Audition Requirements

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. The audition committee consists of brass faculty members. An accompanist is not necessary.

Bachelor’s degree in performance (BM)
Bachelor’s degree in music education (BME)
Bachelor’s degree in church music (BM)
Bachelor’s degree in composition (BM)
Bachelor of Arts degree (academic or performance track) (BA)
Master’s degree in performance and literature (MM)

Consider visiting Baylor before your scheduled audition to give you an opportunity to get acquainted with the professor, to meet students in residence at Baylor and to determine whether Baylor would be a good fit for you.

BEFORE AUDITIONING, students must apply for admission to Baylor and complete the School of Music Request for Audition form. If you would like to submit a recording for the purposes of pre-screening prior to audition, please upload a video recording of two contrasting works. This should be done in a timely manner to allow for evaluation and response before the scheduled audition date. If you wish to audition on a non-scheduled audition date, please note that on the request form and contact the appropriate faculty member to schedule an audition.

Memorization is not required. We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment, and we request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level. All undergraduate applicants must prepare all major and chromatic scales, full range. Graduate applicants must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales and related studies.

In addition to all individual instrument requirements, please submit the following with your Request to Audition Form:

• Two letters of recommendation (e.g., band director, private teacher)

• A short essay expressing your long-term musical goals and your reasons for wanting to study in the Baylor School of Music.

• A one-page resume including musical experience (e.g., awards earned, All-Region/Area/State placements, school ensemble involvement, UIL Solo and Ensemble involvement, church-related performing experience, etc.) as well as repertoire (e.g., solos performed and etudes studied).




TRUMPET: Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert

Undergraduate trumpet requirements:

While there is no required repertory list, candidates should choose upper-level works that best demonstrate their technical and lyrical skills.

Solo: One or two movements from major solo literature (Haydn, Hummel, Kennan, Stevens, Enesco, etc.)

Etudes: Select from Charlier, Small, Brandt, Longinotti, etc.

Excerpts: 3-5 standard orchestral excerpts such as the opening of Pictures at an Exhibition, Leonore 2/3, Pines of Rome, etc.

Jazz/Commercial Expertise: Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their skills in improvisation or lead playing.

Sight Reading: Technical (no transposition) and lyrical (with transposition)

Graduate trumpet requirements:

Follow the undergraduate guidelines but with these considerations:

NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their abilities on Bb, C, Eb and Piccolo trumpets.

Solo: Works such as Honegger Intrada, Tomasi Concerto, a movement from Haydn or Hummel, etc.

Etudes: Select from Charlier, Longinotti, Bitsch, etc

Excerpts: 5-6 standard orchestral excerpts.

Jazz/Commercial Expertise: Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate skills in improvisation or lead playing.

Sight Reading: Technical (no transposition) and Lyrical (with transposition)

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All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Rudd ([email protected]) and Prof. Schubert ([email protected]) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




HORN: Jeffrey Powers

Undergraduate horn requirements:

• One movement from each of 2 solos of a contrasting style period and character

• At least 5 excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire of contrasting style period and character that demonstrate the student's range of technique and expression (See the attached APPENDIX for a list of the most frequently requested excerpts)

• Sight reading

Graduate horn requirements:

• One movement from each of 2 solos of a contrasting style period and character.

• A significant body of excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire of contrasting style period and character that demonstrate the student's range of technique and expression (See the attached APPENDIX for a list of the most frequently requested excerpts).

• Sight reading

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Powers ([email protected]) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




TROMBONE: Brent Phillips

Undergraduate tenor and bass trombone requirements:

Solo or concerto which showcases your abilities

Tenor etudes: Etude IX from Phil Snedecor Lyrical Etudes for Trombone
Etude No. 4 from Michel Bleger 31 Studies

Tenor Excerpts *:
• Berlioz: March from the Damnation of Faust (1 measure before 20 to 2 measures after 21)
• Mozart: Requiem: measures 1-18 of II. Tuba Mirum (2nd trombone solo)
• Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (measure 115-139 downbeat; measures 276-291; from I to J)

Bass etudes: Etudes 4 and 5 from Doms 24 Etudes for Bass Posaunen

Bass Excerpts *:
• Haydn: Creation: Choir und Terzett: Vivace (beginning to measure before C)
• Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (measure 57 through 66)

* use editions provided on the website

Graduate tenor trombone requirements:
(Bass Trombone candidates will need to contact Mr. Phillips about specific requirements and application considerations.)

Solo: standard graduate level solo that best represents your playing

Etudes:
• Etude IX from Phil Snedecor Lyrical Etudes for Trombone
• Etude No. 7 from Marcel Bitsch Quinze Etudes de Rhythme pour Trombone

Excerpts *:
• Berlioz: March from the Damnation of Faust (1 measure before 4 to 2 measures after 5)
• Mozart: Requiem: measures 1-18 of II. Tuba Mirum (2nd trombone solo)
• Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (measure 115-139 downbeat; measures 276-291; from I to J)
• Ravel: Bolero: standard 1st trombone excerpt
• Ride: (quarter = 90) play first major section and first minor section
• Schumann: Symphony No. 3: play opening to Finale
• Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (measures 115-139; 276-291; I through J)

* use editions provided on the website

Additonal Trombone Studio Audition Requirements information

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All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Phillips ([email protected]) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.




EUPHONIUM and TUBA: Dr. Kent Eshelman

Euphonium and tuba undergraduate requirements:

• one solo work (approximately 5 to 8 minutes; accompaniment not necessary)

• two contrasting etudes

• those auditioning for the performance degree must prepare 3 to 5 orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire

• sight reading

Euphonium and tuba graduate requirements:

• a major work such as a sonata or concerto

• at least one other contrasting solo work

• 5 to 8 standard orchestra/band excerpts

• additional repertoire showing special skills, such as jazz or doubling, may be prepared if the applicant’s chooses

• sight reading

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All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Eshelman ([email protected]) with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.