The Hartt School


Hartt's bassoon program offers a competitive, collegial environment for students to challenge one another to excel, foster artistic growth, and instill the necessary skills to achieve success in the musical world.

About the Major

The overall size of the woodwind department and instrumental studios provides each student significant individual attention and performance opportunities. Whether you aspire to work as a professional performer, music educator, producer, manager, acoustic engineer, or other, we have a place for you in Hartt's woodwind department.

Admission and Audition Requirements

Please see specific instrument audition requirements by degree below. Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process, in-person audition dates, and deadlines.

Bachelor of Music

  • Two contrasting études
  • Two movements of a standard concerto

Please note: We have students who come to Hartt from across the United States and around the world. That is one of the things that makes a Hartt education so special. Some students are accepted and arrive having had extensive private study on their instruments. Others have had less experience (and perhaps less conventional training), but their natural abilities and great love of music allow them to make remarkable strides in a short period of time because of the expertise of our faculty.

Our requirements are sometimes quite specific to give applicants a sense of where they should be to enter a high-level conservatory environment. However, we encourage applicants to reach out to our faculty members to discuss audition repertoire. It may be that what you have prepared will suffice. Our primary goal is to identify potential, and if we feel that the potential is there, it is then our responsibility to provide each and every student with the tools to be successful.

If you would like to be in touch with a member of the faculty to discuss your audition repertoire, please write to

Master of Music & Graduate Professional Diploma

  • Two contrasting etudes from the Milde Concert Studies
  • Mozart Concerto in Bb, K.191, complete
  • A single movement from a contrasting concerto
  • A single movement from a 20th-century sonata (or a piece for bassoon alone, e.g. Osborne Rhapsody)
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

  • Two contrasting etudes from Milde Concert Studies, Giampieri, Piard, or Garfield
  • Mozart Concerto in Bb, K.191, complete
  • A complete concerto in contrast to Mozart, K.191
  • A complete 20th century sonata
  • A movement from, or complete work for bassoon alone

Note: Transcriptions are fine.

Excerpts from six contrasting orchestral works, to include appropriate excerpts from Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, The Rite of Spring, Scheherazade, and Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

Our Faculty

Marc Goldberg

Senior Artist Teacher, Bassoon

Marc Goldberg has enjoyed a varied and wide-reaching career, becoming one of New York's most active freelance musicians and developing a close relationship with a number of Lincoln Center organizations.

He is currently the principal bassoonist of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet.

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