Tuba & Euphonium Studio

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DECEMBER 1: deadline for Academic Scholarship consideration
MARCH 1: deadline for Music Scholarship consideration


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Undergraduate Euphonium
All undergraduate applicants should prepare:
  • A melodious etude (to demonstrate sound and musicianship)
  • A study (to demonstrate technical facility)
  • All major scales
  • Any solo of your choice
  • Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability
Recommended etudes:
  • Arban's Complete Conservatory Method for trumpet or trombone
  • Blazevich, 70 Studies
  • Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes for the Trombone, vol. 1
  • Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies
  • Tyrell, Advanced Etudes for Trombone
Recommended solos:
  • Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo
  • Clarke, The Bride of the Waves
  • Guilmant, Morceau symphonique for trombone
  • Handel, Aria con variazioni for trumpet
  • Philip Sparke, Pantomime
  • Donald White, Lyric Suite.
All transfer applicants:
  • Should be able to demonstrate at the advanced level
  • Prepare a melodious etude (to demonstrate sound and musicianship)
  • A study (to demonstrate your technical facility)
  • Several of the major orchestral excerpts
  • A solo of your choice


Graduate Euphonium
All graduate applicants should prepare:
  • Two contrasting solos
  • Several of the major band excerpts
  • Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability
Recommended etudes:
  • Arban's Conservatory Method
  • Marcel Bitsch, 20 études pour trompette
  • Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes for the Trombone (down an octave)
  • Charlier, 36 études transcendantes pour trompette
  • Clarke's Technical Studies for the Cornet
Recommended solos:
  • Jan Bach, Concert Variations
  • James Curnow, Symphonic Variants
  • Joseph Horovitz, Concerto
  • Simone Mantia, All Those Endearing Young Charms
  • Ponchielli, Concerto
  • Walter Ross, Capriccio Furioso
  • Alec Wilder, Sonata


Undergraduate Tuba
All undergraduate applicants should prepare:
  • A melodious etude (to demonstrate sound and musicianship)
  • A study (to demonstrate technical facility)
  • A solo and two orchestral excerpts of your choice
  • All major scales
  • Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability
Recommended freshman etudes:
  • Arban, Complete Method for the Tuba, ed. Young
  • Blazevich, 70 Studies
  • Bordogni/Jacobs, Complete Vocalises for Tuba
  • Kopprasch/Young, 60 Studies for tuba
  • Phil Snedecor, Low Etudes
  • Tyrell Advanced Etudes for BB Flat bass
Recommended freshman solos:
  • Bruce Broughton, Sonata
  • Paul Hindemith, Sonata
  • Vincent Persichetti, Serenade No. 12 for Unaccompanied Tuba
  • Halsey Stevens, Sonatina
  • Alec Wilder, Effie Suite
  • Edward Gregson, Concerto
  • Vaughan Williams, Concerto
Recommended orchestra excerpts:
  • Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner
  • The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
  • The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz
  • Symphony No. 5 by Sergie Prokofiev
  • Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler
All transfer applicants:
  • Should be able to demonstrate at the advanced level
  • Prepare a melodious etude (to demonstrate sound and musicianship)
  • A study (to demonstrate your technical facility)
  • Several of the major orchestral excerpts
  • A solo of your choice


Graduate Tuba
All graduate applicants should prepare:
All graduate applicants should be able to demonstrate both the CC and F (or Eb) tubas at the advanced level. DMA applicants should be able to perform at the professional level.
All graduate applicants should prepare:
  • Two contrasting solos
  • Several of the major orchestral and/or band excerpts
  • Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate sight-reading ability
Recommended Solo List:
  • Sonatine by Jacques Casterede (Alphonse Leduc)
  • Concertino by Eugene Bozza (Alphonse Leduc)
  • Three Miniatures by Anthony Plog (Editions BIM)
  • Tuba Concerto by Martin Ellerby (Maecenas Music, Ltd.)
  • Concerto for Tuba and Strings by Arild Plau (Ovation)
  • Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by John Williams (Hal Leonard Corporation)
  • Three Furies by James Grant (Grantwood Music Press)
  • Alarum by Edward Gregson (Intrada Music Publishing)
  • Encounters II by William Kraft (MCA Music/Editions BIM)
Recommended Orchestral Excerpt List:
  • Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner
  • The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
  • Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz
  • The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz
  • Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz
  • Symphony No. 2 by Johannes Brahms
  • Symphony No. 7 by Anton Bruckner
  • Symphonic Metamorphoses by Paul Hindemith
  • Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler
  • Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler
  • Symphony No. 5 by Serge Prokofiev
  • Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 by Serge Prokofiev
  • Fountains of Rome by O. Respighi
  • Sensamaya by Silvestre Revueltas
  • Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss
  • Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky