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Graduate Audition Requirements- Brass

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Graduate Trumpet

Professor Eric Berlin, berlin@music.umass.eduTrumpet Studio website

  1. Etude #2 from 36 Etudes Transcendantes by Theo Charlier
  2. One of the following:
    1. Georges Enesco Legend
    2. Arthur Honeggar Intrada
  3. One contrasting selection of the candidate's choice.
  4. Orchestral Excerpts
    1. Beethoven Leonore Overture #3 (offstage call)
    2. Mahler Symphony Number 5 (first movement opening)
    3. Moussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade)
    4. Rimsky Korsakov Scheherezade (Movement 3 G-I, Movement 4 P-U)
    5. Respighi Pines of Rome (Offstage Solo)
    6. Stravinsky Petrouchka (ballerina's dance and waltz)


Graduate Trombone

Professor Greg Spiridopoulos,

Tenor Trombone:

  1. Two contrasting solo works from the standard repertoire.
  2. Choose at least three from the following orchestral excerpts: Berlioz: Hungarian March (Trombone 2); Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1st movement); Mozart: Requiem-Tuba Mirum; Ravel: Bolero; Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Bass Trombone:

  1. Two contrasting solo works from the standard repertoire.
  2. Choose at least three from the following orchestral excerpts: Berlioz: Hungarian March; Haydn: The Creation; Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (4th movement); Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries; Wagner: Das Rheingold-Entry of the Gods


REMOTE OPTION: Graduate trombone applicants who cannot audition live on campus may prepare a video of the audition requirements above and submit a link to the video with their Music Application. YouTube is the recommended video platform and raw video files are not acceptable.


Graduate Horn (French Horn)

Studio Site
Professor Josh Michal,

A - Repertoire

  • Two solo works from the standard repertoire and three to five standard orchestral excerpts.

B - Technique
Major, minor, and chromatic scales to demonstrate range and facility.


Graduate Euphonium

Professor John Bottomley,

All graduate applicants should prepare:

A melodious etude (to demonstrate good sound, solid intonation, and musicianship) and a study (to demonstrate technical facility), selected from such collections as Arban's Conservatory Method; Marcel Bitsch, 20 études pour trompette; Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes for the Trombone (down an octave); Charlier, 36 études transcendantes pour trompette; and Clarke's Technical Studies for the Cornet;

All scales;

Several of the major band excerpts; and

A solo of your choice, such as Jan Bach, Concert Variations; James Curnow, Symphonic Variants; Joseph Horovitz, Concerto; Simone Mantia, All Those Endearing Young Charms; Ponchielli, Concerto; Walter Ross, Capriccio furioso; and Alec Wilder, Sonata.


Graduate Tuba

Professor John Bottomley,

All graduate applicants should be able to demonstrate both the CC and F (or Eb) tubas at the advanced level.

Prepare: Two contrasting solos and several of the major orchestral excerpts;

Suggested Solo List:
Sonata (Concerto) by Bruce Broughton (Masters Music Publications)
Sonatine by Jacques Casterede (Alphonse Leduc)
Sonate fur Tuba & Klavier by Zoltan Gardonyi (Edition Walahll)
Sonata by Paul Hindemith (European American-Schott)
Sonata for (F) Tuba and Piano, Op. 34 by Trygve Madsen (Musikk-Huset A/S)
Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Alec Wilder (Mentor Music)
Concertino by Eugene Bozza (Alphonse Leduc)
Three Miniatures by Anthony Plog (Editions BIM)
Tuba Concerto by Martin Ellerby (Maecenas Music, Ltd.)
Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone by Eric Ewazen (Southern Music Company)
Concerto for Tuba and Strings by Arild Plau (Ovation)
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by John Williams (Hal Leonard Corporation)
Three Furies by James Grant (Grantwood Music Press)
Alarum by Edward Gregson (Intrada Music Publishing)
Encounters II by William Kraft (MCA Music/Editions BIM)
Midnight Realities by Morgan Powell (Brass Music, Ltd)
Salve Venere, Salve Marte by John Stevens (Editions BIM)

Suggested Orchestral Excerpt List: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner
The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz
    Rehearsal #15 through the third measure of rehearsal #17
    Rehearsal #18 through the fifth measure of rehearsal #19
The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz
Symphony No. 2 by Johannes Brahms
    Mvt. IV: Rehearsal "O" to the end
Symphony No. 7 by Anton Bruckner
    Mvt. IV: Rehearsal "P" to rehearsal "S"
Symphonic Metamorphoses by Paul Hindemith
    Mvt. II: Turandot, Scherzo: complete
Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler
    Mvt. III: complete
Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler
    Mvt. V: Chorale, From the second measure of rehearsal #10 through rehearsal #11
Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler
    Part II. Mvt. 3: Scherzo, from the sixteenth measure of rehearsal #15 through rehearsal #17
Symphony No. 5 by Serge Prokofiev
    Mvt. I: complete
Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 by Serge Prokofiev
    Mvt. V: From the fourth measure of rehearsal #49 through rehearsal #51
Fountains of Rome by O. Respighi
Sensamaya by Silvestre Revueltas
    Rehearsal #2 to rehearsal #11
    Rehearsal #33 to rehearsal #41
Symphony No. 8 by Dimitri Shostakovich
Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss
Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss
    From rehearsal #13 to two measures before rehearsal #14
    From rehearsal #25 to seven measures before rehearsal #26
    From three measures before rehearsal #37 to four measures before
Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky
    Peasant with Bear: From rehearsal #189 through rehearsal #191
    Masqueraders: From rehearsal #240 through three measure before rehearsal #242