Resources, FAQ & Miscellany
ORCHESTRAL AUDITION REPERTOIRE
In this resource I have made lists of the most frequently asked orchestral
excerpts at orchestral trombone auditions (tenor and bass trombone). In
addition, I provide links to two important resources that feature online
excerpts - my Bass
Trombonists Orchestral Handbook for bass trombone and The
Online Trombone Journal for tenor trombone.
TROMBONE HISTORY: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is, "I have to write a paper on the history of the trombone.
Can you help me?" Since I don't write people's papers for them, I have compiled a list of useful books, periodicals,
lexicons and websites which can assist a person wanting to know more of the history of the trombone. The list,
which is annotated with my comments, was prepared with the help of my friend (trombonist and musicologist)
THE BASS TROMBONIST'S ORCHESTRAL HANDBOOK
This resource contains annotated music and written recommendations on how to
play the most commonly asked bass trombone orchestral excerpts at professional
symphony orchestra auditions. Drawing on my many years as a teacher as well as an
audition candidate and audition committee member, the recommendations herein have
been the subject of thousands of lessons that I have taught. This resource will soon
include sound clips of me playing each excerpt and additional annotated excerpts
will be added periodically as well.
DOUGLAS YEO BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUDITION TAPE
Here you can listen to the audition tape I made in 1984 which resulted in my being invited to audition for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position I won in 1985. Nine orchestral excerpts are played which can be heard in mp3 format.
In this lengthy and every growing section, I answer some of the most frequently asked questions students have asked me, either in lessons, master classes, on the trombone-l email discussion group or from mail generated from my web site. The issues covered include practicing, score study, doubling, developing breath control, choosing an instrument, the relationship between students and teachers, and the all important issue of performance standards - how "good" is "good enough?"
I have written
extensively in professional music publications on the subject of taking
symphony orchestra auditions. Drawing on my experience as a performer and
as an audition committee member, this 13 chapter article is a comprehensive look
at preparation for and successful execution of symphony auditions. It
offers practical tips on audition preparation, resume writing,
making an audition tape and an honest, inside look at the audition process.
TAKING GERMAN AUDITIONS
When the book Mastering
the Trombone by Edward Kleinhammer and me was translated into German
as Meisterhaft Posaune spielen, translator Carl Lenthe
(then Solo Trombone of the Bamberg Symphony and now Professor of Trombones
and Euphonium at Indiana University) adapted the chapter on taking symphony
auditions to reflect the auditions system in place for orchestras in Germany.
Carl has translated that chapter into English and it offers much practical
advice for those considering an audition for an orchestra in Germany as
well as many thoughts on being an American working overseas.
RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PLAYERS
This area of my webiste contains resources especially designed for young players of the trombone. Most were developed by my oldest daughter, Linda Yeo, who is a private
low brass instructor in the Chicago area. Here you will find a great many practical resources, handouts and links that provide young players and their teachers with a broad range of
COLLEGE REPERTOIRE LIST
I have prepared a list
of repertoire I use in my teaching studio with both undergraduate and
graduate level bass trombone students. I also use this material in my
personal practice on a daily basis and have found the variety of repertoire
to be effective in developing the complete bass trombone artist.
CHURCH SOLO LITERATURE LIST
Over the years, I have performed
hundreds of solos in churches around the world. Because many
instrumentalists have contacted me in order to obtain the
arrangements I uses in church performance, I have prepared an
extensive catalog of resources that instrumentalists will find useful.
Included are complete table of contents for many excellent books of
arrangements, publisher information and my personal
SERPENTISTS AT AMIENS CATHEDRAL (FRANCE)
Reproduced here is an important mid-19th Century print of the choir at Amiens Cathedral in
France, showing two serpentists accompanying the singers. It is an exquisite image, and I
am in the process of writing an article for the Historic Brass Society Journal
about serpent playing at Amiens .
BASS TROMBONE DISCOGRAPHY
As a "work in progress," I am attempting to compile a comprehensive discography
of recordings that feature the bass trombone a solo instrument.
This listing, which will be updated frequently as new information is brought to
my attention, provides information on how to order bass trombone solo recordings,
and detailed information about each recording including artists, composers and
titles, date of recording, and label and catalog listing.
MARCH 31, 1997 RECITAL PROGRAM AND NOTES
One March 31, 1997 I gave a recital in Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston.
Because I have had so many inquires for information about that program and the 10 page
program note booklet distributed at that concert, I have now put that information online.
YAMAHA MOUTHPIECE PROTOTYPES
This page contains photos of several prototype mouthpieces developed
for me by the Yamaha Corporation en route to the development and production
of the Yamaha Douglas
Yeo Signature Series Bass Trombone Mouthpiece
American sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850 - 1931) is one of the finest, most loved American artists, and one whose work resonates deeply with me. This ongoing, unfolding tribute to French and his work features photos of his work taken by me where they are situated today ("in situ").
Now and then I come across something which is trombone related which tickles my funny bone. This
page contains some of the best of trombone related humor which comes my way, either something
I have photographed myself or something which is passes on to me by someone else. Have a good
HAROLD BEST - BOOK RECOMMENDATION
Follow this link for a brief description of one of the most important books on
the subjects of music, excellence and faith written by Dr. Harold M. Best, Dean Emeritus of
the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and former President of the National Association of
Schools of Music (NASM).