Woodwinds

The Curtis woodwind department integrates new students into the full musical life of the school from the moment they arrive.

Working with distinguished artist-faculty members, wind players study solo repertoire and concertos, orchestral repertoire, and chamber music.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers as performers on the highest professional level, through a unique “learn by doing” approach. Students can expect to perform often on the Student Recital Series and in other school-sponsored recitals from the beginning of their Curtis careers.

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music or Master of Music programs, or the diploma programs. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

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Curriculum

Applicants who are admitted enter either the Bachelor of Music program or the diploma program. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.

Audition Requirements

Applicants will demonstrate familiarity with all major and minor scales and arpeggios, and will be expected to demonstrate sight-reading ability with material chosen by the instructor.

  • (updated 8/26/21)

    Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.
    *Curtis no longer accepts flute applicants for the Post Baccalaureate program.

    Prescreening

    Applicants should prepare a video recording of (at least) one movement from each of three contrasting pieces. Works with piano (or other instrumental) accompaniment should be performed with piano accompaniment.

    Live Audition (if advanced)

    All applicants should possess a good ear and a sense of rhythm and tone. They will demonstrate familiarity with all major and minor scales and arpeggios. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate sight-reading ability with material chosen by the instructor. Applicants will play:

    • Three complete prepared pieces (all movements) in contrasting tempo and style
    • Three orchestral excerpts
    • Applicants should perform from memory if possible
  •  (updated 10/1/21)

    Prescreening

    1. First movement of one of the following concertos: Mozart, Strauss, or Haydn
    2. Either one étude from Ferling 48 Famous Studies or one grand study from Barret Oboe Method
    3. One orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice

     

    Live Audition (if advanced)

    All applicants should possess a good ear and a sense of rhythm and tone. They will demonstrate familiarity with all major and minor scales and arpeggios. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate sight-reading ability with material chosen by the instructor. Applicants will play:

    • One movement of a concerto or sonata
    • A fast étude by Ferling
    • The third movement of the Mozart oboe quartet
    • A slow aria of J. S. Bach

    Applicants must also be able to read an orchestral excerpt.

  • Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.

    All applicants should possess a good ear and a sense of rhythm and tone. They will demonstrate familiarity with all major and minor scales and arpeggios. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate sight-reading ability with material chosen by the instructor.

    Prescreening

    • The exposition of the first movement of the Mozart concerto (with piano accompaniment)
    • The following orchestral excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (beginning to letter A, 6th bar of letter D to 19 bars after letter E)
    • Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol, movement 1 (letter A to letter B, letter C for 21 bars)
    • Brahms, Symphony No. 3, movement 1 (bars 26-46), movement 2 (beginning for 22 bars)

    Live Audition (if advanced)

    Applicants will play:

    • The Mozart clarinet concerto
    • Two contrasting pieces from the Rose Thirty-two Études
    • A prepared piece of the applicant’s choice
    • A 20th-century piece of the applicant’s choice
  • (updated 10/21/2021)

    Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.

    All applicants should possess a good ear and a sense of rhythm and tone. They will demonstrate familiarity with all major and minor scales and arpeggios. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate sight-reading ability with material chosen by the instructor.

     

    Prescreening

    1. the first movement of one of the following concertos: Mozart, Weber, or Hummel.
    2. movements I. Moderato con anima and III. Lento e teneramente from Bassoon Set by Adolphus Hailstork.
    3. two orchestral excerpts of contrasting style of the applicant’s choice.

    Live Audition (if advanced)

    Applicants will play from memory:

    1. the first two movements of any one of the following concertos:
      • Mozart, Concerto in B-flat major, K. 191
      • Weber, Concerto in F major, Op. 75
      • Hummel, Concerto in F major
    2. all major and minor scales and arpeggios, three octaves where possible
    3. Bassoon Set, all movements, by Adolphus Hailstork (music may be used for this portion)
    4. at least two orchestral excerpts of contrasting style (music may be used for this portion)

Student Performances