Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute: Orchestra and Military Band Audition Intensive


This institute is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

NOTE: Eastman’s Student Living Center will be completely closed for renovations during Summer 2024; on-campus housing and dining will not be available. All participants will need to make their own arrangements for housing and meals.

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Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute: Orchestra and Military Band Audition Intensive
July 29-August 2, 2024 / Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. plus some evenings
Room: ESM 404

Faculty: Wesley Nance and Andrew McCandless
Guest faculty: Christopher Sala, US Navy Band; Kristopher Westrich, Assistant Principal Trumpet, Concert Band & The United States Air Force Band; Steven Franklin, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Guest masterclass: Jennifer Marotta, USC Thornton School of Music

The Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute: Orchestra and Military Band Audition Intensive is a one-of-a-kind five-day experience hosted by Wesley Nance (Acting Principal Trumpet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Eastman trumpet and brass chamber music faculty) and Andrew McCandless (Eastman Professor of Trumpet; Principal Trumpet of the Toronto Symphony). Students will participate in daily masterclasses with faculty and guest artists, playing critique, and group discussion, with an exclusive focus on audition preparation and execution. Daily sessions include warm-up, practice strategies, technique, interpretation, performance science, and execution. The week will culminate with mock orchestra and military band auditions, with students playing for a panel made up of orchestral and military band professionals. The auditions will be run as close to real auditions as possible, and all students will participate in both auditions. Each student will then be given individual feedback, not just on those particular audition rounds, but their playing and preparation in general as it compares to the standard needed to win an audition.

This institute is designed for collegiate and postgraduate players age 18+ (our high school institute is planned to return in 2025). Acceptance is by recorded audition (see audition requirements, below) and résumé review.

Begins with joint Trumpet/Trombone Institutes Faculty Concert on Sunday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall, followed by Orientation meeting in Ray Wright Room (ESM 120)

Professional Development Hours: 40
$755 / noncredit only

“A very high-level program and an amazing chance to improve your musicianship.” — 2023 Trumpet Institute participant


Audition video instructions:

All applicants must submit separate video links for each piece on the audition list.

All videos must conform to the following format:

  • Camera facing directly at the applicant (no side-facing videos)
  • Camera 5-15 feet from student, clearly showing you and your instrument
  • Videos should be uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted or public videos suggested; private videos don’t work)

Please send video links together in one Word document as shown in the example template below (do not forward individual videos to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.

Application material templates:

You may use an existing résumé if you have one; these templates are provided in case you need help putting information together.

Audition Video Links

Please follow this format (or very similar) for your application materials. This will help us get to know you as thoroughly as possible through your application!

There is no fee to audition for this institute. Auditions will be reviewed as they are received.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé and recordings by June 1, 2024.