Brass Auditions and Scholarships

Scholarships

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Undergraduate brass scholarships are offered to talented and deserving students in the form of tuition waivers. Offers are given for four years and range from several thousand dollars a year to full tuition waivers. Most scholarships are given to new TCU students, and the large waivers are generally reserved for music majors. However, many students with diverse majors receive scholarship money. Scholarships are determined through auditions with the brass faculty, and are offered in the spring of each year for new students. Graduate awards may include tuition waiver as well as stipends. For further information about auditions and general admission to the School of Music, see our Admissions and Orientation pages (undergraduate, graduate).

Auditions

 

 

 

 

Specific Audition Information for the various brass areas follows:

 

 

 

Trumpet

Trumpet undergraduate audition requirements BA, BM, BME

1. A solo(s) of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability. Movements from standard Sonatas, Concerti or other solo works are acceptable.
2. Scales - All major scales (two octaves when possible) plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).
3. Student’s with performance skills in jazz improvisation and/or lead playing are encouraged to demonstrate these talents also.

MM Trumpet:

1. Two solo works from contrasting style periods.
2. Orchestra excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard
orchestral literature.
3. One etude from Charlier or etude of comparable level.
4. Students are encouraged to demonstrate abilities on other trumpets –
C, E-flat or piccolo trumpets. Also if student has skills in jazz
improvisation and/or lead playing you are encouraged to demonstrate
these talents.

Artist Diploma

1. Two solo works from contrasting style periods.
2. Orchestra excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard
orchestra literature.
3 .One etude form Charlier or comparable level.
4. It is encouraged you demonstrate abilities on other trumpets – C,
E-flat or piccolo. Also if student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or lead playing you are encouraged to demonstrate these talents.

DMA

1. A minimum of three solo works of contrasting styles, chosen to demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency.
2. Orchestral Excerpts to demonstrate knowledge of standard literature.
3. If candidate has other performance skills such as jazz improvisation and/or lead playing they are encouraged to demonstrate these talents also.

 

French Horn

Horn undergraduate audition requirements BA, BM, BME

1. Solo of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability.
Examples of appropriate repertoire are: Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1, movement 1, Mozart’s Concerto No. 2 or 4, first movement (exposition only)

2. Scales - All major scales as many octaves as individually possible plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).

MM Horn:

All prospective students are required to audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. This allows the faculty of the School of Music to assess the qualifications of each applicant for admission to the music program. Applicants should select and prepare an audition that demonstrates their highest musical achievements. Audition requirements for performance students in horn are listed below.

1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
Hindemith- Sonata for Horn
Strauss- Concerto No. 2
Dukas- Villanelle

2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
Etudes found in any of the Gallay, Kling, Maxime-Alphonse, Bitsch, Chaynes, or Neuling etude books

3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the following list:
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 (1st movement, mm. 84-101, horn 1 OR horn 2)
Brahms – Symphony No. 3 (3rd movement, horn 1)
Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel (opening call)
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement, horn 1)
Wagner – Gotterdammerung (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, short call)

4. Play all major scales and selections from the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

Artist Diploma

All prospective students are required to audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. This allows the faculty of the School of Music to assess the qualifications of each applicant for admission to the music program. Applicants should select and prepare an audition that demonstrates their highest musical achievements. Audition requirements for performance students in horn are listed below.

1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
Hindemith- Sonata for Horn
Strauss- Concerto No. 2
Dukas- Villanelle

2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
Etudes found in any of the Gallay, Kling, Maxime-Alphonse, Bitsch, Chaynes, or Neuling etude books

3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the following list:
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 (1st movement, mm. 84-101, horn 1 OR horn 2)
Brahms – Symphony No. 3 (3rd movement, horn 1)
Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel (opening call)
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement, horn 1)
Wagner – Gotterdammerung (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, short call)

1. Play all major scales and selections from the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

 

Trombone

Trombone undergraduate audition requirements BA, BM, BME

1. A solo(s) of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability. Movements from standard Sonatas, Concerti or other solo works are acceptable

2. Scales - All major scales (two octaves when possible) plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).

MM Tenor Trombone:

1. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
• Rochut: Book I, #55- 60
• Bitsch: 15 Etudes de Rythme, Etude #3
• Boutry: 12 Etudes de haut Perfectionnement, Etudes #7

2. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
• Grondahl - Concerto
• Larsson - Concertino
• Sulek - Sonata vox Gabrieli
• David - Concertino

3. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
• Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem
• Berlioz: Hungarian March (2nd trombone part)
• Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture
• Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
• Ravel: Bolero
Also, if student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or ballad playing you are encouraged to demonstrate these talents.

MM Bass Trombone:

1. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
• Naulais: 18 études pour trombone basse Contemporary
• Rochut: Volume I (#49-60 played 8vb)
• Maenz: Zwanzig Studien fur Bassposaune

2. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
• Bozza - New Orleans
• Lebedev - Concerto in One
• Sachse – Konzert (ed. Arno Hermann)
• Koetsier - Allegro Maestoso

3. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
• Haydn: Achieved is the Glorious Work from The Creation
• Berlioz: Hungarian March
• Schumann: Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"
• Rossini: William Tell Overture
• Wagner: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold

Also, if student has skills in jazz improvisation and /or ballad playing you are encouraged to demonstrate these talents.

ARTIST DIPLOMA Tenor / Bass Trombone

Same repertoire requirements as Masters with the addition of a second solo of contracting style.

DMA

1. Play a full-length recital (40 min) from contrasting style periods including one of the following works:
Tenor Trombone
• Martin: Ballade
• Tomasi: Concerto
• Dutilleux: Chorale, Cadence et Fugato

Bass Trombone
• Wilder: Sonata for bass trombone
• White: Tetra Ergon
• Casterede: Fantaisie Concertante

2. Play 5 orchestral excerpts comparable in difficulty to:
Tenor Trombone
• Brahms: Symphony # 1
• Holst: The Planets
• Verdi: Otello
• Strauss, R.: Ein Heldenleben
• Ravel: L’Enfant et les Sortileges

Bass Trombone
• Brahms: Symphony # 1
• Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin
• Verdi: Otello
• Strauss, R.: Ein Heldenleben
• Respighi: Fountains of Rome

3. A short demonstration of the applicant’s one-on-one teaching ability (10 minutes)

4. A short example of the applicant’s proficiency on a doubling instrument or genre such as alto trombone, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, or jazz improvisation (5 minutes)

 

Tuba/Euphonium

TCU Tuba/Euphonium undergraduate audition requirements BA, BM, BME

1. A solo of the student’s choice that demonstrates both lyrical and technical ability.

2. Scales - All major scales as many octaves as individually possible plus the chromatic scale 2 octaves (all scales must be played from memory).

MM Euphonium/Tuba:

All prospective students are required to audition on their principal instrument as part of the admission process. This allows the faculty of the School of Music to assess the qualifications of each applicant for admission to the music program. Applicants should select and prepare an audition that demonstrates their highest musical achievements. Audition requirements for performance students in euphonium/tuba are listed below.

MM Tuba:

1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
Bozza, Concertino
Gregson, Concerto
Hindemith, Sonata for Bass Tuba
Vaugh Williams, Concerto in F Minor

2..Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
Blazevich 70 Studies Volume II
Rochut Volume II
Bordogni 43 Bel Canto Studies, Nos. 35-43

3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the Romantic era:

4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

MM Euphonium:

1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
David, Concertino in E-flat, Op. 4
Horovitz, Concerto
Jacob, Fantasia
Mozart, Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191
Pyror, Blue Bells of Scotland

2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
Rochut Volume II
Tyrrell, 40 Progressive Studies, Etude Nos. 35-40

3. Play 3 standard wind ensemble or orchestral excerpts

4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

Artist Diploma

Artist Diploma Tuba:

1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
Bozza, Concertino
Gregson, Concerto
Hindemith, Sonata for Bass Tuba
Vaugh Williams, Concerto in F Minor

2..Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
Blazevich 70 Studies Volume II
Rochut Volume II
Bordogni 43 Bel Canto Studies, Nos. 35-43

3. Play 3 orchestral excerpts from the Romantic era:

4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

Artist Diploma Euphonium:

1. Play one solo comparable in difficulty to:
David, Concertino in E-flat, Op. 4
Horovitz, Concerto
Jacob, Fantasia
Mozart, Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191
Pyror, Blue Bells of Scotland

2. Play one etude comparable in difficulty to:
Rochut Volume II
Tyrrell, 40 Progressive Studies, Etude Nos. 35-40

3. Play 3 standard wind ensemble or orchestral excerpts

4. Play all major and the three forms of all minor scales. (all scales must be played from memory).

 

For further information about the TCU Brass Programs and/or scholarship auditions and dates, write or call:

Dr. Jon Burgess
Division Chair of Brass
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500 - Fort Worth, Texas 76129
1.800.TCU.FROG
817.257.6636 Fax: 817.257.7344
j.burgess@tcu.ed