Orchestral Instruments: Brass

In addition to fulfilling the specific requirements below, applicants should possess physical aptitude for the chosen instrument, a good ear, a sense of rhythm, and the ability to read at sight.

 

Trumpet

Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.

Screening Repertoire

Applicants should prepare a video recording of 10 to 15 minutes in length, containing the following:

  • One solo work (not for piccolo trumpet), either a movement of a standard concerto or sonata (not to exceed 8 minutes) or a single-movement solo work (not to exceed 8 minutes). Longer works, or individual movements recorded with cuts are acceptable
  • Three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts

Live Audition Repertoire

Applicants will play:

  • Two contrasting études from Bousquet and Charlier or equivalent
  • One movement of a sonata or a complete single movement work from the standard repertoire
  • One complete concerto: Haydn, Hummel, Arutunian, or equivalent
  • 3 to 5 contrasting standard orchestral excerpts

Applicants must display at least rudimentary knowledge of transposition.

 

Horn

Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.

Screening Repertoire

Applicants should prepare video recordings of the following. Each work should be one uninterrupted recording.

  • The exposition from R. Strauss's Concerto No. 1
  • The second movement opening solo from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5
  • The opening to rehearsal #1 from R. Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel

Live Audition Repertoire

Applicants will read an orchestral excerpt and demonstrate familiarity with all major and minor scales and arpeggios. In addition, applicants will play:

  • One movement of a concerto or sonata
  • One étude by Kopprasch and one by Gallay
  • The following orchestral excerpts:
    • The last movement of Brahms’s Symphony No. 1
    • The second-horn part from the trio of the third movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3
    • The second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5
    • R. Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel
    • Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante defunte
    • The short call from Wagner’s Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt
    • The first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
    • The third movement of Brahms’s Symphony No. 3

 

Trombone

Auditions will be held for tenor trombone and/or bass trombone, depending on the opening. Applicants must submit a screening video with the application to be considered for the live auditions. Applicants will be notified in January of their live audition status.

Screening Repertoire

Applicants should prepare video recordings (unaccompanied) of the following. Each work should be one uninterrupted recording.

  • One movement from a concerto, sonata, or other substantial solo work.
  • One technical étude by Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Blazhevich.
  • One lyrical étude by Bordogni, Rochut, or the equivalent.
  • At least three orchestral excerpts of contrasting style.

Live Audition Repertoire

Applicants will play:

  • One complete concerto, sonata, or other substantial solo work.
  • One technical étude by Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Blazhevich.
  • One lyrical étude by Bordogni, Rochut, or the equivalent.
  • At least three orchestral excerpts of contrasting style.

Applicants may be asked to play all major and minor scales and to read at sight in alto, tenor, and bass clefs.

 

Tuba

Applicants will play:

  • An etude or solo of the applicant’s choice, to be performed on contrabass tuba
  • The first and second movements of the Vaughan Williams concerto
  • At least five standard orchestral excerpts, to include:
    • Wagner's Die Meistersinger Overture, complete
    • Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries
    • Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, complete
    • The third movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 1

The applicant may be asked to play all major and minor scales and to read additional orchestral excerpts at sight. It is strongly recommended that the applicant be proficient on both contrabass and bass tuba.