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Large Ensemble Auditions

SUNDAY, January 12, 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 

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.

SUNDAY, January 12, 2020 - Foster 100

9:00am     Double Reeds

9:30am     Flute

11:00am   Clarinet

12:30am   Trumpet

2:00pm     Horn

3:00pm     Trombones

4:30pm     Tuba | Euphonium

6:00pm     Percussion (FOSTER 300)

7:30pm     Saxophone

Audition Excerpts

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.  

  Flute (Berlioz Picc., all others Flute)

Clarinet (both play Mendelssohn)

Bass Clarinet (both play Mendelssohn)






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 Monday evening so that student may finalize their schedules during the first week of classes.    

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