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Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion

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Interested in Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion?

Here you can find all of the admissions resources and fellow perks to studying at the Music Academy with a focus on Strings, Winds, Brass, Harp & Percussion

Six Solo Piano fellows experience in-depth coaching with world-renowned faculty artists, with a primary emphasis on interpretive and stylistic mastery of the extensive literature for solo piano as well as concerto repertoire and chamber music with piano. Pianists enjoy many training and performance opportunities, including the annual Solo Piano Competition

Training & Performance Opportunities

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Orchestral Performances

Notable conductors lead the Academy Festival Orchestra in a series of concerts held at the historic, 1,500 seat Granada Theatre, 4,500 seat Santa Barbara Bowl, and Hahn Hall. Click to view just announced rep!

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Lessons & Masterclasses

Our outstanding faculty artists comprise the best in the industry. Connect with these icons in private lessons, public masterclasses, and side-by-side in festival performances.

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Chamber Music Programs

Chamber music opportunities include the String Quartet Seminar, the Fellow Chamber Music Program, and the Faculty Intensive Chamber Music Experience.

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String Leadership Program

Under the direction of former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, this unique program offers select violinists an intensive opportunity to explore concertmaster excerpts and the fundamentals of leading a string section.

Guest Artists & Composers

Guest Artists & Composers

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Orchestra Partnership

10-12 fellows are selected annually to participate in a 7-10 day residency with a major national orchestra following the Festival. The conductor and principal musicians of the orchestra perform and teach throughout the Festival.

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Chamber Orchestra

Work with the Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra Teddy Abrams in a special one-week project.

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Opera Performances

The Academy Festival Orchestra and Vocal Institute fellows will perform Peter Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Granada Theatre for two performances, conducted by Daniela Candillari.

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Duo Competition

The winners each receive a $5,000 cash prize and will have a work commissioned on their behalf to premiere in recital in the Music Academy’s Hahn Hall in 2023. The 2021 winners, Keoni Bolding and Melivia Raharjo, will perform a world premiere by Conrad Tao this coming spring.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Through our special “Compeer” program, each fellow is matched with community members for social events and more.

Wellness Program

Wellness Program

Take advantage of wellness resources including exercise, yoga, counseling, and physical therapy.

Innovation

Innovation Institute

Offering seminars & entrepreneurial competitions including Fast Pitch and the Digital Challenge.

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Alumni Enterprise Awards

The annual Alumni Enterprise Awards provides robust funding for bold and diverse initiatives.

Audition & Repertoire Requirements

Application deadlines are through 11:59 pm Pacific Time

2022 Instrumental Program / Feb 13, 2022 (application season closed)

2022 Solo Piano Program / Feb 13, 2022 (application season closed)

2022 Voice Program / Nov 1, 2021 (application season closed)

2022 Vocal Piano Program / Nov 1, 2021 (application season closed)

2022 Vocal Institute Directing Fellow / Dec 15, 2021 (application season closed)

2022 Collaborative Piano Program / Jan 15, 2022 (application season closed)

 

Instrumental and Solo Piano, and Collaborative Piano Audition Results Announced the first week of March.

2022 Instrumental Program Audition Process – VIDEO UPLOAD ONLY

There are no live auditions for Summer 2022

Video Upload Audition Requirements:

  • Upload one continuous, unedited audition video within the online application (upload one video, not separate tracks; do not stop the camera between repertoire selections).
  • Videos must be unaccompanied.
  • Video file must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season.
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Ensure your music stand is not blocking the camera’s view of your arms, hands, face, or instrument
  • See individual studio repertoire lists for a verbal statement to be added to the end of your audition video
  • Please label Festival Audition Video File according to this format: “2022 MAW Audition – Last Name, First Name, Instrument”
  • For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

Additional requirements for select brass studios:

  • HORN: Audition recordings may include separate videos, and do not need to be recorded in one take.
  • TRUMPET Required Video Angle: Capture your image above the shoulders, not a head-to-toe image
  • TROMBONE & TUBA Required Video Angles:
        • Capture your image above the shoulders, not a head-to-toe image.
        • Make the camera zoom in on your right-side profile (not straight ahead of you nor your left-side profile) so your instrument’s bell does not block your face within the camera angle.

2022 Violin Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied; the standard concerto should be performed first:

  1. First movement exposition from a standard concerto of the 19th or 20th century (with no cadenza)
    *If you choose the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto, play until five bars after Reh 7—this includes the cadenza
  2. First movement exposition of Wolfgang Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, 4, or 5 (exposition only, no cadenza)
  3. Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian,” Mvt 1, beginning to downbeat of bar 110

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Discuss a work you studied or heard that made an impact on your education, or what moment in your training has led to the greatest musical growth”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Viola Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. First three pages of any standard viola concerto
      • If offering the William Walton Viola Concerto, beginning through Rehearsal No. 8
      • If offering Paul Hindemith Concerto, “Der Schwanendreher,” beginning through 2 before Letter I
      • If offering Béla Bartok Viola Concerto, beginning through bar 54
      • If offering Carl Stamitz Viola Concerto, beginning through bar 250
  2. The Prelude movement from any of the solo Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites, or solo violin Sonatas or Partitas
  3. A Romantic or Classical Sonata (2-3 minutes from any movement)

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What has been one of your most treasured and memorable musical moments – one that had a big impact on you and why?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Cello Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. Up to three minutes from any standard concerto.
  2. Up to 3 minutes of a movement from any solo cello music – Johann Sebastian Bach any other work for unaccompanied cello
  3. CLAUDE DEBUSSY La Mer, top line of divisi passage, 2 before rehearsal [9] to 6 after rehearsal [9]    DOWNLOAD PDF
  4. JOHANNES BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, Variation 5    DOWNLOAD PDF
  1. WOLFGANG MOZART String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat Major, K. 589, Mvt 1 mm. 45-53 and Mvt 2 mm. 38-48    DOWNLOAD PDF
  2. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Why would you like to spend a summer at the Music Academy of the West?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Double Bass Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

  1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Suites 1-6 for cello solo in key of applicants’ choice:
    Any one Courante or Gigue, without repeats
    OR
    Any one pair of MenuetsBourées, or Gavottes, without repeats or Da Capos
  2. First movement exposition of one of the following:
    • GIOVANNI BOTTESINI Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor
    • JOHANN BAPTIST VANHAL Double Bass Concerto in E-flat Major
    • SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Double Bass Concerto (beginning through m. 40)
    • SOFIA GUBAIDULINA “Eight Studies for Double Bass,” any two movements of applicant’s choice
  3. WOLFGANG MOZART Symphony No. 35, Mvt 4, mm. 134 – 181
  4. RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, rehearsal [9] – 5 after [12]
  5. ALBERTO GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes, solo

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Why would you like to spend a summer at the Music Academy of the West?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

 

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Flute Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

1. WOLFGANG MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313, Mvt 1, exposition only
2. FELIX MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, 2 before [P] to end
3. IGOR STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919), Firebird Variation
4. MAURICE RAVEL Daphnis and Chloé, Suite No. 2, solo
5. JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 4, Mvt 4, solo beginning at bar 93

  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What are your three favorite pieces?”
(If necessary, the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Oboe Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. RICHARD STRAUSS Oboe Concerto, Mvt 1 Exposition
    or
    CLARA SCHUMANN Three Romances for Oboe, Op. 22, No. 2, opening to m. 95
  2. MAURICE RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin, I. Prelude, opening solo only
  3. GIOACHINO ROSSINILa Scala di Seta, fast solo only
  4. PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, Mvt 2 solo

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What do you believe are your strengths and/or weaknesses as a young professional oboist?”
(If necessary, the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Clarinet Audition Repertoire Requirements

Bb and A Clarinets
All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

  1. WOLFGANG MOZART Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Mvt 2, mm. 1-54
    OR
    JOAN TOWER Wings, page 1 and 2 from the 1983 Associated Music Publishers edition.
    (If selecting Mozart, do not count or play the tutti passage mm. 9-15 and mm. 25-31)
  2. ZOLTAN KODALY Dances of Galanta, mm. 31-66 (A clarinet)
  3. FELIX MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, mm. 1-48 (Bb clarinet)
  4. JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 3, Mvt 2, mm. 1-23 (Bb clarinet)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
What are two reasons you would want to attend the Music Academy, and why?”

(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Bassoon Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

  1. Solo piece, concerto or sonata movement of applicant’s choice* (3 minutes maximum)
    *If offering the Wolfgang Mozart Bassoon Concerto, present the first movement exposition only
  2. WOLFGANG MOZART Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”, Mvt 4, mm. 263-353
  3. NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mvt 2, solo (no cadenzas)
  4. MAURICE RAVEL Boléro, solo
  5. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What do you hope to accomplish at the Music Academy this summer?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Horn Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied:

1. RICHARD STRAUSS Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, exposition
2. RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, beginning to [2]
3. RICHARD STRAUSS Don Quixote, Variation 7, Horn 2
4. RICHARD STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel, opening
5. DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, Mvt 1, rehearsal Nos. [17]-[21]
6. RICHARD WAGNER Götterdämmerung, Siegfried short call

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“If selected for enrollment, how will you be a team player?”
(If necessary, the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Audition recordings may include separate videos, and do not need to be recorded in one take. See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Trumpet Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

  1. ARTHUR HONEGGER Intrada, beginning to Allegro
  2. GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 5, opening solo
  3. IGOR STRAVINSKY Petrushka, Ballerina’s Dance, pick-up to mm. 135-139
  4. RICHARD STRAUSS Don Juan, slow solo after rehearsal [F]
  5. MODEST MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition, Goldenberg & Schmuyle mm. 58-61
  6. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 1 min)

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What do you hope to accomplish while at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Trombone & Tuba Audition Repertoire Requirements

All selections must be unaccompanied and in the following order:

Tenor Trombone

  1. FERDINAND DAVID Trombone Concerto, Op. 4, [A] to [D]
  2. WOLFGANG MOZART Requiem, Tuba Mirum, solo
  3. HECTOR BERLIOZ Hungarian March (2nd trombone part) 6 before [4] to 3rd bar of [5]
  4. MAURICE RAVEL Boléro, solo
  5. RICHARD WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, B Major solo section
  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Bass Trombone

  1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cello Suite No. 5, Sarabande (no repeats)
  2. JOSEPH HAYDN The Creation, Mvt 26, beginning to letter C
  3. RICHARD WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, B Major section
  4. ZOLTAN KODALY Háry János Suite, solo
  5. RICHARD STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben, [62] to 2 after [65]
  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Tuba

  1. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Tuba Concerto, Mvt 2, [1] to 3 before [3], and 2 before [4] to [5]
  2. HECTOR BERLIOZ Hungarian March, [4] to 2 after [5]
  3. SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5, Mvt I, [3] – [6], one before [23] to [24]
  4. RICHARD WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries, B-Major section
  5. PAUL HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, Turandot, 4th bar of [L] to [O]
  1. OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

See complete list of video audition instructions outlined within the “Video Upload Audition Requirements” tab

2022 Percussion & Timpani Audition Repertoire Requirements

Solos
1.  Short marimba solo or étude of choice (up to 5 mins)
2.  Snare drum solo: Etude No. 9 from Jacques Delécluse 12 Etudes

Snare Drum
1.  SERGEI PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60, The Birth of Kijé (from 1-2)
2.  NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade, Mvt 3, [D] to [E]; Mvt 4, [P] to [U], condense rests before S

Xylophone
1.  GEORGE GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess, four after [13] – [15] (standard excerpt from the Overture)
2.  DMITRY KABALEVSKY Colas Breugnon 9-12, 36-37, 57 to the end
3.  ZOLTAN KODALY Háry János, Mvt 6 opening to 1, 7-8, 10 to the end

Glockenspiel
1.  PAUL DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, [17] – [20]
2.  WOLFGANG MOZART The Magic Flute (Goldenberg book, p. 102)
3.  OTTORINO RESPIGHI Pines of Rome, Mvt 1 [7] to the end

Timpani
1.  FRANK MARTIN Concerto for Seven Winds, 5 after 18 to 7 after 22
2.  LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, Mvt 1, coda only
3.  PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, Mvt 1, four before [T] through the passage; include all ff roll at end of passage

Please include a verbal statement answering the following question in one minute or less:
“Why would you like to spend a summer at the Music Academy of the West?”
(The verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire videos)

 

Percussion/Timpani Video Upload Guidelines:

  • Repertoire recordings may one continuous video, or recorded and uploaded as three separate tracks as specified below:
    • Marimba selection can be a separate track/upload
    • Snare drum, xylophone, and glockenspiel selections should be recorded in one take (uploaded as one track)
    • Timpani selections can be separate track/upload
  • Video file(s) must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season.
  • Ensure your music stand is not blocking the camera’s view of your arms, hands, face, or instrument
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Please label video files according to this format: “2022 MAW AUDITION – Last Name, First Name, Percussion/Timpani”
  • For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

The harp fellow performs as a member of the Academy Festival Orchestra, receives private lessons, and participates in public masterclasses, chamber music ensembles, and solo performances as opportunities become available. The harpist is eligible to participate in the annual Duo Competition, through which the winners receive a cash prize and recital. The annual Keston MAX Exchange Competition is not currently available for harp.

2022 Harp Audition Repertoire Requirements

Four required selections plus one optional selection:

  • One solo
  • Three orchestral excerpts
  • OPTIONAL: additional work of your choice by an underrepresented composer (maximum of 3 mins)

Please include a verbal statement at the end of your audition video answering the following question in one minute or less:
“What would be your goals for a summer at the Music Academy?”
(If necessary the verbal statement may be uploaded as a separate track from your audition repertoire video)

Harp Video Upload Guidelines:

  • Upload one continuous, unedited audition video, or separate unedited tracks for each repertoire selection
  • Video file must have been recorded within the past year and may not be the same file submitted during a previous Music Academy application season
  • Ensure your music stand is not blocking the camera’s view of your arms, hands, face, or instrument
  • Avoid backlighting (do not record in front of a window unless curtains/shades are fully closed)
  • Please label Festival Audition Video File according to this format: “2022 MAW AUDITION – Last Name, First Name, Harp”
  • For best video upload speed, we recommend the following internet browsers: Chrome, Safari and Firefox (the most updated versions of each).

For admissions inquiries, please email [email protected]

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