THE FINE ARTS

ALBION COLLEGE

 

Brass/Precussion

Accompanists

The Albion College Music Department makes every effort to provide each student with an accompanist for their audition. Each student is allotted time to rehearse with the accompanist prior to their audition. If you have your own accompanist, you are welcome to bring them. You must bring music for the accompanist! This is not provided.

Audition Expectations

Below is a suggested list of repertoire for each instrument. While we encourage students to perform music which best showcases their abilities, this will provide an example of the type of audition the Albion College Music Department expects from incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition to the prepared materials, a brief sight-reading exercise is expected.

 
 

Trumpet

Scales: Play major and melodic minor scales (up to two octaves where practical) through 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Solos: Select two total to prepare. One from each category or two from one category. Must be contrasting (technical and lyrical). These are recommendations only. Other solos or etudes of equal difficulty may be substituted.

Recommended Solos (with or without accompaniment):

Balay - Prelude et Ballade, or similar piece.

Barat - Any piece.

Clarke - Bride of the Waves, or similar piece.

Haydn - Concerto in E-flat. Any two movements.

Hindemith - Sonata. Any two movements.

Hummel - Concerto. Any two movements.

Kennan - Sonata. Any two movements.

Recommended Etudes:

Arban - Characteristic Studies. Any study.

Clarke - Any characteristic etude or study.

Hering - Any etude.

If you are interested in jazz, and intend to audition in that area, please consult with Dr. James Ball, director of the Albion College Jazz Ensemble.

 

French Horn

Scales: Play major and melodic minor scales (two octaves) through 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Solos: Select two total to prepare. One from each category or two from one category. Must be contrasting (technical and lyrical). These are recommendations only. Other solos or etudes of equal difficulty may be substituted.

Recommended Solos:

Dukas - Villanelle

Heiden - Sonata

Hindemith - Sonata

Mozart - Concertos 1, 2, 3, or 4, or Concerto Rondo. Any 2 movements.

Saint-Saens - Romance

Recommended Etudes:

Kopprasch

Maxime-Alphonse

 

 

Euphonium

Scales: Play major and melodic minor scales (two octaves when possible) through 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Solos: Select two total to prepare. One from each category or two from one category. Must be contrasting (technical and lyrical). These are recommendations only. Other solos or etudes of equal difficulty may be substituted.

Recommended Solos:

Barat - Introduction and Dance

Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique

Mozart - Concerto for Bassoon. 1st or 3rd movement.

Recommended Etudes:

Arban

Fink

Rochut

Tyrell

Voxman

Trombone

Scales: Play all major and melodic minor scales through 3 sharps and 3 flats (two octaves where possible).

Solos: Select two total to prepare. One from each category or two from one category. Must be contrasting (technical and lyrical). These are recommendations only. Other solos or etudes of equal difficulty may be substituted.

Recommended Solos:

Barat - Andante and Allegro

David - Concertino

Grondahl - Concerto. Any movement.

Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique

Jacob - Concerto. Any movement.

Recommended Etudes: (anything by)

Blazhevich

Rochut

Tyrrell

If you are interested in jazz, and intend to audition in that area, please consult with Dr. James Ball, director of the Albion College Jazz Ensemble.

 

Tuba

Scales: Play major and melodic minor scales (two octaves where possible) through 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Solos: Select two total to prepare. One from each category or two from one category. Must be contrasting (technical and lyrical). These are recommendations only. Other solos or etudes of equal difficulty may be substituted.

Recommended Solos:

Curnow - Concertino

Gregson - Tuba Concerto. 1st movement.

Haddad - Suite for Tuba. 1st movement.

Vaughan-Williams - Concerto in f-minor

Recommended Etudes:

Arban

Blazevich

Bordogni

Fink

Tyrell

Percussion

Solos: Select two total to prepare (one pitched and one non-pitched). These are recommendations only. Other solos or etudes of equal difficulty may be substituted. Solos with 2 mallets are required. 4 mallets are optional. The timpani skill level test is also required of students interested in music as a major.

Recommended Snare Solos/Etudes:

Symphonic

Cirone - Portraits in Rhythm

Delecleuse - Methode or Douze Etudes

Peters - Intermediate Studies for Snare

Rudimental

Markovich - Any individual solos

Pratt - 14 Modern Contest Solos

Wolcoxon - All-American Drummer

NOTE: A multiple percussion work may be substituted for the rudimental snare drum demonstration. Arrangements must be made in advance if there are additional instruments needed for a set-up. It is recommended that the student bring their own smaller instruments.

Recommended Mallet Solos:

Four Mallet (optional)

Abe - Works for Marimba

Gomez - Any.

Musser - Any transcriptions.

Peters - Any.

Zivovic - Funny Mallet Series

Two Mallet (required)

Bach, J.S. or other baroque/classical - transcriptions for flute, violin, or cello.

Breuer

Goldenberg - Modern School for Xylophone

Green - Any rags.

Joplin - Any rags.

Timpani Skill Level Test

Demonstrate current ability to match/sing pitches and scales, tune timpani without the aid of a tuner, basic timpani stroke, dampening technique, rolling (single stroke), knowledge of drum sizes and ranges.

NOTE: These skills are not required for acceptance, but are part of the audition to assess current ability level. However, the ability to sing and match pitches is required of music students in general and part of the timpani curriculum for percussion students.

Recommended Timpani Etudes (optional):

Goodman - Modern Method for Timpani

Peters - Fundamental Method for Timpani

Drum set (optional)

It is recommended to demonstrate as many drumming styles as to your current ability level - i.e.: rock, jazz/swing, funk, Latin. You may also choose to perform a transcription of a jazz tune or of another style which accurately represents your current ability level.

If you are interested in jazz, and intend to audition in that area, please consult with Dr. James Ball, director of the Albion College Jazz Ensemble.

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