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Trumpet Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Trumpet Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: Audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Classical Audition

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

Jazz Audition

  1. Be prepared to perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list (below). For each selection, perform the head, solo once over the form, return to the head, and end accordingly. Instrumental jazz studies applicants must also sing the melody of one of their prepared pieces.
    Audition Information for Jazz Studies Majors
  2. Sight-reading

Degree Page: Music (BA)

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Degree Page: Performance (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Degree Page: Performance & Music Education (BM)

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Note: SRT applicants must submit a pre-screen audition recording (review requirements)

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

Program Page: Music Minor

  1. Two contrasting movements, pieces, or études
  2. All major scales from memory
  3. Sight-reading

* Orchestral excerpts are not required of performance applicants, but the inclusion of several standard excerpts as a part of your audition is welcomed.

All those auditioning are expected to perform without accompaniment.

The following repertoire list is intended to help guide you in choosing appropriate pieces for your Undergraduate auditions at Ithaca College. These pieces are intended to serve as recommendations, not requirements. 

  • Alexander Grigori Arutiunian: Concerto for Trumpet
  • Charles Lloyds Jr. The Crucifixion for Trumpet and Piano
  • Halsey Stevens: Sonata for Trumpet
  • Jennifer Higdon: "Trumpet Songs"
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto
  • Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
  • Lauren Bernofsky: "Fantasia" for solo trumpet
  • Lauren Bernofsky: Concerto for Trumpet
  • Libby Larsen: Fanfare for the Women
  • Mary D. Watkins: "Mount Cathedral"
  • Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Trumpet
  • Ulysses Kay: "TROMBA" 

Trumpet Audition Requirements - Graduate

Degree Page: Music Education (MM, MS)

  1. Several contrasting styles from the standard trumpet repertoire that demonstrate all facets of your playing and show proficiency on B-flat, C, and example of small horn playing - either E-flat or piccolo or both
  2. One étude from either Brandt, Charlier, or Bitsch
  3. At least four standard orchestral excerpts

The following repertoire list is intended to help guide you in choosing appropriate pieces for your Graduate auditions at Ithaca College. These pieces are intended to serve as recommendations, not requirements. 

  • Adolphus Hailstork: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
  • Alexander Arutiunian: Concerto for Trumpet
  • Arthur Honnegger: Intrada
  • Charles Lloyds Jr. The Crucifixion for Trumpet and Piano
  • Eugène Joseph Bozza: Rustiques
  • George Enescu: Legende
  • Lauren Bernofsky: Concerto for Trumpet
  • Regina Harris Baiocchi: Miles Per Hour

Message from the Music Admission Team

At Ithaca College, we value all voices and encourage you to bring your authentic self to your audition. Throughout your application and audition process, our Faculty and Admission Team will always seek potential over perfection, and look forward to discovering the unique perspectives and backgrounds you could bring to the School of Music community.

Our team strives to foster equitable and inclusive practices in our auditions, while identifying areas where additional attention is needed to affect change. Please visit this page to learn about the different audition options available this year, and do not hesitate to reach out to us at music@ithaca.edu with any questions.
-IC Music Admission Team
Bradley Whittemore and Felice Doynov

Faculty

Chris Coletti
Assistant Professor of Trumpet
E-mail: ccoletti@ithaca.edu
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Aaron Witek
Assistant Professor of Trumpet
E-mail: awitek@ithaca.edu
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Specific classical repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Coletti or Professor Witek.

Mike Titlebaum
Director of Jazz Studies
E-mail: mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu
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Specific jazz repertoire questions should be directed to Professor Titlebaum.