Prospective Students

Applying to UArizona

Applying to become a member of the UA Horn Studio is a two-step process: 

  1. Apply to the University of Arizona through the platform Slate (acceptance is based on academic records and history) **be sure to select Music as your major — if you are interested in a music minor, please email Prof. Lundy: 
  2. Schedule a live audition with David Boulton

Grad students need to make a separate application on (that should be phased out by 2024 auditions). More information about the application process can be found here. You are encouraged to email Prof. Lundy at with any questions or to schedule a preliminary lesson.

Audition Dates & Repertoire

2023 Live Audition Dates

  • Live auditions for Fall 2023 admission will be held on January 28 and February 11 in Tucson, AZ. Specific music requirements are below.

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire:

Masters Audition Repertoire:

  • Two contrasting solo movements (from different pieces, at least one from the standard horn solo literature)
  • Five standard excerpts from the major orchestral literature (demonstrate variety of range, technique, dynamics, and style)
  • Major and minor scales (three octaves)
  • One Kopprasch etude
  • Sight-reading

Doctorate Audition Repertoire:

  • Three contrasting solo movements (from 2-3 different pieces, at least one from the standard horn solo literature)
  • Six standard excerpts from the major orchestral literature (demonstrate variety of range, technique, dynamics, and style)
  • Major and minor scales (three octaves)
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Sight-reading

If you have any further questions about the audition process, please feel free to contact Prof. Lundy:

Undergraduate Scholarships & Financial Aid

Merit-based scholarships are available for music majors and BA students in the form of Fine Arts Tuition Scholarships. These awards are based on your performance at the live audition. More info here.

Undergraduate students are also eligible for academic scholarships from the University of Arizona, based on your unweighted, core class GPA. Once your online application is complete and submitted, it will be reviewed and you should receive a letter with any academic scholarship offers. More info here.

All students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for grants and loans. Try to complete and submit this form no later than December 15.

Visit the School of Music Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information.

Graduate Scholarships & Assistantships

Graduate students are eligible for scholarship awards from the Fred Fox School of music. Decisions are based on live audition (decisions usually by mid-March).

Additionally, assistantship positions are available for outstanding graduate horn players to serve as teaching assistants (TA’s). These are generally two-year .25 FTE TA positions that provide a ½ tuition waiver and a stipend, available to in-state and out-of-state students. TA duties may include playing in the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet or the Fred Fox Graduate Brass Quintet AND administrative, teaching, or assisting an academic class. Total TA hours for .25 FTE are 10 hours per week. The quintets rehearse 4-6 hours per week and receive weekly coachings from faculty members. Qualifications for TA positions include: an advanced level of playing, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work with younger players, comfort with ear-training, good sight-reading skills, ability to organize and develop programs, and self-directedness.

  • The Graduate Wind Quintet position will be open for a Master’s student applying for Fall 2023
  • The Graduate Brass Quintet position will be open in Fall 2024 or 2025 (TBD) for either a Master’s or Doctoral student

More info here.

About the UA Horn Studio

The UA Horn Studio includes 12-15 horn students, ranging from performance, BA, and music education majors, to double degree and non-majors. Studio class meets weekly on Monday nights and we cover practical, technical, and performance topics (such as freelancing, transposition, confronting performance anxiety, establishing a private teaching studio). Students perform regularly and guest artists visit often to share their expertise. All horn students are eligible to join the UA Horn Choir, which performs a concert every semester.

We have area recitals each month, and students can perform solo or chamber music. The school of music has four large ensembles which perform a range of music from standards to contemporary music (recent repertoire includes Mahler’s 4th symphony and a collaborative concert celebrating the Chinese Moon Festival). The university has a state of the art recording studio, where students can make audio and video recordings and take engineering and recording classes.

The atmosphere in the horn studio is positive, hard-working, and supportive. We are all on unique journeys and career paths, but we share a commitment to be our best — as horn players, musicians, and as people. We hope you’ll join us in that pursuit!


Undergraduate Degrees

Master and Doctoral Degrees

  • MM in Performance (Instrumental) (Horn) 
  • DMA in Performance (Instrumental) (Horn)
  • Detailed information

Music Minor

Graduate Handbook


The Fred Fox School of Music has rolling admissions, which means we do not have a formal cut-off date for applications. However, in order to be considered for scholarships, financial aid, and graduate TA opportunities, students are encouraged to apply by December 15 and especially no later than January 15. Auditions take place in late January and early February and at that time, school of music scholarship offers will be made.