Brass Audition Repertoire

Prescreening recordings are required for all applicants to NEC. The prescreening repertoire does not need to be accompanied unless specifically noted. After reviewing the recording guidelines, please upload your prescreening recording files as part of your online application.

Artist Diploma requirements are found on the Artist Diploma audition requirements page.

Audition Repertoire Guidelines - Updated January 12, 2022

Due to the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, final auditions will move forward with a recorded format. Please refer to the following guidelines as you prepare and record your audition.

  • Recorded auditions must consist of one 10-minute video recorded in one take with no editing permitted. If recordings longer than 10 minutes are submitted, the jury will listen only to the first 10 minutes
  • Selections must be chosen according to the final audition requirements for your instrument as listed below
  • You are encouraged to play a substantial portion of your main solo piece plus two orchestral excerpts, but should exercise your judgment if you wish to include an etude or second piece
  • We would like to hear a range of repertoire with technical and stylistic differences
  • Please pay close attention to the sound quality of your recording so that the jury can accurately assess your playing

French Horn

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  1. Contrasting solo movements from the standard repertoire:
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    •  First Movements to Mozart Concerto No.3 and Strauss Concerto No.1
    •  First Movements to Haydn Concerto No.2 and Hindemith Sonata
    •  First Movements to Franz Strauss Concerto and Beethoven Sonata
  2. 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. 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 Live Audition Repertoire Options:

  1. Contrasting solos from the standard repertoire (entire works):
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    •  Mozart Concerto No.4 and Gliere Concerto
    •  Mozart Concerto No.2 and Strauss Concerto No.2
    •  Haydn Concerto No.1 and Schumann Adagio and Allegro
  2. Orchestral excerpts:
    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 pour une enfante defunte 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)

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Euphonium

  1. Contrasting solos or solo movements (lyrical and technical)
  2. Contrasting etudes, demonstrating lyricism and technique
  3. Chromatic scales, major and minor scales

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Trumpet

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  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 Audition Repertoire Options:

  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)

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Tenor Trombone

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  1. 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. 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. 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 Audition Repertoire Options:

  1. Contrasting movements of the following solos or a piece at a comparable level:
    •  Grondahl Concerto
    •  Tomasi Concerto
    •  Martin Ballade
    •  Creston Fantasy
    •  Milhaud Concertino
  2. Etudes or others at a comparable level:
    •  Bitsch Etudes
    •  Rochut – Book 2 or 3
    •  Bozza Etudes
  3. 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

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Bass Trombone

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  1. 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. Contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice.
  3. Etudes:
    •  Rochut – Book 1 (as written and down or up the octave)
    •  Blazhevich Studies (any edition)
    •  Gillis Etudes
    •  Kopprasch Studies (any edition)

Graduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  1. Two of the following works (or two works at a comparable level):
    •  Koetsier Allegro Maestoso
    •  Castérède Fantasie Concertante or Sonatine
    •  Sachse Concertino
  2. Contrasting orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice
  3. 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)

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.

 

Tuba

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  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:
    •  Vaughan Williams - Concerto (movements 1 and 2)
    •  Hindemith - Sonata for Tuba

Graduate Audition Repertoire Options:

  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. Solos:
    •  Vaughan Williams - Concerto
    •  Penderecki
    •  Koetsier - Sonata
    •  Bach - Flute Partita
    •  Casterade - Sonata
    •  John Williams - Tuba Concerto

NEC encourages applicants to submit diverse repertoire, including works composed by women, people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, and/or musicians from one's own cultural background.