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Undergraduate Horn Auditions

Horn player rehearses on stage.

Horn Audition Days

  • February 16
  • February 17

Audition Day Information

The submission deadline for undergraduates to file the School of Music supplemental application is February 1.


No prescreening required

Preparation Requirements

Two contrasting pieces of music

Time Requirement

The audition will be in a lesson format with a full duration of 20 minutes. Please prepare at least 10 minutes of music.


No accompaniment required

Technical Requirements

No technical requirements

Suggested Repertoire

Example Etude books:

  • Jacques-François Gallay, 12 Etudes for Second Horn, Op. 57 
  • Georg Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies
  • Maxime-Alphonse, New Melodic and Gradual Studies for Horn, Book 2
  • Max P. Pottag, Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work
  • John R. Shoemaker, Legato Etudes for Horn

Example solo pieces:

  • Eugene Bozza, Chant Lointain
  • Paul Dukas, Villanelle
  • Rheinhold Gliere, Four Pieces, Op. 35 (select one)
  • W.A. Mozart, Concerto No. 3, KV 447, movement 1
  • Camille Saint-Saens, Morceau de Concert, Op. 94, movement 1
  • Franz Strauss, Concerto, Op. 8, movement 1
  • Richard Strauss, Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, movement 1
  • Gilbert Vinter, Hunter’s Moon

Having trouble finding music? Please reach out to Dr. Ambrose for PDFs of suggested pieces.

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 am I considered for scholarship?
    1. You are considered for scholarship at the time of audition
  2. When will I hear about my results?
    1. You will be notified via formal letter about your audition results and music scholarship results in early March

Contact Information

Dr. Katy Ambrose

Allison Bierman, Admissions Counselor

                (319) 335-3994