Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Music

First Advisor

Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger

Second Advisor

Dr. Jacob Cameron

Third Advisor

Dr. Lin Foulk

Fourth Advisor

Scott Thornburg

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Restricted to Campus until

5-15-2025

Abstract

Effective preparation for orchestral auditions is essential for classical musicians intent on applying for professional positions in the field of performing arts. A standard symphony orchestra may include one or two tubas in the entire ensemble; as a result of the scarcity of available chairs and the level of competition for tubists is more intense than most other instrument sections. Musicians who demonstrate the greatest artistic detail during auditions advance through successive rounds untilthe winner is determined by judges serving on the audition committee. To help tubists prepare for auditions, a website has been created to provide immediate access to information concerning the most frequently requested passages of music at orchestra auditions. Tubaexcerpts.com features images of sheet music excerpted from original printed parts in combination with audio recordings of orchestras from a variety of countries for a diverse collection of sound concepts. By organizing the most pertinent information into an online format, amateurs, students, and professionals worldwide may consult reference recordings to expedite the accomplishment of musical goals in practice and performance.

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