Brass

  1. The audition is the most important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted as a music major. For the 2020-21 application cycle, applicants who are required to audition must upload a video recorded audition to their music application. This will serve as a pre-screen audition (Round 1).
  2. After your application file is reviewed, you will be informed as to whether or not a second recorded audition is required (Round 2). The repertoire for the first two rounds is listed below. 
  3. A follow-up live virtual audition and/or interview may also be required (Round 3). This session may include sight-reading, scales, and other material provided in advance by the faculty.

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.
Video Submission Guidelines
  • Memorization is not required.
  • We prefer to hear auditions without piano accompaniment.
  • All audition requirements listed below should be part of your video recording(s).
  • Introduce yourself at the beginning of the video.
  • May record audition requirements as separate files.
 

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, etc.

  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • 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
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • 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
  • Round 3 (live)
    • 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
  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • A single movement from two different solo works of contrasting style and character. Piano accompaniment is not required.
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • 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
  • Round 3 (live)
    • All major and harmonic-minor scales
    • Sight-reading
Graduate
  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • A single movement from two different solo works of contrasting style and character. Piano accompaniment is not required.
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • One étude from Verne Reynolds 48 Etudes and Maxime Alphonse Book No.5
    • 3-5 contrasting orchestral excerpts as appropriate to training and experience
  • Round 3 (live)
    • Sight-reading

TROMBONE

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
  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • Two contrasting etudes selected from Arban Characteristic Studies, Bordogni/Rochut, Bousquet, Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Voxman
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • 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)
    • Three standard band or orchestra excerpts of your choice (only required for BM Performance)
  • Round 3 (live)
    • Two octave major scales, sightreading, interview
Graduate
  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • Two contrasting etudes selected from Arban Characteristic Studies, Bordogni/Rochut, Bousquet, Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Voxman
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • 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)
  • Round 3 (live)
    • Two octave major and minor scales, sightreading, interview

TUBA

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

Undergraduate
  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • Two contrasting etudes selected from Blazhevich, Bordogni, Grigoriev, Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Vasiliev.
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • 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)
    • Three standard band or orchestra excerpts of your choice (only required for BM Performance)
  • Round 3 (live)
    • Two octave major scales, sightreading, interview
Graduate
  • Round 1 (recorded)
    • Two contrasting etudes selected from Blazhevich, Bordogni, Grigoriev, Kopprasch, Tyrell, or Vasiliev.
  • Round 2 (recorded)
    • 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)
  • Round 3 (live)
    • Two octave major and minor scales, sightreading, interview

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