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Graduate Trombone Auditions

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Trombone Audition Days

  • February 9
  • February 10
  • February 16

Application and Audition Registration

Please see Graduate Admission for School of Music application and audition registration information


No prescreening required

Preparation Requirements

  • Two solos, selected from different historical periods of music, and of difficulty and quality appropriate for performance at the doctoral level.
  • Etudes (see below)
  • Orchestral excerpts (see below)

Time Requirement

The audition should consist of approximately 20 minutes of playing.


Accompaniment is suggested but not required. If you choose to audition with accompaniment, you will need to bring your own accompanist with you to the audition

Technical Requirements

No technical requirements

Required Repertoire

Master of Music in Horn Performance:

  • A complete Concerto or Sonata from the standard repertoire
  • One unaccompanied piece for solo horn, or an etude of similar substance
  • Five orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire, including:
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, movement 2, mm. 9-28, horn 1
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Lustige Streiche, opening to rehearsal 1, horn 1

Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance:

  • Two complete solo works from the standard repertoire.
  • One substantial unaccompanied piece for solo horn
  • Eight orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire, including:
  • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, mvt. 1, rehearsal 17-21, horn 1
  • Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, opening to rehearsal 5, horn 1
  • Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel, opening to rehearsal 1, horn 1
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, mvt. 2, mm. 9-28, horn 1
  • Wagner, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, short call

Judging Criteria

  • Tone Quality
  • Musicianship
  • Overall Control
  • Competency
  • Technique

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the audition and number of applicants, we will not be able to provide individual comments. All decisions made will be final.


  1. When will I hear about my results?
    1. You will be notified via formal letter about your audition results in early March

Contact Information

Dr. Jonathan Allen

Allison Bierman, Admissions Counselor

                (319) 335-3994