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Juries & Special Exams

Jury Examinations

At the end of each semester of applied study students are required to perform a Jury Examination before the faculty of the particular applied area. Juries are normally scheduled during final exams week. Please speak with your applied teacher(s) in order to prepare for juries.

Following the Jury Examination, the student and applied teacher will schedule a time for the jury comments to be read and discussed. The specific source of any jury comments will not be revealed by the applied teacher to the student.

Well in advance of the examination the student should be preparing the jury form, which is available from the applied teacher or the department secretary. For vocal juries, the completed form, a copy of which should be made for each faculty member who will hear the jury, must be given to the student's applied instructor one week prior to jury. If that date falls during a break from classes, the form must be submitted prior to the break. For instrumental juries, the completed forms should be brought to the jury. The jury comment sheets will be placed in the student's permanent file after the faculty member and student discuss them.

Performance Concentration: Students who wish to enter the performance concentration must perform a jury for the full faculty at the end of the second semester of applied study. This is a special audition to determine the student's readiness to continue at the applied study level of 3 credits required by that concentration


  • All major and minor scales (and arpeggios on woodwinds and mallet percussion), over the standard range of the instrument, slurred or tongued, in eighth notes at quarter = 144.
  • 3 repertory pieces, to be chosen in consultation with instructor, of a level of difficulty corresponding to or exceeding that of
    • a sonata by G.F. Handel (for flute or oboe)
    • Andante and Allegro by Andre Chailleux (for saxophone)
    • Fantasy-Piece, op. 73/1 by Robert Schumann (for clarinet)
    • Sonata for Bassoon by G.P. Telemann.
    • Concerto for Trumpet by F.J. Haydn
    • a concerto for horn by W.A. Mozart
    • Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant (for trombone/euphonium)
    • Introduction and Dance by J.E. Barat (for tuba)
  • Percussionists must perform on snare drum (Three Dances for Solo Snare Drum by Warren Benson), timpani (Introduction and Allegro by Saul Goodman), and
    mallets (Rain Dance)


  • All major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, 4 octaves
  • Bach Prelude and fugue
  • Classical period sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • Romantic period composition at least 5 minutes in length by Chopin, R. Schumann, Schubert, Liszt or Brahms
  • An Impressionistic or twentieth-century work by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev.


Three memorized selections, in at least two different languages, including Italian. Suggestions include works from Arie Antiche series which can be found in books such as the 24 Italian Songs and Arias.  English-language suggestions include folk song arrangements such as Down by the Salley Gardens or the Water is Wide, and art songs by such composers as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Willam Grant Still, Jake Heggie, Roger Quilter, Ned Rorem, George Frederic Handel or others. 





Sophomore Promotional Jury

All applied students enrolled in MUSC 282 (the fourth semester of applied study) will perform a special Sophomore Promotional Jury held at the end of that semester.

  • Each student must prepare a minimum of **15 minutes of music representing at least two contrasting styles which has been approved by his/her applied teacher. Singers must prepare repertoire representing at least four languages. A student may not pass the sophomore promotional if he/she does not have at least 15 minutes of music performance ready. Students will be required to specify the timings of each piece on their jury sheets. These timings must be signed off by that student's applied teacher. 
  • At least two-thirds of the repertoire must have been learned in the semester of the promotional exam.
  • Students must provide the jury with at least three sets of photocopies of the scores of their repertoire. It is understood that these copies shall be discarded after the promotional exam.
  • **Students must be prepared to speak about each work/composer and field questions from the jury. While factual information is important, this must not simply be a book report. Students are expected to show historical, theoretical, and practical insight into the works they are performing and be able to make informed judgments about the composers and their works. Students are allowed to have ONE 3" x 5" NOTE CARD as reference for the all the works/composers on their sophomore promotional.
  • If a student does not pass the sophomore promotional, he/she may retake it the following semester. Students may not take the sophomore promotional more than two times.

**Students will perform music from their list of repertoire as chosen by the jury for approximately ten minutes. Students will speak about the works/composers for approximately ten minutes.