1. Areas of Study
  2. Brass

Brass Auditions

Requirements

After submitting the application, applicants for the Brass program will be required to select a virtual performance interview time and submit recordings fulfilling the repertoire listed below. Recordings will be due three weeks before the selected virtual performance interview time and must be audiovisual, unedited, and performed in one take. There is no prescreening requirement for brass applicants.

Repertoire does not need to be memorized.

Horn

Undergraduate

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

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Strauss Concerto No. 1 or comparable work
  • A 20th-century work for solo horn
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Sight-reading (if applicable)
Trumpet

Undergraduate

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

Graduate and Postgraduate

  • Charlier Étude No. 2 
  • One non-lyrical etude (Arban, Bitsch, Bousquet, Brandt, Charlier, etc)
  • One Concerto, Sonata or Solo of choice from standard repertoire
  • 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
  • Two-octave concert Bb major scale: quarter note = 80, legato tongue
Trombone

Undergraduate

  • One Solo of choice with contrasting sections
  • Two contrasting études of choice (one lyrical and one technical)
  • Major scales

Graduate and Postgraduate

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

Undergraduate

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

Graduate and Postgraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • One solo (Sarabande from Bach Cello Suite No. 5, or piece of student’s choice) with contrasting sections
  • 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

SFCM will NOT be accepting tuba applications for Spring 2021.

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

 

Virtual Performance Interview Dates

Horn

January
February

Trumpet

January

Trombone (Tenor and Bass)

January
February

Tuba

January
February

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