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Trumpet Audition Requirements

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For New Trumpet 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 you have achieved in your musical skills and it gives you the opportunity to discuss your development with collegiate instructors.

For your audition we recommend the following:

  1. Select music which best displays your performance level.
  2. We strongly recommend you prepare your audition material under the supervision of your private teacher and/or music director.


  1. Arbans: Characteristic Studies  #1, first 7 lines down to the key change, pg. 285 (tempo: 1/4 note = 80)
  2. Chromatic scale from low F# to high C.  Higher if possible.
  3. Melodic Solo selection of your choice. Pieces used for State Solo contest would be ideal.
    Other examples include Haydn Trumpet Concerto 2nd movement, or a similar work showing melodic playing capabilities. 

Admission audition times must be arranged directly with Professor Harbaugh, head of the trumpet area. He can be reached by calling the Dept. of Music at 509-963-1216. Auditions should be scheduled during our annual Audition Days, in January. For accommodation at another time, please contact Professor Harbaugh.

Audition Registration
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.

Large Ensemble Audition Requirements
For New and Returning Trumpet Students wishing to play in a large ensemble

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band auditions take place during the first week of each new quarter. Auditions for Winter and/or Spring will be announced as needed. Contact Professor Harbaugh for more information.

Students wishing to audition for ensemble placement on trumpet should prepare a 3-4 minute solo of your choice (no jazz please!) and be prepared to sight read for the remainder of the 6-7 minute audition time.

Jazz Band auditions will take place during the first week of each new quarter. Visit the Jazz Auditions page for more information, charts, and scheduled times. Contact Professor Bruya if you have any further questions.

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