Undergraduate Brass Audition Requirements

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FRENCH HORN | TROMBONE | TRUMPET | TUBA & EUPHONIUM

French Horn

  • All major scales; 2 octaves in eight notes at metronome mark 100
  • Select two to three contrasting etudes or solos (or movements from a concerto or sonata) which best demonstrate your tone, range, technique, and lyric ability. The following repertoire is recommended, but similar works may be substituted.
  • Choose one Etude from the following:
    • Concert Etude #1 - Complete Method for the Horn by Oscar Franz (2 pages)
    • Two (2) contrasting etudes from either Kopprasch, Mueller, or Maxime Alphonse
  • One Mvt. from either a Strauss or Mozart Concerto. No cadenza necessary.
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    • Tchaikovsky #5 solo
    • Beethoven #6 3rd and 5th Mvts.
    • Strauss, "Til Eulenspiegel"
    • Wagner, "Siegfried Rhine Journey" (short call)
In addition to the requirements above, you will be expected to sight-read

Trombone:

Select two (2) contrasting etudes or solos (or movements from a sonata or concerto) which best demonstrate your tone, range, technique, and lyric ability. The following repertoire is recommended, but similar works may be substituted:
  • Etudes
    • Bordogni-Rochut, Melodious Etudes
    • Blazhevich, Clef Studies
    • Kopprasch, Selected Studies
    • Arban, Characteristic Studies
  • Solos
    • David, "Concertino"
    • Galliard-Brown, "Sonatas"
    • Grondahl, "Concerto"
    • Guilmant, "Morceau Symphonique"
    • Hindemith, "Sonata"
    • Jacob, "Concerto" first movement
    • Marcello, "Sonatas"
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    • Mozart, "Tuba Mirum" from Requiem
    • Rossini "La Gazza Ladra"

In addition to the above requirements, you will be expected to sight-read.

Trumpet

All majors

  • All major scales - Two (2) octaves when possible.
  • One (1) etude of the applicant's choice that demonstrates the student's complete musical and technical abilities.
  • At least one (1) movement from one of the following pieces (multiple pieces may be selected if desired):
    • Haydn Concerto
    • Hummel Concerto
    • Hindemith Sonata
    • Kennan Sonata
    • Stevens Sonata

Performance majors:

Applicants for the Instrumental Performance program should also perform the following orchestral excerpts:
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade
  • Stravinsky - Petrushka; Ballerina's Dance
  • Respighi - Pines of Rome; offstage solo

In addition to the above requirements, you will be expected to sight-read.

Tuba & Euphonium

Select two or three contrasting etudes or solos (or movements from a concerto or sonata) which best demonstrate your tone, range, technique and lyric ability. The following repertoire is recommended but similar works may be substituted.

Performance Majors

  • Etudes
    • Blazhevich, 70 Studies, Book II
    • Bordogni-Roberts, 43 Bel Canto Studies
    • Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies, Book II
    • Maenz, 12 Spezialstudien
    • Sear, Etudes
  • Solos
    • Bach-Bixby, "Bach for Tuba"
    • Hindemith, "Sonate"
    • Persichetti, "Serenade #12"
    • Swann, "Two Moods"
    • Vaughan Williams, "Concerto"
    • Wilder, "Suite #1 (Effie)"

All other music majors

  • Etudes
    • Blazhevich, 70 Studies, Book I
    • Bordogni-Roberts, 43 Bel Canto Studies
    • Tyrrell, Advanced Studies
    • Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies
  • Solos
    • Bach-Bell, "Air & Bourree"
    • Beethoven-Bell, "Variations on a Theme by Handel (Judas Macabeus)"Haddad, "Suite"
    • Hartley, "Suite"
    • Holmes, "Carnival of Venice"
    • Ernest Williams, "Second Concerto"
In addition to the above requirements, you will be expected to sight-read.