Woodwinds: Suggested Audition Materials

  • Flute

    Choose two works of contrasting styles from the works listed below, or you may choose to prepare works of comparable difficulty:

    • Mozart, Concerto in G Major
    • Quantz, Concerto in G Major
    • Taktakishvili, Sonata (mvt 3)
    • Burton, Sonatine (mvt 3)
    • Chaminade, Concertino
    • Hindemith, Sonata


    Prepare any of the works below (or works of comparable difficulty)

    • Cimarosa, Concerto
    • Handel, Concerto #3 in G Minor
    • Mozart, Concerto, K.314, 1st movement
    • Paladhilhe, Concertante
    • Barret, Oboe Method or Ferling 48 etudes (one slow, one fast)

    Clarinet/Bass Clarinet

    Prepare two or more solo works/etudes of contrasting styles (one lyrical; one technical) that best represent your performance level. See below for suggestions.You will also be asked to sight-read in your audition.

    • W.A. Mozart, Concerto, (play mvt. 1 or 3)
    • C.M. von Weber, Concertino, (all)
    • C.M. von Weber, Concerto No. 1 in F minor, op. 73 (play mvt. 1 or 3)
    • C. Saint-Saens, Sonata, (play mvts. 1 and 4)
    • Willson Osborne, Rhapsody (all)
    • Two contrasting etudes from Cyrille Rose, 32 Etudes


    Bassoonists auditioning should prepare major scales up to three flats and sharps, a chromatic scale from low Bb to high F or Bb, and one of the following selections:

    • E. Bourdeau, Premier Solo, edited by H. Voxman, Rubank, Inc.
    • Any piece from Solos for the Bassoon Player, Sol Schoenbach, Schirmer, Inc.
    • Burrill Phillips, Concert Piece, Eastman School of Music c. 1940
    • Mozart, Concerto in B Flat, (K.191), Third Movement, Rondo

    Additional repertoire can be approved prior to the audition by Jason Worzbyt ( reedtip@iup.edu or 724-357-2068). Please call one month prior to the audition.


    Auditioning saxophonists should prepare all major scales, a full-range chromatic scale, and two contrasting selections from the following list:

    • Etude(s) from Selected Studies for Saxophone by H. Voxman or Forty-Eight Studies for All Saxophonists by W. Ferling
    • H. Eccles, Sonata for Alto Saxophone (Mvts. 1, 2, or 4)
    • A. Glazunov, Concerto in Eb (beginning to rehearsal 9)
    • B. Heiden, Sonata (any movement)
    • P. Maurice, Tableaux de Provence (any movement)
    • E. Bozza, Aria
    • Jazz etude from Jazz Conception by J. Snidero (“Amen,” “Rose,” “Proxy,” or “IND Line”) or Jazz Saxophone Etudes (any volume) by G. Fishman 

    Note: You may audition on tenor or baritone saxophone; but, if at all possible, the audition should include at least one movement or etude on alto saxophone. If accepted as a music major, all students are required to own an alto saxophone when they come to IUP.

    Learn More About Woodwinds at IUP

    As a music student, you’ll not only be a part of our Music Department “family,” but also a member of a close-knit unit based on your musical specialization. We refer to those as Areas. Get to know the Woodwinds Area to learn more about the opportunities enjoyed by our students.