School of Music

Brass & Percussion

Audition Requirements

Generic BrassHornEuphoniumTubaPercussion

Brass

Generic Brass Audition Requirements

Audition/tape material 10-15 minutes in length. For live auditions: informal setting 3-4 brass Faculty present, an accompanist is not necessary. Criteria: all major scales; an allegro etude or solo; a lyrical slow etude or solo; jazz improvisation (if desired by student); sight reading; any tape from previous concerts or solo performances which demonstrates student's ability.

Horn Audition Requirements

  • Major scales in two octaves
  • Sight-reading
  • Two contrasting movements from works that are comparable in difficulty to the following samples: (Mozart - Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4; F. Strauss -Nocturno; R. Strauss - Concerto No. 1)
    • or Two contrasting etudes by Gallay, Kopprasch or Maxime Alphonse

Euphonium Audition Requirements

  • Major scales in two octaves
  • Sight-reading
  • A solo piece comparable in difficulty to the following samples: Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique, Capuzzi’s Andante and Rondo from Concerto for Double Bass, Hutchison’s Sonatina, Curnow’s Rhapsody for Euphonium, or Telemann’s Sonata in F Minor
    • or two contrasting etudes from Rochut, Arban, or Tyrell.

If you have questions about repertoire selection, please contact Professor Dickey via e-mail at chris.dickey@wsu.edu

Tuba Audition Requirements

  • Major scales in two octaves
  • Sight-reading
  • A solo piece comparable in difficulty to the following samples: Lebedev’s Concerto in One Movement, Haddad’s Suite for Tuba, Bach’s Air and Bouree, or Capuzzi’s Andante and Rondo from Concerto for Double Bass
    • or two contrasting etudes from Bordogni, Tyrell, or Blazhevich.

If you have questions about repertoire selection, please contact Professor Dickey via e-mail at chris.dickey@wsu.edu

Percussion

Audition/Tape material should be 10-15 minutes in length. Choose three or more of the following areas: Snare Drum: solo and/or Etude which illustrates your technical and musical facility. Either rudimental and/or orchestral in style. Include basic rudiments such as rolls, flams and ruffs (drags). You may wish to include performances of the basic rudiments. Timpani: solo and/or Etude which illustrates your technical and musical facility. Please include: on a lower tone (F, G or A) play a fp roll which slowly crescendos to ff and then slowly back to pp. Mallets: solo and/or Etude (2, 3 or 4 mallet) which illustrates your technical and musical facility. Please include: 1) chromatic scale, ascending and descending 2 octaves starting on C. 2) The following major scales played 2 octaves (ascending and descending): C, Bb, D, A. Multiple Percussion: Solo and/or Etude which illustrates your technical and musical facility. Drum Set: A short (15 to 30 seconds) sample of the following drum styles: 1) Slow swing (mm=80); 2) Medium swing (mm=132); 3) Fast swing (mm=208+); 4) Latin style (bossa nova and/or samba); 5) rock style (fusion, funk, linear). You may also include a recording of your performance with a group (school jazz ensemble or combo, for example). For live auditions: Same as above with an informal setting in front of 3 to 4 faculty. Accompanist is not necessary. Some sight-reading may be included.

 

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