Brass and Percussion Audition Information
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The audition dates for Brass and Percussion have passed.
If you are interested in auditioning at this time,
please contact Dr. Christopher Bianco.
Once your form is received, you will be contacted to schedule your audition time.
For questions please contact:
Dr. Christopher Bianco, Brass and Percussion Area Coordinator
PAC 23; (360) 650-3404; Christopher.Bianco@wwu.edu
Out-of State students sending a recording please fill out and attach this form with your recording: Entrance Audition Form (pdf)
Acceptance into the Department of Music does not guarantee acceptance into the University. For more information on applying to WWU, visit WWU Admissions.
Students should use the below information to help them craft an audition that best shows their talents and abilities. Consultation with private instructor will also help students to prepare a quality audition. Students are NOT REQUIRED to play all of the repertoire below. These are suggested guidelines to help you prepare your audition.
Horn -- 2 or 3 etudes from “Method for French Horn” by Pottag, (ed. Hovey). Mozart “Concerto No. 3” or Saint-Saens “Romance.” Major & minor scales & arpeggios through 4 sharps & 4 flats (2 octaves).
Trumpet -- 1 or 2 etudes from “34 Studies” by Brandt (ed. Nagel). Haydn “Concerto” (1st & 2nd movements), or Vidal “Concertino” or Thome “Fantasy in Eb” or Corelli “Sonata VIII”, (ed. Fitzgerald). Major & minor scales & arpeggios through 4 sharps & 4 flats (2 octaves).
Tenor/Bass Trombone & Euphonium -- 2 or 3 studies from “Melodious Etudes” by Rochut, Book I. Studies 1-10 of the Blashevich Clef Studies. 5 selected studies from the Arban Method book I. Major & minor scales & arpeggios through 4 sharps & 4 flats (2 octaves).
Tuba -- Any 2 of the first four solos in “Solos for the Tuba Player” by Wekselblatt. First 10 studies from the “Studies for BBb Tuba” by Tyrell. Major & minor scales through 4 sharps & 4 flats (2 octaves).
Percussion -- On entering, percussion students should demonstrate proficiency in snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion, and have some experience and ability on drum set and accessory instruments (bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, etc.).
- Snare Drum -- The 40 Percussive Arts Society snare drum rudiments, a concert and a rudimental style etude or solo.
- Timpani -- Demonstrate the ability to tune various intervals and perform an etude or solo using four drums.
- Keyboard Percussion (Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone) -- Major and minor scales and arpeggios through 4 sharps and 4 flats (2 octaves), an etude or solo utilizing two and/or four mallet techniques.
- Drum Set (optional) -- Demonstrate knowledge of various contemporary styles (Jazz, Rock, Latin) and the ability to maintain a steady pulse.