Undergraduate and Graduate Auditions

For information about auditioning for one of the Department of Music's large ensembles or chamber ensembles (open to both UB students and members of the Buffalo community) please view the individual ensemble pages. 

Students performing with percussion instruments.

2020-21 Live Audition Schedule

Both vocal and instrumental applicants may audition on either date.
If it is not possible to attend a live audition, a CD, URL or sound file is acceptable. 

Fall 2020 Virtual Auditions

Fall 2020 Auditions are being held virtually and the deadline for submissions is Sept. 7, 2020.  For more information on how to apply for an audition please contact Nicole Rosen at nrosen@buffalo.edu.  

Current UB Students

  • Saturday, Sept 5, 2020 Voice/Instrumental for Fall 2020
  • Saturday, January 30, 2021 Voice/Instrumental for Spring 2021

Incoming Freshman, Transfer Students, & Master's Students

  • Saturday November 14, 2021 Voice/Instrumental for Spring 2021 / Fall 2021
  • Saturday January 30, 2021 Voice/Instrumental for Fall 2021
  • Saturday February 13, 2021 Voice/Instrumental for Fall 2021
  • Saturday February 27, 2021 Voice/Instrumental for Fall 2021
  • Saturday March 6, 2021 Voice/Instrumental for Fall 2021

Undergraduate Auditions

Applicants to the MusB in Performance or Performance Minor degrees must request their audition date as part of the Undergraduate Music Application process. BA in Music and Academic Minor applicants need audition only if instrument or voice lessons will be a part of the degree program.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements


  • Major and minor scales with corresponding tonic arpeggios in 3 octaves
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Rode, Mazas Etudes Speciales, or the equivalent
  • Two contrasting movements of a standard concerto of Accolay, DeBeriot, Rode, Viotti, Mozart, Bachor the equivalent
  • Sight-reading


  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in 3 octaves
  • An etude from Kreutzer, Fiorillo or Campagnoli
  • A movement of a Bach Gamba Sonata or unaccompanied suite or an equivalent baroque piece
  • A work from the classical, romantic, or contemporary literature chosen by the candidate to demonstrate his/her present level of competency
  • Sight-reading


  • Major and minor scales in 3 octaves; arpeggios in 3 octaves
  • An etude the level of Duport Volume II; Franchomme; Gruetzmachet Volume I
  • A work the level of Faure Elegy; Bruch Kol Nidrei; Saint Saens Allegro Appassionato; Bach Suite 1; Beethoven Sonata 1
  • Sight-reading


  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios in 2 octaves
  • An etude from Simandl Book II and one of the following:
    • an etude from Slama 66 Etudes
    • an etude from Sturm Book I
  • Two movements (slow and fast) from a sonata by Marcello or Vivaldi
  • A work from the classical, romantic, or contemporary literature chosen by the candidate to demonstrate his/her present level of competency
  • An excerpt from the classical or romantic orchestral repertoire
  • Sight-reading


An accompanist will be provided at all auditions. Students should bring the printed music for the songs they will be performing. Interested applicants should prepare a memorized audition consisting of three vocal pieces:

  • A 17th or 18th century Italian aria
  • An art song in German or French
  • A song in English from the 20th century (either classical or musical theater)


  • Major, harmonic minor, chromatic scales (2 or 3 octaves)
  • Two contrasting movements of a J.S. Bach Sonata or Mozart Concerto
  • Any French recital piece
  • Sight-reading


  • All major scales - 2 octaves; chromatic scale - 2 octaves
  • One of the following:
    • An etude or characteristic study that demonstrates the present level of competency on the instrument
    • One movement from a classical, romantic or contemporary concerto or sonata or solo piece
  • Sight-reading
Snare Drum
  • Selected basic rudiments (rolls, paradiddles, flams, etc.)
  • One intermediate or advanced solo or etude
  • Sight-reading
Keyboard Percussion
  • Selected scales 2 octaves
  • One solo or etude which demonstrates the present level of competency on marimba or xylophone
  • Ear test (matching pitches, interval identifications, etc.)
  • One etude or solo which demonstrates the present level of competency on two or four drums
  • (If students have limited experience on mallets or timpani, they are encouraged to contact Professor Kolor at tpkolor@buffalo.edu to arrange for suitable substitute repertoire.)


  • Three contrasting pieces, (memorized):
    • J.S. Bach
    • One movement from a classical sonata
    • 19th or 20th century.
  • The candidate will be asked for scales and/or sight-reading


  • Two work by J.S. Bach
    • A choral prelude
    • A larger work
  • A 17th century French, German, or Italian piece
  • A 19th or 20th century work
  • The candidate may be asked for scales and/or sight-reading
  • A sonata by Scarlatti
  • A larger work of J.S. Bach
  • A piece from the French School
  • The candidate may be asked for scales and/or sight-reading
GUITAR (Acoustic, Classical or Electric Guitars)
  • Two to three contrasting works
  • Knowledge of all major and minor scales and arpeggios is recommended
  • For more details, contact UB guitar faculty Dr. Shin <sungmins@buffalo.edu>

Graduate Auditions

Applicants to the MM in Performance degree must complete the Graduate Audition Request Form, and also complete their graduate school application. Please note: To be considered for assistantship support, applicants must audition prior to January 1.

Graduate Audition Requirements


  • All major and minor scales and cycle of arpeggios in 3 octaves; 2 octave major scales in 3rds, 6ths, octaves
  • Three movements of a Bach Partita or Sonata
  • Two complete works from the classical, romantic, or contemporary periods; works chosen must represent two of these periods
  • Sight-reading


  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • An Etude from Kreutzer, Campagnoli, Rode or equivalent
  • An unaccompanied Bach Suite for Violoncello
  • A sonata and a concerto from the classical, romantic or contemporary literature for viola, but not from the same era
  • Sight-reading


  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios in 4 octaves; scales in broken 3rds, 6ths and octaves
  • Three of the following (two works must be prepared in their entirety):
    • An 18th –century sonata (Italian, French, German)
    • A solo suite of Bach, Reger or Hindemith
    • Beethoven: Sonata III, IV or V or Brahms: Sonata in F Major; Sonata in G Major, or a sonata by Shostakovitch, Kabalevsky or Martinu
    • A concerto of Lalo, Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar, Hindemith, Boccherini, Saint-Saens or Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
  • Sight-reading


  • Two or three octave scales in all keys with corresponding tonic arpeggios (major and minor)
  • An Etude from Storch-Hrabe Etudes Book 1
  • Two movements from Bach Suite No. 1 for Violoncello (transcribed by S. Sterling); two movements from Capuzzi Concerto or similar work
  • Sight-reading


Applicants for the MM in Voice should present a program of at least 15 minutes of music spanning the major periods of solo literature from baroque to Contemporary, including at least one Romantic lied and one operatice aria. At least two foreign languages must be represented.


  • Major, all minor, whole-tone, chromatic scales + arpeggios (2-3 octaves, be prepared for varying articulations)
  • J S Bach: Partia in a minor OR Sonata in e minor OR Sonata in b minor
  • Mozart: First movement of EITHER the Concerto in G Major OR the Concerto in D Major
  • 5-7 minute work for composed for flute along (your choice) OR a virtuoso etude or study
  • Standard Orchestral Excerpts from:
    • “Afternoon of a Faun” by Claude Debussy
    • “Daphnis and Chloe” by Maurice Ravel
    • “Scherzo” from ‘A Midsummernight’s Dream’, by Mendelssohn
    • “Petrouchka” by Stravinsky
  • Sight-reading


  • A complete baroque sonata or concerto
  • A work of the classical or romantic period, such as: Haydn Oboe Concerto; Mozart Oboe Concerto in C
  • Mozart Quartet in F; Schumann Three Romances
  • A modern work or an avant-garde work which demonstrates contemporary techniques such as: Strauss Oboe Concerto; Schuller Sonata; Vaughan Williams Concerto; Hindemith Sonata for Oboe (English horn); works or Singer; Hollinger, Takahashi.


Play one complete composition from each of the categories listed below:

  • Viennese Classical and Early Romantic
    • Mozart Concerto for Clarinet in A Major, K. 622
    • von Weber Concertino, Op. 26
    • von Weber Concertino No. 1 in F minor, op. 73
    • von Weber Concertino No. 2 in Eb Major, op. 74
    • Spohr Concerto No. 1 in C minor
    • Spohr Concerto No. 2 in Eb Major
    • Spohr Concerto No. 3 in F minor
  • Late Romantic and Twentieth Century
    • Debussy Premiere rapsodie
    • Saint-Saens Sonata, op. 167
    • Brahms Sonata No. 1 in F minor, op. 120
    • Brahms Sonata No. 2 in Eb Major, op. 120
    • Milhaud Sonatine
    • Poulenc Sonata
    • Stravinsky Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo
    • Nielsen Concerto


  • A baroque or classical composition as transcribed by Rasher or Mule
  • A 20th-Century composition for saxophone such as : Bonneau Concerto, Caprice en Forme de Valse; Bozza Aria, Concertino, Improvisation et Caprice, Introduction et Danse; Creston Concerto, Sonata, Suite; Glazounov Concerto; Heiden Sonata; Hindemith Sonata; Ibert Aria, Concertino da Camera, Histories; Tsherepnine Sonatine sportive; Tomasi Ballade, Concerto


  • A complete baroque concerto or sonata
  • A work from the classic or romantic period such as: Mozart bassoon Concerto; Weber Bassoon Concerto; Saint-Saens Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
  • A modern, contemporary, or avant-garde work


  • All major and minor scales in two octaves
  • Three etudes, one of which is staccato, one legato, and one slow, from Sixty Etudes
  • Two movements from one of the following: Mozart Concerto for Horn; R. Strauss
  • Concerto for Horn; Beethoven Sonata for Horn and Piano; Hindemith Sonata for Horn and Piano
  • One of the following: P. Dukas Villanelle; Saint-Saens Morceau de Concert


  • Baroque: One complete work from composer such as: Purcell, Telemann, Molter, Gabrieli, Torelli, Handel
  • Classical: One complete work from those listed below: Haydn Concerto in Eb; Hummel Concerto in Eb; Neruda Concerto
  • Twentieth Century: One complete work from these: Arutunian Concerto; Pakmutova Concerto; Playel Concerto; Francaix Sonatine; Antheil Sonatine; Della Joio Sonata; Hubeau Sonata; Kennan Sonata.


Play one complete composition from each of the categories listed below:

  • David Concertino, op. 4; Rousseau Piece Concertante; Stojowski Fantasy; Salzedo Piece Concertante; Blazhevich Concerto No. 5, Concerto No. 10; Pryor Blue Bells of Scotland
  • Block Symphony; Boutry Capriccio; Bozza Ballade; Creston Fantasy; Hartley Sonata Concertante; Hindemith Sonata; Larsson Concertino; Milhaud Concertino d'hiver; Serocki Sonatino; Serocki Concerto


  • All major and minor scales in two octaves
  • One etude from each of the following: Blazenvitch Seventy Studies, Book 2; Bordogni 43 Bel Canto Studies; Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies
  • Be prepared to play the following: Hindemith Tuba Sonata; Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto; Spillman Tuba Concerto


Prepare one solo work from each of the following categories:

  • Multiple percussion
  • Keyboard percussion
  • Timpani

The works chosen should demonstrate ones present level of technical and musical advancement and must be legitimate recital pieces, not etudes or studies which are obviously not mean for public performance. Transcriptions and/or arrangements of works originally written for other than percussion instruments are not acceptable as audition material.


The candidate should normally prepare three works that demonstrate musical and technical ability and a grasp of styles from eighteenth through twentieth centuries. At least two of these works shall be performed by memory. Sight-reading will be included.


  • Prepare three works which fulfill the requirements as outlined in the admission requirements for Piano: Solo Performance, with the exception that only one work need be my memory
  • Sightread one or more accompaniments
  • Transpose a simple lied or other art song into keys up to a minor third above or below (not necessary) for audition
  • The candidate will be given, two hours before they are to be heard, two works as described below; the candidate shall prepare them and then be permitted a brief consultation with a vocalist or instrumentalist before he performs them for the examining faculty
    • a nineteenth century lied or comparable work, or an instrumental solo piece
    • a nineteenth century aria, or instrumental concerto, or comparable work


  • A prelude and fugue by Bach
  • An ornamented chorale prelude by Bach
  • A Mendelssohn sonata; a piece by Cesar Franck, or one or moremovements of a symphony by Widor or Vierne or other appropriate literature
  • A contemporary piece, such as a Hindemith sonata; a work of Langlais, Durufle, Dupre or Alain
  • Sight-reading


  • A sonata by D. Scarlatti
  • Four movements from a Couperin suite
  • A prelude and fugue from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Sight-reading

GUITAR (Acoustic, Classical or Electric Guitars)

  • Three to four contrasting works
  • Knowledge of all major and minor scales and arpeggios is recommended
  • For more details, contact UB guitar faculty Dr. Shin <sungmins@buffalo.edu>