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UT Tuba/Euphonium Studies

General Admission Information

New students must meet the general requirements for admission to the University. Additionally, an audition is required in the applicants' major performance field to determine proficiency and placement in the appropriate applied level. It is preferred that auditions take place at the University. In this way, the student can get a first-hand impression of the campus and the activity in the busy School of Music. During your visit you will meet Professor Lapins, the conductors and, very likely, several of the students. In case of extreme distance or scheduling problems, a high quality cassette, CD or videotape may serve for provisional admittance. Auditions are judged by the appropriate applied faculty and are normally arranged through the individual studio professor. Auditions serve as criteria for admissions and scholarships and are held throughout the school year. Auditions are advisory in nature regarding performance level. Repertoire for the admission audition are generally selected from the traditional solo literature, etudes and, if possible, orchestral excerpts (where applicable). Please contact Professor Lapins for audition literature recommendations.

Audition Information

To be admitted to the School of Music as a music major or minor, you must audition.

Auditions for entry to the School of Music for Fall 2018:

  • February 3, 2018: Graduate
  • February 10, 2018: Undergraduate
  • February 17, 2018: Undergraduate

Auditions for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band - Non-music majors ONLY:

  • February 24, 2018: Non-music majors 
  • March 3, 2018: Non-music majors 

Required Audition Material

  • Lyrical piece (slower music in singing style that will show your musicality.)
  •  Technical piece (a faster piece that shows your ability to articulate and finger quickly and accurately, and your agility.)
  • All major scales

It is highly recommended that students interested in attending the University of Tennessee schedule an interview-lesson with Professor Lapins. Interview-lessons are held with the student and Professor Lapins in the Tuba/Euphonium Studio and last approximately thirty to sixty minutes. The interview-lesson begins with a discussion concerning the expectations and requirements of this studio and adequate time for questions to be fully discussed. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the interview-lesson. A playing lesson will follow the discussion. The lesson aspect will give the student a chance to feel how their applied experience at UT will unfold and give the professor a chance to see how the student accepts and adapts to new information. Literature choice is open and should reflect the student's level of skill. Students should prepare literature with a variety of styles and techniques they find appealing and comfortable, and which represents their abilities.

The concept behind this type of interview-lesson is such that it is not dependent on what the student has accomplished prior to their matriculation to UT but, rather, to give the professor an idea of what the student is capable of accomplishing. Students in the UT Tuba/Euphonium Studio progress at a rapid rate. Not all students who attend UT Tuba/Euphonium Studio have had prior private instruction. However, all students who attended the UT Tuba/Euphonium Studio have been excited about music and their instrument, wish to be excellent performers regardless of their major, have a very strong desire to succeed, and have an excellent work ethic. To wit: we are looking for the right kind of student - bright, articulate, animated, engaging, talented, fun, and hard working - regardless of their previous experiences.


Undergraduate Tuba Audition Material

  • One or two movements of a solo from the standard repertoire. Suggested Repertoire:
    • Capuzzi, Andante and Rondo
    • Marcello, Sonata in F major
    • Lebedev, Concerto
    • Haddad, Suite
    • Hartlet, Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba
    • Hindemith, Sonata
  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating technical and lyrical playing
    Suggested Repertoire:
    • Bordogni, arr. Rochut – Melodious Etudes for Trombone, played down one octave
    • Grigoriev - 78 Studies
    • Vasiliev - 24 Melodious Etudes
    • Blazhevich – 70 Advanced Studies for Tuba
    • Kopprasch -  60 Selected Studies for Tuba
    • Tyrell - Advanced Studies for B-flat Bass
  • All major scales
  • Possible sight reading

Undergraduate Euphonium Audition Material

  • One or two movements of a solo from the standard repertoire
    Suggested Repertoire:
    • Barat - Introduction and Dance
    • Marcello - Sonata in F
    • Guilmant – Morceau Symphonique
    • Capuzzi – Andante and Rondo
    • Ropartz -  Andante et Allegro
    • Falcone - Mazurka
  • Two contrasting etudes demonstrating technical and lyrical playing
    Suggested Repertoire:
    • Bordogni, arr. Rochut – Melodious Etudes for Trombone
    • Tyrell - Trombone Studies
    • Voxman – Selected Studies for Baritone or Trombone
    • Kopprasch -  60 Selected Studies for Tuba
  • All major scales
  • Possible sight reading


Graduate Tuba Audition Material

  • Two contrasting movements from the standard advanced solo repertoire, demonstrating technical and lyrical playing. At least one solo piece should be performed on F or E-flat tuba. 
  • Any complete etude from Snedecor Low Etudes performed on C tuba.
  • Several standard orchestra and band audition excerpts
  • All major and minor scales
  • Sight Reading

Graduate Euphonium Audition Material

  • Two contrasting movements from the standard advanced solo repertoire, demonstrating technical and lyrical playing.
  • Any complete etude from Bordogni, arr. Rochut, Melodious Etudes, book 2
  • Several standard band audition excerpts
  • All major and minor scales
  • Sight Reading


If you have any questions about the audition or audition repertoire, please feel free to contact Professor Lapins at alapins@utk.edu.


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