A note from College Audition Preparation: Adventures in Brass is a project by the College Audition Preparation (CAP) of the Jacobs School of Music. The project was prompted by a lack of brass repertoire appropriate for collegiate auditions. CAP brass faculty thus commissioned renowned composer Anthony Plog to write a set of six new works for trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba, euphonium, and bass trombone. Dee Stewart and CAP assembled a roster of world-class performers and pedagogues to premiere these six compositions. In addition to recordings of the premieres, Adventures in Brass contains interviews with these faculty in which they provide technical, artistic, and practical guidance to young brass players preparing to apply to college. These videos were captured by and are shared with the help of Tony Tadey and the MITS Video production team of the Jacobs School of Music. We hope that the videos can be an inspirational and motivational force in your own adventures in brass.
Seven performance scenes with commentary documenting how David DeBoor Canfield’s “Concerto after Mendelssohn” for trombone and orchestra was ideated, composed and entered into the repertoire. Peripheral information includes interviews with the composer and collaborators.
Are you ready to audition? Voice faculty from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s College Audition Preparation program, both past and present, provide guidance on what to anticipate when preparing for a college audition. While using “Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias” as a platform, we discuss topics including audition attire, music preparation, repertoire choices, translations, subtext, and vocal health, and then provide an explanation and examples of a traditional audition experience. While these videos are set for the prospective undergraduate vocal performer, their message is useful across a wide range of performance audition areas.