Graduate Brass Audition Repertoire

Brass section


All graduate programs in brass performance require pre-screening, so your application must be submitted by the Priority deadline of December 1. Pre-screening materials will be submitted online using AcceptdPre-screening selections must include two contrasting works (or movements of works) of standard literature with piano accompaniment, plus one etude and three excerpts, as specified below.


Trumpet graduate pre-screening
  • Any etude by Charlier
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (opening solo)
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome (off-stage solo)
  • Stravinsky: "Ballerina's Dance" from Petrouchka
Horn graduate pre-screening
  • Any Gallay Etude
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (opening call)
  • Beethoven: Symphony 3 (Trio - 2nd horn)
  • Brahms: Symphony 1 (2nd Movement - 1st horn)
Tenor trombone graduate pre-screening
  • Any etude from Bitsch: 15 Rhythmic Etudes; Bordogni: Vocalises (Book II) ; or Bozza: 13 Caprices
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3, mvmt. 1 (3 after Rehearsal 13 through Rehearsal 17)
  • Ravel: Bolero (solo)
  • Wagner: "Ride of the Valkyries" (pickup to Rehearsal 4 through 3 after Rehearsal 7)
Bass trombone graduate pre-screening
  • Any etude from Maenz: Zwanzig Studien; Snedecor: Low Etudes; or Blazhevich: Low Range Etudes
  • Haydn: "Achieved Is Thy Glorious Work" from Die Schöpfung (beginning to C)
  • Kodaly: "The Battle and Defeat of Napoleon" from Hary Janos Suite (5 after Rehearsal 5 to long pause)
  • Wagner: "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla" from Das Rheingold (Rehearsal 80 to the end)
Euphonium graduate pre-screening
  • Any complete etude from Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 2
  • Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever (no repeats)
  • Schoenberg: Theme and Variations (Variation V; baritone part)
  • Grainger: "Horkstow Grange" from Lincolnshire Posy (beginning to m. 17; baritone part)
Tuba graduate pre-screening
  • Any complete etude from Rochut: Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 2 (down one octave)
  • Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger (RN J to RN L)
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, mvmt. 1 (RN3 to RN6)
  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (RN4 to 4 after RN5)


On-Campus Auditions

For clarification and further information, please contact the appropriate applied faculty:

Brandon Craswelltrumpet

Jean Martin-Williamshorn

Joshua Bynumtrombone

David Zerkeltuba and euphonium