Brass Audition Guidelines

UPDATE FOR WINTER 2021 AUDITION CYCLE: Instrumental applicants are not required to perform their auditions with a collaborative pianist. These applicants may choose to perform their auditions solo, with a track, or with a collaborative pianist.

TRUMPET

  1. Repertoire
    1. Two contrasting pieces (which could include single movements from larger works) that allow you to showcase your musical and technical development. At least one of these must be in a Western classical style and at least one should include piano or other accompanying instrument.
  2. Technical Requirements (trumpet in Bb)
    1. G major scale (F concert pitch), one octave, descending only from G4 to G3 (middle G to low G), slurred, in eighth notes at quarter note = 60
    2. Any major scale that demonstrates your comfortable high range, two octaves ascending and descending, tongued, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note = 72
    3. One harmonic minor and one melodic minor scale, different keys, one slurred and one articulated, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note = 72
    4. C chromatic scale, start on low C and ascend two octaves or to your highest playable note, slurred, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note = 96
  3. Sight Reading
    • You will be asked to sight-read a short etude.

Sight-reading:For information about Memorial University’s trumpet program, please contact Dr. Alan Klaus.


HORN

  1. Repertoire
    • Two contrasting pieces (which could include single movements from larger works) that allow you to showcase your musical and technical development. At least one of these must be in a Western classical style and at least one should include piano or other accompanying instrument.
  2. Technical Requirements (horn in F)
    1. F major scale (Bb concert pitch), one octave, descending only from F4 to F3 (middle F to low F), slurred, in eighth notes at quarter note = 60
    2. Any major scale that demonstrates your comfortable high range, two octaves ascending and descending, tongued, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note = 72
    3. One harmonic minor and one melodic minor scale, different keys, one slurred and one articulated, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note = 72
    4. Bb chromatic scale, start on low Bb and ascend two octaves or to your highest playable note, slurred, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note = 96
  3. Sight Reading
    • You will be asked to sight-read a short etude.

For information about Memorial University’s horn program, please contact Dr. Alan Klaus.


TROMBONE

  1. Repertoire
    1. Two contrasting pieces (which could include single movements from larger works) that allow you to showcase your musical and technical development. At least one of these must be in a Western classical style and at least one should include piano or other accompanying instrument.
  2. Technical Requirements
    1. F major scale, one octave, descending only from F3 to F2 (F in the bass clef staff to F below the staff), legato tongue, in eighth notes at quarter note =60
    2. Any major scale that demonstrates your comfortable high range, two octaves ascending and descending, tongued, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =72
    3. One harmonic minor and one melodic minor scale, different keys, one legato tongue and one articulated, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =72
    4. Any two-octave chromatic scale, ascending and descending, legato tongue, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =96
  3. Sight Reading
    • You will be asked to sight-read a short etude.

For information about Memorial University’s trombone program, please contact Dr. Karen Bulmer.


EUPHONIUM

  1. Repertoire
    1. Two contrasting pieces (which could include single movements from larger works) that allow you to showcase your musical and technical development. At least one of these must be in a Western classical style and at least one should include piano or other accompanying instrument.
  2. Technical Requirements
    1. F major scale, one octave, descending only from F3 to F2 (F in the bass clef staff to F below the staff), slurred, in eighth notes at quarter note =60
    2. Any major scale that demonstrates your comfortable high range, two octaves ascending and descending, tongued, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =72
    3. One harmonic minor and one melodic minor scale, different keys, one slurred and one tongued, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =72
    4. Any two-octave chromatic scale, ascending and descending, slurred, eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =96
  3. Sight Reading
    • You will be asked to sight-read a short etude.

For information about Memorial University’s euphonium program, please contact Dr. Karen Bulmer.


TUBA

  1. Repertoire
    1. Two contrasting pieces (which could include single movements from larger works) that allow you to showcase your musical and technical development. At least one of these must be in a Western classical style and at least one should include piano or other accompanying instrument.
  2. Technical Requirements
    1. F major scale, one octave, descending only from F2 to F1 (F below the bass clef to F on fourth leger line below staff), slurred, in eighth notes at quarter note =60
    2. Any major scale that demonstrates your comfortable high range, two octaves ascending and descending, tongued, in eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =72
    3. One harmonic minor and one melodic minor scale, different keys, one slurred and one tongued, one octave ascending and descending, in eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =72
    4. Any two-octave chromatic scale, ascending and descending, slurred, in eighth notes at minimum tempo of quarter note =96
  3. Sight Reading
    • You will be asked to sight-read a short etude.

For information about Memorial University’s tuba program, please contact Dr. Karen Bulmer.

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