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Fall 2016 Large Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Students receiving a School of Music scholarship must audition for ensembles as specified in their scholarship letter. Non-scholarship students should audition for commercial or classical ensembles according to their major.

Auditions for Orchestra Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion auditions for fall ensembles will take place at the times listed below. Download the PDF (portable document format) file below containing an instructional letter and the excerpts for your instrument. You will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the file. If you are unable to access the file, please contact Dr. Kraus ( and request to have excerpts mailed to you. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in McAfee Concert Hall at the following times:

8:00       AM         Percussion - Download Excerpts
11:00     AM         Euphonium - Download Excerpts
11:30     AM         Tuba - Download Excerpts
12:00     PM         Break
12:30     PM         Flute and Piccolo - Download Excerpts
1:30       PM         Oboe - Download Excerpts
1:45       PM         Bassoon - Download Excerpts
2:15       PM         Clarinet and Bass Clarinet - Download Clarinet Excerpts and Bass Clarinet Excerpts
3:00       PM         Trumpet - Download Excerpts
4:00       PM         Trombone - Download Excerpts
4:30       PM         Horn - Download Excerpts
5:00       PM         Saxophone - Download Excerpts: Alto, Tenor, Bari

Each audition will last approximately five minutes and will be heard by ensemble faculty and applied faculty as available. In order to provide a fair and efficient placement, auditions will be blind and based upon the performance of the musical excerpts alone. Please plan to be present during the scheduled time for your instrument. When you arrive, check in at the desk outside the door and you will be assigned a number. When it is your turn, simply enter the room and play the excerpts as you have prepared them in order. No communication will take place between the panel and the student. If you have a conflict with one of the scheduled times, please notify Dr. Kraus ( so that you may be included during one of the other instrument time slots. Following the audition, all students will be assigned to either Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, or Concert Band. In some cases, students may be asked to perform in multiple ensembles.

Concert Band enrollment is open to all students on campus. If you wish to play only in Concert Band, you are not required to play a formal audition and do not need to download and prepare the excerpts. Please contact Dr. Barry Kraus via email ( to indicate your interest in performing in the Concert Band, and you may register when you see your advisor. If you do not wish to receive credit for the course, you may participate without enrolling. 


All String Students (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass) must audition for placement in the Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra. Check back for audition excerpts for strings. If you do not wish to audition, you may play in String Chamber Orchestra without an audition. For more information on string auditions, please contact Dr. Robert Gregg ( 

String auditions will take place on Thursday, August 25, 3:00-9:00pm in McAfee Concert Hall according to the following schedule:

Download 2016 Audition Letter

3:00 Violin (Download Excerpt)
6:00 Viola (Download Excerpt)
7:00 Cello (Download Excerpt)
7:45 Bass (Download Excerpt)


Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 4:00PM - until finished in the following locations:

Trumpets: Harton Recital Hall. Trumpet Audition Materials: Life in the Bubble PDF | Santa Baby PDF

Trombones: WMB 105. Trombone Audition Materials: Life in the Bubble PDF | Santa Baby PDF

Saxophones:   Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church. Click here for saxophone audition guidelines.

Rhythm Section: See information below regarding “Rhythm Section Auditions”

Auditions for Winds & Strings for Small Jazz Groups I,II and III

will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church.

Guidelines for Jazz Small Group Auditions


Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Locations: Guitar in The Guitar House, Bass/Drums in the Dynamo Room, Piano in Harton.


From: The New Real Book, Vol 2: 

  1. All rhythm section players should prepare 2 songs:

“KILLER JOE” by Benny Golson:

“SONG FOR MY FATHER”, by Horace Silver:

Pianists and guitarists should be able to play the melody, comp, and solo over the chord progressions.  Drummers should lay down the time like the recordings as well as comp in a stylistically appropriate manner.  Bass players should play the bass lines as appropriate to the style.  Drummer will play fours (solo) and bass players will be asked to solo as well.  

2. There will be sight reading for each instrument at the audition.

(Jazz Band I and II, Jazzmin, Jazz Small Groups, Jazz String Septet, Bass Ensemble (1 drummer), and Commercial Guitar Ensemble (drums, bass, keys).


LIVING FOR THE CITY by Stevie Wonder:

You will play with a 3-piece and will be accompanying a vocalist.

Play through 1:29 Original key of F#


DRAG ME DOWN by One Direction:

Play 0:00-:33 skip to 2:11 (at 2:53, guitar solo to show creativity and tone to the end 3:08)


Guitar/Bass/Drums/Piano: “STAY A LITTLE LONGER” (Brothers Osborne)  [F#: Excerpt: 2:52 – 3:36(Fine)]

Note: Piano will need to solo over the above excerpt (not guitar); Bass, guitar, and drums should play the excerpt as per the recording for their respective auditions.


Download Audition Schedule Details (PDF)

 **Special Note: If you have had track programming experience, please submit some examples to Jamie Wigginton prior to the auditions at: or


Thursday, August 25, 6:30-9:00 PM

Bruin Blast performs at all home basketball games and travels to NCAA tournaments. Bruin Blast will hold auditions (for new members only) for piccolo, flute, clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, tuba, and drumset on Thursday, August 25 from 6:30-9:00 PM in room 303 of Belmont Heights. Each audition will consist of two major scales of choice, a two-octave chromatic scale, and a short sight reading excerpt. Drum set players will be asked to play 16 measures in rock, latin, swing, and funk styles. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings prior to basketball season. Course credit is not available; however, students receive a stipend for participation.


Symphony Orchestra (Course Number: MUN 4930):

T/TH 3:00-5:00 (McAfee Hall)

String Chamber Orchestra (Course Number: MUN 4740.01):

M/W/F 1:00-1:50 (BHBC 303)

Wind Ensemble (Course Number: MUN 4900):

M/W/F 12:00-1:50 (McAfee Hall)

Concert Band (MUN 4730):

M/F 3:00-4:20 PM (McAfee Hall)

Jazz Ensemble I (Course Number: MUN 4910):

M/W 4:00-6:00 PM (Dynamo Room)

Jazz Ensemble II (Course Number: MUN 4915):

T/TH 4:30-6:00 PM (Dynamo Room)

All music majors must be registered for all ensembles in which they participate (one for credit and all others for no credit under MUN 4895. Check classfinder for details.)


School-owned instruments are available. If you are in need of an instrument, please contact the appropriate ensemble director to obtain an instrument checkout form. You will need to take the form to the music facilities office in the Massey Performing Arts Center and fill out the appropriate paperwork. If you require a locker for large instruments, please contact April Simpkins via email ( or visit her desk in the School of Music Office of the Wilson Music Building. If you require an instrument for the audition, you must make appropriate contacts prior to August 20.