Brass Audition Repertoire

Audition recordings are required for all?applicants to NEC. The repertoire does not need to be accompanied unless specifically noted. After reviewing?the?recording guidelines,?please upload your recording files as part of your online application.

Artist Diploma requirements are found on the?Artist Diploma?audition requirements page.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines

French Horn

Undergraduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire.
    Technical examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Mozart Concerto No.3
    • Haydn Concerto No.2
    • R. Strauss Concerto No.1
    • Hindemith Sonata
    • F. Strauss Concerto?
    • Beethoven Sonata
    • C. Schumann Romances
  2. Two contrasting etudes.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Kopprasch?Book No.1
    • Gallay?12 Studies for 2nd Horn, Op.57
    • Maxime-Alphonse?Book No.2 or No.3
    • Kling?
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts demonstrating tone, rhythm, range, dynamic control and technique.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Beethoven?Symphony No.6
    • Brahms?Symphony No.3
    • Tchaikovsky?Symphony No.5
    • Strauss?Till Eulenspiegel
    • Shostakovich?Symphony No.5, low tutti

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. Two contrasting solos from the standard repertoire (entire works).
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Mozart?Concerto No.2?or No.4?
    • Gliere?Concerto
    • Vignery Sonata
    • R. Strauss?Concerto No.2
    • Haydn?Concerto No.1
    • R. Schumann?Adagio and Allegro
  2. An orchestral excerpt from each of the following categories (total of 5):
    A.? Tchaikovsky?Symphony No.5, Mendelssohn?Nocturne, Brahms?Symphony No.2?or?No.3
    B.? Beethoven?Symphony No.7, Wagner?Siegfried Call, Strauss?Don Juan (final call in E)
    C.? Shostakovich?Symphony No.5 (low tutti), Strauss?Don Quixote (variation 7 and 8), Tchaikovsky?Symphony No.5 (4th movement, 2nd horn)
    D.? Ravel?Pavanne?or?G Major Piano Concerto, Berlioz?Queen Mab (Scherzo, 3rd Horn), Franck?Symphony in D Minor
    E.? Strauss openings to?Till Eulenspiegel,?Ein Heldenleben, or?Der Rosenkavalier (through B major arpeggios)

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

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Euphonium

Undergraduate and Graduate:

  1. Two contrasting solos or solo movements (lyrical and technical)

  2. Two contrasting etudes, demonstrating lyricism and technique

  3. B-flat chromatic scale

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

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Trumpet

Undergraduate:

  1. A two octave B-flat (concert pitch) scale, ascending and descending, played in quarter notes at quarter note equals 120 beats per minute in a clearly articulated manner.
  2. Enesco?Legend, through measure 42
  3. Brandt?Orchestral Etude #1?(edited by William Vacchiano)
  4. Bousquet?Etude No. 3?(from?36 Celebrated Studies for the Cornet)
  5. Orchestral Excerpts:
    ?? Beethoven?Leonore Overture No. 2, offstage solo
    ?? Respighi?Pines of Rome, offstage solo
    ?? Mussorgsky/Ravel?Pictures at an Exhibition, opening Promenade

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. A two octave B-flat (concert pitch) scale, ascending and descending, played in quarter notes at quarter note equals 120 beats per minute in a clearly articulated manner.
  2. F.J. Haydn?Movement 1?(opening through development)
  3. Honegger?Intrada
  4. Copland?Outdoor Overture
  5. Mahler?Symphony No.5, opening solo
  6. Stravinsky?Petrouchka?"Ballerina's Dance" (1947)

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

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Tenor Trombone

Undergraduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements of the following solos or a piece at a comparable level:
    • Hindemith Sonata
    • Sulek Sonata “Vox Gabrieli”
    • Grondahl Concerto
    • David Concertino
    • Lars-Erik Larsson Concertino
    • Still Romance
    • Saint-Saens Cavatine
    • Bozza Ballade
  2. One of the following etudes or others at a comparable level:
    • Rochut – Book 1 or 2
    • Blazhevich Clef Studies
    • Arban’s Method, Characteristic Studies
    • Kopprasch – Book 1 or 2
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts chosen from the following:
    • Berlioz?Hungarian March
    • Mahler?Symphony No.3, first movement
    • Rossini?La Gazza Ladra
    • Rimsky-Korsakov?Russian Easter Overture
    • Ravel?Bolero

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. Two contrasting movements of the following solos or a piece at a comparable level:
    • Grondahl Concerto
    • Tomasi Concerto
    • Walker Concerto
    • Martin Ballade
    • Creston Fantasy
    • Milhaud Concertino
  2. One of the following etudes or others at a comparable level:
    • Bitsch Etudes
    • Rochut – Book 2 or 3
    • Bozza Etudes
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts chosen from the following:
    • Ravel?Bolero
    • Rossini?William Tell Overture
    • Wagner?Ride of the Valkyries, B Major section
    • Mahler?Symphony No.3, first movement
    • Schumann?Symphony No.3, “The Rhenish,” fourth movement
    • Mozart?Requiem, Tuba Mirum
    • Strauss?Also Sprach Zarathustra
    • Strauss?Ein Heldenleben

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Bass Trombone

Undergraduate:

  1. One of the following solos?(or a work at a comparable level):
    ?? Lebedev?Concerto in One Movement
    ? ?Raum Concerto (1st movement)
    ? ?One of the Galliard Sonatas (all movements)
  2. One of the following etudes:
    ? ?Rochut – Book 1 (as written and up/down the octave depending on the edition)
    ? ?Blazhevich Studies (any edition)
    ? ?Kopprasch Studies (any edition)
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. Two of the following works (or two works at a comparable level):
    ? ?Koetsier?Allegro Maestoso
    ? ?Castérède?Fantasie Concertante?or?Sonatine
    ? ?Sachse?Concertino
  2. One of the following etudes (contrasting with the solo) or others at a comparable level:
    ? ?Tyrell Studies for B-flat Bass
    ? ?Rochut – Book 2, as written and up/down the octave (depending on the edition)
    ? ?Blazhevich (any edition)
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

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Tuba

Undergraduate:

  1. A two-octave B-flat (concert pitch) scale, ascending and descending, played in quarter notes at quarter note equals 120 beats per minute in a clearly articulated manner.?
  2. Borodogni -?melodic study
  3. Kopprasch - technical etude
  4. Excerpts:
    ?? Wagner?"Meistersinger" Overture?(Letter J to the end)
    ?? Wagner?Ride of the Valkyries
    ?? Berlioz?Hungarian March
    ?? Stravinsky?Petroushka
  5. Solos:
    ?? Vaugn Williams?Concerto?(mvts.1 and 2)
    ?? Hindemith?Sonata for Tuba

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

Graduate:

  1. A two-octave B-flat (concert pitch) scale, ascending and descending, played in quarter notes at quarter note equals 120 beats per minute in a clearly articulated manner.?
  2. Borodogni - melodic study
  3. Charlier - trumpet studies
  4. One Kopprasch technical etude
  5. Orchestral Excerpts:
    ?? Wagner?"Meistersinger" Overture?(Letter J to the end)
    ?? Wagner?Ride of the Valkyries
    ?? Stravinsky?Petroushka, solo
    ?? Berlioz?Hungarian March, solo
    ?? Respighi?Fountains of Rome
  6. Select?two?of the following solos:
    ?? Vaughn Williams?Concerto
    ?? Penderecki
    ?? Koetsier?Sonata
    ?? Bach?Flute Partita
    ?? Casterade?Sonata
    ?? John Williams?Tuba Concerto

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

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