Audition Repertory for Trumpet

Prescreening Requirement: Trumpet applicants to all degree and diploma programs who wish to audition in Boston must first submit a prescreening video recording following the repertory guidelines below no later than December 1. Physical recordings sent in the mail are not acceptable. If you plan to audition by recording only, please use our DecisionDesk portal to submit your final audition electronically. Accompaniment is not required for prescreening videos.

Bachelor of Music

BM Prescreening

    • Characteristic Study #1 from J.B. Arban Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet (Cornet)
    • Etude #2, 4 or 6 from Théo Charlier 36 Études Transcendantes
    • One movement from a solo of the applicant’s choosing

BM Audition

    • All selections from the prescreening list
    • Three excerpts (all Trumpet 1) chosen by the applicant from among:
      • Copland: An Outdoor Overture (lyrical solo)
      • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (mvt. 1, opening solo)
      • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (opening Promenade)
      • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (mvt. 1, Figure 2 to Figure 3)
      • Respighi: Pines of Rome (mvt. 2 offstage solo)
      • Stravinsky: Petrushka (Ballerina’s Dance)
    • Sight reading and playing by ear will also be tested

MM & Performance Diploma

MM & PD Prescreening

    • Etude #1, 3 or 5 from Marcel Bitsch Vingt Études
    • Etude #2, 4 or 6 from Marcel Bitsch Vingt Études
    • Arthur Honegger Intrada
    • Orchestral excerpts (all Trumpet 1):
      • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (mvt. 1, mm. 1-13)
      • J.S. Bach: Magnificat (mvt. 1, mm. 1-15)
      • Gershwin: Concerto in F (mvt. 2, m.5 to Figure 1)

MM & PD Audition

    • All selections from the prescreening list
    • One movement from a solo of the applicant’s choosing
    • Sight reading (including standard orchestral excerpts) and playing by ear will also be tested

DMA & Artist Diploma

DMA & AD Prescreening

    • Two movements (one slow, one fast) from a Baroque era concerto
    • J. Haydn Concerto in E flat (mvt. 1, with cadenza composed by the applicant)
    • One movement from a post-1930 sonata for trumpet and piano
    • One movement from a post-tonal work
    • Orchestral excerpts (all Trumpet 1):
      • Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Mambo, from the high solo to the end of the movement)
      • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (mvt. 4, Letters C-D and T-U)
      • Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy (7 before Figure 11 to 9 before Figure 20)

DMA Audition

    • All selections from the pre-screening list
    • Additional solo repertoire as offered by the applicant (optional)
    • Sight reading (including standard orchestral excerpts) and playing by ear will also be tested

AD Audition

    • Material equivalent to a masters-level recital program.