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 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

Graduate:

  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)
 

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

 

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

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)
 

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
    •  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:

  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

Undergraduate:

  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:

  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

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

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