

MM
Three scores ‚Äď but no more than three ‚Äď should be uploaded to the Peabody application. Scores consisting of a variety of instrumentations are required. Large ensemble works are welcome, but not required. All recordings should also be uploaded to Peabody application, with the names of the compositions clearly indicated. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable.

DMA
Three scores ‚Äď but no more than three ‚Äď should be uploaded to the Peabody application. Scores consisting of a variety of instrumentations are required. Large ensemble works are welcome, but not required. All recordings should also be uploaded to the Peabody Application, with the names of the compositions clearly indicated. For the recordings, acoustic performances are strongly encouraged, though MIDI performances are acceptable. Instrumental proficiency is not required, but strongly encouraged.

Computer Music (All programs)

Each applicant’s portfolio will be prescreened by faculty during the month of December. These evaluations assess the potential of the applicant to succeed at Peabody. Applicants who pass this review will receive an invitation to proceed to the formal admissions interview conducted by department faculty.

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.

Historical Performance Voice (GPD, MM)

Requirements follow those of the MM in Voice.

Flute (All programs)

ALL Flute applicants must upload a pre-screening video to the Peabody application by December 1st. The video must include:

  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)

*Please note that etudes are not considered acceptable audition repertoire.  We strongly encourage pieces to be performance with piano (where applicable)

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

Music for New Media (BM)

The following guidelines will be used for pre-screening Music for New Media candidates:

  1. Basic understanding of music and application of musical skills.
  2. Enthusiasm for film and game music, and the ability to differentiate the field from pop and electronic music.
  3. Able to discuss varying emotional states in dramatic situations.

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.

Recording Arts (BM)

Undergraduate recording arts applicants will have academic prescreening based on the following:

  • Students will need to have completed calculus and physics in high school or taken these courses at the college level.¬† AP and HL- IB courses are preferred for both and may be transferable for course credit with high exam scores.
  • Although SAT and ACT testing is no longer a requirement, scores equal or greater than 700 on the math portion of the SAT and 32 on the ACT are typical of students who are successful in the rigorous curriculum.

Viola (All programs)

Undergraduate and Graduate

Violists must upload a pre-screening video containing 10-15 minutes of music from the audition repertoire. The pre-screening video must be uploaded by November 1st for early decision, December 1st for February auditions, and April 15 for May auditions.

Voice (All programs)

Undergraduate Voice

For undergraduate applicants intending to audition in person at Peabody, a pre-screening video with three selections must be uploaded to the Peabody application.  Of the three classical selections required, at least one should be in English and one in a foreign language. Selections must be memorized, and should show a variety of styles and tempi.

Graduate Voice

A short video of two arias and a song (one in English) is required to be uploaded to the Peabody application for pre-screening.