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Low Brass Scholarships & Auditions

Audition Information


Scholarship auditions must include prepared pieces on snare drum, keyboard percussion and timpani, as well as sight-reading on a keyboard percussion instrument. All-Region etudes may be performed, but prospective students are encouraged to prepare solos, pieces or etudes such as those on the list of suggested repertoire below, which represent the expected level of achievement of incoming percussionists. Regardless of playing level, audition repertoire should be chosen that showcases your strengths as a musician. If a solo is lengthy, you may be asked to stop; however, you must be prepared to perform your prepared pieces in their entirety. Concert snare drums, keyboard percussion instruments, and timpani are provided, but you should bring your personal sticks and mallets.


Music scholarships are available to music majors and non-majors and are determined by a live audition. Learn more at www.obu.edu/band.

Audition Information

Scholarship auditions must include prepared pieces on your primary low brass instrument (trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, or tuba). Auditions are informal and typically held in a lesson format, where students can learn more about how the OBU faculty teach and the Division of Music works.

All-State etudes are perfectly acceptable audition material. If you'd like to perform something more, please consider the list below.


Audition Tips

  • Start taking lessons with a teacher who can guide you in learning fundamentals of technique and sound production, and help you prepare for your audition.
  • Be your best professional self in the audition, and treat it like a job interview by wearing professional attire that tells the faculty you are serious about being an artist and a musician.
  • Relax and be honest in your audition so that we can get to know each other as we prepare to work together for the next four years.
  • Choose audition pieces that showcase your best musical abilities. It is better for you to perform an easier work well than a difficult piece poorly. Feel free to contact the faculty if you need help picking audition repertoire.


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