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Live auditions at NEC are required for all Brass applicants living in North America, as well as all applicants to the Harvard/NEC dual degree program, DMA, and Artist Diploma programs regardless of their country of residence.

Prescreening Recording

Prescreening recordings are required for all French horn, trumpet, and trombone applicants as well as all DMA and Artist Diploma applicants. The prescreening repertoire does not need to be accompanied. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application. DMA prescreening repertoire requirements are the same as for the live audition. Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Tuba applicants should not submit a prescreening recording unless they are applying to the DMA.

Final Recorded Auditions (video only)

Applicants residing outside of North America who are not applying to the Artist Diploma, DMA, or Harvard/NEC dual degree programs may be considered for admission based on the submission of a final recorded audition. Given the competitive nature of our programs, applicants are strongly encouraged to present a live audition at NEC.

If a prescreening recording is required of your intended major or program, you must submit this as a part of the online application. If you pass the prescreening round, you will be invited to submit a final video audition recording in January. Repertoire requirements for the final video audition recording are the same as those for live auditions. Full pieces, with accompaniment when appropriate, should be submitted, unless otherwise indicated. Final audition video recordings are due by February 1, but all other application and supporting materials, including prescreening if required, are due by December 1. No recording will be reviewed without a completed application.

French Horn

Prescreening (All Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. One solo movement from the standard repertoire
  2. Two contrasting etudes
  3. A two octave E major scale (horn pitch), ascending and descending, played in sixteenth notes at a minimum of quarter note equals 90 beats per minute, tongued and forte
  4. A three octave B harmonic minor scale (horn pitch), ascending and descending, played in sixteenth notes at a minimum of quarter note equals 90 beats per minute, slurred and piano

Undergraduate Live Audition:

  1. Two contrasting solo movements from the standard repertoire.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    •  First Movements to Mozart No.3 and Strauss No.1
    •  First Movements to Haydn No.2 and Hindemith Sonata
    •  First Movements to Franz Strauss Concerto and Beethoven Sonata
  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. 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 
  4. Major and minor scales, transposition, and sight-reading are also required.

Graduate Live Audition:

  1. Two contrasting solos from the standard repertoire (entire works).
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    •  Mozart No.4 and Gliere Concerto
    •  Mozart No.2 and Strauss No.2
    •  Haydn No.1 and 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)
  3. Sight-reading and transposition are also required.

Audition Dates

Trumpet

Prescreening (All Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

Please submit a video, recorded straight through with no internal edits, of the following:

  1. Charlier Étude #2, measures 1-24, as printed on B-flat trumpet
  2. Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 2, offstage solo
  3. 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.

Undergraduate Live Audition:

  1. Enesco Legend, through measure 42
  2. Brandt Orchestral Etude #1 (edited by William Vacchiano)
  3. Bousquet Etude No. 3 (from 36 Celebrated Studies for the Cornet)
  4. Orchestral Excerpts:
    •  Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 2, offstage solo
    •  Respighi Pines of Rome, offstage solo
    •  Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, opening Promenade

Graduate Live Audition:

  1. F.J. Haydn Movement 1 (opening through development)
  2. Honegger Intrada
  3. Copland Outdoor Overture
  4. Mahler Symphony No.5, opening solo
  5. Stravinsky Petrouchka "Ballerina's Dance" (1947)

Audition Dates

Tenor Trombone

Prescreening (All Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. Guilmant-Morceau Symphonique (Concert Piece) Op. 88: Allegro Moderato to 10 measures after the Andante Sostenuto
  2. Bordogni/Rochut No. 13 in Eb major (end at m. 24)
  3. Berlioz Hungarian March (Trombone 2 part): 6 measures before Fig. 4 to 2nd measure of Fig. 5
  4. Mozart Requiem: Trombone II, Tuba Mirum to downbeat of m. 18.

Undergraduate Live Audition:

  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
    •  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

Graduate Live Audition:

  1. Two contrasting movements of the following solos or a piece at a comparable level:
    •  Grondahl Concerto
    •  Tomasi 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

Audition Dates 

Bass Trombone

Undergraduate & Graduate (prescreening and live audition):

  1. Two solos or etudes of contrasting nature. 
  2. Orchestral excerpts, chosen from the list below.
       Undergraduate applicants prepare 2 excerpts.
       Graduate applicant prepare 6 excerpts.
    Bartok Miraculous Mandarin (Opening)
    Berlioz Damnation of Faust (Hungarian March)
    Brahms Symphony No.1
    Franck Symphony in D Minor
    Haydn The Creation (No.26 - "Achieved is the Glorious Work")
    Kodaly Hary Janos Suite
    Mozart Requiem (Kyrie - colla parte with chorus bass part)
    Respighi Fountains of Rome
    Rossini La Gazza Ladra Overture
    Rossini William Tell Overture
    Schumann Symphony No.3, "Rhenish" (Mvt.4)
    R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben
    R. Strauss Till Eulespiegel
    Wagner Lohengrin (Prelude to Act 3, both octaves)
    Wagner Das Rheingold (Scene 2)
    Wagner Das Rheingold (Final scene: Entrance of the Gods to Valhalla)
    Wagner Tannhauser (Overture)
    Wagner Die Walkure (Ride of the Walkure; minor and major sections)

Audition Dates

Tuba

Undergraduate:

  1. Borodogni - melodic study
  2. Kopprasch - technical etude
  3. All scales
  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

Graduate:

  1. Borodogni - melodic study
  2. Charlier - trumpet studies
  3. One Kopprasch technical etude
  4. 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
  5. Select two of the following solos:
    •  Vaughn Williams Concerto
    •  Penderecki
    •  Koetsier Sonata
    •  Bach Flute Partita
    •  Casterade Sonata
    •  John Williams Tuba Concerto

Audition Dates


2015-09-17


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