Trumpet audition repertoire

Undergraduate audition requirements 

  • a lyrical section and a technical section from a representative solo (no accompaniment necessary)
  • prepare all major scales (two octaves where possible) and select two minor scales to prepare in natural, harmonic and melodic forms
  • sight reading

Examples of solos: 

  • Characteristic Studies by Arban 
  • Concerto by Arutunian
  • Fantasie in Eb by Barat
  • Petit Piece Concertante by Balay
  • Concert Etude by Goetlike
  • Concerto in Eb by Haydn
  • Sonata by Hindemith 

Graduate audition requirements

In addition to the undergraduate requirements, candidates for the graduate degree must prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel—Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade)
  • Mahler—Symphony #5 (beginning through m. 25)
  • Stravinsky—Petroushka (Ballerina’s Dance)

Other considerations: 

  • The first half of the audition will consist of playing your prepared selections.
  • The second half is a mini-lesson with Dr. Dunn during which students will receive suggestions on their playing.
  • Part of the entrance requirement is to be receptive to suggestions and interested in improvement.
  • Auditions may last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.

Trumpet studio website

Visit the trumpet studio website for more information about the program.  


Stephen Dunn, Trumpet
Office: Bldg. 37, Room 142
Phone: 928-523-3414