Menu

Brass

The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as music major. 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 must submit applications to both Baylor University and the School of Music. Audition dates are selected on the School of Music application. If you wish to audition on a non-scheduled audition date, please note that on your application and contact the appropriate faculty member to schedule an audition.

We strongly encourage all applicants to schedule a live audition on their School of Music applications for one of our regularly scheduled on-campus audition dates. Those who are unable to attend an on-campus audition for reasons of distance or cost of travel, are recommended to contact the appropriate instrument professor.

  • 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

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Wiff Rudd and Prof. Mark Schubert with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

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)
  • Scales: prepare all major & chromatic scales, full range.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
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)
  • Scales: must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales & related studies.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.

HORN

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Jeffrey Powers with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

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 this APPENDIX for a list of the most frequently requested excerpts).
  • All major scales through at least two octaves.
  • Sight reading
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
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 this APPENDIX for a list of the most frequently requested excerpts).
  • Sight reading
  • Scales: must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales & related studies.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.

TROMBONE

All candidates are welcome to communicate directly with Prof. Brent Phillips with questions regarding their application, repertoire, audition date, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE Tenor 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
  • Undergraduate Tenor Excerpts (use these editions!)
    • 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)
  • Scales: prepare all major & chromatic scales, full range.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
UNDERGRADUATE Bass Trombone Requirements:
  • Solo or concerto which showcases your abilities
  • Bass etudes: Etudes 4 and 5 from Doms 24 Etudes for Bass Posaunen
  • Undergraduate Bass Excerpts (use these editions!)
    • Haydn: Creation: Choir und Terzett: Vivace (beginning to measure before C)
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (measure 57 through 66)
  • Scales: prepare all major & chromatic scales, full range.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Tenor Trombone Requirements:
  • 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
  • Graduate Tenor Excerpts (use these editions!)
    • 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: the first of three solos in the first trombone 1st mvt, 3 measures after rehearsal 13 to rehearsal 17
  • Scales: must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales & related studies.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Bass Trombone Requirements:

Bass Trombone candidates will need to contact Prof. Brent Phillips about specific requirements and application considerations.


EUPHONIUM & TUBA

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

UNDERGRADUATE Euphonium & Tuba 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
  • scales: prepare all major & chromatic scales, full range.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.
GRADUATE Euphonium & Tuba 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
  • scales: must exhibit comprehensive knowledge of scales & related studies.
  • We request that candidates not perform any region/all-state etudes.

Connect With Us

Follow the School of Music on social media & join the conversation.