CWU Department of Music
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Band & Orchestra Auditions

Although the instrumental ensemble directors have been anticipating a return to performing together in-person, current trends point toward online instruction as being the most appropriate mode for Fall quarter. Here are some additional details: 

  • Course fees will be waived for Wind Ensemble (MUS 266, 466, 566), Marching/Concert Band (MUS 287, 487, 587) and Symphony Orchestra (MUS 277, 477, 577)
  • The content of the courses will include a performance aspect in the form of a virtual ensemble.
  • Students should continue to prepare audition material for ensemble placement. 
  • This does not impact Big Band, just Orchestra, Wind Ensemble & Cocert Band

We are looking forward to a time when we can play together in a healthy and safe manner. We hope for this return in Winter quarter. 

Nikolas Caoile, Paul Bain, and T. André Feagin

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.

There will be two sets of auditions for large ensembles during the 2020/21 school year, fall and spring quarter. There will not be auditions for winter quarter. Fall placements will be maintained until auditions are held again in the spring.


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.


Due to social distancing guidelines, fall 2020 band and orchestra ensemble auditions will be done virtually by submitting a video. Please use the Ensemble Audition Submission Form to complete your audition.

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