**Ensemble Instrumental Auditions**
Fall 2012 Large Instrumental Ensemble Auditions
To audition for:
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.
Tuesday, August 21, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Belmont Heights Baptist Church Room 303
Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion auditions for fall ensembles will take place on August 21 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request that the excerpts be mailed to you.
9:00 AM Percussion (download excerpts)
11:00 AM Saxophone (download Tenor, Bari, & Alto excerpts)
12:00 PM Break
12:30 PM Flute & Piccolo (download excerpts)
1:30 PM Oboe & Bassoon (download oboe excerpts) (download bassoon excerpts)
2:00 PM Clarinets (download excerpts & Bass excerpts)
2:45 PM Trumpet (download excerpts)
3:45 PM Trombone (download excerpts)
4:30 PM Euphonium (download excerpts ) & Tuba (download excerpts)
5:00 PM Horn (download excerpts)
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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 23, 3:00-8:00 PM, New Concert Hall
All String Students (Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass) must audition for placement in the Symphony Orchestra and String Chamber Orchestra. For the audition, students must download and prepare audition excerpts (links below in pdf). For more information on string auditions, please contact Dr. Robert Gregg (email@example.com).
Wednesday, August 23, 4:00-7:00 PM
Auditions for Jazz Ensemble I and II will take place on Wednesday, August 22 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM in the following locations:
Saxophones: Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church (Download excerpts).
Rhythm Section: See information below regarding “Rhythm Section Auditions”
Trumpets: Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 15 (Yo Tannenbaum Excerpts) (Rippin and Runnin Excerpts) See below for mp3's.
Trombones: Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 12 (Yo Tannenbaum Excerpts) (Rippin and Runnin Excerpts)
Trumpet and Trombone Mp3's
Yo Tannenbaum: Excerpt begins at 4:34
Rippin' and Runnin: Excerpt begins at 6:14
Monday, August 20, and Tuesday, August 21
Auditions for commercial principals in drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar will take place on Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21. Rhythm section auditions are used to place students in Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Small Group, Rock Ensemble, and bands that accompany various commercial vocal ensembles such as Southbound, Jazzmin, and Phoenix. All rhythm section players must attend the audition to be considered for placement in one of the commercial ensembles. More information and a specific schedule may be obtained by contacting Dr. Anthony Belfiglio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information on other small classical instrumental wind, percussion, and string ensembles available to students, visit the School of Music Ensemble page (www.belmont.edu/music).
Friday, August 24, 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 Friday, August 24 from 6 - 9 PM in room 15 of the Massey Performing Arts Center. 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.
Rehearsal Times, Locations and Additional Information
Classical majors should register for a classical ensemble for credit (strings=orchestra, winds/perc=wind ensemble).
Commercial majors should register for a commercial ensemble for credit (winds/perc=jazz ensemble).
If a student is placed in more than one ensemble (as indicated above), student should register for additional ensembles under MUN 3990 (see classfinder).
Symphony Orchestra (Course Number: MUN 4930)
T/TH 3:00-4:30, F 2:00-2:50 (Concert Hall/Room 303)
Wind Ensemble (Course Number: MUN 4900)
M/W/F 1:00-1:50, T/TH 12:30-1:45 (Concert Hall/Room 303)
▪ Classical wind and percussion principals should register for Wind Ensemble or Concert Band for credit pending auditions and register for other ensembles for no credit (Orchestra-MUN 3990.03 and Jazz Ensemble-MUN 3990.04).
String Chamber Orchestra (Course Number: MUN 3991.03)
T/TH 12:30 - 1:45 (BHBC 303)
Concert Band (MUN 4730) :
M/F 3:00-4:20 PM (Concert Hall/Room 303)
▪ Students may register for credit to satisfy ensemble credit, fine arts requirements, or electives
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)
▪ Commercial principals in saxophone, trumpet, and trombone should register for either Jazz 1 (MUN 4910) or Jazz 2 (MUN 4915) for credit and register for other ensembles for no credit (Wind Ensemble-MUN 3990.02 and Orchestra-MUN 3990.03)
▪ All music majors must be registered for all ensembles in which they participate (one for credit and all others for no credit under MUN 3990. 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 (email@example.com) 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 21.