Your Turn in the Spotlight: The Solo

Audition Repertoire

A repertoire of solo performance pieces is always a required part of the audition. In fact, most recruiters will tell you this is the most important part of the audition. This is where you can show your ability to musically interpret the composition as well as demonstrate your level of advanced technique. Put a lot of thought into your solo repertoire! This is where you get to show off your musicality in addition to your technical and stylistic skills. You have the chance to show your judges that you are “the total package.”

What Are the Requirements?

Carefully research the solo requirements of your top choice colleges. You will see requirements that are as vague as “two or three solos of contrasting styles” while other schools will be slightly more specific, asking for “two contrasting movements of a concerto or sonata from the Baroque or Classical period and one movement of a contrasting work of your choice.” Some schools will be very specific in their solo requirements. Let’s look at three schools’ solo requirements for Bb clarinet:

Don’t be surprised if a college asks you to list your solo repertoire on your application! Some schools require it. Julliard School tells applicants “as part of the online application, you are required to submit your proposed live audition repertoire for review. An insufficient or incomplete audition repertoire may affect consideration for admission. At the live audition, at least one major solo of the applicant’s choice selected from the repertoire list provided must be performed from memory.”

Diversify to Succeed

Here are some guidelines for curating your own solo repertoire:

With some thought and a lot of preparation, you will shine in your audition!

Keep Practicing,

Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO