If you are interested in auditioning to become a member of the University of Iowa Tuba/Euphonium Studio, you can find out basic information on this link. It is strongly encouraged that you contact Professor Manning in advance to schedule a complimentary lesson, visit the campus, and meet some of the students in the studio.

Undergraduates - All undergraduate applicants must do the following four things:
  1. Apply online to the University of Iowa
  2. Complete the online application to the School of Music
  3. Complete the Audition Registration Form
  4. Email Professor John Manning
The University of Iowa School of Music holds special audition days. This year, they are:

2016-17 Audition Days
  • Friday, December 2, 2016
  • Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

If you cannot attend any of the audition days, you may request a special audition date. Please contact Professor Manning if you would like to schedule an audition, or if you have any questions.

Graduate Students:

Graduate students must apply to the Graduate College and arrange an audition for the brass faculty with Professor Manning. For detailed information about how to apply, visit the School of Music Graduate Admissions page.

The next opening for the Graduate Assistantship position will be Fall 2017. All highly-qualified graduate applicants (Masters or DMA Candidates will be considered). To be eligible, all candidates must schedule a live audition for the brass faculty and submit a completed application, including transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. For questions regarding the assistantship, please email Professor Manning.

Audition Material:
Undergraduates should prepare at least one solo and/or etude and schedule a live audition with Professor Manning. No scales are required for auditions. Applicants should be prepared to play a short sight-reading example. Graduate students are expected to prepare at least two major solos from the standard repertoire, as well as at least 5 orchestral (tuba) or band (euphonium) excerpts. For music recommendations, please refer to the appropriate list of suggested audition literature below.

Helpful Links:
Office of the Registrar School of Music Information Page
University of Iowa Undergraduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions

Suggested Audition Literature:
Undergraduate Tuba
Vaughan Williams - Concerto for Bass Tuba
Hindemith - Sonata for Tuba and Piano
Gregson - Tuba Concerto
Bach/Bell - Air and Bouree
Hartley - Unaccompanied Tuba Sonata
Persichetti - Serenade No. 12
Barat - Introduction and Dance
Haddad - Suite for Tuba
Nelhybel - Suite for Tuba

Graduate Tuba
Vaughan Williams - Concerto for Bass Tuba
Hindemith - Sonata for Tuba and Piano
Plog - Three Miniatures
Penderecki - Capriccio
Broughton - Sonata
John Williams - Tuba Concerto

Orchestral Excerpts
Berlioz - Hungarian March
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Brahms - Symphony No. 2
Bruckner - Symphony No. 7
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5
Stravinsky - Pertrouska
Strauss - Til Euelenspiegel
Respighi - Fountains of Rome
Wagner - Ride of the Walkyries
Wagner - Overture to Die Meistersinger
Suggested Audition Literature:
Undergraduate Euphonium
White - Lyric Suite

Haddad - Suite
Marcello - (any) Sonata
Vaughan Williams - Six Studies in English Folk Song
Capuzzi - Andante and Rondo
Jacob - Fantasia
Horovitz - Euphonium Concerto
Clarke - Bride of the Waves

Arban - Characteristic Studies
- Melodious etudes
Voxman - Selected Studies

Graduate Euphonium

Cosma - Euphonium Concerto
Gillingham - Blue Lake Fantasies
Sparke - Pantomime
Horovitz - Euphonium Concerto
Curnow - Symphonic Variants

Band and Orchestral Excerpts
Mussorgsy - Pictures at an Exhibition; Bydlo
Holst - The Planets; Mars and Jupiter
Mahler - Symphony No. 7
Strauss - Don Quixote
Strauss - Ein Heldenleben
Holst - Military Suites
Sousa - Stars and Stripes Forever