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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:30 pm    Post subject: College Audition Advice Reply with quote

Hey everyone, I have a few questions on equipment. For my college auditions, I have access to a C and Bb trumpet for my orchestral excerpts and I was wondering which to use for what. I plan on playing Leonore 3 offstage, Mahler V opening, Petrouchka, and Pictures at an Exhibition. My teacher had advised to use C for all except Leonore, but that seemed odd to me given other things I had heard. I was mainly wondering if 1. This would be seen as incorrect, 2. There are better ways to distribute the pieces, and 3. If audition committees would care to begin with. If you can help out with any of this, please do and have a great day regardless!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


I personally would also use C for all the excerpts, but it comes down to what sounds best and is the most comfortable. That is a good list of excerpts for a college audition though. I could see using Bb in the Leonore’s cause it’s in a more comfortable key, but again just use what’s more comfortable for you.

I wouldn’t say it’s wrong, it’s just different cause everyone has their preferences.

I don’t think the committee will care though, I used Bb on some excerpts, and C for others and was able to get in everywhere I auditioned at. They are looking for the good things in your playing, so show them what you got and good luck!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:05 am    Post subject: college audition advice Reply with quote

Welcome to the TH. I would say play a horn that you are comfortable with and follow advice from your teacher. Certainly excerpts should be done on the horns they were intended for, but not many incoming freshman will have access to the right horn for the right job.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

C on all of that for sure. Would do Pictures or Leonore first, the rest whenever. They will ask you if they want anything else.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it doesn't matter which trumpet as long as you sound great.

My actual trumpet teacher is from Germany and he was coaching me via skype and preparing with me a trumpet audition for a professional orchestra.

The list goes this way:

-Piston C trumpet excerpts
Honegger Intrada
Pictures at an Exhibition, promenade and samuel goldenberg and schmuylee (in this last excerpt i change to a 1D mouthpiece)
Ravel piano concerto
Stravinsky Petrouchka

-Piston Bflat excerpts
Haydn Concerto
Leonore 2 and 3 with rotary or piston Bflat
Mahler 5 1st mov. Piston Bflat
Strauss ein heldenleben (the reason is the low concert Eflat)
Shosty 1 3rd trumpet low excerpt and Shosty 5
Strauss Till Eulenspiegel Merry pranks 2nd trumpet excerpts

-Rotary C trumpet excerpts
Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra rotary or piston C tpt
Schumann 2
Beethoven 5
Brahms 3 finale

Anything Russian can be in piston B flat or piston C trumpet
Anything French in C trumpet.
Anything american in both Bflat or C.

Anything german or austrian in rotaries. I have seen orchestras playing Beethoven and the 1st trumpet playing with C and the 2nd trumpet playing with Bflat. It can be the deep sound that the 1st trumpet requires of 2nd.

Anything modern with piston C (or what your conductor may requires.

All the best

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do the schools provide a list of audition requirements?
If there's no mention of what horn type, then they don't care.
They're interested in your basic playing level and ability, not what equipment you have available.

Concentrate on straight 'playing the ink', tempo, articulation, phrasing, intonation, etc. The basics of being a decent player who can be taught to be better.

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Don't take a '20 minute mouthpiece' to a 1 hour session.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use the trumpet that makes you most comfortable, with the best sound, ease, and confidence. With that being said, Play for multiple people without them knowing what horn you are using to help assess how it sounds on the other side of the bell, you may be surprised. The more outside yourself opinions you get the better!! Sometimes what someone else says about how you are sounding on a particular piece of equipment may have a residual affect in opening up your ears to things you did not think of, and will help adjust your choices both mentally and physically for the better in the long run. Have fun with it, actively value others opinion on how you sound, experiment, and really dedicate some time to being honest on how it feels to YOU as well.
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