Audition Information

UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: TUBA

Freshmen

  1. All Major Scales (two octaves are preferred, but not required for admission) 
  2. A prepared selection drawn from ONE of the following sources: 
   a. Two contrasting etudes, drawn from the following method books:
  • Blazhevich, 70 Studies, Volume 1 (Robert King)
  • Bordogni, 43 Bel Canto Studies (Robert King)
  • Fink, Studies in Legato (Carl Fischer)
  • Tyrrell, Advanced Studies for Bb Bass (Boosey & Hawkes) 
b. Your state’s All-State audition material (prepare contrasting etudes if at all possible)
c. One of the following solos:
 
  • J.S. Bach/William Bell, Air and Bouree (Carl Fischer) (complete work)
  • Benedetto Marcello/Donald Little, Sonata No. 1 in F Major (first two movements) (Southern Music)
  • Don Haddad, Suite (Movement II and either Movement I or III)
  • J. Ed. Barat/Glenn Smith, Introduction and Dance (complete work) (Southern Music)
  • Other works are acceptable, but must be approved by Dr. Perry before the audition
3. Sight Reading 

 

Transfer Students

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves 
  2. A prepared solo from the following list: 
  • Walter Hartley, Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba (complete work)
  • Antonio Capuzzi/Philip Catelinet, Andante and Rondo (complete work) (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Alexei Lebedev, Concert Allegro (complete work)
  • Other works are acceptable, but must be approved by Dr. Perry before the audition
     3. Sight reading 

 

Students interested in auditioning for scholarships should contact University Bands at 601.266.4990. Undergraduate students are encouraged to register at choose.usm.edu and also apply for financial aid at choose.usm.edu

 

UNDERGRADUATE AUDITIONS: EUPHONIUM 

Freshmen

  1. All Major Scales (two octaves are preferred, but not required for admission) 
  2. A prepared selection drawn from ONE of the following sources: 
      a. Two contrasting etudes, drawn from the following method books: 
  • Bordogni/Rochut, Melodious Etudes (Carl Fischer) 
  • Fink, Studies in Legato (Carl Fischer) 
  • Voxman, Selected Studies (Baritone) (Rubank) 
   b. Your state’s All-State audition material (prepare contrasting etudes if at all possible)
   c. One of the following solos: 
  • Barat/Smith, Introduction and Dance (Southern Music) 
  • Davis, Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann (Southern Music) 
  • Guilmant, Morceau Symphonique (Alfred) 
  • James Curnow, Rhapsody (Rosehill Music)
  • Other works are acceptable, but must be approved by Dr. Perry before the audition 
  1. Sight Reading 

 

Transfer Students

Please note: All transfer students will be expected to be fluent in bass clef. Knowledge of tenor clef is desirable but not required. 

  1. All Major Scales, two octaves 
  1. A prepared solo from the following list: 
  • James Curnow, Rhapsody (Rosehill Music) 
  • Antonio Capuzzi/Philip Catelinet, Andante and Rondo (complete work) (Boosey & Hawkes) 
  • Georg Philipp Telemann/Ostrander, Sonata in F minor (International) (movements 1 and 2) 
  • Gordon Jacob, Fantasia (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • Other works are acceptable, but must be approved by Dr. Perry before the audition 
  1. Sight reading 

 

GRADUATE AUDITIONS 

Graduate-level students interested in pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music Degrees at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music are eligible for graduate teaching assistantships, which waive all out-of-state and in-state tuition fees and pay a monthly stipend divided over a nine-month period. Assistantships are granted on a two-year basis and may be renewed for a third year by petition. 

The tuba/euphonium studio graduate assistant typically teaches private lessons and assists with the USM Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. Graduate tuba and euphonium players may also opt for assistantships in other areas, such as jazz, theory, music history, etc. Specific information about graduate assistantships (stipend amounts, academic requirements, etc.) should be directed to the admissions coordinator. 

Graduate tuba and euphonium auditions can be arranged by contacting Dr. Perry to schedule an audition in person on campus. Although live auditions are preferred, audio or video auditions are acceptable if travel distance is prohibitive.  

 

Graduate Audition Requirements (Tuba and Euphonium):

  1. At least three solos from the standard tuba/euphonium repertoire
  2. For tuba: Three orchestral excerpts from the following list: 
  • Wagner, Die Meistersinger, Prelude 
  • Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries 
  • Berlioz, “Rakoczy March” from Damnation of Faust 
  • Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique 
  • Gershwin, An American in Paris 
  • Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel 
     3. For euphonium: Three band excerpts from the following list: 
  • Alford, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise 
  • Shostakovich/Hunsberger, Festive Overture 
  • Holst, Second Suite in F, 1st movement 
  • Persichetti, Symphony No. 6 
  • Barber, Commando March 
  • Grainger, Children’s March