Audition Information

Tuba Graduate Audition Requirements

*Auditions are available on the Saturday of audition weekends only.

*PLEASE NOTE: Tuba auditions will only be held during the January and February audition weekends.

Master of Music (M.M.)
Doctor of Music (D.M.) in Music Literature and Performance

All graduate applicants should be able to demonstrate both the CC and F (or Eb) tubas at the advanced level. DM applicants should be able to perform at the professional level.


Prepare: Two contrasting solos and several of the major orchestral excerpts;

Recommended Solo List:

Sonata (Concerto) by Bruce Broughton (Masters Music Publications)

Sonatine by Jacques Casterede (Alphonse Leduc)

Sonate fur Tuba & Klavier by Zoltan Gardonyi (Edition Walahll)

Sonata by Paul Hindemith (European American-Schott)

Sonata for (F) Tuba and Piano, Op. 34 by Trygve Madsen (Musikk-Huset A/S)

Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Alec Wilder (Mentor Music)

Concertino by Eugene Bozza (Alphonse Leduc)

Three Miniatures by Anthony Plog (Editions BIM)

Tuba Concerto by Martin Ellerby (Maecenas Music, Ltd.)

Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone by Eric Ewazen (Southern Music Company)

Concerto for Tuba and Strings by Arild Plau (Ovation)

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra by John Williams (Hal Leonard Corporation)

Three Furies by James Grant (Grantwood Music Press)

Alarum by Edward Gregson (Intrada Music Publishing)

Encounters II by William Kraft (MCA Music/Editions BIM)

Midnight Realities by Morgan Powell (Brass Music, Ltd)

Salve Venere, Salve Marte by John Stevens (Editions BIM)

Recommended Orchestral Excerpt List:

Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner

The Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz

  • Rehearsal #15 through the third measure of rehearsal #17
    Rehearsal #18 through the fifth measure of rehearsal #19

The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz

Symphony No. 2 by Johannes Brahms

  • Mvt. IV: Rehearsal "O" to the end

Symphony No. 7 by Anton Bruckner

  • Mvt. IV: Rehearsal "P" to rehearsal "S"

Symphonic Metamorphoses by Paul Hindemith

  • Mvt. II: Turandot, Scherzo: complete

Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler

  • Mvt. III: complete

Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler

  • Mvt. V: Chorale, From the second measure of rehearsal #10 through rehearsal #11

Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler

  • Part II. Mvt. 3: Scherzo, from the sixteenth measure of rehearsal #15 through rehearsal #17

Symphony No. 5 by Serge Prokofiev

  • Mvt. I: complete

Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 by Serge Prokofiev

  • Mvt. V: From the fourth measure of rehearsal #49 through rehearsal #51

Fountains of Rome by O. Respighi

Sensamaya by Silvestre Revueltas

  • Rehearsal #2 to rehearsal #11
    Rehearsal #33 to rehearsal #41

Symphony No. 8 by Dimitri Shostakovich

  • Scherzo

Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss

Till Eulenspiegel by Richard Strauss

  • From rehearsal #13 to two measures before rehearsal #14
    From rehearsal #25 to seven measures before rehearsal #26
    From three measures before rehearsal #37 to four measures before

Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky

  • Peasant with Bear: From rehearsal #189 through rehearsal #191
    Masqueraders: From rehearsal #240 through three measure before rehearsal #242