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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.

Audition Requirements: Brass

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

  • Applicants residing in California

Regional and Final Recording auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Final recordings must be submitted online through the formal Application, found here, no later than December 1.

Horn

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • 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 (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

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

Trumpet

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • 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 (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • 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 (Tenor)

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

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

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

  • 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)

Trombone (Bass)

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  • 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

Undergraduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

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

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

  • 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)

Audition Dates at SFCM

Horn

January 20
February 10

Trumpet

January 20
February 9

Trombone (tenor and bass)

January 20
February 10

Tuba

February 24

2019-20 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions - In Spring 2020

 

Interlochen January 18
Chicago January 20
New York February 28
New York February 29
New York March 2

These auditions will include a master class with a featured SFCM faculty member.

 

 

Asian Regional Auditions - in Fall 2019

 

*Seoul October 27
*Taipei October 29-30
Shenzhen October 31
*Hong Kong November 1
Singapore November 3
*Guangzhou November 4-5
*Shanghai November 7-9
*Beijing November 11-14

*These auditions are in partnership with USA Schools of Music.

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