Brass Audition Information

  1. Major and chromatic scales slurred and tongued at a moderate tempo
  2. Sight reading
  3. Two solos of a contrasting nature. Legato, marcato, sustained and technical playing should be represented. One of the two solos should be a movement from a common concerto or sonata

Suggested repertoire (comparable literature may be substituted):

Trumpet: Haydn, Hummel, Neruda or Artunian Concerto; Hindemith or Peters Sonata

Jazz Trumpet: You will need to demonstrate an ability to improvise on a 12-bar blues progression (any key) and one other progression of your choice.  Be able to play all major, harmonic minor, and natural minor scales.  There may also be sight-reading of big band music selected by the auditioners.

Horn: Mozart or Strauss Concertos; Beethoven or Hindemith Sonatas

Trombone (tenor) and euphonium: Barat, Andante et Allegro; Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique; David, Concertino; Galliard, Telemann, Vivaldi, Marcello, or Hindemith Sonatas; Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto

Jazz trombone:  Demonstrate ability to improvise on a 12-bar blues form and play the melody and improvise on the chord changes of a jazz standard by memory.

Bass trombone: Mueller, Praeludium, Chorale, Variations and Fugue; McCarty, Sonata; Semler-Collery, Barcarolle et Chanson Bachique; Hindemith, Drei Leichte Stucke (cello)

Tuba: Bach/Bell, Air and Bouree; Handel, Honor and Arms; Capuzzi/Catalinet, Andante and Rondo from Concerto for Double Bass; Holmes, Lento; Vaughan Williams, Concerto

Information for Jazz Studies Majors

With the exception of guitar majors, students anticipating entry into the jazz studies alternative should expect to audition using classical literature as well as providing a demonstration of current jazz skills. Students will be admitted to the program only after successfully completing an audition with the appropriate jazz and classical faculty member(s). All jazz studies majors must notify us that they will be playing a jazz audition since many jazz auditions are held on a private basis.