Large Ensemble Auditions
TUESDAY, August 4 -- through -- FRIDAY, August 14, 2020
ONLY Online Submissions Accepted
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 those interested in higher chair placements and part assignments in sections. Students interested in Jazz Band should contact Dr. Larry Nelson. Students interested in studio 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.
Due to necessary adjustments during the Covid-19 pandemic, all auditions for large ensembles in the Fall 2020 semester will take place via video submission.
2020 Large Ensemble Auditions: Concert Bands and Orchestra Winds
What: Online Format for Fall Auditions, SHARED YouTube VIDEO LINKS
How (Read Carefully): Using your smart phone, computer, or any other technology, record a [separate] video of you performing each individual excerpt. You MUST be visible as part of the performance. Please distance your recording device microphone far enough away from you to better capture authentic sound. It's encouraged that you test this with your chosen device.
Upload the Video File for each excerpt to YOUR OWN YOUTUBE Channel. Name your video in the following manner: Last Name_First Name Initial_ Instrument_Excerpt #. Thus, for exam, Bagpiper John Smith's second excerpt video file name would be: Smith_John_Bagpipe_2. MAKE SURE your video setting is set to UNLISTED (any one can view with link). Copy and paste links to the videos in the text box provided in numerical excerpt order.
When: Submission Final Due Date & Time: Friday, August 14, 2020, 6:00pm EDT. You may submit your audiution anytime between Monday, August 3rd and Friday, August 14, before 6:00pm EDT.
Where: To complete and submit your audition, visit the Google Form at https://forms.gle/gpmPcJdjNEXXXS128
Results: Ensemble placements will be released in early evening of Sunday, August 16th via email.
FINAL EXCERPT SELECTIONS TAKE FROM THOSE POSTED BELOW WILL BE RELEASED MONDAY, August 3, 2020.
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.
Auditions may be submitted anytime online at https://forms.gle/gpmPcJdjNEXXXS128 between Monday, August 3rd and Friday, August 14th, before 6:00pm EDT, and will consist of several prepared excerpts. To be considered for the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra, all final 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 made available no later than Sunday evening, August 16, 2020 so that students may finalize their schedules during the first week of classes.