Audition Information

UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

To be accepted into the Oboe Studio of Prof. Alvarez, 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 March 1. Apply early to receive the best possible consideration.

The official school-wide 2010-11 audition dates at the School of Music at USM are November 12, January 28, February 25, and March 25. Applicants should contact Prof. Alvarez 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.

An example of an undergraduate audition would be:
(1) A fast movement from a Handel or Telemann Sonata
(2) A slow or fast Ferling or Barret etude

Contact Prof. Alvarez 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.  Oboe Graduate Assistants can expect to help out in the studio, teach undergraduate lessons and reed-making classes, and organize studio events. Partial Oboe Assistantships that also cover other disciplines within the School of Music are available as well. Students should communicate to Prof. Alvarez 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 an Oboe Assistantship should make every effort to apply and to set up an audition with Prof. Alvarez as early as possible.

The official school-wide audition dates at the School of Music at USM are November 13, January 29 and March 5. Graduate Applicants should contact Prof. Alvarez 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 oboe repertory. These works should contrast in period, style, and tempo. Prospective graduates might choose to substitute a major technical etude by Bozza or any for the Sixteen Grand Studies by Barret in lieu of the third solo piece. Students should also prepare three contrasting orchestral excerpts of their choice. Accompaniment is not provided, nor required, for the audition.

An example of a graduate audition would be:
(1) A movement or two from the Mozart Quartet, K. 370 or Concerto, K. 314
(2) A Silvestrini or Bozza Etude, or any Sixteen Grand Studies from Barret
(3) (Optional) Oboe Solo: CPE Bach Sonata in A minor, Telemann Fantasias, Evocations by Henri Tomasi
(4) Oboe I excerpts from Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin, Brahms Violin Concerto, Beethoven Eroica Symphony, Rossini La Scala di Seta, and Strauss Don Juan, or similar

Questions regarding repertoire choices should be directed to Prof. Alvarez.

Prof. Alvarez for more information. This is a special program for musicians who are accomplished on at least three different woodwind instruments.

 

COURSES OF STUDY

There are many educational opportunities for the developing musician at USM, and each of these degree curricula befits the oboe student according to his or her individual plans and aspirations. All prospective students are encouraged to contact Prof. Alvarez early to arrange lessons or auditions.

Undergraduate degrees with an emphasis of study on the oboe at USM include the following:

Bachelor of Music in Performance-BM 
Bachelor of Music Education-BME
Bachelor of Arts-BA
Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Industry-BS

Freshmen or transfer students in need of guidance in choosing their music degree are encouraged to discuss their ambitions with Prof. Alvarez.

Graduate students of the oboe can pursue the following degrees at USM:

Master of Music in Instrumental Performance-MM
Master of Music Education-MME
Master of Music in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy, Multiple Instruments*-MM

Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Pedagogy-DMA

*Graduate oboists interested in the MM degree in Multiple Winds should contact Prof. Alvarez for more information. This is a special program for musicians who are accomplished on at least three different woodwind instruments.

Graduate Assistantships for both Masters and Doctoral prospective students are available!