Brass

Brass audition requirements

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Requirements for each instrument vary and are listed below.

This is a two part audition process. All applicants should submit a recorded video audition following the repertoire requirements listed here. Select applicants will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview with the faculty for the final round.

(There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.)


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • 5 to 8 minutes of contrasting selections from your current repertoire of solos, etudes and/or excerpts
  • The audition should be played in one take.

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance, Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • 5 to 8 minutes of contrasting selections from your current repertoire of solos, etudes and/or excerpts
  • The audition shoud be played in one take.
  • Doctoral applicants should prepare a 20 to 25-minute audition.

All applicants should submit a recorded video audition following the repertoire requirements listed here.

(There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.)


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • Spoken video introduction including your name, one sentence or more on why you want to join the Jacobs School, and the pieces and respective composer names of your prepared repertoire
  • Major scales up to four sharps and four flats, covering two or more octaves as possible
  • Exposition of a Mozart or Strauss concerto or equivalent solo from your current repertoire
  • B.M. applicants: Four contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • B.M.E. applicants: An etude

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance, Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • Spoken video introduction including your name, one sentence or more on why you want to join the Jacobs School, and the pieces and respective composer names of your prepared repertoire
  • All major and minor scales, covering two or more octaves as possible
  • Exposition of a Mozart or Strauss concerto or equivalent solo from your current repertoire
  • Six contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Doctoral applicants should prepare a 20 to 25-minute audition with a wider range of solo pieces and orchestral excerpts. In addition to your recorded audition, you will also be scheduled for a virtual interview with our faculty. You will not be expected to perform during this interview.

Prescreen is required for all applicants.

Applicants who pass screening should submit a recorded video audition and interview by February 1, 2021. Doctoral applicants who pass screening will perform a live virtual audition/interview on February 6, 2021.

Note: All recordings must be continuous and unedited. Please do not stop the camera between repertoire selections. The video should be positioned to show your right side to provide an unobstructed view of your embouchure.


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Note: All recordings must be continuous and unedited. Please do not stop the camera between repertoire selections. The video should be positioned to show your right side to provide an unobstructed view of your embouchure.

Prescreen

Submit a video recording, including:

  • Solo (to be performed without piano): Guilmant - MorceauSymphonique, Op. 88 (final Andante sostenuto to end)
  • Excerpts: Mozart - Requiem, Tuba mirum (first 18 measures); Rossini - Overture to La Gazza Ladra (all three excerpts); Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 “Organ” (first excerpt only); B.M. applicants only, must also prepare: Ravel - Bolero (solo only)
Audition
Submit a recorded video audition & interview, including:
  • Solo (to be performed without piano): Guilmant - MorceauSymphonique, Op. 88
  • Etude: One etude of choice from either Blazhevich, Bordogni or Kopprasch
  • Excerpts (B.M. applicants: all; B.M.E. and B.S.O.F applicants: choose three): Mozart - Requiem, Tuba mirum; Ravel - Bolero; Rossini - Overture to La Gazza Ladra; Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 (Organ); Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (minor and major sections)
  • Major scales up to four flats sharps and flats, covering two to three octaves
  • Faculty will submit a few questions for you to address in a video recording. These answers can be uploaded in a separate video file from the audition repertoire.

Masters and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

Note: All recordings must be continuous and unedited. Please do not stop the camera between repertoire selections. The video should be positioned to show your right side to provide an unobstructed view of your embouchure.

Prescreen

Submit a video prescreen recording, including:

  • Solo (to be performed without piano): Martin - Ballade for Trombone (beginning to rehearsal 6)
  • Excerpts: Mozart - Requiem, Tuba mirum (first 18 measures); Ravel - Bolero (solo only); Rossini - Overture to William Tell (letter C through the 9th measure of letter D); Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 “Organ” (first excerpt only); Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (first major section only)
Audition
Submit a recorded video audition & interview, including:

All repertoire to be performed on tenor trombone.

  • Solo (to be performed without piano): Martin - Ballade for Trombone
  • Etude: One etude of choice from either Bitsch, Boutry or Bozza
  • Excerpts: Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique; Mozart - Requiem, Tuba mirum; Ravel - Bolero; Rossini - Overture to La Gazza Ladra; Rossini - Overture to William Tell; Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 “Organ”; Schumann - Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”; Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra; Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (minor and major sections)
  • All major and minor scales, covering two or more octaves
  • Faculty will submit a few questions for you to address in a video recording. These answers can be uploaded in a separate video file from the audition repertoire.

Doctoral applicants

Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance

Prescreen

Submit a video recording (20-30 minutes in length) including repertoire of your choice, demonstrating current performance achievement in solo repertoire, etudes, and common ensemble excerpts.

Note: All recordings must be continuous and unedited. Please do not stop the camera between repertoire selections. The video should be positioned to show your right side to provide an unobstructed view of your embouchure.

Live virtual audition

Applicants who are invited to perform a live virtual audition will be scheduled for the morning of February 6, 2021.

Audition and interview (approximately 25 minutes in length), including:

All repertoire to be performed on tenor trombone.

  • Solos and etudes of your choice (to be performed without piano)
  • Excerpts: Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique; Mozart - Requiem, Tuba mirum; Ravel - Bolero; Rossini - Overture to La Gazza Ladra; Rossini - Overture to William Tell; Saint-Saens - Symphony No. 3 “Organ”; Schumann - Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”; Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra; Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (minor and major sections)
  • All major and minor scales, covering the entire range
  • Possible sight-reading
  • Interview addressing philosophy, goals, and pedagogical concepts

Applicants will perform a virtual audition for the faculty following the repertoire requirements listed here. We will contact you via email to schedule your live video audition.

(There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.)


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • Solo (to be performed without piano): Lebedev - Concerto No. 1 (Concerto in One Movement)
  • Etude: One etude of choice from either Blazhevich, Bordogni or Kopprasch (any edition)
  • Excerpts (B.M. applicants: prepare all; B.M.E. and B.S.O.F. applicants: choose three): Bach - Sarabande from the Fifth Cello Suite; Berlioz - Hungarian March; Haydn - The Creation, No. 26; Wagner - Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold; Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (minor and major sections)
  • Major scales up to four sharps and flats, covering two octaves, three where possible
  • Possible sight-reading

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • Solos (to be performed without piano): Bozza - New Orleans; Vaughan Williams - Tuba Concerto Mvts. I & II
  • Excerpts: Bach - Sarabande from the Fifth Cello Suite; Beethoven - Symphony No. 9; Berlioz - Hungarian March; Haydn - The Creation, No. 26; Kodaly - Hary Janos Suite; Respighi - Fountains of Rome; Wagner - Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold; Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (minor and major sections)
  • All major and minor scales, covering two or more octaves
  • Possible sight-reading 

Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance

Audition/interview (30 minutes in length), including:

  • Solos, etudes, and excerpts of your choice (to be performed without piano)
  • All major and minor scales, covering the entire range
  • Possible sight-reading
  • Interview addressing philosophy, goals, and pedagogical concepts

Applicants may choose from the following audition options:

  1. Live virtual audition with the faculty
  2. Final recorded audition plus a virtual interview with the faculty

Indicate your preferred audition option on your JSOM Supplemental application.

(There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants)

Please contact Dr. Thurman directly if you have any questions regarding the required audition repertoire..


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • A melodious etude (to demonstrate good sound, solid intonation, and musicianship)
  • A study (to demonstrate technical facility)
  • Any solo of your choice
  • Possible sight-reading

Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance, Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • At least two major works of your choice from the solo repertoire
  • 5-6 standard military band audition excerpts

This is a two part audition process. All applicants should submit a recorded video audition following the repertoire requirements listed here. Select applicants will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview with the faculty for the final round.

(There is no prescreen requirement for any applicants.)


Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

  • A melodious etude (to demonstrate good sound, solid intonation, and musicianship)
  • A study (to demonstrate technical facility)
  • A solo of your choice
  • Two orchestral excerpts of your choice (transfer applicants should prepare several)
  • All major scales
  • Sight-reading
Recommended undergraduate repertoire

Etudes: Arban - Complete Method for the Tuba, ed. Young; Blazevich - 70 Studies; Bordogni/Jacobs - Complete Vocalises for Tuba; Kopprasch/Young - 60 Studies for Tuba; Phil Snedecor - Low Etudes; Tyrell - Advanced Etudes for BB Flat bass

Solos: Bruce Broughton - Sonata; Jean-Michel Defaye - Suite; Hindemith - Sonata; Paul Holmes - Lento; Jan Koetsier - Sonatina; Vincent Persichetti - Serenade No. 12 for Unaccompanied Tuba; Halsey Stevens - Sonatina; Alec Wilder - Effie Suite; Gregson - Concerto; Vaughan Williams - Concerto

Excerpts: Berlioz - The Damnation of Faust; Mahler - Symphony No. 1; Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5; Wagner - Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg; Wagner - The Ride of the Valkyries


Graduate and diploma applicants

Master of Music (M.M.), Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance, Performer Diploma, Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.)

  • Two contrasting solos
  • Several of the major orchestral excerpts

Graduate applicants should be able to demonstrate both the CC and F (or Eb) tubas at the advanced level. D.M. applicants should be able to perform at the professional level.

Recommended graduate repertoire
Solos:
  • Bruce Broughton - Sonata (Concerto) (Masters Music Publications)
  • Jacques Casterede - Sonatine (Alphonse Leduc)
  • Zoltan Gardonyi - Sonate fur Tuba & Klavier (Edition Walahll)
  • Paul Hindemith - Sonata (European American - Schott)
  • Trygve Madsen - Sonata for F Tuba and Piano, Op. 34 (Musikk - Huset A/S)
  • Alec Wilder - Sonata for Tuba and Piano (Mentor Music)
  • Eugene Bozza - Concertino (Alphonse Leduc)
  • Anthony Plog - Three Miniatures (Editions BIM)
  • Martin Ellerby - Tuba Concerto (Maecenas Music, Ltd.)
  • Eric Ewazen - Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone (Southern Music Company)
  • Arild Plau - Concerto for Tuba and Strings (Ovation)
  • John Williams - Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra (Hal Leonard Corporation)
  • James Grant - Three Furies (Grantwood Music Press)
  • Edward Gregson - Alarum (Intrada Music Publishing)
  • William Kraft - Encounters II (MCA Music/Editions BIM)
  • Morgan Powell - Midnight Realities (Brass Music, Ltd)
  • John Stevens - Salve Venere, Salve Marte (Editions BIM)
Excerpts:
  • Richard Wagner - Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
  • Richard Wagner - The Ride of the Valkyries
  • Hector Berlioz - Benvenuto Cellini (rehearsal #15 through the third measure of rehearsal #17; rehearsal #18 through the fifth measure of rehearsal #19)
  • Hector Berlioz - The Damnation of Faust
  • Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
  • Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2 (Mvt. IV, rehearsal "O" to the end)
  • Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 7 (Mvt. IV, rehearsal "P" to rehearsal “S”)
  • Paul Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphoses (Mvt. II: Turandot, Scherzo, complete)
  • Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (Mvt. III, complete)
  • Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2 (Mvt. V: Chorale, from the second measure of rehearsal #10 through rehearsal #11)
  • Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 (Part II. Mvt. 3: Scherzo, from the sixteenth measure of rehearsal #15 through rehearsal #17)
  • Sergei Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 (Mvt. I, complete)
  • Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 (Mvt. V, from the fourth measure of rehearsal #49 through rehearsal #51)
  • Respighi - Fountains of Rome
  • Silvestre Revueltas - Sensamaya (rehearsal #2 to rehearsal #11, rehearsal #33 to rehearsal #41)
  • Dimitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8: Scherzo
  • Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben
  • Richard Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel (from rehearsal #13 to two measures before rehearsal #14; from rehearsal #25 to seven measures before rehearsal #26; from three measures before rehearsal #37 to four measures before)
  • Igor Stravinsky - Petrouchka (Peasant with Bear, from rehearsal #189 through rehearsal #191
  • Masqueraders, from rehearsal #240 through three measure before rehearsal #242)

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