Woodwinds at UNO
Woodwind majors at UNO are taught by a faculty of dedicated teachers and performers, and our students are provided with a wide array of performance opportunities. The programs of study for woodwind majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments.
Undergraduate (B.M. Performance/Education; B.A. Music Studies)
Prepare the following:
- Two solo pieces/etudes of contrasting style and tempi, OR two pieces from two different musical periods, OR two contrasting movements from a large solo work
- All major scales and chromatic scale (memorized)
- Various minor scales and a sight reading demonstration may be requested
For saxophonists interested in jazz, see additional requirements under "Jazz Winds." Contact Instructor of Saxophone, Dr. Benjamin Nichols, with questions regarding saxophone auditions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
M.M. Music Performance (Graduate)
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
- Prepare three solo pieces from the standard repertoire representing contrasting musical periods (Baroque/Classical/Romantic/French/Avant Garde or 20th/21st century)
- Applicants should be prepared to perform all scales (major, minor and chromatic) over the entire range of the instrument
- The audition committee requests a comprehensive repertoire list of works studied/performed from the candidate, and they may also ask for a sight-reading demonstration.
- Preparation of three standard orchestral excerpts and the exposition of a standard concerto is also strongly encouraged (note that the concerto can substitute for one of the three required solo pieces)
- Auxiliary instruments (e.g. piccolo, bass clarinet, etc.) can be used in the demonstration of one solo or excerpt selection, though this is not required
- Applicants should be prepared to perform all scales (major, minor and chromatic) over the entire range of the instrument.
- Prepare one major work from the standard classical repertoire for saxophone and piano (ex. "Concertino da Camera" by Jacques Ibert, "Sonata" by Paul Creston) and one major work for unaccompanied saxophone (ex. "Improvisation et Caprice" by Eugene Bozza, "Caprice en forme de Valse" by Paul Bonneau).
For saxophonists interested in jazz, contact Instructor of Saxophone, Dr. Benjamin Nichols, with questions (email@example.com).
Questions? Contact Woodwind Area Coordinator, Dr. Christie Beard at firstname.lastname@example.org