Undergraduate Brass Audition Requirements

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Unless specified, the Frost School of Music prescreen requirements are the same as listed below.

Horn

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  • Prescreening

    • Exposition from either Mozart Concerto 2, 3, OR 4, candidates choice 
    • Mueller - Etude No. 3 
    • Orchestral Excerpts
      • Strauss - "Till Eulenspiegel" opening 
      • Tchaikovsky 5th - slow movement solo 
      • Wagner - "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" short call

  • Audition

    • Mozart Concerto 2, 3, OR 4 complete first movement, candidates choice, no cadenza 
    • Mueller - Etude No. 3 
    • Strauss - Concerto No. 1 1st Movement 
    • Orchestral Excerpts
      • Strauss "Till Eulenspiegel" - opening 
      • Mussorgsky - Promenade solo Pictures at an Exhibition 
      • Tchaikovsky 5th - slow movement solo 
      • Wagner - "Siegfried's Rhine Journey" short call  
    In addition to the requirements above, you will be expected to sight-read.

Trombone

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  • Prescreening & Audition

    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
      • Arban, Characteristic Studies
    • Solos
      • David, "Concertino"
      • Galliard-Brown, "Sonatas"
      • Grondahl, "Concerto"
      • Guilmant, "Morceau Symphonique"
      • Jacob, "Concerto" first movement
      • Lebedev, Concerto in One Movement (bass trombone)
      • Marcello, "Sonatas"

    In addition to the above requirements, please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

    • Tenor Trombone
      • Mozart, "Tuba Mirum" from Requiem
      • Rossini "La Gazza Ladra"
    • Bass Trombone
      • Haydn, "The Creation"
      • Berlioz, "Hungarian March"

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

    Note: Prior to the audition, all applicants are encouraged to confirm their audition material via email with Professor Tim Conner.

Trumpet

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  • Prescreening

    • One Etude of the applicant's choice
    • Choose ONE of the following:
      • One movement of a standard solo work (concerto or sonata) or
      • A short solo piece (five to eight minutes) or
      • Five to eight minutes from a single-movement work
    Repertoire chosen should demonstrate the applicant's musical and technical ability and interest

  • Audition

    • Two contrasting etudes 
    • One or two solos of the applicant's choice (typically 8-15 minutes of music)
    • Three orchestral excerpts

    Repertoire chosen should demonstrate the full scope of the applicant's musical and technical ability and interest.

Tuba & Euphonium

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  • Prescreening & Audition - Performance Majors

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

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

  • Prescreening & Audition - All Other Majors

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