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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Brass & Percussion

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of the prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

Applicants unable to travel to Denver

While Lamont faculty prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit a recorded VIDEO audition in lieu of the on-campus audition. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application.

Area-Specific Requirements

Euphonium, Horn, PercussionTrombone, Bass Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

Euphonium

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves when possible.
  2. Solo work from one of the following or a piece of similar difficulty.
    • Barat, Andante et Allegro
    • Guillmant, Morceau Symphonique
    • Capuzzi/Catelinet, Andante and Rondo
    • Arban, Characteristic Study No. 1
    • Marcello Sonata in F major (2 contrasting mvts)
    • Marcello Sonata in F minor (2 contrasting mvts)
    • Sparke, Pantomime
    • Curnow, Rhapsody
    • Jacob, Fantasia
  3. One Etude from Bordogni (Rochut) Melodious Etudes, Book One.

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves when possible.
  2. Two contrasting solos of your choice.
  3. One Etude from Bordogni (Rochut) Melodious Etudes, Book One.
  4. Orchestral Excerpts
    • Holst, The Planets (Jupiter and Mars)
    • Mussorgky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition (Bydlo)

Artist Diploma

Horn

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All major scales, two octave, in eighth notes, quarter note = 100 bpm.
  2. Kopprasch, Sixty Selected, etude 6, 8, or 9 or comparable etude
  3. Mozart, Concerto No. 3, K. 447, first movement, or comparable solo
  4. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All major and minor scales, two octaves, in eighth notes, quarter note = 100 bpm.
  2. One Etude from Kopprasch, Kling, Gallay
  3. Two Orchestral excerpts of the auditioner's choice
  4. One solo work minimum difficulty of:
    • Richard Strauss, Concerto 1 or 2
    • Reinhold Gliere, Concerto, Op. 91
    • Robert Schumann, Adagio and Allegro
  5. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Artist Diploma

Percussion

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Snare Drum:
    • Perform a concert solo from the Peters, Cirone, or Delecleuse books
    • Perform a rudimental solo from the Wilcoxon or Pratt books.
    • Demonstrate basic technical knowledge of rudiments and rolls
    • Sight reading
  2. Mallets
    • Perform a two-mallet solo from the standard literature, which may include the Bach Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas.
    • Perform a four-mallet solo
    • All major scales
    • Sight reading
  3. Timpani
    • Perform an etude from either the Goodman Timpani Method or the Friese-Lepak Timpani Method
    • Recognize basic intervals
    • Demonstrate a good sense of pitch

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Snare Drum
    • Perform a concert solo from either the Peters Advanced Etudes or Delecleuse books
    • Perform a rudimental solo from the Pratt book
    • Perform a concert roll from pp-ff-pp
    • Perform three standard excerpts from the orchestral literature
    • Sight reading
  2. Mallets
    • Perform a two-mallet solo from the standard literature, which may include the Bach Violin Partitas or Sonatas plus a two-mallet solo of your choice
    • Perform a four-mallet solo
    • Perform three xylophone or bell excerpts from the standard orchestral literature
    • Sight reading
  3. Timpani
    • Perform an etude from the Delecleuse book
    • Perform a roll pp-ff-pp
    • Perform three standard timpani excerpts from the orchestral literature

Jazz
Artist Diploma

Trombone

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All major scales, two octaves when possible
  2. Solo work from one of the following or a piece of similar difficulty:
    • Barat, Andante et Allegro
    • Guillmant, Morceau Symphonique
    • David, Concertino
    • Galliard, Six Sonatas
    • Marcello Sonatas for Cello
  3. One Etude from Bordogni (Rochut) Melodious Etudes, Book One.

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves when possible.
  2. David, Concertino, 1st movement
  3. Contrasting solo of your choice.
  4. Two contrasting etudes from Bordogni (Rochut) Melodious Etudes, Book One, Tyrrell, 40 progressive Etudes, and/or Bitsch, 15 Rhythmic Studies
  5. Orchestral Excerpts
    • Berlioz, Hungarian March (2nd Trombone)
    • Mozart, Tuba Mirum from the Requiem (2nd Trombone)

Jazz
Artist Diploma

Bass Trombone

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves when possible.
  2. Solo work from one of the following or a piece of similar difficulty.
    • Jacobs, Cameos
    • Lebedev, Concerto in One Movement
    • McCarty, Sonata
    • Galliard, Six Sonatas
  3. One Etude from Bordogni (Rochut) Melodious Etudes, Book One.

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves when possible
  2. Spillman Concerto, first movement
  3. Bach Sarabande (no repeats)
  4. One Etude from Bordogni (Rochut) Melodious Etudes, Book One.
  5. Orchestral Excerpts
    • Berlioz, Hungarian March
    • Haydn, The Creation
    • Schumann, Symphony No. 3, fourth movement

Artist Diploma

Trumpet

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. All major scales, 2 octaves when possible
  2. Pick one from the following selections:
    • One of the 14 Arban Characteristic studies
    • One major solo work for trumpet
    • One Brandt, Bosquet or Charlier etude
  3. Joseph Haydn Concerto for Trumpet, second movement

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. All major and minor scales
  2. 2 octaves when possible
  3. One Charlier etude Student's choice of a major solo work for the trumpet

Jazz
Artist Diploma

Tuba

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Kopprasch "Sixty Selected Studies," #11
  2. Bordogni "Melodious Edudes" #1 (in the Robert King Edition) OR #4 in the Rochut Trombone book, down 1 octave
  3. 2 octave F major scale & 2 octave Bb major scale
  4. Halsey Stevens, Sonatina 1st movement OR Gregson, Concerto 1st movement

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Kopprasch "Sixty Selected Studies," #11
  2. Bordogni "Melodious Edudes" #1 (in the Robert King Edition) as written and down 1 octave OR #4 in the Rochut Trombone book, down 1 and 2 octaves
  3. 3 octave F major scale
  4. Vaughn Williams Concerto - 2nd movement
  5. Contrasting solo of your choice
  6. Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Artist Diploma