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Undergraduate brass audition guidelines

Trumpet

  1. All major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting Etudes from Brandt, Charlier or equivalent (one lyrical, one technical).
  3. One concerto or sonata from the standard solo literature (e.g., Haydn, Hummel, Kennan, Hindemith).
  4. Choose at least three of the following orchestral excerpts:
    • Bizet: Carmen Prelude
    • Mahler: Symphony No.5, opening solo.
    • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade.
    • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G, opening solo.
    • Respighi: Pines of Rome, offstage solo.
    • Schumann Symphony No. 2, opening.
    • Strauss Don Juan, lyrical solo.
    • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947), Ballerina's Dance and Waltz.

5. Sight reading.

French Horn

  1. All major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting Etudes from 60 Selected Studies by Kopprasch or equivalent (one lyrical, one technical).
  3. One complete concerto or sonata from the standard solo literature (e.g., Strauss Concerto No. 1, Mozart Concerto No. 3, Krol Laudatio).
  4. Choose 3 of the following orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Trio, 2nd Horn.
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Mvt. 2 solo.
    • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Mvt 2 solo.
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Low Horn tutti.
    • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream.
    • Strauss: Til Eulenspiegel, opening solo.
  5. Sight reading.

Tenor Trombone

  1. All major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting etudes from Bordogni, Blazhevich or equivalent (one lyrical, one technical).
  3. One complete work from the standard solo literature (e.g., Guilmant, David, Larsson, Marcello, St. Saens, etc.).
  4. Choose three of the following orchestral excerpts:
    • Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries.
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March.
    • Mozart: Tuba Mirum.
    • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra.
    • St. Saens: Symphony no. 3, solo.
  5. Sight reading.

Bass Trombone

  1. All major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting etudes from Bordogni, Kopprasch or equivalent (one lyrical, one technical).
  3. One complete work from the standard solo literature (e.g., Jacob, McCarty, Hidas, Lebedev, etc.).
  4. Choose three of the following orchestral excerpts:
    • Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries.
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March.
    • Haydn: The Creation, # 26.
    • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra.
    • Schumann: Symphony no. 3.
  5. Sight reading.

Tuba

  1. All major and minor scales.
  2. Two contrasting Etudes from Bordogni, Kopprasch or equivalent (one lyrical, one technical).
  3. One complete concerto or sonata from the standard solo literature (e.g. Vaughan Williams, Jacob, Gregson, Hindemith).
  4. Choose 3 of the following orchestral excerpts:
    • Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger, Reh J to L.
    • Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony No.5, 1st mvmt, Reh 3 to 6.
    • Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, 4th mvt. Reh. 56 to 58.
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March, Reh. 20 to 4th measure after Reh 21.
    • Bruckner: Symphony No.7, 4th mvt. Reh P to S.
  5. Sight reading.

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