Audition on Tuba

To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Tuba), 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 (Tuba). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Music Performance (Tuba) 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

The following examples of listed repertoire are drawn from all of the main historical periods at a difficulty level suitable to demonstrate the musical and technical proficiency appropriate for the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Tuba). This list is not intended to include all works, but to provide a guideline for the level of difficulty expected of students in this level of music performance study. Repertoire for the entrance audition for the B. Mus. in Music Performance (Tuba) should include works (or individual movements) from at least three of these historical periods and should also be as challenging as the works listed below. Proficiency and advanced progress is also expected on standard etude and technical studies (i.e., Arban, Blazevich, Kopprasch, Bordogni/Rochut).


  • Bach, arr. Bell. Air and Bourree
  • Handel, arr. Barr. Allegro and Sarabande, Concerto in F
  • Handel, arr. Morris. Sonata No. 6
  • Marcello, arr. Little/Nelson. Sonatas No. 1 and No. 5
  • Telemann, arr. Chidester. Adagio and Allegro
  • Telemann, arr. Chidester. Prelude and Allegretto


  • Capuzzi, arr. Catelinet. Andante and Rondo
  • Purcell, arr. Morris. Recitative, Song and Chorus


  • Beethoven, arr. Bell. Variations on a Theme by Handel
  • Mendelssohn. Reverie, Op. 85, No. 1


  • Arnold. Fantasy, Op. 102 (unaccompanied)
  • Beversdorf. Sonata
  • Ewazen. Concerto
  • Frackenpohl. Concertino
  • Gregson. Concerto
  • Haddad. Suite for Tuba
  • Hartley. Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba, Sonata, Sonatina
  • Hindemith. Sonata
  • Jacob. Tuba Suite
  • Nelhybel. Suite for Tuba and Piano
  • Persichetti. Serenade No. 12, Parable XXII
  • Stevens. Sonatina
  • Vaughan Williams. Six Studies in English Folksong
  • Vaughan. Concertpiece No. 1
  • Wilder. Suite No. 1 (�Effie�), Sonata
  • White. Sonata