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Graduate Bassoon Auditions

Bassoon section during a UI Symphony Band concert.

Bassoon Audition Days

  • February 9

  • February 10

  • February 16

  • February 17

Application and Audition Registration

Please see Graduate Admission for School of Music application and audition registration information


Pre-screening materials will be due by Jan. 16th. Please check back for pre-screening requirements

Preparation Requirements

All graduate applicants wishing to be considered for assistantships, fellowships, and music scholarships should make every attempt to audition on one of the official audition days. If this is not possible, arrangements must be made with Professor Benjamin.

Candidates should prepare four contrasting selections that demonstrate strengths and musicality. Choose music that you love to play and will demonstrate your gifts. The audition will be in a lesson format with a full duration of 30 minutes.

Time Requirement

Audition materials should be thoroughly prepared and approximately 20 to 25 minutes in length.


No accompaniment required

Technical Requirements

One etude demonstrating the applicant's level of technical and musical ability

A complete work of artistic and technical difficulty from the advanced solo repertoire

Suggested or Required Repertoire

No required repertoire, but we encourage applicants to perform a diverse selection including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, disabled composers, and composers from one's own cultural background. Please reach out to Professor Benjamin if in need of repertoire suggestions

Judging Criteria

Auditions will be judged on current technical and expressive abilities, the potential for growth, and the desire to learn.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the audition and number of applicants, we will not be able to provide individual comments. All decisions made will be final.


  1. When will I hear about my results?
    1. You will be notified via formal letter about your audition results in early March

Contact Information

Professor Benjamin Coelho

Allison Bierman, Admissions Counselor

                (319) 335-3994