Audition Information

UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
To be accepted into the Bassoon Studio of Dr. Woolly one must first be accepted as a student at the university. Potential undergraduate students can apply online at the Admissions Web site. Financial aid is also available, and students should apply through the University Financial Aid Office. International students need to apply for admission only through the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the university. Please note that to be considered for financial aid, all auditions and applications must be completed by February 1. Apply early to receive the best possible consideration. Applicants should contact Dr. Woolly to schedule an audition. While a live audition is preferred, a quality CD or DVD recording is acceptable in certain cases for which travel is unreasonable.

Undergraduate entrance auditions should consist of two contrasting solo pieces or etudes representing the applicant’s strengths. While there are no specific requirements, applicants should choose pieces that contrast in style and in tempo. Accompaniment is not provided, nor required. Applicants should also be prepared to play all major and minor scales. Sight-reading may also be requested. 

Contact Dr. Woolly with any questions or concerns.


GRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Prospective graduate students must apply to the University Office of Graduate Studies for acceptance, in addition to applying to the School of Music. Contact Dr. Jennifer Shank, the Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Music, with application questions or concerns.

Financial aid is available to graduates, in addition to graduate teaching assistantships. These assistantships include a waiver for all in-state or out-of-state tuition fees and a monthly stipend granted over the nine-month academic year. Assistantships are usually awarded for a period of two years, but they may be renewed for a third year by petition.  Bassoon Graduate Assistants can expect to help out in the studio, teach undergraduate lessons and reed-making classes, and organize studio events. Partial Bassoon Assistantships that also cover other disciplines within the School of Music are available as well. Students should communicate to Dr. Woolly any desire they have to gain valuable teaching experience in other areas, such as Music Theory or History. Please note that applications and auditions must be completed by March 1 to receive full consideration. Graduates interested in a Bassoon Assistantship should make every effort to apply and to set up an audition with Dr. Woolly as early as possible. Graduate Applicants should contact Dr. Woolly to schedule an audition. While a live audition is preferred, a quality CD or DVD recording is acceptable in certain cases for which travel is unreasonable.

Graduate auditions consist of two to three selected major works in the bassoon repertoire. These works should contrast in period, style, and tempo. Students should also prepare three orchestral excerpts of their choice. Accompaniment is not provided, nor required, for the audition.

Questions regarding repertoire choices should be directed to Dr. Woolly.