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**Ensemble Instrumental Auditions**

Fall 2013 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 20, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (McAfee Concert Hall) 

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion auditions for fall ensembles will take place on August 20 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 20, 2013 in McAfee Concert Hall during the following times:

9:00       AM         Percussion - Download Excerpts
11:00     AM         Saxophone - Download Excerpts:  Alto, Bari, Tenor
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         Euphonium - Download Excerpts
5:30       PM         Tuba - 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 (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 22, 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 22 from 3:00 until 8:00 PM in McAfee Concert Hall according to the following schedule:

Download 2013 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 Ensemble I and II will take place on

Wednesday, August 21, 4:00-7:00 PM in the following locations:

Saxophones:   Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church.
Download Excerpts: Bb Tenor and Soprano or Eb Bari and Alto

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

Trumpets:   Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 15
Download Excerpts: Sing, Sang, Sung and Yo Tannenbaum

Trombones:   Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 12
Download Excerpts: Sing Sang Sung and Yo Tannenbaum

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

Wednesday, August 21, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church:

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

Brass Instruments:   Download Excerpts: Trumpet and Trombones
String Instruments (violin, viola or cello only): Download Excerpts
Rhythm Section: See information below regarding “Rhythm Section Auditions”


Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20

Auditions for commercial principals in drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar will take place on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20. 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 (anthony.belfiglio@belmont.edu).

Download Excerpts for Jazz Auditions:

Autumn Leaves - All Rhythm Section auditionees

Corcovado - Guitar

Chet's Call - Piano

Chet's Call - Bass

Chet's Call - Drums



Thursday, August 22, 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 22 from 6:00-9:00 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.


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)

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 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 (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.