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Large Ensemble Auditions

SUNDAY, August 19, 2018

Foster Music Building, Room 100

(FINALIZED 6 | 18 |18)

Audition Policy ♦ Audition Schedule ♦ Audition Excerpts ♦ Audition Scoring ♦ Audition Sign-up Form ♦

Audition Policy

Auditions are required for placement into the Wind Ensemble or the Symphony Orchestra. Auditions are not required for non-majors wishing to participate in Concert Band, but are used for chair placement and part assignments. Students interested in Jazz Band should contact Dr. Larry Nelson. Students interested in chamber ensembles should contact the professor coaching that ensemble.  

Students taking applied private lessons are required to audition and be available to play in the major ensembles listed above. Consequently, all music majors and scholarship recipients are expected to keep their schedules conflict-free until after the audition results have been posted.

Audition Schedule

All auditions are blind and will be held during the times listed below. To preserve the anonymity of the process, it is imperative that students are present at the start of the audition time slot for their instrument.

Students should complete the online Large Ensemble Audition Form to secure their audition.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

9:00am     Double Reeds

9:30am     Flute (Picc.)

10:30am   Clarinet

11:45am   Percussion

2:00pm     Trumpet

3:45pm     Horn

5:30pm     Trombones

7:00pm     Tuba | Euphonium

8:00pm     Saxophone

Audition Excerpts (FINALIZED for FALL '18)

The excerpt materials are designed to be challenging, thus reflecting the high level of excellence and preparation expected in the ensembles.  Please prepare the materials in their entirety, ignoring any pre-marked cuts unless otherwise noted.  Smaller excerpt segments will be determined on the audition day.

It is strongly recommended that students access recordings and/or scores to assist in preparation.  As always, practice slowly and meticulously with a metronome and tuner/drone, maximizing all musical elements before increasing the tempo.  

  Clarinet (all audition on B-flat)



Horn (all)


Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone




Audition Requirements/Scoring/Placement

Auditions occur at approximately 5 to 7-minute intervals and consist of several prepared excerpts.  To be considered for the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra, all excerpts must be prepared and performed.  

Auditions are ranked by the director of bands, director of orchestras, and the applied instrumental faculty member.  The rankings determines ensemble placement, and ensemble rosters will be posted Monday evening so that student may finalize their schedules prior to the start of classes.    

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