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School of Music

Trumpet Studio

Audition Information

To set-up an audition, visit:  SCHEDULE AUDITION.

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Studio Audition Requirements

Trumpet
Undergraduate - BA/Music Minor

Candidates in the brass area should prepare two movements from different compositions of choice from the standard solo repertoire that show a contrast in style (one fast and the other slow and lyrical). Two single movement works are also acceptable. All-State materials are also acceptable for this degree only. Accompaniment is not required. Auditions run approx. 10 minutes in length. Sightreading and scales may be asked.

Undergraduate - Music Education (BMUED, non-performance)

Please prepare movement I from the Kent Kennan Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. No accompaniment is required.
Auditions run approx. 10 minutes in length. Sightreading and scales may be asked.

Undergraduate - Performance (BM & PC)

  • Kent Kennan, Sonata for Trumpet (Mvt I & II) or Halsey Stevens, Sonata for Trumpet (Mvt I & II)
  • Orchestral Excerpts:Mahler 5 (opening), Pictures (opening), Pines of Rome (off stage solo)
Auditions run approx. 10 minutes in length. Sightreading and scales may be asked.


TRUMPET
Graduate - (MM & DMA
)

Graduate auditions are prescreened in the USC trumpet studio. Your video recording must be presented in a digital format through vimeo, youtube, or dropbox by Dec. 30 (please send link to Prof. James Ackley via email). Finalists will be chosen and invited to take part in a live audition (sometime between January & March). All finalist are considered for the TA position (if a TA position is available - please contact Prof. Ackley to see if a TA position is available in trumpet). Materials for both the video recording and the live audition must contain:

Masters audition requirements:

  • Longinotti Etude No. 7, complete
  • Haydn or Hummel Trumpet Concerto (Mvt. I, with cadenza)
  • Honegger Intrada
  • Orchestral Excerpts:  Mahler 5 (opening & lyrical solo - 1 before No. 13 through No. 14), Petroushka (Ballerina Dance), Pictures (opening), Pines of Rome (offstage), Leonore No. 3.  

DMA audition requirements:

  • Choice of a piccolo trumpet work (Mvt I only - Fasch, Tartini, Torelli, Corelli, Telemann, Richter, et al.)
  • Longinotti Etude No. 7, complete
  • Tomasi Concerto (Mvt. I)
  • Orchestral Excerpts: Mahler 5 (opening & lyrical solo - 1 before No. 13 through No. 14), Petroushka (Ballerina Dance), Pictures (opening), Pines of Rome (offstage), Leonore call No. 3.

Live audition durations are approx. 20-25 minutes in length. Sightreading and scales may be asked based on time allowed.  An "interview" may also be a part of the audition. No accompaniment required.


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