Brass

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as a music major.

Graduate applicants should contact the professor directly regarding assistantship availability.

Please remember, students must submit applications to both Baylor University and the School of Music. We highly encourage you to email our brass faculty with any specific questions about the audition process.

  • The audition committee consists of brass faculty members.
  • Memorization is not required.
  • We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment.
 

Required repertoire is listed below by instrument and level:


TRUMPET

Trumpet applicants are required to submit a pre-screening video (requirements below) with their music application. After evaluation of the pre-screen video, those that are qualified will be invited to a live audition and will have the opportunity to perform the audition repertoire for the faculty. All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Wiff Rudd and Prof. Mark Schubert with questions regarding their application, repertoire, etc.

  • Pre-screening:
    • Theo Charlier, 36 Etudes Transcendantes, No. 2 (Du Style) – beginning through measure 36.
    • J.B. Arban, Characteristic Study No. 12 – begin at measure 37 (C Major) and continue to the end
  • Live Audition Material (if invited):
    • Charlier No. 2 Du Style – complete piece
    • Charlier 3: Intervalles (Les Tierces) – beginning to fermata before meno mosso
    • Hummel, Concerto for Trumpet, Movement I – First 80 measures of the solo part (up to the rests before the key change)
    • Orchestra Excerpts
      • Pictures at an Exhibition – Promenade (opening solo)
      • The Pines of Rome – offstage solo
      • Petrouchka – Ballerina’s Dance
    • Sight-reading, scales, interview, and a jazz or commercial music excerpt. Professor Rudd will email the latter to those invited to a virtual audition.

HORN

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Kristy Morrell with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

Undergraduate
  • All major and harmonic-minor scales
  • A single movement from two different solo works of contrasting style and character. Piano accompaniment is not required.
  • One etude from Georg Kopprasch Book No. 1 and Maxime Alphonse Book No. 3
  • 3-5 contrasting orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience
  • Sight-reading
Graduate
  • All major and harmonic-minor scales
  • A single movement from two different solo works of contrasting style and character. Piano accompaniment is not required
  • One étude from Verne Reynolds 48 Etudes and Maxime Alphonse Book No.5
  • 3-5 contrasting orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience
  • Sight-reading

TROMBONE

Trombone applicants are required to submit a pre-screening video (requirements below) with their music application. After evaluation of the pre-screen video, those that are qualified will be invited to a live audition and will have the opportunity to perform the audition repertoire for the faculty. All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Brent Phillips with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone

EUPHONIUM

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Kent Eshelman with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

Undergraduate
  • Live Audition
    • A solo piece of your choice (approx. 4-8 minutes in length; piano accompaniment is optional)
    • An etude of your choice (preferably one that contrasts with the solo) from Arban Characteristic Studies, Bordogni/Rochut, Bousquet, Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Voxman
    • Three standard band or orchestra excerpts of your choice (only required for BM Performance)
    • All two octave major scales by memory
    • Sightreading
Graduate
  • Live Audition
    • Two movements of a major work like a sonata or concerto (piano accompaniment is optional)
    • An unaccompanied work of contrasting style or period
    • Five standard band/orchestra excerpts
    • (Optional) A selection showing any secondary area of expertise (for example, doubling or jazz improvisation)
    • All two octave major and minor scales by memory
    • Sightreading

TUBA

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Dr. Kent Eshelman with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

Undergraduate
  • A solo piece of your choice (approx. 4-8 minutes in length; piano accompaniment is optional)
  • An etude of your choice (preferably one that contrasts with the solo) from Blazhevich, Bordogni, Grigoriev, Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Vasiliev.
  • Three standard band or orchestra excerpts of your choice (only required for BM Performance)
  • All two octave major scales by memory
  • Sightreading
Graduate
  • Two movements of a major work like a sonata or concerto (piano accompaniment is optional)
  • An unaccompanied work of contrasting style or period
  • Five standard band/orchestra excerpts
  • (Optional) A selection showing any secondary area of expertise (for example, doubling or jazz improvisation)
  • All two octave major and minor scales by memory
  • Sightreading

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