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Trombone Audition Repertoire

This recently-revised trombone audition requirement list may be used as a guide for your 2018-2019 Peabody trombone audition. If you have already chosen repertoire different than what is on this list, you are welcome to use that for your audition.

There are no prescreening requirements for Peabody trombone applicants.

Bachelor of Music (BM)

Trombone

  1. One lyrical étude by Bordogni, Book One
  2. One technical étude by Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Tyrell, Voxman (or equivalent)
  3. One solo, or one movement of a concerto, of the applicant’s choice

Orchestral Excerpts are not required for Bachelor of Music auditions.

Applicants may be asked to play two-octave major and minor scales and to read at sight.

Bass Trombone

  1. A solo of the applicant’s choice (the complete work, or certain movements of a multi-movement work).
  2. An etude by Bordogni/Rochut, down one octave from printed.
  3. A technical etude of the applicant’s choice. Examples: Blazhevich (tuba or Vernon edition), Tyrell (tuba), Grigoriev (tuba), Gillis, Maenz, Pederson, or others.
  4. Major scales in a moderate tempo (articulated, tenuto) may be asked in order to hear sound and intonation through the applicant’s entire range.

Orchestral Excerpts are not required for Bachelor of Music auditions.

Transfer applicants are required to prepare at least three standard orchestral excerpts of contrasting style.

Master of Music (MM) & Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD)

Trombone

  1. One lyrical étude by Bordogni, Book One (prepared as written, as well as down one octave, tenor clef, and tenor clef down one octave)
  2. One technical étude of advanced difficulty by Arban, Bitsch, Blazhevich (or equivalent)
  3. One complete major concerto or solo work
  4. Three or four orchestral excerpts to be chosen from the following (all first trombone excerpts unless otherwise specified)
    • Berlioz Hungarian March (2nd Trombone)
    • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
    • Mahler Symphony No 3
    • Mozart Requiem, “Tuba mirum” (2nd Trombone)
    • Ravel Boléro
    • Rossini “La Gazza Ladra” Overture
    • Saint-Säens Symphony No 3, “Organ”
    • Schumann Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”
    • Wagner Ride of the Valkyries

Applicants may be asked to play two-octave major and minor scales and to read at sight in various clefs. ​

Bass Trombone

Please prepare the undergraduate requirements listed above, including at least three standard orchestral excerpts of contrasting styles.

Artist Diploma (AD)

AD applicants must prepare a program of no less than 70 minutes duration, representing at least three style periods and including at least two large-scale works.