Vandal Horn Studio Audition Information


PHONE: 970.988.3838

STEP ONE:  Apply to the University of Idaho (free for those with Idaho residency) 

STEP TWO: ***EXTREMELY IMPORTANT*** Complete a College of Music Audition and Scholarship Application.  

Do not let the requirements below intimidate you, if you have something of value to perform for an audition please contact me and we can work something out! 


All candidates for admission to the horn studio (music major or non-music major) must  perform two contrasting etudes of  your choice which demonstrates excellent tone, control, musicianship, and technique. The etudes may be chosen from (but not limited to) any of the following:

Selected Melodious, Progressive, and Technical Studies for French Horn, Vols I & II
Pottag Melodious Etudes for French Horn
Gallay 30 Studies, Op. 13
Kopprasch Sixty Selected Studies
Maxime-Alphonse Books 1, 2, or 3
Shoemaker Legato Studies
Etudes required by your Allstate Band and Orchestra committees

Solo Work (Accompaniment Optional)

All candidates for admission to the horn studio and who wish to major in music, fulfill the above requirements and also perform a portion of one of the following concerti:

The first movement exposition or third movement rondo of a Mozart Concerto for Horn (K. 412, K. 417, K. 447, or K. 495)
The first movement exposition of R. Strauss Concerto No. 1
The first movement exposition of F. Strauss Concerto, Op. 8
Introduction and first variation of Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert

Orchestral Excerpts

For all other candidates wanting to play in orchestra: chose one excerpt from only two of the three sections below.

All Performance Major candidates: choose one excerpt from each category below.

All excerpts and audio examples can be found here.

High Horn:

Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Mvt. I ms. 84-101 (horn 1 in A)
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “New World”, Mvt. IV ms. 267-275 (horn 1 in E)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, Mvt. II, ms. 33-67 & ms 183-229 (horn 3 in F)
Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel, opening call ms. 1-20 (horn 1 in F)
Wagner Gotterdammerung, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey Short Call (horn 1 in F)

Lyrical Horn:

Brahms Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III ms. 97-110 (horn 1 in C)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, Mvy. III ms. 73-95 (horn 3 in D)
Ravel Pavane for a Dead Princess, beginning (horn 1 in G)
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, Mvt. I, Q-S (horn 3 in F)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Mvt. II ms. 9-28 (horn 1 in F)

Low Horn:

Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III, Trio ms. 171-202 (horn 2 in Eb)
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Mvt. I, rehearsal 17 – rehearsal 21 (horn 4 in F)
Mahler Symphony No. 1, Mvt. III ms. 113-132 (horn 2 in F)
Strauss Don Quixote variation VII (horn 2 in F)
Wagner Prelude to Das Rheingold, ms. 17-52 (horn 8 in Eb)