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Large Ensemble Auditions

SATRUDAY & SUNDAY, August 14 & 15, 2020

Foster Music Building, Room 100

Audition Policy ♦ Audition Schedule ♦ Audition Excerpts ♦ Audition Scoring ♦

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 are expected to keep their schedules conflict-free until after the audition results have been posted.

Audition Schedule (NOT CONFIRMED)

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.

DATES & TIMES TBA --- Below is a possible SAMPLE (NOT CONFIRMED)

SATURDAY, August 14, 2002 – Foster 100

1:30p        Double Reeds

2:15p        Flutes

2:35p        Clarinets

4:00p        Saxophones

SUNDAY, August 15, 2020 - Foster 100

9:30a        Trumpets

10:45a      Horns

12:00        Trombones

1:30p        Tuba

2:00p        Euphonium

2:45p.       Percussion (in Foster 300)

Audition Excerpts

The excerpt materials are designed to be challenging, thus reflecting the high level of excellence and preparation expected in the ensembles.  Study the excerpts and reference the recordings where provided. 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.

Study the excerpts and reference the recordings where provided to assist in preparation.  As always, practice slowly and meticulously with a metronome and tuner/drone, maximizing all musical elements before increasing the tempo.  



Bass Clarinet 






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 no later than Sunday evening, August 15, 2020 so that students may finalize their schedules during the first week of classes.    

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