Tuba Audition information for Eastern Michigan University - Dr. Phillip Bloomer

Your Audition Will Consist of the Following:

1. Major Scales in all 12 keys (two octaves when possible).

2. Prepared Solos and/or Etudes - two contrasting works (one lyrical and one technical) or two contrasting movements within one work (required). See below for examples of solo works appropriate for audition

3. Sight-reading.

4. Brief Interview/Question and Answer Session.

If a work you would like to perform is not on the list or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Bloomer at pbloomer@emich.edu.

It is important that you play something that YOU play well. Good Luck!

For graduate auditions, if you have questions, please contact Dr. Bloomer at pbloomer@emich.edu.


Tuba Solo Suggestions:

Air and Bouree- Bach/William Bell

Allegro Spiritoso- Jean Baptiste

Andante and Rondo (from Concerto for Double Bass)- Antonio Capuzzi/Catelenet

Carnival of Venice Concertino- Arban

Concertino for Tuba and Band- Rolf Wilhelm

Concerto Etude Op. 49- Goedicke/Emilson

Concerto for Tuba (movement 1)- Vaughan Williams

Concerto for tuba and Band (movement 1)- Edward Gregson

Concerto in One Movement- Lebedev/Allen Ostrander

Concerto in A Minor (two contrasting mvts)- Vivaldi/ Allen Ostrander

Fantasy for Tuba (unaccompanied) Introduction and Dance Nocturno, Op. 7- Malcolm Arnold

Introduction and Dance- Barat/Smith

Nocturno, Op. 7, Strauss

Ricercar- Gabrieli /Winston Morris

Serenade No. 12, Op. 88 (two contrasting mvts.)- Vincent Persichetti

Sonata (two contrasting mvts)- Thomas Beversedorf

Sonata (two contrasting mvts)- Paul Hindemith

Sonata for Tuba (two contrasting mvts)- Bruce Broughton

Sonata in F Major (two contrasting mvts)- Telemann

Sonatina- Jan Koetsier

Suite for Tuba (two contrasting mvts)- Don Haddad

Suite No. 1 (Effie Suite) (two contrasting mvts)- Alec Wilder

Two Pieces from Children's Corner-Debussy/Frackenpohl

Variations on a Theme of Judas Maccabeus- Handel/ Beethoven/ William Bell


Tuba Etude Suggestions (Optional):

(One technical and one lyrical etude can be selected from these method books) 

Arban/Young - Arban Complete Method for Tuba (Characteristic Studies)

Blazhevich - 70 Studies (Volume I)

Bordogni - 43 Bel Canto Studies

Grigoriev - 78 Studies

Kopprasch - 60 Studies

Rubank - Advanced Method Vol. 1 or Vol. 2

Tyrell - 40 Advanced Studies

Vasiliev - 24 Melodius Etudes



Orchestral Excerpts (Optional):

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - last movement, 84 - end

Berlioz - Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust - #4 - 2 after #5

Hindemith - Symphonic Metamorphoses - Mvt II: 4 after L - 2 after P

Mahler - Symphony No. 1 - Mvt III: 4 before #3 - #4

Wagner - Overture to Die Meistersinger - Beginning - A, J - K/L

Wagner - Die Walkure "Ride of the Valkyries - 125 – 142