The Hartt School

Clarinet

When you study clarient at The Hartt School, you will receive comprehensive musical training.  

About the Major

You will join a tight-knit community of artists who are perfecting their craft. Through personal attention and mentorship from Hartt’s accomplished faculty members, you will develop innovative ideas and career ready skills. Learn about the clarinet program at Hartt, including undergraduate and graduate admission and audition requirements and faculty information.

Admission and Audition Requirements

In order to schedule an audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt Undergradute supplemental application must be completed.  Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

The Hartt School conducts live auditions and interviews for applicants on campus as well as in select cities around the United States. Applicants who reside more than 300 miles away from campus are eligible to submit a recorded audition. 

Bachelor of Music

  • A fast movement from a standard concerto comparable to those of Mozart and Weber (including Weber, Concertino)
  • Two contrasting études from C. Rose, 32 études; Polatschek, Advanced Studies; Cavallini, Caprices (or comparable repertoire)
  • Performance majors only: add a second contrasting solo work
Bass clarinet is an accepted audition instrument for undergraduate applicants to majors other than clarinet performance. All clarinet performance applicants are expected to perform auditions on A or B-flat clarinet.

Master of Music & Graduate Professional Diploma

  • The first movement of any standard concerto (such as those by Mozart, Weber or Spohr), or the Debussy Premiere Rapsodie, or Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations
  • A fast movement from a standard concerto comparable to those of Mozart and Weber
  • A second contrasting work
  • Two contrasting etudes selected from Rose, Cavallini (Caprices), Jeanjean, Polatschek Advanced Studies, Rose 32 Etudes, or Uhl 48 Etudes
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

  • The first movement of any standard concerto (such as those by Mozart, Weber or Spohr), or the Debussy Premiere Rapsodie, or Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations
  • A fast movement of a standard concerto comparable to those of Mozart and Weber
  • A sonata (all movements) selected from the following: Bernstein, Brahms, Hindemith, Horowitz (Sonatina), Martinu (Sonatina), Poulenc, Reger, Weber (Grand Duo Concertante)
  • Two contrasting etudes selected from Cavallini (Caprices), Jeanjean 18 Etudes, Polatschek Advanced Studies, Rose 32 Etudes, or Uhl 48 Etudes
  • Three contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • One selection of unaccompanied solo repertoire (all movements) such as Berio Sequenza , Martino A Set for Clarinet , Miklos Rozsa Sonatina , William O. Smith Five Pieces , Stravinsky Three Pieces , Sutermeister Capriccio , Tomasi Sonatine Attique , or work of comparable difficulty

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experts in their field.

Ayako Oshima

Ayako Oshima, winner of numerous international competitions including the 55th Japan Music Competition in Tokyo, the Winds and Percussion Competition in Japan, and 3rd Prize winner in the 17th International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, where she also received the Golden Harp award given to the favorite of the audience and critics, is one of the most popular clarinet soloists in Japan. She performs on a regular basis both in recital and in concerto appearances.

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