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Band & Orchestra Auditions, Spring 2023

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. The audition schedule will be posted here when it becomes available.

Audition Excerpts

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.


Tuesday, March 28 | McIntyre, Room 217

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am – Flute
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am – Oboe
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm – Clarinet
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Horn
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00pm – Timpani (orchestra interest only) | Location TBA
  • 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm – Bassoon

Tuesday, March 28 | Concert Hall

  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am – Saxophone
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am – Euphonium
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm – Tuba
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Trumpet
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm – Trombone
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm – Percussion (all)

Wednesday, March 29 | Concert Hall

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Cellos and Basses

Friday, March 31 | Concert Hall

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Violins and Violas

Additional Information:

  • Sign up for times the old fashioned way, on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the choir room.
  • If you can’t make any of the posted audition times, please see Dr. Feagin or Dr. Caoile.
  • 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 the 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 which time the current add/drop fee is assessed.

Choral Auditions

Jazz Auditions