Our trumpet studio takes full advantage of Lamont's multi-genre curriculum and performance opportunities. From orchestra to opera to jazz bands, our trumpet players never lack performance opportunities.
Trumpet players study with award-winning faculty with over four decades of combined teaching experience. Professor Alan Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He's been featured on well over fifty jazz, commercial and classical recordings with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James. Hood also shared the stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis and Natalie Cole, to name a few.
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.
Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)
- All major scales, two octaves when possible
- Pick one from the following selections:
- One of the 14 Arban Characteristic studies
- One major solo work for trumpet
- One Brandt, Bosquet or Charlier etude
- Joseph Haydn, Concerto for Trumpet, second movement
Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)
- All major and minor scales, two octaves when applicable
- One Charlier etude
- Student's choice of a major solo work for the trumpet
- Two contrasting excerpts from the orchestral literature