Brass Audition Requirements

Trumpet (BM, BME, BA)

1. A solo(s) of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability. Movements from standard Sonatas, Concerti or other solo works are acceptable.
2. Scales – All major scales (two octaves when possible) plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).
3. Student’s with performance skills in jazz improvisation and/or lead playing are encouraged to demonstrate these talents also.
4. Length of audition is 10-15 minutes.

Nordan Young Artist Award audition requirements

You will need to prepare repertoire chosen from three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected).  Scales will not be required if invited to the Nordan audition. Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

 

French Horn (BM, BME, BA)

1. Solo of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability. Examples of appropriate repertoire are: Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1, movement 1, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 or 4, first movement (exposition only)
2. Scales – All major scales as many octaves as individually possible plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).
3. Length of audition is 10-15 minutes.

Nordan Young Artist Award audition requirements

You will need to prepare repertoire chosen from three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected). Scales will not be required if invited to the Nordan audition. Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

 

Trombone (BM, BME, BA)

  1. A solo(s) of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability. Movements from standard Sonatas, Concerti or other solo works are acceptable
  2. Scales – All major scales (two octaves when possible) plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).
  3. Student’s with performance skills in jazz improvisation and/or lead playing are encouraged to demonstrate these talents also.
  4. Length of audition is 10-15 minutes.

Nordan Young Artist Award audition requirements

You will need to prepare repertoire chosen from three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected). Scales will not be required if invited to the Nordan audition. Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

 

Tuba/Euphonium (BM, BME, BA)

  1. A solo of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability.
  2. Scales – All major scales as many octaves as individually possible plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).
  3. Length of audition is 10-15 minutes.

Nordan Young Artist Award audition requirements

You will need to prepare repertoire chosen from three pieces representative of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic or 20th century periods (concertos may be selected). Scales will not be required if invited to the Nordan audition. Learn more about the Nordan Young Artist Award program.

Trumpet

  1. Two solo works from contrasting style periods.
  2. Orchestra excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard orchestral literature.
  3. One etude from Charlier or etude of comparable level.
  4. Students are encouraged to demonstrate abilities on other trumpets – C, E-flat or piccolo trumpets.
  5. If a student has other performance skills such as jazz improvisation and/or lead playing, he/she is encouraged to demonstrate these talents also.
  1. A minimum of three solo works of contrasting styles, chosen to demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency.
  2.  Orchestral excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard literature.
  3. If a student has other performance skills such as jazz improvisation and/or lead playing, he/she is encouraged to demonstrate these talents also.

 

French Horn

All prospective students are required to audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. This allows the faculty of the School of Music to assess the qualifications of each applicant for admission to the music program. Applicants should select and prepare an audition that demonstrates their highest musical achievements. Audition requirements for performance students in horn are listed below.

  1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    Hindemith- Sonata for Horn
    Strauss- Concerto No. 2
    Dukas- Villanelle
  2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Etudes found in any of the Gallay, Kling, Maxime-Alphonse, Bitsch, Chaynes, or Neuling etude books
  3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the following list:
    Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 (1st movement, mm. 84-101, horn 1 OR horn 2)
    Brahms – Symphony No. 3 (3rd movement, horn 1)
    Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel (opening call)
    Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
    Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement, horn 1)
    Wagner – Gotterdammerung (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, short call)
  4. Play all major scales and selections from the three forms of all minor scales. All scales must be played from memory.

 

Trombone

  1. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Rochut: Book I, #55- 60
    Bitsch: 15 Etudes de Rythme, Etude #3
    Boutry: 12 Etudes de haut Perfectionnement, Etudes #7
  2. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    Grondahl – Concerto
    Larsson – Concertino
    Sulek – Sonata vox Gabrieli
    David – Concertino
  3. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
    Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem
    Berlioz: Hungarian March (2nd trombone part)
    Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
    Ravel: Bolero
  4. If a student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or ballad playing, he/she is encouraged to demonstrate these talents.
  1. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Naulais: 18 études pour trombone basse Contemporary
    Rochut: Volume I (#49-60 played 8vb)
    Maenz: Zwanzig Studien fur Bassposaune
  2. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    Bozza – New Orleans
    Lebedev – Concerto in One
    Sachse – Konzert (ed. Arno Hermann)
    Koetsier – Allegro Maestoso
  3. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
    Haydn: Achieved is the Glorious Work from The Creation
    Berlioz: Hungarian March
    Schumann: Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”
    Rossini: William Tell Overture
    Wagner: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold
  4. If a student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or ballad playing, he/she is encouraged to demonstrate these talents.
  1. Play a full-length recital (40 min) from contrasting style periods including one of the following works:
    Martin: Ballade
    Tomasi: Concerto
    Dutilleux: Chorale, Cadence et Fugato
  2. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
    Brahms: Symphony # 1
    Holst: The Planets
    Verdi: Otello
    Strauss, R.: Ein Heldenleben
    Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortileges
  3. A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)
  4. A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on a doubling instrument or genre such as alto trombone, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba or jazz improvisation (5 minutes)
  1. Play a full-length recital (40 min) from contrasting style periods including one of the following works:
    Wilder: Sonata for bass trombone
    White: Tetra Ergon
    Casterede: Fantaisie Concertante
  2. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
    Bass Trombone
    Brahms: Symphony # 1
    Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin
    Verdi: Otello
    Strauss, R.: Ein Heldenleben

• Respighi: Fountains of Rome

3. A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)

4. A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on a doubling instrument or genre such as alto trombone, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, or jazz improvisation (5 minutes)

 

Tuba/Euphonium

All prospective students are required to audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. This allows the faculty of the School of Music to assess the qualifications of each applicant for admission to the music program. Applicants should select and prepare an audition that demonstrates their highest musical achievements. Audition requirements for performance students in tuba are listed below.

  1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    Bozza, Concertino
    Gregson, Concerto
    Hindemith, Sonata for Bass Tuba
    Vaugh Williams, Concerto in F Minor
  2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Blazevich 70 Studies Volume II
    Rochut Volume II
    Bordogni 43 Bel Canto Studies, Nos. 35-43
  3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the Romantic era
  4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

All prospective students are required to audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. This allows the faculty of the School of Music to assess the qualifications of each applicant for admission to the music program. Applicants should select and prepare an audition that demonstrates their highest musical achievements. Audition requirements are listed below.

  1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    David, Concertino in E-flat, Op. 4
    Horovitz, Concerto
    Jacob, Fantasia
    Mozart, Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191
    Pyror, Blue Bells of Scotland
  2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Rochut Volume II
    Tyrrell, 40 Progressive Studies, Etude Nos. 35-40
  3. Play 3 standard wind ensemble or orchestral excerpts
  4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. All scales must be played from memory.

Trumpet

  1. Two solo works from contrasting style periods.
  2. Orchestra excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard orchestra literature.
  3. One etude from Charlier or comparable level.
  4. It is encouraged you demonstrate abilities on other trumpets – C, E-flat or piccolo. Also if student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or lead playing you are encouraged to demonstrate these talents.

 

French Horn

  1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    Hindemith- Sonata for Horn
    Strauss- Concerto No. 2
    Dukas- Villanelle
  2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Etudes found in any of the Gallay, Kling, Maxime-Alphonse, Bitsch, Chaynes, or Neuling etude books.
  3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the following list:
    Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 (1st movement, mm. 84-101, horn 1 OR horn 2)
    Brahms – Symphony No. 3 (3rd movement, horn 1)
    Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel (opening call)
    Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
    Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement, horn 1)
    Wagner – Gotterdammerung (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, short call)
  4. Play all major scales and selections from the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

 

Trombone

Tenor Trombone

  1. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    • Rochut: Book I, #55- 60
    • Bitsch: 15 Etudes de Rythme, Etude #3
    • Boutry: 12 Etudes de haut Perfectionnement, Etudes #7
  2. Play two solos in contrasting style in comparable in difficulty to:
    • Grondahl – Concerto
    • Larsson – Concertino
    • Sulek – Sonata vox Gabrieli
    • David – Concertino
  3. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
    • Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March (2nd trombone part)
    • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
    • Ravel: Bolero
  4. Also, if student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or ballad playing you are encouraged to demonstrate these talents.

Bass Trombone

  1. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    • Naulais: 18 études pour trombone basse Contemporary
    • Rochut: Volume I (#49-60 played 8vb)
    • Maenz: Zwanzig Studien fur Bassposaune
  2. Play two solos in contrasting style in comparable in difficulty to:
    • Bozza – New Orleans
    • Lebedev – Concerto in One
    • Sachse – Konzert (ed. Arno Hermann)
    • Koetsier – Allegro Maestoso
  3. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
    • Haydn: Achieved is the Glorious Work from The Creation
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March
    • Schumann: Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”
    • Rossini: William Tell Overture
    • Wagner: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold
  4. Also, if student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or ballad playing you are encouraged to demonstrate these talents.

 

Euphonium

  1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    David, Concertino in E-flat, Op. 4
    Horovitz, Concerto
    Jacob, Fantasia
    Mozart, Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191
    Pyror, Blue Bells of Scotland
  2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Rochut Volume II
    Tyrrell, 40 Progressive Studies, Etude Nos. 35-40
  3. Play 3 standard wind ensemble or orchestral excerpts
  4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

 

Tuba

  1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
    Bozza, Concertino
    Gregson, Concerto
    Hindemith, Sonata for Bass Tuba
    Vaugh Williams, Concerto in F Minor
  2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
    Blazevich 70 Studies Volume II
    Rochut Volume II
    Bordogni 43 Bel Canto Studies, Nos. 35-43
  3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the Romantic era
  4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).