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Brass Audition Requirements

Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba

  1. Two pieces or etudes of contrasting style and tempo, or two contrasting movements of one composition.
    Note: NO band parts accepted.
  2. Major and harmonic and melodic minor scales (two octaves when possible) up to and including four sharps and four flats.
  3. Sight-reading.

 

Trumpet

 

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the first (1st) year of the BMMA program

  1. A lyrical study or solo.
    • FJ Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb - 2nd movement
    • Arban's p191 #3 "My Pretty Jane"
    • Trumpeter's Lullabye by Leroy Anderson
    • Anything from Concone Lyrical Studies
  2. A technical study or solo.
    • JN Hummel Trumpet Concerto in Eb - 1st movement
    • Rondo Capriccio by Keith Snell
    • Humoresque by Marcel Poot

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

 

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the third (3rd) year of the BMMA program.

  1. A lyrical study or solo.
    • T Charlier - Study #2 from 36 Etudes Transcendantes
    • M Bordogni Lyrical Studies (player's choice)
    • FJ Haydn - 2nd movement
  2. A technical study or solo.
    • T Charlier - Study #1 from 36 Etudes Transcendantes
    • V Brandt - Study #1 or #2 from Orchestra Studies
    • A Goedicke - Concert Etude op. 49

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

Transfer students should be prepared to play all major and minor scales, 2 octaves where reasonable, as well as the corresponding arpeggios.

 

Trombone

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the first (1st) year of the BMMA program.

  • H.L. Clarke: Technical Etudes (bass clef)
  • Hering: Studies
  • Bordner: Practical Studies
  • Ropartz: Andante et Allegro
  • Canadian Brass: Intermediate Trombone Solos

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

 

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the third (3rd) year of the BMMA program.

  • Blazhevitch: Concert Piece No.5
  • Barat: Andante et Allegro

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

 

French Horn

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the first (1st) year of the BMMA program.

  • W. A. Mozart - Concerto No. 3 in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, K447 - Allegro
  • L. Beethoven - Sonata in F Major for Horn and Piano, Op. 17
  • R. Schumann - Adagio and Allegro in A-flat for Horn and Piano, Op. 70
  • R. Strauss - Concerto Op. 11, No. 1
  • P. Hindemith - Horn Sonate (1939)
  • C. Kopprasch - Sixty Selected Studies for French Horn, Book II - No. 35, Allegro
  • Orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire (Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, etc.)

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

 

Tuba and Euphonium

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the first (1st) year of the BMMA program.

  • H.L. Clarke: Technical Etudes (bass clef)
  • Hering: Studies
  • Bordner: Practical Studies
  • Ropartz: Andante et Allegro
  • Canadian Brass: Intermediate Tuba Solos

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.

 

Examples of repertoire appropriate for entry into the third (3rd) year of the BMMA program.

  • Barat - Introduction and Dance (Tuba)
  • Brackenpohl - The Cobbler's Bench (Tuba)
  • Blazhevitch: Concert Piece No.5 (Euphonium)
  • Barat: Andante et Allegro (Euphonium)

The above is only a guide. Instructors assisting students prepare for an audition should use discretion and make appropriate choices that best reflect the candidate's musicality and technical abilities.