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Auditions: Undergraduate - Trombone

Trombonists may choose to perform either a classical or jazz audition. Applicants who wish to schedule both may do so.

Successful applicants will be assigned to the applied studios within the category (classical or jazz) for which they have auditioned. If an applicant wishes to study in both the jazz and classical studios they must participate in both a classical and jazz audition. Students may choose to audition on either tenor or bass trombone. Euphonium students must audition on (slide) trombone.

Please see the audition requirements below.


Prepare two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertoire, scales and sight-reading. ​

Jazz Trombone

All jazz applicants (regardless of intended major) are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our upload page​​​​, under "Portfolio Submission", by December 1. Pre-screenings must be in video format. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.​

Pre-Screening Requirements​

  • Prepare Bordogni/Rochut etude #1

  • Prepare "Now's the Time" from Charlie Parker, Aebersold-volume 6 - Play the head twice and improvise for at least four choruses.

Live Audition Requirements

  • Prepare one short Bordogni/Rochut etude of your choosing (this will be a lyrical selection)

  • Prepare one short etude such as Arban, Mantia, Kopprasch, etc. (to serve as a technical selection)

  • Prepare "Billie's Bounce" from the Charlie Parker Aebersold CD (play the head, improvise for several choruses, etc)

  • Be prepared to sightread portions of several big band charts

  • Be prepared to sightread and improvise on a jazz standard from an Aebersold CD​