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Brass: Suggested Audition Materials

Trumpet/Cornet

Students auditioning for the trumpet studio should select a work from the list below—or Grade 4 to Grade 6 of comparable difficulty—that displays both technical and lyrical abilities. For multimovement works, two movements of contrasting styles and tempi should be chosen.

  • Arban, The Carnival of Venice
  • Arutunian, Concerto
  • Balay, Petite Piece Concertante
  • Barat, Andante et Scherzo
  • Bozza, Badinage
  • Bozza, Caprice
  • Bozza, Rustiques
  • Corelli/Fitzgerald, Sonata VII
  • Ewazen, Sonata
  • Fitzgerald, Gaelic Suite
  • Fitzgerald, Scarlatti Suite
  • Gabaye, Boutade
  • Gibbons, Suite
  • Goedicke, Concert Etude, Op. 49
  • Handel/Fitzgerald, Aria con variazione
  • Haydn, Concerto in E-flat
  • Hindemith, Sonate
  • Hummel, Concerto in E-flat
  • Kennan, Sonata
  • Latham, Suite
  • Peeters, Sonata, Op. 51
  • Robbins, Mont Saint-Michel
  • Ropartz, Andante et Allegro
  • Stevens, Sonata
  • Turrin, Two Portraits

French Horn

The student should demonstrate ability to perform any two octave scales and perform two solos or etudes in contrasting styles, one slow and one fast. These can be selected from the list below or any work of equivalent or greater grade of difficulty.

Etudes:

  • Kopprasch, Book 1 or 2
  • Maxime-Alphonse, Book 2 or 3

Solos:

  • W.A. Mozart, Four Concertos for Horn (Choose any) or Concert Rondo, K. 371
  • R. Strauss, Concerto #1, opus 11

Or any of the following from Solos for the Horn Player, Jones, (G. Schirmer):

  • Mendelssohn, Andante
  • Stradella, Aria
  • Glazunov, Reveries

Trombone

Students auditioning for the trombone studio should be prepared to demonstrate their ability to perform two contrasting styles of music. The music may be selected from the following list of either etudes, solos, or a combination of an etude and solo. Etudes chosen should be approximately one or two minutes in length, and solos should be approximately three to five minutes.

Tenor Trombone Etudes

  • Arban- Characteristic Studies
  • Bordogni (Rochut)- Melodious Etudes, Vol. I
  • Hering- 32 Etudes
  • Paudert (Howie) - 24 Studies
  • Tyrell- 40 Progressive Studies
  • Voxman- Selected Studies

Tenor Trombone Solos

  • Barat- Andante et Allegro
  • Blazhevich- Concert Piece #5
  • Bozza- Ballade
  • David- Concertino
  • Guilmant- Morceau Symphonique
  • Hindemith- Sonata
  • Marcello- Sonata in F major
  • Pryor- Thoughts of Love
  • Rousseau- Piece Concertante
  • Saint-Saens- Cavatine
  • Telemann- Sonata in F minor

Bass Trombone Etudes

  • Bordogni (Ostrander)- Melodious Etudes
  • Grigoriev (Ostrander)- 24 Studies
  • Snedecor- Low Etudes
  • Uber- Concert Etudes
  • Vasiliev- 24 Melodious Studies

Bass Trombone Solos

  • Koetsier- Allegro Maestoso
  • Lebedev- Concert Allegro
  • Marcello (Yeo) - Sonata in F major
  • Ostrander- Concert Piece in Fugal Style
  • Wekselblatt- First Solos for the Tuba Player

Euphonium

Applicants should prepare two contrasting selections: one lyrical and one technical.. Selections may be etudes, solos, or movements from a solo. Applicants should perform music that displays their technical and musical abilities at an appropriate difficulty level. Selections may be chosen from, but are not limited to, the following:

Etudes:

  • Arban, Complete Method for Trombone & Euphonium
  • Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes for Trombone
  • Bordner, Second Book of Practical Studies
  • Fink, Studies in Legato
  • Herring, 40 Progressive Studies
  • Voxman, Selected Studies
  • Herring, 32 Etudes for Trombone

Solos:

  • Barat, Andante et Allegro
  • Barat/Smith, Introduction and Dance
  • Capuzzi/Catelinet, Andante and Rondo
  • Guilmant/Falaguerra, Morceau Symphonique
  • Galliard/Fussl/Brown, Six Sonatas for Trombone
  • George, Sonata for Baritone
  • Haddad, Suite for Baritone
  • Horovitz, Euphonium Concerto
  • Ito, Fantasy Variations
  • Rubank, Concert and Contest Collection (any solo)
  • Telemann, Sonata in F minor

Tuba

Applicants should prepare two contrasting selections: one lyrical and one technical. Selections may be etudes, solos, or movements from a solo. Applicants should perform music that displays their technical and musical abilities at an appropriate difficulty level. Selections may be chosen from, but are not limited to, the following:

Etudes:

  • Blazhevich, 70 Studies for Tuba
  • Bordogni, Bel Canto Studies
  • Fink, Studies in Legato
  • Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies
  • Tyrell, 40 Advanced Studies

Solos:

  • Arnold, Fantasy for Tuba
  • Bach/Bell, Air and Bourree
  • Barat/Smith, Introduction and Dance
  • Capuzzi/Catelinet, Andante and Rondo
  • Gregson, Tuba Concerto
  • Haddad, Suite for Tuba
  • Hartley, Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba
  • Lebedev, Concert Allegro
  • Marcello/Little, Sonata in F
  • Rubank, Concert and Contest Collection (any solo)
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