Horn players at Lamont study with some of the most prominent performers, conductors, educators and scholars, including a brass faculty with over six decades of combined experience. David Byrd-Marrow, one of the most dynamic horn players in the industry, leads the horn studio. He also serves as the solo horn of the New York-based International Contemporary Ensemble and frequently appears with the Ojai Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center and as faculty at the Banff Music Centre.

The horn studio also takes full advantage of the multi-genre ensembles housed in the state-of-the-art Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Whether it’s a brass quintet, orchestra, wind ensemble, opera orchestra or a student-led group, our horn players never complain of not performing enough.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview and Performance

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. The interview will include a Q&A, a brief live performance of one of the prepared audition pieces, and sight-reading.

    The 2021 interview/performance dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • First movement of any Mozart concerto
  • Modern solo, written after 1982
  • Two contrasting Etudes from Kopprasch Book 1, Kling 40 Etudes or any Gallay
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • R. Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel (opening only)
    • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (low horn tutti)
    • Brahms, Symphony No. 3 (first movement solo from G to H, third movement solo from one measure before F to m. 110)
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
  • All Major Scales
  • Sight-reading

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  • Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 (mvmt. 1 only, with cadenza)
  • Modern solo, written after 1982
  • Ligeti Horn Trio: mvmt. 2, m. 230–269
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, mvmt. 1, mm. 84–102 & m. 421–end
    • Brahms, Symphony No. 1 (2nd and 4th mvmts.)
    • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
    • R. Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, opening
  • Sight-reading

Review requirements for Artist Diploma
Review requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies


David Byrd-Marrow playing the horn

David Byrd-Marrow

Assistant Professor

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