Winds, Brass & Percussion

Students of the Winds area in rehearsal

The Wind, Percussion & Brass Program at Cal State Fullerton offers an exciting and enriching variety of opportunities for a diverse education. From symphonic winds to orchestra and jazz bands to chamber ensembles, the School of Music at CSUF provides its students with a wide range of repertoire and performance skills to meet the demands of today’s musicians.

The University Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and University Band, with an emphasis on musical performance, are part of an ongoing tradition aimed to perpetuate and maintain a great American cultural heritage. These ensembles perform music by composers including Sousa, Gershwin, Bernstein, Ives, Copland and others. Through the study and performance of this genré, musicians will not only develop an appreciation for the music of our time, but will further the tradition of excellence in wind performance at Cal State Fullerton, as well as the traditions of the American Concert Band.

University Orchestra is dedicated to the training of outstanding instrumentalists in the performance of a wide range of styles in the orchestral repertoire. In addition to the regular concert series, the orchestra collaborates with University choruses, Opera Theatre, CSUF faculty-artists and internationally renowned guest artists. Students have numerous opportunities to study orchestral repertoire in master class settings with CSUF faculty and other professionals from throughout the United States and abroad.

Faculty

Woodwinds

Boris Allakhverdyan* - clarinet
Jean Ferrandis - flute
John Hallberg* - saxophone
Burt Hara* - clarinet
Rong‐Huey Liu* - oboe
Valentin Martchev* - bassoon
Håkan Rosengren - clarinet
Larry Timm - oboe
Damon Zick* - saxophone

Brass

Warren Gref* - horn
Michael Hoffman* - trombone
David Holben* - tuba
Phil Keen* - trombone and euphonium
Steven Mahpar* - horn
David Pittel* - trumpet
Robert Sanders* - trombone

Percussion

Raymond Llewellyn* - percussion
Kenneth McGrath* - percussion
Todd Miller - Percussion; horn
Robert Slack* - percussion

 

*denotes part-time faculty

Degree Programs   
Bachelor of Music: Instrumental Performance
Bachelor of Arts in Music: Liberal Arts & Music Education
Master of Music: Performance
Master of Arts in Music
Minor in Music 
Artist Diploma (non-degree)

Undergraduate Auditions
All students wishing to study woodwinds, brass or percussion at Cal State Fullerton must audition. Both scholarship and regular auditions for incoming students are scheduled in the spring of each year. Students who hope to begin study in a spring semester may make special arrangements for an audition through the area coordinator.

Contact
Dr. Dustin Barr • (657) 278-8376

Graduate Auditions

Woodwinds
Repertoire and Other Audition Information
for the BM and BA in Music

Repertoire Requirements  Please prepare nos. 1 through 3 for classical. Please do not play any orchestra or band excerpts.

  1. One work from the Standard Solo Repertoire

  2. One etude from the Standard Etude Repertoire OR

    An additional solo from the Standard Solo Repertoire

  3. Scales as noted by instrument below:

Instrument All major scales, legato and staccato Chromatic scale, legato
Flute

At least 2 octaves

At least 2 octaves

Oboe

2 octaves where possible

At least 2 octaves

Clarinet

3 octaves

From low E, at least 3 octaves

Bassoon

2 octaves

At least 2 octaves

Saxophone

2 octaves where possible

At least 2 octaves

Brass
Repertoire and Other Audition Information
for the BM and BA in Music

Repertoire Requirements  Brass candidates are required to perform the following:

  1. Two contrasting movements from the standard solo repertory for your instrument OR One movement from a concerto and a standard etude.
    - Accompaniment is not required.
    -  Excerpts from school band or orchestra repertoire will not be accepted as audition material.
  2. Major scales and Minor scales— one octave through 4 flats and 4 sharps. Any of the three forms of minor scales is acceptable
  3. Sight Reading

Percussion
Repertoire and Other Audition Information
for the BM and BA in Music 

Repertoire Requirements  Percussion candidates are required to perform the following:

  1. Marimba solo from the standard marimba repertoire or studies.
  2. Snare Drum Solo from the standard snare drum repertoire or studies.
  3. Timpani Solo (optional)
    - Excerpts from school band or orchestra repertoire will not be accepted as audition material.
  4. Major scales—one octave through 4 flats and 4 sharps
  5. Sight Reading
  1. Audition length  10 minutes. Sign up instructions
  2. Audition location  Clayes Performing Arts Center, East Lobby. See directions below. 
  3. Parents meeting  Each audition day includes an informational meeting for parents. This is normally held at 12:00pm in CPAC 257. Look for confirmation of this time and room in an email you will receive before the audition weekend. 
  4. Your university admission  Sign up for and complete your audition regardless of the status of your university application and admission. Even if you have been denied admission to the university, the School of Music may advocate that you be granted admission based on your musical talent.
  5. Directions and parking  When you arrive at the CSUF campusPDF File Opens in new window , park in the Nutwood Parking Structure (NPS) (at Nutwood Ave. and State College Blvd.), using either entrance 3 or 4. Parking is free. Walk toward the elevators and out onto the performing arts walk, and you will see signs directing you to the East Lobby of the Clayes Performing Arts Center (CPAC). CSUF music majors will be awaiting your arrival in the East Lobby outside our Recital Hall, and are there to assist you throughout the day.
  6. More information 
    Woodwind Area Coordinator  Prof. Håkan Rosengren  (657) 278-3470
    Brass and Saxophone Area Coordinator  Patricia Cornett  (657) 278-8376
    Percussion Area Coordinator  Prof. Todd Miller  (657) 278-3191

Master of Music in Performance
Audition Requirements and Other Essentials

The Master of Music in Performance is an applied-based degree requiring 30 units of study in private lessons, ensembles, chamber music, history and literature, and theory. The Cal State Fullerton School of Music faculty include nationally and internationally recognized performers. Students thrive in an environment large enough to engage in challenging, vital music-making, but intimate enough for specialized individual attention. For those intending to pursue doctoral studies, the Master of Music degree normally leads to the DMA.

Auditions as well as Scholarship Auditions for the Master of Music in Performance degree are normally held in Spring (for Fall semester entrance) and each semester (Fall or Spring) during Registration Week, just prior to the start of school. It might be possible to arrange an audition at another time convenient to the student; however, this is unlikely to include scholarship consideration. Under certain circumstances, a video recorded audition may be used for preliminary assessments of ability; however, a live audition is always required.

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone Trumpet, Horn Trombone, Tuba Percussion

The student should be prepared to perform three contrasting selections of their choice but representative of the major solo repertoire for their instrument (i.e., at least one piece should be a concerto or a sonata) and two orchestral excerpts. Ideally, at least two style periods would be represented. A staff accompanist will be provided; however, the student should bring their own accompanist if a selection requires an involved accompaniment.

The student should be prepared to perform three contrasting selections of their choice but representative of the major solo repertoire for their instrument (i.e., at least one piece should be a concerto or a sonata). Ideally, at least two style periods would be represented. A staff accompanist will be provided; however, the student should bring their own accompanist if a selection requires an involved accompaniment.

Graduate Percussion please prepare:

  1. Mallet Solo

  2. Snare Drum Solo

  3. Timpani Solo (optional)

These Selections should be representative of the major solo repertory of each instrument at the level of a Bachelor’s degree graduate in instrumental performance.

Letters of Recommendation
Arrange to have letters of recommendation from three music professionals familiar with your preparation for graduate study sent to the School of Music graduate program adviser.

Entrance Exams
After being admitted, all entering graduate students take entrance exams in music history and music theory. The exams cover undergraduate level material and are given Thursday before the first week of classes.

More Information
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Audition Dates
Submission of Supporting Materials

Contact Information
School of Music Graduate Program Advisor Dr. John Koegel (657) 278-7658
Woodwind Area Coordinator Prof. Håkan Rosengren (657) 278-3470
Brass and Saxophone Area Coordinator Dustin Barr (657) 278-8376
Percussion Area Coordinator Prof. Todd Miller (657) 278-3191