Junior Assessments

BRASS

  • TRUMPET
    • BM
      • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces on at least 2 different instruments.
        • Performance quality must be at a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
    • BA/BMA
      • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
        • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a good public performance.
  • HORN
    • BM
      • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces from a range of musical eras.
      • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
        • Performance quality must be at a pre-professional level: one or two years away from achieving a graduate school level of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc. Understanding of musical expression must be demonstrated.
    • BA/BMA
      • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
        • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a good public performance. Understanding of musical expression must be demonstrated.
  • TROMBONE
    • BM
      • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
        • Performance quality must be at a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
    • BA/BMA
      • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
        • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a good public performance.
      • Sight-Reading in bass, tenor, and Bb treble clefs (tenor and bass trombonists)
  • EUPHONIUM
    • BM
      • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
        • Performance quality must be at a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
      • Students will also continue work on Bb treble clef, and should be fluently reading moderately challenging melodic material.
      • Upper register should consist of a useable high concert C#, and low register should be down to a pedal concert F.
    • BA/BMA
      • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, sonata, through composed original literature).
        • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a good public performance.
      • Continued work on reading Bb treble clef. Student should be playing easy to moderate melodic material in treble clef.
      • Useable range should consist of a high Bb concert and pedal Bb concert.
  • TUBA
    • BM
      • A 30-minute (minimum) recital consisting of at least 3 contrasting pieces.
      • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
        • Performance quality must be at a pre-professional level. One or two years away from achieving a professional standard of tone, phrasing, endurance, range, articulation, technique, facility, etc.
    • BA/BMA
      • Performance of one work (concerto, etude, selection of orchestral excerpts).
        • Performance quality must be at a level befitting a good public performance.

ORGAN

  • BM
    • 30 minutes of music, including at least one pre-Bach, one Bach, and one post-Bach work, excluding works already performed at the sophomore jury.
      • The works should be at a difficulty level of the major Bach works, the larger Praeludia of Buxtehude, a Mendelssohn Sonata or prelude and fugue, Brahms Chorale preludes, etc.
  • BA/BMA
    • At least 15 minutes of music, with at least 2 works in contrasting style and character.
      • The works should be at a difficulty level of the major Bach works, the larger Praeludia of Buxtehude, a Mendelssohn Sonata or prelude and fugue, Brahms Chorale preludes, etc.

PIANO

  • BM
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital representing at least three periods, performed by memory.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
    • Students should display a strong measure of technical proficiency and musical growth, and a thorough understanding of musical style.
      • Recital must include a Prelude and Fugue by Bach
      • Collaborative repertoire may be included in addition to the required 30-minute performance time.
  • BA/BMA
    • At least two pieces from two periods (no less than 15 minutes of playing time). At least one of the pieces is to be performed by memory. ​Works should be those learned and prepared since the sophomore exam.

STRINGS

  • BM
    • A 30-minute (minimum) recital of at least two complete major works in contrasting style prepared to the level of a conservatory student
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
      • Collaborative repertoire may be included, but should represent less than half the presented repertoire
  • BA/BMA
    • At least two pieces from contrasting periods in tandem with Capstone Project Proposal

VOICE

  • BM
    • A Half recital (30 minutes of Music) in a variety of styles and languages; students should display an understanding of foreign language translation, a growing understanding of stage deportment, and a thorough understanding of musical style.
  • BA
    • Performance of one piece with a detailed description of the intended capstone with bibliography.
  • BMA
    • Performance of two pieces in two languages in a variety of periods/styles along with a detailed description of the intended capstone with bibliography.

WOODWINDS

  • BM
    • A half-recital (30 minutes) of music in contrasting styles selected from several eras.
    • Instrumental assessments and recitals in the BM may not repeat repertoire from previous assessments and recitals.
    • Students should display a strong measure of technical proficiency on their instrument, a growing understanding of stage. deportment, and a thorough understanding of musical style.
  • BA/BMA
    • Demonstration of musical and technical proficiency via two contrasting pieces or movements.
    • Additional requirements such as scales, etudes, or other exercises may be required by the studio teacher.
    • Cognate field/liberal arts interest area(s): detailed description of the intended capstone project and presentation of a bibliography.