Audition on Trumpet

To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Trumpet), a student must pass an entrance audition before a faculty jury of three, to be appointed by the chairperson. The audition will occur near the end of the second semester of college and must demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well challenging repertoire representing several historical periods and styles. A student wishing to perform an entrance audition must notify the chairperson in writing at least three weeks prior to the audition. Only after passing the entrance audition may the student declare as a major the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Trumpet). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Trumpet) may declare a major in Music prior to the semesters stated above but will be listed as a candidate for the B.A. Music until he or she passes the audition. A student who does not pass the entrance audition in the second semester may have a second opportunity in the third semester.

Repertoire Requirements

During the four years of study toward the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Trumpet), performance and study repertoire should include works from the Baroque period through the present. Repertoire should be at a level of technical attainment and musical expressiveness comparable to, but not limited by, the examples given below. By the time of preparation for the required Junior and Senior recitals, candidates should be able to demonstrate performance proficiency on the C, E-flat/D, and B-flat/A piccolo trumpets in addition to the trumpet in B-flat. Repertoire for recitals should be chosen accordingly. Candidates should be able to demonstrate proficiency in fundamental skills such as lip slurs, multiple tonguing, major and minor scales, sight-reading and transposition.

Candidates interested in jazz performance should demonstrate as well:

1) memorization of several standard jazz tunes or heads such as those in the Charlie Parker Omnibook or the New Real Book, Vol. 2, both listed below;

2) memorization of at least two choruses of one bebop solo by an established jazz (trumpet) master;

3) knowledge of twelve-bar blues and standard harmonic progressions, including minimal ability to play progressions or changes at the keyboard;

4) demonstrated ability to transcribe in correct musical notation improvised solo choruses illustrating the blues, Rhythms, and standard ii-V progressions.

Repertoire for the entrance audition for the Bachelor of Music in Trumpet should include a minimum of one selection each from any two of the following categories. If one of the selected categories Orchestral Excerpts, please prepare a minimum of two excerpts. (Note: Candidates specializing in jazz, please prepare one selection each from any three of the following categories.)

Studies and Etudes

  • Arban. 14 Characteristic Studies
  • Kopprasch. 60 Studies (Books I & II) [ed. Voisin; International]
  • Brandt. 34 Studies (ed. Nagel; International)
  • Smith. Top Tones: Thirty Modern Etudes (Carl Fischer)
  • Sachse. 100 Etudes (G. Schirmer)
  • Voxman (ed.). Selected Studies (Rubank)
  • Charlier. 36 Etudes Transcendantes (Leduc)
  • Foveau. Petite Trompette dans les Ouevres de J. S. Bach (Leduc)
  • 20th Century Orchestra Studies (G. Schirmer; compiled G. Johnson)
  • Copland for Trumpet (Boosey & Hawkes)

B-flat Trumpet

  • Hindemith. Sonata
  • Stevens. Sonata (also C trumpet)
  • Artunian. Concerto
  • Peeters. Sonata
  • Kennan. Sonata
  • Ewazen. Sonata
  • Hummel. Concerto (ed. Ghitalla) [also E-flat trumpet]
  • Turrin. Caprice (also C trumpet); Psalm
  • Hovhaness. Prayer of St. Gregory (also C trumpet)

C Trumpet

  • Goedike. Concert Etude (ed. Glover)
  • Riisager. Concertino
  • Copland. Quiet City (also B-flat trumpet)
  • Enesco. Legende
  • Stevens. Sonata (also B-flat trumpet)
  • Planel. Concerto
  • Lovelock. Concerto
  • Hovhaness. Prayer of St. Gregory (also B-flat trumpet)
  • Turrin. Caprice (also B-flat trumpet)
  • Honegger. Intrada
  • Sculthorpe. Port Arthur: In Memoriam

E-flat Trumpet

  • Haydn. Concerto (Crown Music Press, with four famous cadenzas)
  • Hummel. Concerto (Crown Music Press)
  • Neruda. Concerto

Piccolo Trumpet in

  • Clarke. The Prince of Denmark's March
  • Stanley. Voluntary
  • Purcell. Sonata; Trumpet Tune
  • Mouret. Rondeau
  • Torelli. Concerto in D (Etienne Roger)
  • Fasch. Concerto in D
  • Tartini. Concerto in D
  • Vivaldi. Concerto in C for Two Trumpets
  • Handel. Let the Bright Seraphim
  • Handel. The Trumpet Shall Sound from The Messiah
  • Leopold Mozart. Concerto in D
  • Baldassare. Sonata No. 1 in F

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Beethoven. Leonore Overtures 2 and 3
  • Mussorgsky-Ravel. Promenade and Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle from Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Respighi. The Pines of Rome (offstage solo)
  • Stravinsky. Petrouchka (Ballerina's Dance); The Firebird; l'Histoire du Soldat; Song of the Nightingale; Pulcinella; le Sacre du Printemps
  • Mahler. Symphonies Nos. 1, 3 (Posthorn Solo), and 5 (opening solo)
  • Ravel. Concerto in G; Bolero
  • Dvorak. Symphonies 8 and 9
  • Tchaikovsky. Symphonies 4, 5 and 6; Romeo and Juliet; Capriccio Italien; The Nutcracker (Spanish Dance)
  • Shostakovich. Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 10
  • Prokofiev. Symphony No. 5; Suite from Lieutenant Kije
  • Bartok. Concerto for Orchestra
  • Hindemith. Concert Music for Strings and Brass
  • Copland. Outdoor Overture, Fanfare for the Common Man, Rodeo; El Salon Mexico, Lincoln Portrait
  • Debussy. Fetes from Three Nocturnes; La Mer
  • Strauss. Ein Heldenleben, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel's Lustige Streiche, Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Wagner. Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Siegfried Idyll
  • Gershwin. An American in Paris, Piano Concerto in F
  • Rimsky-Korsakoff. Capriccio Espagnol, Scheherezade
  • Revueltas. Sensemaya
  • Handel. The Messiah
  • Bach. Magnificat; Christmas Oratorio; Mass in B Minor; Cantatas 51, 80 and 147;
    Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D
  • Verdi. Requiem
  • Franck. Symphony in D Minor
  • Bizet. Carmen
  • Kodaly. Hary Janos Suite
  • Holst. The Planets


  • Charlie Parker Omnibook (ed. Aebersold)
  • Clifford Brown Complete (trans. Lewis)
  • The New Real Book, Vol. 2 (also Vols. 1 & 3)
  • Basie/Nestico Lead Trumpet Book (dist. Aebersold)
  • Thad Jones Lead Trumpet Book (dist. Aebersold)
  • The Best of Lee Morgan (trans. Redd)
  • Jazz Giants. Freddie Hubbard (Hal Leonard)
  • The Dizzy Gillespie Collection (dist. Aebersold)
  • Woody Shaw - Jazz Trumpet Solos (trans. Carle; dist. Aebersold)
  • Miles Davis - Standards; Originals, Vols. 1 & 2 (Hal Leonard)
  • Great Trumpet Solos of Louis Armstrong (trans. Ecklund)
  • Louis Armstrong. A Jazz Master (dist. Aebersold)
  • Blue Mitchell Solos (trans. Bunnell; pub. Aebersold)
  • Red Rodney Solos. Then and Now (dist. Aebersold)
  • The Artistry of Roy Eldridge (dist. Aebersold)
  • Wynton Marsalis. Standards (dist. Aebersold)
  • Jazz Conception Series. Trumpet (Snidero; dist. Aebersold)
  • Jazz Trumpet (internet site)
  • Transcriptions and analyses