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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:

  • Anyone residing in California

Regional auditions are available for the following applicants:

  • Applicants residing outside of California

Final audition recordings 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 Application, found here, no later than December 1.

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. Solo of choice with contrasting sections
  2. Two contrasting études of choice (one lyrical and one technical)
  3. Be prepared to play major scales

Graduate (repertoire does not need to be memorized)

  1. One of the following solos: Ballade by Frank Martin; Concertino, mvt. 1 by Ferdinand David; Sonate by Paul Hindemith
  2. 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)

  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 at SFCM

Horn

  • January 27, 2019
  • February 10, 2019

Trumpet

  • January 27, 2019
  • February 10, 2019

Trombone (tenor and bass)

  • January 28, 2019
  • February 10, 2019

Tuba

  • January 28, 2019
    February 10, 2019

2018-19 Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 12, 2019
Chicago January 14, 2019
New York March 1, 2019 (voice only)
New York March 2, 2019 (piano only)
New York March 3, 2019
Boston

March 5, 2019

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 6, 2018
Taipei October 8-9, 2018
Hong Kong October 11-12, 2018
Guangzhou October 15-16, 2018
Shanghai October 18-19, 2018
Beijing October 22-25, 2018

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

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