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Solo Performance Guidelines

Piano

Candidates for solo piano should perform, from memory, three compositions of contrasting periods and styles. A major sonata in its entirety plus another work of no less than 15 minutes’ duration are required. Music may be used for compositions in a modern or unconventional idiom, with prior approval by the auditions chair. Concertos and accompanied pieces are not acceptable.

Solo Harpsichord or Organ

Candidates must prepare one major (multi-section) work from the recognized performance literature for a single, unaccompanied player, plus two additional movements or pieces from contrasting styles or periods. Music may be used. Organ candidates will be accepted either if they are Associate or Fellowship members of the American Guild of Organists, or by audition.

Other Solo Instrument (other than piano)

Music of three contrasting styles and periods is required, one major (multi-section) composition to be prepared in full. Woodwind, brass and percussion players may substitute major solo passages from two contrasting orchestral works for one of the additional pieces. Candidates may play from memory but memorization is not required. Candidates must use an accompanist for compositions that require it. FMMC does not provide an accompanist for auditions. The Auditions Chair can provide a list of accompanists whom candidates may engage at their own expense.

Solo Voice

Candidates shall perform one aria from an opera or oratorio in its original key and language plus four other pieces in English and two other languages, selected to demonstrate the variety of the candidate’s abilities and interests. These four pieces must be from the song literature, not opera or oratorio arias. Memorization is required except for oratorio arias. Candidates must use an accompanist for compositions that require it. FMMC does not provide an accompanist for auditions. The Auditions Chair can provide a list of accompanists whom candidates may engage at their own expense.