Undergraduate Audition Information

Recorded audition materials for the JMU Trombone Studio will consist of a minimum of 2 video submissions: 1 repertoire video, and 1 scales video. Students who wish to include additional supplemental material such as orchestral excerpts and/or jazz are encouraged to do so. Students may audition on either tenor trombone or bass trombone.  Those who are comfortable performing on both instruments are encouraged to demonstrate that in their submitted materials.


Audition videos should be outlined as listed below:



Part I (video 1)

Students should prepare a minimum of two different pieces in contrasting styles that will best demonstrate their musical and technical abilities. These selections should be of a classical nature and can be selected from the standard solo or etude repertoire. Memorization is not required, and instrumentalists may perform with or without accompaniment. Materials recorded for this part should be one continuous recording.

Part II (video 2)

Students should also submit a minimum of 5 major scales performed 2 octaves. Materials recorded for this part should be one continuous recording.



Part III (video 3) - - - not required

Students who choose to submit a supplemental video including standard orchestral excerpts and/or jazz may do so here.  

  • For orchestral excerpts, please include 2 or 3 excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

  • For jazz, please include at least one standard from the jazz canon that demonstrates style and improvisational ability.  Students who choose to include examples of their jazz playing may utilize a backing track.


For suggested repertoire and information about the trombone studio, please contact Dr. Andrew Lankford, Professor of Trombone at JMU (lankfoab@jmu.edu).  Students are also encouraged to visit the JMU Trombone Studio website (http://www.jmutrombone.org).

JMU School of Music Audition Dates

November 2, 2020 (Monday)

November 14, 2020 (Saturday)

January 23, 2021 (Saturday)

February 15, 2021 (Monday)

Application Deadlines

Entering Freshman

November 15, 2020 - Application for Early Action 

February 1, 2021 - Application for Regular Decision