Brass Audition Repertoire

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 applicants to NEC. 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.

Live Audition Repertoire and Dates

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

Live Audition Dates 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020

Undergraduate Live Auditions:

  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 Auditions:

  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 EulenspiegelEin Heldenleben, or Der Rosenkavalier (through B major arpeggios)
  3. Sight-reading and transposition are also required.
 

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.

Live Audition Dates 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Undergraduate Live Auditions:

  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 Auditions:

  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)
 

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.

Live Audition Dates 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020

Undergraduate Live Auditions:

  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 Auditions:

  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
 

Bass Trombone

Prescreening (All Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. Bordogni/Rochut No. 13, m. 1-24, in two different octaves (starting on both low B-flat AND middle B-flat)
  2. One technical Blazhevich etude (any edition) of the applicant’s choice
  3. Berlioz Hungarian March: 6 measures before Fig. 4 to 2nd measure of Fig. 5
  4. Schumann Symphony No. 3, IV Movement, first 8 measures.

Live Audition Dates 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

Undergraduate Live Auditions:

  1. One of the following solos:
    •  Lebedev Concerto in One Movement
    •  Telemann Sonata in F minor, 1st and 2nd Movement
    •  Spillman Concerto, 1st Movement
    •  Any work by Eric Ewazen
  2. One of the following etudes:
    •  Rochut – Book 1 (as written and down or up the octave)
    •  Blazhevich Studies (any edition)
    •  Gillis Etudes
    •  Kopprasch Studies (any edition)
  3. Three contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice

Graduate Live Auditions:

  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
 

Tuba

Prescreening (All Undergraduate and Graduate MM & GD):

  1. Prokofiev - Symphony no. 5, mvt. 1, figure 3 - 7 after figure 5.
  2. Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries
  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. 

Live Audition Dates 2020

Saturday, January 19, 2020

Undergraduate Live Auditions:

  1. Borodogni - melodic study
  2. Kopprasch - technical etude
  3. Excerpts:
    •  Wagner "Meistersinger" Overture (Letter J to the end)
    •  Wagner Ride of the Valkyries
    •  Berlioz Hungarian March
    •  Stravinsky Petroushka
  4. Solos:
    •  Vaugn Williams Concerto (mvts.1 and 2)
    •  Hindemith Sonata for Tuba

Graduate Live Auditions:

  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


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 submission of a final recorded audition. Given the selectivity of our programs, live auditions are are strongly encouraged.

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.