For Incoming Trombone Students
In order to complete your acceptance into the CWU Department of Music program, you must audition for the music faculty. This gives us an opportunity to hear the level of musical skill you have achieved and it gives you the opportunity to discuss your development with collegiate instructors.
For Students Pursuing an Education or Liberal Arts Degree
Please prepare and perform a solo that best highlights your current abilities. It is desirable to choose material that is competitive at the district or (preferably) state contest level, and demonstrates both technical and musical skill. It is strongly recommended that you select and prepare your audition material under the supervision of your private instructor and/or music director. To find a listing of private instructors in your area, please visit the Private Teachers References page. Though there are many pieces that are technically and musically more difficult than those suggested below, please carefully choose material that best represents what you can perform well, NOT what you have yet to learn. If you have any questions about audition repertoire, please email Dr. John Neurohr or call 509-963-1248.
1. One solo, OR two contrasting etudes (one lyrical, one technical) that demonstrates the student's highest level of technical AND musical achievement. Some examples include:
|Tenor Trombone Etude||Bass Trombone Etudes|
For Trombone Students Pursuing a Music Performance Degree
1. One solo, OR two contrasting etudes (one lyrical, one technical) that demonstrates the student's highest level of technical AND musical achievement.
2. Jazz Improvisation** – two contrasting charts (Blues in F or Bb, and a jazz standard from the “RealBook”),
OR four contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. Some examples include:
- Mozart, Tuba Mirum from the Requiem (2nd trombone solo)
- Berlioz, Hungarian March (2nd trombone)
- Wagner, Ride of the Valkyrie, B Major Section (1st trombone)
- Ravel, Bolero (1st trombone solo)
**If you select to perform a Jazz Improvisation portion of an audition, a taped accompaniment or Aebersold play along disc is acceptable and encouraged.** Admission audition times must be arranged
Before you can audition you must register for an audition time. Please use the online audition form found on our Audition Information Page. You should also consider submitting recommendation forms, also found on that page.
Auditions should be scheduled during our annual Audition Days, in January. For accommodation at another time, please contact Dr. Neurohr. He can be reached by calling the Department of Music at 509-963-1216.
Large Ensemble Audition Requirements
For Current Students Only
Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band auditions take place during the first week of each new quarter. Fall auditions have specific materials for all who intend to play in a large ensemble. Auditions for Winter and/or Spring will be announced as needed.
If you are interested in participating in any of the bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, or Symphony Band), for your audition, please prepare two contrasting segments of music (one lyrical, one technical) of your choice from solos and/or etudes.
If you are interested in participating in the Symphony Orchestra, for your audition, please prepare two contrasting segments of music (one lyrical, one technical) of your choice from solos and/or etudes. IN ADDITION, please prepare the following standard orchestral excerpts:
Auditions for Jazz Band I through Jazz Band IV includes prepared excerpts, sight-reading, and improvisation. Please see the following link for the specific literature: http://www.cwu.edu/music/jazz-band-auditions
Auditions for Jazz Combo's are independent from the Jazz Band auditions. Audition requirements include learning particular "Standards" and their accompanying "changes", and will consist entirely of improvisational solos based on those tunes. For the specific literature, see the following link: http://www.cwu.edu/music/jazz-band-auditions
There is no audition required to participate in Trombone Choir. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Contact Professor Neurohr for more information.