Artist Diploma in Horn Performance

William VerMeulen, horn

Online Preliminary Submission by December 1, 2017

The video submission should be recorded so that all orchestral excerpts are played in succession in any order you wish without stopping the recording or editing. Solos may be pre-recorded.

The green icon labeled "Preliminary Dropbox" at the bottom of this page will lead you to the Rice University portal for Acceptd, an online repository for preliminary audition materials. There is a $24 fee to use this service.

Required preliminary repertoire is by video submission

  • Exposition of Mozart Concerto No. 4
  • Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2 - first page
  • Schuman Adago and Allegro, Op. 70 - first page
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    Strauss Till Eulenspiegel (opening horn solo in first horn part)
    Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte (opening horn solo in first horn part)
    Mahler Symphony No. 1, movement 3 (#13 - #15 in second horn)
    Beethoven Symphony No. 7, movement 1 (m. 84-102 in the first horn part)
    Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, movement 1 (#17 - #22 in first horn part)

For copies of the above orchestral excerpts, please send your name and intended degree program to Geoffrey Scott.

If you have not heard from us by January 5, 2018, please email us.

Required graduate live audition repertoire

  • Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2; Schumann Adagio adn Allegro, Op. 70; and Mozart Concerto No. 4, K 495
  • Prepare excerpts which cover the following criteria:
    -Soft and low (examples: Mahler 1st low tutti or Variation 8 of Strauss Don Quixote)
    -Soft and high (examples: Ravel G major piano concerto or Pavane)
    -Loud and low (examples: Shostakovich 5th low tutti or Variation 7 of Don Quixote)
    -Loud and high (examples: Beethoven 7th or Wagner Siegfried Call)
    -Full range (examples: openings of Ein Heldenleben or Till Eulenspiegel)
  • In addition, scales, sight-reading, and transposition will be tested.

For works that require piano accompaniment, the Shepherd School will provide a pianist and limited rehearsal time if requested. If The Shepherd School is to provide the pianist, all piano parts must be made available three weeks before the scheduled audition date. The applicant must be prepared to perform all chosen works in their entirety. However, the jury may decide to hear only certain portions.

Live audition date is January 26, 2018

Any questions regarding your application can be directed to Geoffrey Scott

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