Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Scales (required for both entrance and scholarship auditions)

The Department of Music prepares students for careers in music and offers diverse musical experiences to all, enriching the musical fabric of our university and community, regionally and globally. For all woodwind instruments

  • 2 octave major scales (if instrument range permits), ascending and descending, up to and including 3 flats and sharps.
  • Chromatic scale (ascending and descending):
    • Flute: low d to high g (2 1/2 octaves)-Scholarship applicants on flute: low c to high Bb
    • Clarinet: low e to high e (3 octaves)-Scholarship applicants on clarinet: low e to high g
    • Saxophone low d to high d (2 octaves)
    • Oboe low d to high d (2 octaves)
    • Bassoon low Bb to high Bb (2 octaves)
  • Scholarship applicants should strive for 2 octave major scales when applicable.

Recommended Etudes and Solos

Literature choice for all auditions is not limited to the repertoire listed below, but should be at a comparable level.
* Suggested scholarship audition literature.


  • Etudes
    • Melodious and Progressive Studies, Books I and II
    • * Andersen Etudes (any)
  • Solos
    • Cavally: 24 Short Concert Pieces
    • Voxman: Concert and Contest Collection
    • * Mozart: Concerto movement (G or D)
    • * Schirmer: Flute Music by French Composers (any)


  • Chromatic scale from low Bb to high D
  • Etudes
    • Rubank: Advanced Methof for Oboe, vol. I
    • Barret: Oboe Method-40 Progressive Melodies
  • Solos
    • Mozart Concerto for Oboe in C major, first movement
    • Saint-Saens Sonata for Oboe, any movement
    • Oboe Solos, ed. J. Arnold (2nd half)
    • Albinoni: Concerto in d minor, Op. 9, no. 2
    • * Poulenc: Oboe Sonata, any movement
    • * Telemann: Sonata in a minor, any movement


  • Etudes
    • Hendrickson: Method for Clarinet, Book II
    • Endresen: Supplementary Studies for Clarinet (Rubank)
    • Hite: Melodious and Progressive Etudes, vol. I
  • Solos
    • Classical Album for Clarinet (Boosey and Hawkes)
    • Osborne: Rhapsody
    • Stamitz: Concerto No. 3, 1st or 3rd mvt.
    • * C.M. von Weber/Strasser: Concertino Op.26 (Carl Fischer)
    • * Mozart: Andante cantabile, K 545 (Billadout)


  • Etudes
    • Weissenborn: 50 Advanced Studies (any)
    • Rubank: Advanced Method for Bassoon (any)
  • Solos
    • Galliard: 6 Sonatas, vol. I
    • Schoenbach: Solos for the Bassoon Player
    • * Hindemith: Bassoon Sonata
    • * Telemann: Sonata in f minor


  • Etudes
    • Selected Studies for Saxophone (Vol. 1) Voxman (any)
  • Solos
    • G.F. Handel: Sonata No. 3-Adagio and Allegro; arr. Rascher
    • Voxman: Concert and Contest Collection
    • * Creston: Sonata (Opus 19), first movement
Dr. Daniel O'Bryant, Scholarship Committee Chair (320) 308-2280
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