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Brass Audition Requirements


Undergraduate Trumpet
Two or three Etudes/Solos of contrasting character should be prepared which best demonstrate your sound, range, and technique. The following repertoire is recommended but similar works may be substituted:

Performance:

  • Technique: All major scales and arpeggios
  • Etudes: Charlier; Etudes Transcendantes, Longinotti; Studies in Classical and Modern Style, Concone; Lyrical Studies; Brandt; 34 Studies
  • Solos: Hindemith; Sonate, Kennan; Sonata; Haydn; Concerto; Chance; Credo

Music Education and all other concentrations

  • Technique: All major scales and arpeggios
  • Etudes: Bousquet; 36 Celebrated Studies, Getchell; Second Book of Practical Studies, Brandt; 34 Studies, Arban; Characteristic Studies
  • Solos: Haydn; Concerto (2nd movement), Goeyens; All' Antica; Balay; Prelude et Ballade, Barat; Fantasie en mi bemol; Goedicke; Concert Etude

Undergraduate Horn

  • All major scales
  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating technical and lyrical playing Repertoire: All State music is acceptable
    • Kopprasch, Book 1
    • Kling, Etudes
    • Gallay (any etude or prelude)
  • One movement of a solo from the standard repertoire. Suggested Repertoire:
    • Franz Strauss, Nocturno or Concerto
    • W. A. Mozart, Concerto 2, 3 or 4
    • R. Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1
    • L. Beethoven, Horn SonataBernhard Heiden, Sonata
    • Hindemith, Sonata in F
  • Two contrasting etudes from the standard repertoire. Suggested repertoire:
    • Kopprasch, Book 2
    • Hackelman Low Etude
    • Verne Reynolds, 48 Etudes
    • Gallay (any etude or prelude)
    • Kling, Etudes
  • Orchestral Excerpts encouraged for Performance Majors. Suggested Repertoire:
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 3 – III. Ms. 169-202 Hn. 2
    • Brahms Symphony No. 1 – II. Andante, ms. 91-105
    • Brahms Symphony No. 3 – III. F – 12 after F
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 – I. low tutti
    • Strauss Don Juam – Tutti call
    • Strauss Heldenleben – Opening Hn. 1
    • Strauss Till Eulemspiegel – Opening Call
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, mvt. 2 solo
    • Wagner – Short or Long Call
  • Two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire, demonstrating technical and lyrical playing. Suggested repertoire:
    • W.A. Mozart, Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4
    • R. Strauss, Concerto No. 1 or 2Gliere, Concerto
    • L. Beethoven, Horn SonataHindemith, Sonata in F or E-flat
    • Krol, Laudatio for Solo HornMessiaen, Appel Interstellaire
    • Three contrasting orchestral etudes of your choice. Suggested repertoire:
    • Bach, Mass in B-minor, Quoniam ms. 1-15
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 3 – III. Ms. 169-202 Hn. 2
    • Brahms Symphony No. 1 – II. Andante, ms. 91-105
    • Brahms Symphony No. 3 – III. F – 12 after F
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 – I. low tutti
    • Strauss Don Juam – Tutti call
    • Strauss Heldenleben – Opening Hn. 1
    • Strauss Till Eulemspiegel – Opening Call
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, mvt. 2 solo
    • Wagner – Short or Long Call
  • All major and minor scales
  • Sight Reading

**DMA applicants will include an interview.

Undergraduate Trombone

  • Two prepared contrasting solos (Two movements of a multi-movement solo, or two contrasting etudes):
  • Etude examples: Melodius Etudes – Bordogni/Rochut; Forty Progressive Studies – Tyrell; Studies in Legato – Fink
  • Solo examples: Solos for the Trombone Player – ed. H. C. Smith (for euphonium, too); Morceau Symphonique – Guillmant; Andante and Allegro – Barat; Andante and Allegro – Roparts; Sonata #1 – Galliard
  • All major scales and arpeggios
  • Chromatic scale, two octaves
  • Minor scales - natural, harmonic and/or melodic
  • Orchestral excerpts (trombone)

Undergraduate Euphonium Audition Requirements

  • Two prepared contrasting solos (Two movements of a multi-movement solo, or two contrasting etudes):
    • Etude examples: Melodius Etudes – Bordogni/Rochut; Forty Progressive Studies – Tyrell; Studies in Legato – Fink
    • Solo examples: Solos for the Trombone Player – ed. H. C. Smith (for euphonium, too); Morceau Symphonique – Guillmant; Andante and Allegro – Barat; Andante and Allegro – Roparts; Sonata #1 – Galliard
  • All major scales and arpeggios
  • Chromatic scale, two octaves
  • Minor scales - natural, harmonic and/or melodic
  • Band excerpts

Undergraduate Tuba

  • All major scales and arpeggios
  • Chromatic scale, two octaves
  • Minor scales - natural, harmonic and/or melodic
  • Orchestral excerpts (trombone)
  • Band excerpts (euphonium)