Trombone Audition Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS (BM, BME)

1. A Rochut/Bordogni Etude of your choice (bass trombones play an octave down if using tenor trombone edition).

2. All tenor and bass trombone applicants must be prepared to perform two contrasting movements (or major sections in the case of single movement works) from the appropriate list of solo works for your major instrument listed below, demonstrating lyrical phrasing and technical proficiency.  Please contact Professor Chasanov at chasanov@illinois.edu  or  click here should you wish to substitute works not listed below.

Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here: recorded audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.

Tenor Trombone Solos
David: Concertino
Guilmant: Morceau Symphonique
Hindemith: Sonate
Larsson: Concertino
Saint Saens: Cavatine
Serocki: Sonatine​

Bass Trombone Solos
Defaye/Knaub:Deux Danses
Hindemith: Dei Leichte Stucke
Jacob: Cameos
Lassen: Fantasy Pieces
Lebedev: Concerto in one movement
McCarty: Sonata​

3. Those auditioning for the Performance Major please note: Applicants for the Performance Degree in either trombone or bass trombone are also required to prepare 3 orchestral excerpts from the lists below:​

Tenor Trombone Audition Excerpts 

Click on links below for printable excerpts (pick 3):
Berlioz    Hungarian March
Mozart    Tuba Mirum (2nd trombone solo from Requiem)
Ravel      Bolero
Wagner  Ride of the Valkyries (both minor and major selections)

Bass Trombone Audition Excerpts 

Click on links below for printable excerpts (pick 3):

Berlioz   Hungarian March
Franck   Symphony in D minor
Haydn   Creation
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries (both minor and major selections)


GRADUATE TENOR TROMBONE REQUIREMENTS

Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload the audition directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.​ 

M.M. in Tenor Trombone:

1. Select 2 works (minimum) from the following list: Bourgeois - Concerto; Bozza - Ballade, Ewazen - Sonata, Grondahl - Concerto, ​Milhaud Concertino d' Hiver; Sulek- Sonata "Vox Gabrieli".
2. Optional alto trombone work(s) of your choice.
3. Required Orchestral Excerpts: Ravel - Bolero, Mahler - Symphony No. 3, Mozart - Requiem, Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries, Rossini - William Tell Overture

D.M.A. or A.D. in Tenor Trombone:

1. Select 2 works (minimum) from the following list: Bourgeois - Concerto; DeFaye - Deux Danse, Martin - Ballade, Milhaud - Concertino d'Hiver; Tomasi - Concerto.
2. Optional alto trombone work(s) of your choice.
3. Required Orchestral Excerpts: Ravel - Bolero, Mahler - Symphony No. 3, Mozart - Requiem, Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries, Rossini - William Tell Overture, Schumann - Symphony 3 "Rhenish".


GRADUATE BASS TROMBONE REQUIREMENTS

M.M. in Bass Trombone:

1. Select 2 works (minimum) from the following list: Brahms - Four Serious Songs, DeFaye/Knaub - Deux Danses, Ewazen - Concertino, Hindemith - Tuba Sonata, Ritter-George - Concerto, White - Tetra Ergon.
2. Required Orchestral Excerpts: Franck - Symphony in d minor, Haydn - Creation, Kodaly - Hary Janos, Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries.

D.M.A. or A.D. in Bass Trombone:

1. Select 2 works (minimum) from the following list: Casterede - Sonatine for Tuba; Ewazen - Concertino, Ritter-George - Concerto, H. Stevens - Tuba Sonata, White - Tetra Ergon, J. Williams - Tuba Concerto.
2. Required Orchestral Excerpts: Franck - Symphony in d minor, Haydn - Creation, Kodaly - Hary Janos, Rossini - William Tell Overture, Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries.