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Band & Orchestra Auditions

If you wish to be considered for Band or the Symphony Orchestra, you will need to go through the audition process. Auditions are required for acceptance into all of the large instrumental ensembles. A faculty committee conducts these auditions near the beginning of each quarter.

Bands

Audition results from Fall 2020 will hold into the next quarter with adjustment being made to the rosters for those student teaching, graduating, etc., based on the needs of the bands. Any new students (not currently involved in the band program) interested in auditioning for a band ensemble should contact the directors directly. 

Chamber Orchestra - Winter 2021

Chamber Orchestra will be meeting with a live rehearsal/performance model for Winter and Spring Quarters. To ensure the safety of all involved, the ensemble has been limited to no more than 21 musicians with strings joined by minimal winds. Repertoire for Winter quarter includes Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Concerto Grosso 1985 and Igor Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto. Spring quarter will include symphonies by Chevalier de Saint George and Franz Josef Haydn.

Chamber orchestra will be auditioned. Check back soon for audition excerpts for winter quarter. Auditions will be virtual, with video submissions occurring in the first week of Winter Quarter. 

Rehearsal times are MWF 12-12:50 in the concert hall, with appropriate measures taken for COVID-19 protocol.

Preparation

If you would like to audition, please download and practice the excerpts posted on Audition Excerpts page. Each student is responsible for tempo, musicality, and style for each excerpt. It is strongly recommended that each auditioning student find and listen to recordings of the excerpts if possible. 

If no specific excerpts are posted for your instrument or you just couldn't get the audition material in advance, you may choose sections from a solo or an etude as your audition material. It would be appropriate to perform a section that shows your technique and a slow section that displays phrasing, tone quality and musical expression. We suggest only that you choose carefully so as to present what you do well, not what you have yet to learn.

Schedule:

Due to social distancing guidelines, fall 2020 band and orchestra ensemble auditions were done virtually by submitting a video. It is uncertain, at this time, if or how auditions will be done for winter quarter. More information will be posted here as clear decisions are made.

Additional Information:

  • For downloadable excerpts check the Audition Excerpts page to see if your areas excerpts have been posted yet.
  • You will need a permission number for Wind Ensemble or Orchestra. There is no need to physically sign up for these ensembles before its first rehearsal. You are given until the end of the schedule change period each quarter by the registrar's office to drop and add with no penalty. After that time the current add/drop fee is assessed.

Choral Auditions

Jazz Auditions