General guidelines

In addition to the guidelines on this page, be sure to follow the music audition guidelines for all students.

Audition guidelines for brass

Perform two works of contrasting style, chosen from these categories: Baroque period composition; a composition or sonata movement from the Classical or Romantic period; a composition from post-1990.

  • One work should be technical, such as an etude
  • One work should be melodic
  • At least one work must include piano accompaniment

Repertoire suggestions

The following lists are provided to represent sample repertoire only and are not meant to be exclusive listings of acceptable works that may be performed. Please contact your personal music instructor if you need additional help in choosing acceptable audition material. Popular songs are not an accepted form of audition repertoire.


  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 417
    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 477
    • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 495
    • Strauss: Romanze
    • Strauss: Nocturno


  • First movement of a standard repertoire concerto or sonata, such as:
    • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
    • Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E Major, first or third movement
    • Bozza: Badinage
    • Whitney: Concertino
    • Barat: Andante et Scherzo
    • Fitzgerald: Gaelic Suite


  • Ropartz: Andante et Allegro
  • Guilmant: Morceau Symphonic pour Trombone et Piano
  • Marcello/Ostrander: (select 1 from) Six Sonatas for Violoncelli and Cembalo


  • Barat: Andante et Allegro
  • Corelli/Maganini: Suite in B-flat Major
  • Gottwald: Fantasie Heroique, Op. 25


  • Bach/Bell: Air and Bouree
  • Vaughan Williams: Concerto in F minor for Bass Tuba
  • Stevens: Sonatina for Tuba

Audition tips


  • Prepare for sight-reading by sight-reading.
    • Set a metronome.  Don’t stop. 
    • Record it, don’t evaluate as you go; or have someone else evaluate. 
    • Slow, steady tempo
  • Practice major scales up to 5 flats and 4 sharps comfortable (You may not be asked for these but it’s good to be ready.)
    • Two octaves where possible, tongued up, slurred down; quarters and eighths;
    • Chromatic scale in full range of instruments in triplets, as quickly as is comfortable
  • Listen to several versions of recordings of your piece to assist with style and familiarize yourself with accompaniment.


  • You may want to play a few warm-up notes at the beginning of your audition to acquaint yourself with the acoustics of the audition room. 
  • Be sure to tune with the pianist.
    • Let them know ahead of time what tuning notes you need. 
    • Are you confident about how to adjust the tuning if the tone is flat or sharp? (Don’t depend on the accompanist to tell you--practice this!)
  • Be sure to let the stage crew know prior to your entrance if you will be seated or if you will stand so that chairs may be placed and stand heights can be set. 
  • Make any adjustments to the stand and chair, regard spacing and heights before starting. 
  • Be sure to position yourself so that your accompanist can see you breathe.
  • Clear your instrument of moisture before entering the audition room – try to avoid opening the spit valve on the stage floor.