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Auditions: Undergraduate - Trumpet

Trumpeters 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.

Please see the audition requirements below.

Classical

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

Jazz Trumpet

All jazz applicants (regardless of intended major) are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our upload page 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. Upon passing the pre-screening, you will receive notification by no later than December 20 inviting you to schedule your live audition. 

Pre-Screening Requirements

Applicant should pick one tune from each category. Recordings can be with a live rhythm section, or prerecorded rhythm backing track. If recorded with a live rhythm section, please make sure that the applicant is the only soloist featured. Tunes should be performed in their most common key.

Blues
(chose one from the following list)
Billie's Bounce, Byrdlike, Whims of Chambers (F), Blue Monk, Tenor Madness (Bb)

Standard
(chose one from the following list)
Autumn Leaves (G-), There Will Never Be Another You (F), Recordame (A-), Triste (Bb), Just Friends, All the Things You Are

Rhythm Changes
(chose one from the following list)
Oleo, Anthropology, Cottontail (Bb); Fungi Mamma, Chasing The Bird (F)

Ballad
(chose one from the following list)
Body and Soul, Embraceable You, You Don't Know What Love Is, Lover Man, Soul Eyes

Applicant's choice of an additional selection
Such as: Joy Spring, There Will Never Be Another You, Groovin' High​, On Green Dolphin Street, Confirmation, Stella By Starlight, All The Things You Are

(Optional) Applicant's choice of an original composition

Classical Component
In addition to jazz répertoire, please be prepared to play a piece demonstrating your abilities in the classical style.

Movement II, Haydn Concerto For Trumpet or similar lyrical solo

Arban's Complete Conservatory Method
pp.150 #56 @mm=95; pp. 20 #46 @mm=100-120 (quarter note)

Lead trumpet (optional)
If you are interested in a focus of lead trumpet playing, please include:

Three contrasting excerpts from the big band repertoire

Ascending chromatic scale to your highest comfortable top of your range, with a fermata on that note

Candidates who have been extended an offer to live auditions, should be prepared to play the same selections as their video audition, and will be asked to sight-read chord changes and typical jazz ensemble parts.


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