Chris Van Hof

Trombonist-Educator-Music Arranger

The 2016/2017 CSU Trombone Studio at CSU's Mountain Campus. 9,000 feet elevation, with Rocky Mountain National Park in the background.

The 2016/2017 CSU Trombone Studio at CSU's Mountain Campus. 9,000 feet elevation, with Rocky Mountain National Park in the background.

*GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CSU TROMBONE/EUPHONIUM STUDIO ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

The Colorado State University Trombone Studio is a vibrant and motivating place to study the art of performance, pedagogy, and professionalism. Comprised of 15-20 students, the studio is close-knit, supportive, and competitive in the best possible way. Students can major in Music Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Composition, or may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Music Minor.

The Mission of the CSU Trombone Studio is:

Students in my studio study the fundamentals of brass performance and teaching as well as skills and techniques required for success as a musician in the 21st century: improvisation (jazz and otherwise), doubling on other low brass instruments (alto/tenor/bass/contrabass trombone, euphonium), symphonic section playing, jazz big band and commercial section playing, traditional and contemporary solo repertoire, and arranging for low brass.

All trombone students at CSU study strictly with me, the primary professor--never with a graduate student. I work to create a unique, personalized curriculum for each individual student that serves both my objectives for them as a player and their long-term objectives as a professional musician.

All members also perform in the CSU Trombone Choir, and have the option to audition to perform in the CSU Trombone Octet, comprised of the top six tenors and top two basses in the school. These ensembles perform regularly on campus and in the Fort Collins community as well as touring regionally and--at least once during every students' time at CSU--nationally.

Recent guest artists at CSU include Joseph Alessi (NY Philharmonic), James Nova (Pittsburgh Symphony), Kirsten Warfield (US Army Band "Pershing's Own"), Jeremy Wilson (Vanderbilt, formerly Vienna Philharmonic), Marshall Gilkes (NYC jazz artist, formerly WDR Big Band Cologne), Nick Finzer (NYC jazz artist), Mark Kellogg (Eastman School of Music, Rochester Philharmonic), Mark Hetzler (University of Wisconsin, formerly Empire Brass), Steve Wolfinbarger (Western Michigan University), James Box (Montreal Symphony), Gerry Pagano (St. Louis Symphony), Ilan Morgenstern (San Antonio Symphony), Peter Steiner (Vienna Philharmonic, formerly Colorado Symphony), and Evan Conroy (Louisiana Philharmonic). 

If you are interested in studying trombone at CSU, contact me for a lesson and informational session. I do not charge for initial lessons for students interested in undergraduate or graduate study at CSU. Visit our website for more information and for audition requirements, and follow our Facebook Page too.

Colorado State University Trombon Studio

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

You will perform your audition for the four Brass Faculty at CSU. Auditions at CSU are fifteen minutes long. You should expect to play for a majority of that time, but there will also be a few questions possible from the panel of Brass Faculty. You must apply to both Colorado State University (application linked here) and to the Music Department (application linked here)

For your audition to be accepted as a music major at CSU, you must be prepared to perform the following repertoire:

I.      Scales

            2-octave scales chosen from the following keys: G, C, F, B-flat, E-Flat, A-flat

            Choice of octaves is up to the individual performer

            All scales must be performed in quarter notes at 120 beats per minute

            All scales must be performed ascending and descending

            All scales must be performed by memory

IIa.    Tenor Trombone Solos/Etudes

            Choose either one solo or two etudes

            Etude options:

                        Voxman Selected Studies

                        Blazevich Clef Studies

                        Rochut/Bordogni Melodious Etudes

            Solo options:

                        David Concertino (minimum two movements)

                        Hindemith Sonata (minimum two movements)

                        Galliard Sonatas 1-6 (minimum two movements from any of the six sonatas)

                        Guilmant Morceau Symphonique (complete)

                        Barat Andante et Allegro (complete)

                        Mozart Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat K 191 (minimum two movements)

                        Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto (be prepared on all three movements)

IIb.       Bass Trombone Solos/Etudes

            Choose either one solo or two etudes

            Etude options:

                        Rochut/Bordogni Melodious Etudes

                        Tyrell Advanced Studies for BBb Bass

                        Ostrander Method for Bass Trombone

            Solo options:

                        Lebedev Concerto (complete)

                        Lebedev Concertante Allegro (complete)

                        Bozza Prelude and Allegro (complete)

                        Hindemith Three Easy Pieces (complete—usu. filed under “Cello”)                                                

                        Galliard Sonatas 1-6 (minimum two movements from any of the six sonatas)

                        Koetsier Allegro Maestoso

                        Sachse Concertino (complete)

III. Sight-reading

            All applicants will be expected to sight-read approximately three lines of music. The sight-reading will only be in bass clef—no tenor or alto clef

GRADUATE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

You will perform your audition for the four Brass Faculty at CSU. Auditions at CSU are fifteen minutes long. You should expect to play for a majority of that time, but there will also be a few questions possible from the panel of Brass Faculty. You must apply to both Colorado State University (application linked here) and to the Music Department (application linked here)

For your audition to be accepted as a Master's performance major major at CSU, you must be prepared to perform the following repertoire:

I. Tenor Trombone

One complete standard work specifically written for trombone (e.g. a full concerto or sonata), no piano required

The following orchestral excerpts:

2nd trombone solo from Tuba Mirum in Mozart's Requiem

Wagner Ride of the Valkyries 1st trombone part, pickups to rehearsal 4 - rehearsal 5, pickups to rehearsal 6 - downbeat of third measure after rehearsal 7

Berlioz Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust 2nd trombone part, six measures before rehearsal 4 - two measures after rehearsal 5

Ravel Bolero 1st trombone solo, second measure of rehearsal 10 to the downbeat of rehearsal 11

Saint Saens 3rd "Organ" Symphony, 1st trombone solo in first movement, rehearsal Q- three measures before rehearsal R, nine measure before rehearsal S - two measures after rehearsal S

Jazz improvisation is welcome for those not pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies, although not required. Prepare a blues in a key of your choice and one jazz standard and inform me of your repertoire choice in advance so I can prepare accompaniment.

II. Bass Trombone

One complete standard work specifically written for bass trombone (e.g. a full concerto or sonata), no piano required

The following orchestral excerpts:

Wagner Ride of the Valkyries, pickups to rehearsal 4 - rehearsal 5, pickups to rehearsal 6 - downbeat of third measure after rehearsal 7

Berlioz Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust, six measures before rehearsal 4 - two measures after rehearsal 5

Cesar Franck Symphony in D Minor, 3rd movements (standard excerpt)

Haydn The Creation, No. 26 "Achieved is the Glorious Work"

Schumann Symphony No. 3, Final movement (standard excerpt)

Jazz improvisation is welcome for those not pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies, although not required. Prepare a blues in a key of your choice and one jazz standard and inform me of your repertoire choice in advance so I can prepare accompaniment.