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Brass Auditions

Requirements

Review the requirements for your area of study below.

Note that for all Brass applicants:

  • There is no prescreening requirement.
  • Works with piano are not required to be performed with a pianist or piano recording. 
  • Repertoire does not need to be memorized.
Horn

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2022

Applicants will submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual interview with members of the faculty. There will be no performance in the virtual interview.

 

Undergraduate

  • Major, minor, and chromatic scales
  • First movement (complete with cadenza, if applicable), Mozart's Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4
  • First movement (complete), Strauss' Concerto No. 1
  • Three orchestral excerpts. Select one excerpt from each option.
    • Excerpt 1 Options
      • Brahms' Symphony No. 3, mvmt 3, 1st horn (measures 98-110 / F to 12 after F)
      • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, mvmt 2, 1st horn (measures 9-28)
      • Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3, slow movement, 3rd horn (reh Q to reh S)
    • Excerpt 2 Options
      • Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel, 1st horn (beginning to 1)
      • Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, mvmt 1, 1st horn (reh 17-21)
      • Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", mvmt 3, 2nd horn (measures 171 - 205)
    • Excerpt 3 Options
      • Wagner's Götterdämmerung (short call)
      • Schumann's Symphony No. 3, mvmt 1, 1st horn, (measures 363-390)
      • Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, mvmt 4, 1st horn (17 after reh 10 to reh 11)
  • Sight-reading (if applicable)

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Major, minor, and chromatic scales
  • Strauss' Concerto No. 1 or comparable work
  • A 20th-century work for solo horn. We recommend performing a work by a female composer and/or person from a historically underrepresented ethnic/racial background.
  • Five orchestral excerpts. Select one excerpt from each option.
    • Excerpt 1 Options
      • Mendelssohn's Midsummer's Night Dream, Nocturne (measures 1-34)
      • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, mvmt 2, 1st horn (measures 9-28)
      • Brahms' Symphony No. 1, mvmt 2, 1st horn (measures 90-105)
    • Excerpt 2 Options
      • Franck's Symphony in d minor, mvmt 2, 1st horn (measures 29-48)
      • Schumann's Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish", mvmt 4, 1st horn (measures 1-8)
      • Ravel's Pavane, 1st horn (measures 1-11)
    • Excerpt 3 Options
      • Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, 2nd horn (4 after reh 3 to 2 after reh 5)
      • Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, mvmt 1, 1st horn (reh 17-21)
      • Strauss's Don Quixote, Var. VII, 2nd horn (reh 57 to 5 after reh 58)
    • Excerpt 4 Options
      • Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, mvmt 3, 4th horn (measures 83-121)
      • Mahler's Symphony No. 1, mvmt 3, 2nd horn (4 after reh 13 to reh 15)
      • Strauss's Don Quixote, Var. VIII, 4th horn (5 before reh 59 to 8 after reh 62)
    • Excerpt 5 Options
      • Wagner's Götterdämmerung (short call)
      • Bach's Mass in b minor, Quoniam (measures 1-13)
      • Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, 1st horn (beginning to reh 2)
  • Sight-reading (if applicable)
Trumpet

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2022

Applicants will submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format.

 

Undergraduate Freshmen

  • Charlier Étude No. 2 (beginning to the last measure of line 7)
  • One technical etude (Arban, Bitsch, Bousquet, Brandt, etc)
  • Adagio from Aleksandra Pakhmutova's Concerto for Trumpet (two before 16 to six after 17)*
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 Offstage call
    • Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition Opening solo
  • Optional: If there is an additional solo work you would like to perform, please list it in your final audition repertoire.

 

Undergraduate Transfers

  • Charlier Étude No. 2 (beginning to the last measure of line 7)
  • One technical etude (Arban, Bitsch, Bousquet, Brandt, etc)
  • Adagio from Aleksandra Pakhmutova's Concerto for Trumpet (two before 16 to six after 17)*
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 Offstage call
    • Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition Opening solo
    • Respighi's Pines of Rome Offstage solo
    • Mahler's Symphony No 5 Opening solo
    • Stravinsky's Petrouchka (1947 version) Ballerina Dance (1 bar before Reh. 134 to Reh. 139)
  • Optional: If there is an additional solo work you would like to perform, please list it in your final audition repertoire.

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Charlier Étude No. 2 (beginning to the last measure of line 7)
  • One technical etude (Arban, Bitsch, Bousquet, Brandt, etc)
  • First movement exposition of Haydn or Hummel Concerto
  • Adagio from Aleksandra Pakhmutova's Concerto for Trumpet (two before 16 to six after 17)*
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 Offstage call
    • Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition Opening solo
    • Respighi's Pines of Rome Offstage solo
    • Mahler's Symphony No 5 Opening solo
    • Stravinsky's Petrouchka (1947 version) Ballerina Dance (1 bar before Reh. 134 to Reh. 139)

*Excerpt is provided within the application on the Audition Details tab. Select trumpet as your instrument area for access.

Trombone

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2022

Applicants will submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format.

 

Undergraduate

  • One Solo of choice with contrasting sections
  • Two contrasting études of choice (one lyrical and one technical)
  • Major scales (We recommend 3 major scales of 2 or 3 octaves, with at least one in a sharp key. They may be played as eighth notes at a tempo of 120.)

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • One of the following solos: Ballade by Frank Martin; Concertino, mvt. 1 by Ferdinand David; Sonate by Paul Hindemith
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Berlioz's Hungarian March (second trombone, Reh 3 to 2nd measure of Reh 5)
    • Mahler's Symphony No. 3 (first trombone, first and second solos)
    • Mozart's "Tuba Mirum" from Requiem
    • Ravel's Bolero (Reh 10 solo)
    • Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 (first trombone, mvt 1, Reh Q to R)
    • Strauss' Ein Heldenleben (second trombone, Reh 60-66)
    • Tower's Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman (first trombone, bar 45-80)*
    • Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries (second trombone, B major section)

*Excerpt is provided within the application on the Audition Details tab. Select trombone as your instrument area for access.

Bass Trombone

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2022

Applicants will submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format.

 

Undergraduate

  • Études from J. Rochut Melodious Études, Book 1
  • One Solo of choice with contrasting sections
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4
    • Brahms' Symphony No. 1
    • Schubert's Symphony in C Major
    • Berlioz's Hungarian March
  • Sight-reading

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

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

UPDATED JANUARY 7, 2022

Applicants will submit a final audition self-recording in an audiovisual format and attend a virtual interview with members of the admission committee. There will be no performance in the virtual interview.

 

Undergraduate

  • One étude
  • A legato study (such as Rochut)
  • Solo literature
  • Orchestral excerpts (transfer students only, incoming freshmen excluded)

 

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • One solo (Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba: first movement, or piece of student’s choice)
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Berlioz's Rakóczy March
    • Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
    • Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis
    • Stravinsky's Petrushka
    • Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger or Ride of the Valkyries

 

For audition dates, please visit Auditions.

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