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Brass Auditions

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We're all ears. Before we became players, singers, conductors, and composers, listening was our first love. And it's still the skill that underlies everything we do at SFCM. Hearing who you are and how far you've come is the first step toward a beautiful musical partnership. We can't wait to hear you.

Live auditions at the Conservatory are required of the following applicants:

  • Anyone residing in California

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Recorded auditions are accepted from the following applicants:

  • Undergraduate applicants residing outside of California
  • Graduate applicants residing outside the United States
  • Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal DecisionDesk Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Audition Requirements: Brass

Requirements vary by brass instrument.

Horn

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Major, minor, and chromatic scales
  2. First movement, Mozart Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4
  3. First movement, Strauss Concerto No. 1
  4. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts (for example: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Beethoven Symphony No. 3, and Strauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche)
  5. Sight reading (if applicable)

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Strauss Concerto No. 1 or comparable work
  2. A 20th-century work for horn alone
  3. Selected orchestral excerpts
  4. Sight reading (if applicable)

Trumpet

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Charlier Étude No. 2 
  2. Any non-lyrical etude (Arban, Bitsch, Bousquet, Brandt, Charlier, etc)
  3. Concerto, Sonata or Solo of choice from standard repertoire
  4. Orchestral excerpts - Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 Offstage call; Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition Opening solo; Transfer students: Above rep plus Respighi Pines of Rome Offstage Solo
  5. Two-octave concert Bb major scale: quarter note = 80, legato tongue

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Charlier Étude No. 2 
  2. Any non-lyrical etude (Arban, Bitsch, Bousquet, Brandt, Charlier, etc)
  3. Concerto, Sonata or Solo of choice from standard repertoire
  4. Orchestral excerpts: Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 Offstage call; Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition Opening solo; Respighi Pines of Rome Offstage solo, Mahler 5 Opening solo, Petrouchka (1947 version) Ballerina's dance
  5. Two-octave concert Bb major scale: quarter note = 80, legato tongue

Trombone (Tenor)

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Études from J. Rochut Melodious Études, Book 1
  2. Solo of choice with contrasting sections
  3. Excerpts from the symphonic repertoire (Ravel Bolero, Mozart Requiem: Tuba mirum, Berlioz Hungarian March). (Incoming freshmen excluded).
  4. Sight reading

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Solo (concerto or solo piece of student’s choice) with contrasting sections
  2. Orchestral excerpts (Berlioz Rakóczy March, second trombone part; Mahler Symphony No. 3, 14–17 and 33–34; Mozart Requiem: Tuba mirum; Ravel Bolero; Rossini Overture to La gazza ladra; Schumann Symphony No. 3; Wagner Ride of the Valkyries)
  3. Sight reading

Trombone (Bass)

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Études from J. Rochut Melodious Études, Book 1
  2. Solo of choice with contrasting sections
  3. Excerpts from the symphonic repertoire (Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, Brahms Symphony No. 1, Schubert Symphony in C Major, Berlioz Hungarian March)
  4. Sight reading

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. Solo (Sarabande from Bach Cello Suite No. 5, or piece of student’s choice) with contrasting sections
  2. Orchestral excerpts (Haydn The Creation, No. 26; Kodály Háry János Suite, fourth movement; Rossini Overture to La gazza ladra; Schumann Symphony No. 3, fourth movement; Strauss Ein Heldenleben; Wagner Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla; Wagner Overture to Tannhäuser)

Tuba

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. One étude
  2. A legato study (such as Rochut)
  3. Solo literature
  4. Orchestral excerpts (incoming freshmen excluded)

Graduate
Solo (Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba: first movement, or piece of student’s choice)

  1. Orchestral excerpts (Berlioz Rakóczy March; Berlioz Symphonie fantastique; Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis; Strauss Till Eulenspiegel; Stravinsky Petrushka; Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger or Ride of the Valkyries)

Audition Dates

Horn

Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 30, 2017
  • February 19, 2017

Trumpet

Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 29, 2017
  • February 20, 2017

Trombone (tenor and bass)

Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 29-30, 2017
  • February 13, 2017

Tuba

Live audition dates at SFCM:

  • January 29-30, 2017
  • February 13, 2017

All regional auditions (North America):

  • Montreal: January 12, 2017 - Schulich School of Music, McGill University
  • Interlochen: January 14, 2017
  • Chicago: January 16, 2017
  • Boston: February 22, 2017 - Boston University
  • New York: February 24, 2017 - NOLA Sound Studio, Manhattan

All regional auditions (Asia):

  • Seoul: October 16, 2016 - Naeum Art Hall
  • Taipei: October 18, 2016 - The Forum Auditorium
  • Guangzhou: October 21 - 23, 2016 - Xinhai Conservatory
  • Shanghai: October 26-29, 2016 - Tongii University
  • Beijing: October 31 - November 4, 2016 - China Conservatory

Mainland China auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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