Audition Repertory for Horn


Applicants should prepare at least two original solo works and one étude or study. Each applicant should be prepared to play two or three passages from the orchestral repertoire, and all scales and arpeggios that demonstrate musicianship and technique. Applicants should be prepared to sight read literature appropriate to the instrument. Auditions should be performed without accompaniment.

Below are examples of literature appropriate for an audition. It is recommended that an applicant select works that demonstrate cantilena style (slow tempo, legato melodic lines, sustained phrasing, singing tone quality) and technical facility (fast tempo, variety in rhythm, correct phrasing, tone quality, clean articulation).

Solo work: First movement exposition only of Strauss or Mozart Concerto. Excerpts from: Brahms Symphony No. 3 scherzo movement and first horn solo of Shostakovitch Symphony No. 5 low tutti section 1st movement, Wagner short call from Siegfried’s Rhine Journey and Strauss Til Eulenspiegel opening 1st horn calls.

MM & Performance Diploma

Applicants should prepare three compositions, one from the Baroque or Classical periods, one from the Romantic period, and one from the Contemporary period. Applicants may also offer orchestral excerpts suitable to his or her own instrument.

DMA & Artist Diploma

Applicants should prepare material equivalent to a master’s-level recital program.