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**Instrumental Ensemble Auditions**

Fall 2015 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 and Brass auditions will take place on:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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 will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Winds will be in MAC and percussion will be in FH1 in during the following times:

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 27, 3:00pm-9:00pm in McAfee

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 27 2015 in McAfee Concert Hall according to the following schedule:

Download 2015 Audition Letter

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


**Additional information and excerpts will be added to this page by first week in August.**

Auditions for Jazz Band I and II will take place on

Wednesday, August 26 2015, 4:00PM - until finished in the following locations:

Saxophones:   Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church.

Additional Jazz Saxophone Audition Information

Download Excerpts: Alto (High Maintenance / Samba Gringo / Splanky)

                                  Bari (High Maintenance / Samba Gringo / Splanky)

                                  Tenor (High Maintenance / Samba Gringo / Splanky)

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; Friday Night at the Cadillac Club (Play coda only)

Trombones:   Massey Performing Arts Center, Room 17
Download Excerpts (both are swing selections): Let it Snow; Friday Night at the Cadillac Club (Play coda only)

Jazz Music Files:
  • Let it Snow (MP3)
  • Friday Night at the Cadillac Club (MP3; Audition excerpt begins at 5:07. Original recording by Bob Berg. The chart is slightly different, so use the recording as a tool to identify style articulations and tempo.)

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

will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Dynamo Room behind Belmont Heights Church.

Small Jazz Groups Audition Information

Blue Bossa Concert Key

Blue Bossa Bb (trumpet/tenor sax)

Blue Bossa Eb (alto sax/bari sax)

Sandu Concert Key

Sandu Bb (trumpet/tenor sax)

Sandu Eb (alto sax/bari sax)

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


Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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


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

1.        All rhythm section players should prepare “Jeannine” by Duke Pearson (Chart is attached).  Pianists and guitarists should be able to play the melody, comp, and solo over the chord progression.  Drummers should lay down the time like the Cannonball Adderley recording as well as catch the anticipations in the melody (bars 8 – 14).  Bass players should walk appropriate to the style.  Listen to the recording of Cannonball Adderley for reference.  Drummer will play fours (solo) and bass players will be asked to solo as well.  See attached lead sheet and listen to the recording at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRZ4uuOcZTw

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


Pop/Rock/Country Audition pieces: (Details will be on charts)

Piano: ‘Don’t Try This At Home’  (chart attached)

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeJHnkUKg_M

Guitar: ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay (chart attached)

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY9b6jgbNyc

Bass/Drums: ‘Lie With Me’  by LadyA  (Intro, VS 1 and CH, Meas 1-28) (chart attached)

      Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOSjL-Hz5Dw

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: james.wigginton@belmont.edu or jamie@vocaledge.com


Thursday, August 27, 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 27 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.