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Trombone Audition Requirements

    Tenor Trombone/Bass Trombone (BME, IND, BA, BS, COMP, THER) Audition Requirements

    Videos should be shot in a way that the mouthpiece/embouchure is clearly visible. Applicants are encouraged to prepare the following:

    • Two contrasting movements from the solo repertoire. Suggested works: 

      • Tenor: David Concertino (mvt 1+2), Saint-Saens Cavatine or comparable selection

      • Bass: Lebedev Concerto in One movement, Koetsier Allegro Maestoso or comparable selection

    • At least one etude. Suggested etude books:

      • Tenor: Bordogni Vocalises, Voxman Selected Studies

      • Bass: Bordogni Vocalises (down octave)

    • (Optional, but encouraged) - Showcase ability in jazz/commercial/electronic music. This can take the form of preparing a lead/bass trombone part from a swing, funk, Latin/salsa chart, and/or improvising over a blues, rhythm changes, or other standard tune(s).

    Additional Requirements for Trombone Performance (BM)

    • At least three standard excerpts (e.g. Berlioz: Hungarian March, Wagner: The Ride of the Valkyries).

    • One contrasting etude (e.g. Bordogni, Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Tyrell).

    Undergraduate Tenor Trombone & Bass Trombone (Jazz Studies, BM) Audition Requirements

    Applicants are encouraged to showcase their versatility on the trombone and use appropriate stylistic effects (i.e. plunger mute). Please prepare the following:

    • One piece from the classical trombone repertoire (i.e. a solo, etude or movement from a concerto or sonata) that demonstrates an understanding of classical trombone tone, phrasing, and style.

    • Major scales. Additional scales are encouraged if prepared.

    • Chromatic scale from lowest to highest notes.

    • Solo transcription, or jazz etude (in swing, funk or Latin/salsa styles).

    • Play the melody and improvise over one jazz standard and medium tempo blues of choice. Be prepared to improvise for several choruses.

      • Possible jazz standards options (but not limited to these): There Will Never Be Another You, Autumn Leaves, It Could Happen to You, All the Things You Are, Blue Bossa, All of Me, Four, On Green Dolphin Street, etc.

      • Applicants must provide their own accompaniment! Play-alongs or good quality accompaniment tracks are acceptable. 

    (Optional but encouraged): Demonstrate lead or bass playing ability by preparing two contrasting excerpts.


    Feel free to reach out to Hakeem Bilal (hakeem.bilal@mail.wvu.edu) with any questions about musical selections.


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