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Ensemble Audition Materials

Audition excerpt PDF files will be posted below as they become available. If you would like to audition for any of these ensembles, please download and practice the PDF excerpts. More information is available on our Ensemble Auditions page. For additional information specific excerpts for Jazz and Chamber Choir please go to or Jazz Auditions or Chamber Choir Auditions pages. For information about our various ensembles please visit the CWU Ensembles page

Band/Orchestra auditions will be no more than 7 minutes in length. Each student is responsible for tempo, musicality, and style of each excerpt. It is strongly recommended that each auditioning student find and listen to recordings of the excerpts if possible. Jazz and Chamber choir audition details can be found on their specific audition pages.

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.

We're frequently in the process of posting excerpts. Please be patient. The links specify which excerpts are available for upcoming auditions. The others will be updated as they become available.

Audition Excerpts

  • String Excerpts

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    Violins I

    • Okoye (pick-up to m. 96-104), quarter = 132
    • Stravinsky (reh 53-54), quarter = 80
    • Stravinsky (reh 57-62), quarter = 168
    • Stravinsky (reh 72-79), quarter = 168
    • Stravinsky (reh 104-121), quarter = 144
    • Stravinsky (reh 186-end)*, eighth = 126

    * optional for principal consideration

    Violin II

    • Okoye (pick-up to m. 96-104), quarter = 132
    • Stravinsky (reh 53-54), quarter = 80
    • Stravinsky (reh 57-62), quarter = 168
    • Stravinsky (reh 72-79), quarter = 168
    • Stravinsky (reh 104-121), quarter = 144
    • Stravinsky (reh 186-end)*, eighth = 126

    * optional for principal consideration

    Viola

    • Okoye (mm. 20-28), quarter = 132
    • Stravinsky (reh 28-30), quarter = 100
    • Stravinsky (reh 53-54), quarter = 80
    • Stravinsky (reh 75-79), quarter = 168
    • Stravinsky (reh 104-121), quarter = 144
    • Stravinsky (reh 186-end)*, eighth = 126

    * optional for principal consideration

    Cello

    • Stravinsky (reh 32-37), quarter = 100
    • Stravinsky (40-44), dotted-quarter = 132
    • Stravinsky (reh 72-79), quarter = 168
    • Stravinsky (reh 104-121), quarter = 144
    • Stravinsky (reh 186-end)*, eighth = 126

    * optional for principal consideration

    Bass

    • prepare all excerpts provided by Dr. Jensen (see above)
    • Stravinsky (reh 104-121), quarter = 144
    • Stravinsky (reh 186-end)*, eighth = 126

    * optional for principal consideration

    Links

    Nkeiru Okoye - Voices Shouting Out (2002)

    Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring

Choral Ensembles

Chamber Choir Auditions page

Jazz Band & Combos

Jazz Auditions page