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**Instrumental Ensemble Auditions**

Fall 2014 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, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band* 

Tuesday, August 19, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM (McAfee Concert Hall) 

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 (barry.kraus@belmont.edu) and request to have excerpts mailed to you. Auditions for winds and percussion will take place on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Belmont Heights Room 303 in during the following times:

Download 2014 Audition Letter

9:00       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
6:00       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 (barry.kraus@belmont.edu) 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 (barry.kraus@belmont.edu) 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. 


Thursday, August 21, 3:00-8:00 PM

All String Students (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass) must audition for placement in the Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra.   Audition excerpts are now available for strings.  For the audition, students must download and prepare audition excerpts (links below in pdf). ). 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 (robert.gregg@belmont.edu). 

String auditions will take place on Thursday, August 21 from 3:00 until 8:00 PM in McAfee Concert Hall according to the following schedule:

Download 2014 Audition Letter

3:00       Violin    (Download excerpts)
6:00        Viola   (Download excerpts)
6:45        Cello   (Download excerpts)
7:15        Bass   (Download excerpts)


Auditions for Jazz Band I and II will take place on

Wednesday, August 20, 4:00-7:00 PM in the following locations:

Saxophones:   Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church.
Download Excerpts: Alto (Hayburner and Jazz Police), Bari (Hayburner and Jazz Police), Tenor (Hayburner and Jazz Police)

Additional Jazz Saxophone Audition Information

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

Trumpets:   Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 15
Download Excerpts (both are swing selections): Let it Snow and April in Paris

Trombones:   Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 12
Download Excerpts (both are swing selections): Let it Snow and April in Paris

Jazz Music Files:

Auditions for Winds & Strings for Small Jazz Groups I and II will take place on

Wednesday, August 20, 6:00-7:00 PM in the Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church.

Additional Information for Winds and Strings

Au Privave Concert Key

Au Privave Eb (alto sax/bari sax)

Au Privave Bb (trumpet/clarinet/tenor sax/soprano sax)

Impressions Concert Key

Impressions Eb (alto sax/bari sax)

Impressions Bb (trumpet/clarinet/tenor sax/soprano sax)

Saxophone: Small Jazz auditions for saxophone will take place from 4-7 PM as an optional part of the Jazz Ensemble audition process.

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


Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19

Auditions for commercial principals in drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar will take place on Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19. The Monday auditions are preliminary, for new students and returning students who have not previously passed the preliminary audition. Students who pass the Monday auditions are invited to audition again on Tuesday. The Tuesday auditions are for placement in all jazz, country, rock, or pop ensembles such as Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Small Group, Rock Ensemble, and various commercial vocal ensembles such as Southbound, Jazzmin, and Phoenix. The charts posted on this website may be used in the Tuesday auditions, but students should keep in mind that the charts posted are only part of a given audition. There may be additional songs, as well as improvisation and sightreading.

Download Audition Schedule Details (PDF)

Download Excerpts for Jazz Auditions:
Jazz Chart
Rock/Pop/Country Chart


Thursday, August 21, 6:00-9:00 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, and tuba, on Thursday, August 21 from 6:00-9:00 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. Rehearsals will take place prior to the start of the season. Course credit is not available. Students receive a stipend for participation.


Symphony Orchestra (Course Number: MUN 4930):

T/TH 3:00-4:30, F 2:00-2:50 (Concert Hall/Room 303)

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 1:00-1:50, T/TH 12:30-1:45 (Concert Hall/Room 303)

Concert Band (MUN 4730):

M/F 3:00-4:20 PM (Concert Hall/Room 303)

Jazz Ensemble I (Course Number: MUN 4910):

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

Jazz Ensemble II (Course Number: MUN 4915):

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


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 (april.simpkins@belmont.edu) 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.