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Admission Audition Requirements

For New Horn Students

In order to study Horn at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. This step is required to complete your acceptance into the CWU Department of Music program. This audition gives us an opportunity to hear the level you have achieved in your musical skills and it gives you the opportunity to discuss your development with collegiate instructors. Performance entrance standards may be found at the bottom of the page. For more details about the admissions process pleas visit our Music Program Auditions & Admissions page.

For Horn Students Pursuing a Performance Degree

If you would like to audition for admission to the BM in Performance, we recommend preparing and performing a solo that best demonstrates your current skills.  It is desirable to choose a piece that is competitive at the district or (preferably) state contest level, emphasizing both musical and technical capabilities. Though there are many pieces that are technically and musically more difficult than the list below, we suggest only that you choose carefully so as to present what you do well, not what you have yet to learn. If you have any questions about audition repertoire, please e-mail Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker or phone 509-963-1226.

  • The first movement of any Mozart concerto, especially Nos. 2, 3, or 4
  • A movement or two from any concerto by Richard or Franz Strauss
  • Movement 1 or 3 from Sonata in F major by Beethoven
  • Concert piece (aka Morceau de Concert), op. 94 by Saint-Saens.
  • Sonata No. 2 by Luigi Cherubini
  • Villanelle by Paul Dukas
  • En Foret by Eugene Bozza

For Horn Students Pursuing a Music Ed. or Composition Degree

In general, there is no difference in the expectations of performance level for any music major, but those who wish to major in music education, but may feel under-prepared or insecure about their current performance skills, may choose a piece of music that demonstrates either musical or
technical skills, e.g.:

  • Slow or less technically difficult movements from any of the pieces listed above (e.g., Mozart, Strauss, Saint Saens)
  • Shorter, single movement pieces that demonstrate some musical capabilities (e.g.,
    • Gliere Intermezzo or Nocturne
    • Glazunov Reverie
    • Saint Saens Romance, op. 36
    • Effinger Rondo
    • F. Strauss Les Adieux


  • A solo that demonstrates the student's highest level of technical and musical achievement.
  • In addition to an audition, students should also expect to interview with Music Education or Composition faculty as a part of their visit to campus.  

Transfer Students

Transfer students who wish to be admitted at the 364 level, or higher, must demonstrate competencies equivalent to those listed on the appropriate Performance Standards section below.

Admissions Audition Registration

Before you can audition you must register for an audition time. Please visit our Music Program Auditions & Admissions page for further information. 

Large Ensemble Audition Requirements

For new and returning horn students wishing to play in a large ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band auditions will take place during the first week of of each new quarter. Fall auditions have specific materials for all who intend to play in a large ensemble. For the schedule, and further details, please visit our Ensemble Auditions page. Auditions for Winter and/or Spring will be announced as needed. Check our Audition Excerpts page for specific horn excerpts.

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker for more information.

  • Performance Standards, Horn

    Transfer Students 
    Following is a list of standards for the 364 level of horn study at CWU. Transfer students who have horn as their major instrument will be placed at an applied level that is based on their skill achievement.

    More information and specific details may be obtained by contacting Dr. Jeffrey Snedeker.

    "The man who think he can
    and the man who thinks he can't are both right"
    - Henry Ford

    Junior Level


    • Augment/Improve knowledge of harmonic series and alternate fingerings (esp. pitch tendencies)
    • Be able to play through personal range on both sides of instrument
    • Have some lesson experience (minimum) with natural and descant horns
    • Address any remaining deficiencies from First Year


    • Range: Relaxed, open tone from low low F to high Bb. Total desirable range: low, low D to high C Scales-- all minor, all forms.
    • Patterns: straight-- 2 octaves, 1-5, 1-8; in 3rds; step progression; expanding intervals
    • Articulation: Add exercises in triple tonguing (with single and double) Trills-- able to handle a range of trill styles, including short/long, slow start/immediate fast, various terminations (see packet ex. 3 & 4).
    • Stopped horn: Expand into lower range, with desirable tone quality to low F
    • Slurring: Demonstrate clean slurring to 10th/12th
    • Rhythm: Demonstrate ability to negotiate exercises in compound/complex meters with full range of dotted, etc. rhythms/notations.
    • Improvisation: be able to improvise on a folk song (any style)
    • Memorization: perform one piece in studio or recital hour (pref. longer/concerto movement)
    • Warm-up: Develop routine (min 45 minutes), including long tones, slurs, scales/arpeggios, articulation.


    • More experience with Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th C.
    • Name recognition
    • Read repertoire
    • Study at least one more from each period in lessons
    • Demonstrate understanding of typical notation, markings
    • Have natural horn and descant experience (lesson minimum)
    • Work on accompanied and unaccompanied literature


    • Expand to include 20th C. (e.g., Schuller, Falk, Reynolds)
    • Add Maxime-Alphonse (Book 3 or 4), H. Kling (40 Studies), J-F. Gallay (Unmeasured Preludes, Op. 27), E. Gates (Odd Meter Etudes), G. Barboteu (Lectures-Exercises)
    • Transposition-- Kopprasch or similar


    • 10-15 of standard rep
    • Demonstrate understanding of all transpositions
    • Perform (lesson min.) in A, G, E, Eb, D, C, Bb basso

    Performance/Studio Participation

    • Participate in all studio performances, including mock auditions, etc.
    • Give two studio presentations on approved topics (10 min each)
    • Perform one "standard" piece in a "standard" chamber group (W5, Br5, Hn4)
    • Perform on two recital hours (or equivalent)

    Level change (to 400)

    • Solo equivalent to solo works by Telemann, Heiden, Rossini, M. Haydn, Bozza
    • Excerpts-- 4/ 2-3 transp.
    • Scales-- see above
    • Sight reading
    • Portfolio