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Undergraduate

Admission into performance programs (MUP 127/327) requires more advanced development of embouchure, articulation, range, tone and flexibility than is required for music education, theory, therapy, and Bachelor of Arts (MUP 111/311) programs. While orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

The entrance audition must display a level of development that allows you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. More information here. Application deadline for fall, 2015 admission: January 5, 2015.

  • Major scales in two octaves
  • Sight-reading
  • Two contrasting movements from works that are comparable in difficulty to the following representative samples: Hindemith - Sonata; Mozart - Concerto No. 2, 3, or 4; F. Strauss - Nocturno; R. Strauss - Concerto No. 1

Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts

The entrance audition must display a level of development in embouchure, articulation, range, tone, flexibility and musicality that allows you to start with the listed repertoire or comparable literature. Live and recorded auditions are accepted; however, a slightly longer program of music is suggested for recorded auditions. Piano accompaniment is not required for brass auditions. Application deadline for fall, 2015 admission: December 1, 2014.

  • Transposing at sight
  • Orchestral excerpts to include Brahms, Symphony No. 3 (third movement - first horn), Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel (opening calls - first horn), and four other orchestral excerpts of the applicant’s choice
  • Two works that are comparable in difficulty to the following representative samples: Dukas – Villanelle; Gliere - Concerto; Haydn - Concerto No. 1; Jacob - Concerto; Mozart - Concerto No. 2 or 4; Schumann - Adagio and Allegro; R. Strauss - Concerto No. 2

Prescreening for doctoral applicants: In order to be considered for a live, in-person audition, applicants for all doctoral performance concentrations at ASU must submit a prescreening recording by October 1 for spring admission and December 1 for fall admission. The brass requirements are:

  1. Two solo works or movements of contrasting style.
  2. Three standard excerpts.

See also this page in the ASU School of Music website for more information and also this page in Horn Matters. Submissions may be in video or audio format.

Note: If there is a difference between the ASU School of Music website and this page in terms of Horn Audition Requirements, this page is the current version.


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