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Graduate Brass Audition Repertoire

Brass section

Pre-Screening 

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 Acceptd

 

Trumpet graduate pre-screening
  • Two contrasting solos with piano accompaniment
  • 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
  • First movement of any Mozart concerto, with live piano accompaniment
  • Any Gallay etude

  • Three standard excerpts of diverse styles

  • Additional requirement:

  • Something that represents you as a musician and person (ie. music composition you wrote, an article you wrote for publication, or other media). If you do not yet have any of these, please submit a one-page proposal for something you would like to do.

Tenor trombone graduate pre-screening

Applicants will be selected from the pre-screened recordings to play a virtual live audition for the Brass Faculty via Zoom early in 2021(see above for possible dates).  For the live audition, candidates should prepare new repertoire (2 contrasting solo selections & excerpts).  There will also be sight-reading. 

Live accompaniment at the virtual audition is not required.   For more information regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Bynum.

  • Choose 1 Etude:

    Bitsch: 15 Rhythmic Etude  No. 7

    Bordogni: Vocalise No. 61

     

    Choose 1 Solo:

    Martin: Ballade

    Tomasi: Concerto, m. 1

    Choose 3 Excerpts:

    Mahler:  Symphony No. 3, mvt. 1 (first solo)

    Ravel: Bolero (solo)

    Rossini: William Tell (storm scene)

    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (minor and major)

Bass trombone graduate pre-screening

Applicants will be selected from the pre-screened recordings to play a virtual live audition for the Brass Faculty via Zoom early in 2021(see above for possible dates).  For the live audition, candidates should prepare new repertoire (2 contrasting solo selections & excerpts).  There will also be sight-reading. 

Live accompaniment at the virtual audition is not required.   For more information regarding the application process, please contact Dr. Bynum.

  • Choose 1 Etude:

    Bordogni: Vocalise No. 61 (8vb)

  • Maenz: Zwanzig Studien No. 2

    Choose 1 Solo:

    Bozza: New Orleans

    Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement

     

    Choose 3 Excerpts:

    Haydn - Achieved is Thy Glorious Work from Die Schöpfung (beginning to C)

    Kodaly - The Battle & Defeat of Napoleon from Hary Janos Suite (5 to long pause)

    Rossini - William Tell (storm scene)

    Wagner - Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold (80 to the end)

Euphonium graduate pre-screening
  • Two contrasting solos with piano accompaniment
  • 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
  • Two contrasting solos with piano accompaniment
  • 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*

  • Auditions for trombone, tuba, and euphonium will be held on January 15th and January 22nd, 2022.
  • Auditions for trumpet will be held on January 22nd (preferred) and January 15th, 2022. 
  • Auditions for horn will be held on January 15th, 2022 or by special appointment. 
  • All auditions will be in-person or via Zoom, based on requested accommodation. 

For audition scheduling questions, contact Brass Area Chair Dr. James Naigus.

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

Brandon Craswelltrumpet

Jean Martin-Williamshorn

Joshua Bynumtrombone

Matthew Shipestuba and euphonium

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