Department of Music

Brass Audition Requirements

All brass auditions will consist of 12 major scales, a chromatic scale, 2 prepared pieces of contrasting style, and sight-reading. Accompaniment is not required for prepared pieces.

*See below for details regarding each instrument*

Trumpet

  • 12 major scales. Two octaves up to C when applicable.
  • Chromatic scale - 2 octaves G-G
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style

Recommended Trumpet Solos:

  • Haydn - Concerto in Eb
  • Goedicke - Concert Etude
  • Ropartz - Andante et Allegro

Recommended Trumpet Etude Books:

  • Arban Characteristic Studies
  • Bousquet 36 Celebrated Studies
  • Charlier 36 Transcendental Etudes

Questions? Contact Emery Harvison

Horn

  • 12 major scales two octaves; at least one 3 octaves
  • Chromatic scale - 2 octaves G-G
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style

Suggested Solos:

  • Mozart - 4 Concerti, Concert Rondo
  • F. Strauss - Nocturne or Concerto Op. 8
  • R. Strauss - Concerto No. 1 or 2

Suggested Etude Books

  • Gallay 12 Studies
  • Kling 42 Characteristic Etudes
  • Kopprasch 60 Selected Studies

Questions? Contact William Schaffer

Trombone (Tenor and Bass)

  • 12 major scales - two octaves except B, C, Db, D, and Eb which will be one octave
  • Chromatic scale - Low E to High Bb
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • One solo piece or movement from a multi-movement work
    • One etude or solo piece of contrasting style

Recommended Tenor Trombone Solos:

  • Galliard - Sonata #3
  • Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique
  • Ropartz - Andante et Allegro

Recommended Tenor Trombone Etude Books:

  • Rochut - Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol. 1
  • Voxman - Selected Studies for Trombone

Recommended Bass Trombone Solos:

  • Galliard - Sonata #3
  • Guilmant/arr. Goess - Morceau Symphonique
  • Jacob - Cameos

Recommended Bass Trombone Etude Books:

  • Rochut - Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol. 1
  • Voxman - Selected Studies for Trombone

Questions? Contact Matthew Wood

Euphonium

  • 12 major scales
  • Chromatic scale - 2 octaves F-F
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    • A melodious etude
    • A technical study OR any solo of their choice

Recommended Etude Books:

  • Rochut - Melodious Etudes for Trombone, vol. 1
  • Voxman - Selected Studies for Baritone

Recommended Solos:

  • Barat - Andante and Allegro
  • Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo
  • Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique

Questions? Contact Stephen Kunzer

Tuba

  • 12 major scales
  • Chromatic scale - 2 octaves F-F
  • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating both technical facility and musicianship
    1. A melodious etude
    2. A technical study OR any solo of their choice

Recommended Etude Books:

  • Bordogni - Complete Vocalises for Tuba
  • Blazevich - 70 Advanced Studies for Tuba
  • Kopprasch - 60 Selected Studies for Tuba

Recommended Solos:

  • Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo
  • Haddad - Suite
  • Marcello - Sonata in F Major

Questions? Contact Stephen Kunzer

 

 

Last Updated: August 26, 2021