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The Hartt School


When you study tuba at The Hartt School, you will receive comprehensive musical training. 

About the Major

You will join a tight-knit community of artists who are perfecting their craft. Through personal attention and mentorship from Hartt’s accomplished faculty members, you will develop innovative ideas and career ready skills.  

Admission and Audition Requirements

The Hartt School will not be hosting live auditions for 2021 applicants due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All applicants will be required to submit a recorded audition.

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  • One melodic étude (e.g., Bordogni, Concone, Rochut) or comparable work
  • One technical étude (e.g., Kopprasch, Blazhevich, Arbans) or comparable work
  • Two contrasting sections/movements from a standard solo work
  • One or two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Please note: We have students who come to Hartt from across the United States and around the world. That is one of the things that makes a Hartt education so special. Some students are accepted and arrive having had extensive private study on their instruments. Others have had less experience (and perhaps less conventional training), but their natural abilities and great love of music allow them to make remarkable strides in a short period of time because of the expertise of our faculty.

Our requirements are sometimes quite specific to give applicants a sense of where they should be to enter a high-level conservatory environment. However, we encourage applicants to reach out to our faculty members to discuss audition repertoire. It may be that what you have prepared will suffice. Our primary goal is to identify potential, and if we feel that the potential is there, it is then our responsibility to provide each and every student with the tools to be successful.

If you would like to be in touch with a member of the faculty to discuss your audition repertoire, please write to


  • One Bordogni melodic study
  • One Kopprasch technical etude
  • Excerpts: Wagner, "Meistersinger" Overture (Letter J to the end) and "Ride of the Valkyries"; solo from Stravinsky's Petrushka ; solo from Berlioz's Hungarian March
  • Either the Vaughan Williams Concerto or Penderecki Capriccio in its entirety.

Our Faculty

Scott Mendoker

Scott Mendoker

Senior Artist Teacher of Tuba

Scott Mendoker is a member of the award-winning brass quintet - Philadelphia Brass. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, New York and Boston Pops, the New Jersey Symphony, the Broadway hit musical Ragtime, and recorded with the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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