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Undergraduate Brass Auditions

Student with tuba


  • 2 contrasting solos of your choice from the standard trumpet repertoire
  • Either a characteristic study by Arban or a Bousquet Etude of your choice
  • Major scales and sight reading.

​Repertoire questions? Email Dr. Brandon Craswell.


  • Two solo movements of moderate difficulty and contrasting styles 
  • One etude from one of the following books (one etude total):
    • Maxime-Alphonse Book 2-4
    • Gallay 30 Studies
    • Gallay 40 Preludes
    • ​​​​​​​Concone Lyrical Studies
  • Two octave scales: F major, Ab major, B major.
  • Chromatic scale: Up to highest and down to lowest comfortable note
  • Sight-reading at a moderately difficult level 

Repertoire questions? Email Dr. Jean Martin-Williams or Dr. James Naigus


  • Be prepared to play any two-octave major scale and be able to demonstrate the upper and lower extremities of your range 
  • Choose one etude from each group:
    ◦  Rochut - Melodius Etudes for Trombone, Vol. 1: #4, #23, or #19  
    ◦  Voxman - Selected Studies for Baritone: A-flat Major Allegro, F Major Allegro, C Minor Allegro  
  • Select one of the following solos:
    ◦  Barat - Andante and Allegro  
    ◦  Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo   
    ◦  Curnow - Rhapsody for Euphonium   
    ◦  Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique  
    ◦  Marcello - Sonata in F Major    
    ◦  Mozart - Bassoon Concerto, movements 2 and 3 

Repertoire questions? Email Dr. Matthew Shipes.

Students should prepare two selections (an etude and a solo) that demonstrate competence, versatility, and overall level of musicianship.  

In addition, please be prepared to play all major scales, arpeggios (2 octaves), and chromatic scale (2 octaves).  


Tenor Trombone

Etudes (select one):

  • Bordogni:  Complete Vocalises  (#2-16)
  • Blazhevich: Clef Studies (#41-60)
  • Tyrell: 40 Progressive Studies (#1-15)
  • Voxman: Selected Studies (any)


Tenor Trombone - Solos (select one):

  • Barat: Andante & Allegro
  • David: Concertino
  • Galliard: Sonatas #1, 3, or 5
  • Grondahl: Concerto
  • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
  • Jacob: Concerto
  • Larsson: Concertino
  • Rimsky-Korsakov:  Concerto 
  • Saint-Saens: Cavatine
  • Sulek: Sonata vox Gabrieli
  • Telemann: Sonata in f minor
  • Weber: Romance


Bass Trombone

Etudes (select one):

  • Bordogni: Complete Vocalises - 8vb  (#2-16)
  • Blazhevich: Low Range Studies (#12-25)
  • Grigoriev: 24 Studies (#2-20)
  • Maenz: 12 Studies (any)


Bass Trombone - Solos (select one):

  • Capuzzi: Andante & Rondo 
  • Ewazen: Concerto
  • Handel: Sonata in F Major (Yeo)
  • Haddad: Suite for Tuba
  • Hindemith: Three Easy Pieces
  • Jacob: Cameos
  • Lebedev: Concert Allegro
  • Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
  • Lieb: Concertino Basso
  • McCarty: Sonata
  • Tcherepnin: Andante
  • Vaughan-Williams: Six Studies in English Folksong


For more information about the audition process, or for more repertoire suggestions - contact Dr. Bynum.  Students are also able to receive a complimentary private lesson with Dr. Bynum.

Repertoire questions? Email Dr. Joshua Bynum.


  • Be prepared to play any two-octave major scale and to be able to demonstrate the upper and lower extremities of your range
  • Choose one etude from each group:
    ◦  Group 1: Rochut - Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Vol. 1: #4, #23, or #19 (down one octave)  
    ◦  Group 2: Blazevich - 70 Advanced Studies for Tuba, Vol. 1: #32; Kopprasch - 60 Selected Studies for Tuba: #32 or #40
  • Select one of the following solos:
    ◦  Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo  
    ◦  Gregson - Concerto, movement 1  
    ◦  Haddad - Suite  
    ◦  Hartley- Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba  
    ◦  Hindemith - Sonata, any two movements  
    ◦  Marcello - Sonata in F Major

Repertoire questions? Email Dr. Matthew Shipes.

Admissions questions? Email Music Admissions.

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