Brass

Each audition recording should include scales unless otherwise noted. Sight-reading will take place during the faculty interview portion. To submit a recording, students must apply first through the regular Gettysburg College application process. Students will then be able to upload their recordings to their application portal. For individual instrument requirements, please see below.

Trumpet

For all degree areas: A major (2 octaves); C# major (1 octave); Ab Major (2 octaves); Chromatic scale (2 octaves, or up to the highest comfortable note)

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • Perform three compositions which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Music Minor

  • Perform two compositions or movements which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Trumpet Suggested Repertoire*

  • Arban, any characteristic study
  • Arutunian, Concerto
  • Balay, Petite Piece Concertante
  • Charlier, any etude
  • Clarke, The Debutante
  • Haydn, Trumpet Concerto in Eb – mvt 1 or 2
  • Hindemith, Sonata – any movement
  • Hummel, Concerto in Eb – mvt 1 or 2
  • Kennan, Sonata - mvt 1

*Please reach out to Dr. Marx at smarx@gettysburg.edu if you would like approval to perform a piece that is not listed above


French Horn

Techniques

  • Major scales tongued in eighth notes, quarter note = 72.
  • Lip slurs, quarter note pattern from Farkas "The Art of French Horn Playing"

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • Perform three compositions which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Music Minor

  • Perform two compositions or movements which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Suggested Repertoire

  • Mozart, Concerto
  • Strauss, Concerto
  • Saint-Saens, Morceau de Concert
  • Beethoven, Sonata
  • Saint-Sans, Romance

Trombone

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • All major and minor scales, two octaves
  • Perform three compositions which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Music Minor

  • All major scales, two octaves
  • Perform two compositions or movements which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Suggested Repertoire for Tenor Trombone

  • Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique
  • Barat, Andante et Allegro
  • Marcello, Sonatas in F or E
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Concerto

Suggested Repertoire for Bass Trombone

  • Gillis, 70 Progressive Studies for the Modern Bass Trombonist
  • Muller, Praeludium, Chorale, Variations and Fugues

Euphonium

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • All major and minor scales, two octaves
  • Perform three compositions which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Music Minor

  • All major scales, two octaves
  • Perform two compositions or movements which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Suggested repertoire:

  • Arban, The Famous Arban's Book for Trombone
  • Marcello, Sonatas in F Major or e minor
  • Mead, Badinerie from Performance Studies
  • Curnow, Rhapsody

Tuba

Bachelor of Music in Performance

  • All major and minor scales, two octaves
  • Perform three compositions which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Music Minor

  • All major scales, two octaves
  • Perform two compositions or movements which demonstrate contrasting styles.

Suggested repertoire:

  • J.S. Bach, Air and Bouree
  • Haddad, Suite for Tuba
  • Catozzi, Sonatina
  • Tcherephinin, Andante, op. 64
  • Strauss, Nocturne for Tuba and Piano

To schedule a meeting or private lesson with a faculty member, please contact Ms. Lisa Graham-Herrick at lgraham@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6239. For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Amanda Heim at aheim@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6146.