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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. 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 at SFCM

Horn

  • January 29, 2018
  • February 18, 2018

Trumpet

  • February 12 & 19, 2018

Trombone (tenor and bass)

  • February 12, 2018
    February 19, 2018

Tuba

  • February 12, 2018
    February 19, 2018

Regional Auditions

Domestic Regional Auditions

Interlochen January 13, 2018
Chicago January 15, 2018
New York February 22, 2018 - All, except for voice and piano
New York February 23, 2018 - Voice only
New York February 24, 2018 - Piano only
Boston

February 27, 2018

Asian Regional Auditions

Seoul October 8, 2017
Taipei October 11-12, 2017
Hong Kong October 13, 2017
Guangzhou October 16-18, 2017
Shanghai October 19-21, 2017
Beijing October 23-26, 2017

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

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