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Classical Performance Diploma in Brass [Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba]


The Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, or Tuba Performance Diploma comprises performance studies in both applied music and ensembles.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Diploma
The Classical Performance Diploma allows advanced students to undertake an intensive period of performance study to concentrate on repertories and genres of their choice.

Expectations & Requirements

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Performance Opportunities

All brass students perform in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Opera, Chamber Music, and in regularly scheduled brass area performance classes.

Testimonials

"CCPA's brass faculty includes some of the most legendary brass players in the world alongside some of the busiest players in the city of Chicago! In addition to private lessons, students work with our faculty in chamber music, brass ensemble, and reading sessions. Our goal is to train outstanding performers so our priority is to offer numerous performance opportunities throughout the year."

Charles Schuchat
Head of Brass Program & Artist Faculty, Tuba, Roosevelt University
Admission

Brass Audition Requirements

Horn

  • Undergraduate (BM): Two contrasting selections from standard horn repertoire; standard orchestral excerpts. 
  • Graduate (MM): Solos of the candidate’s choice from standard horn repertoire. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five orchestral excerpt. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto. 

Tenor Trombone

  • Undergraduate (BM): One Rochut Melodious Etude; either Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant, Concertino by David, or a work of similar difficulty. 
  • Graduate (MM): One Rochut Etude; one intermediate or advanced technical etude; two contrasting works by Bozza, Hindemith, Corelli, or Wagenseil. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 

Bass Trombone 

  • Undergraduate (BM): One Rochut Melodious Etude; two solo works in contrasting styles. 
  • Graduate (MM): One Rochut Melodious Etude; one advanced level Etude by Tommy Pederson; two solo works of contrasting styles. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto. 

Trumpet

  • Undergraduate (BM): Two representative etudes, one lyrical and one technical; a movement of a major concerto or sonata for trumpet (e.g. Hummel, Haydn, or Hindemith). 
  • Graduate (MM): A representative etude (e.g. one of Theo Charleir’s 36 Etudes Transcendantes or an etude or study of similar difficulty); either the Haydn or Hummel concerto; A sonata of the candidate’s choice. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto. 

Tuba

  • Undergraduate (BM): An etude (suggested composers: Kopprasch, Blazevich, Gallay); a solo such as Suite for Tuba by Haddad, Air & Bourèe by Bach, or similar. 
  • Graduate (MM): A complete concerto by Mozart or Strauss, or a work of similar difficulty. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto.
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