Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions


Fall 2021 Audition Materials will be posted at a later date; those auditions will take place in late August 2021. For your reference, below are materials for our Fall 2020 auditions (which have been completed). Please reach out to Dr. Higgins ( with questions.


All woodwind, brass, percussion, and string players interested in performing with the Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or String Ensemble are required to audition (note that Concert Band and String Orchestra are available with no audition). Those interested in Jazz Band will perform a separate audition (see bottom of page).

DAY ONE: Saturday, August 22, 2020 (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!)

  • Trumpet
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Trombone
  • Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

DAY TWO: Sunday, August 23, 2020 (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!)

  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Oboe
  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Horn
  • Percussion

A PDF of audition requirements for your instrument(s) may be downloaded below. (Music majors must perform all excerpts for your instrument; non-music major woodwind/brass players may omit "orchestra excerpts" if you do not wish to be considered for University Orchestra.)

Strings: EXCERPTS (Please note that there are separate files for String Ensemble & Orchestra!)




Clarinet & Bass Clarinet: EXCERPTS (The bass clarinet excerpt is for auditionees who want to be considered for bass clarinet only. All clarinet auditionees are automatically considered for both clarinet and bass clarinet.)

Saxophone: EXCERPTS (Audition may be performed on any saxophone, but you may be assigned a different instrument for large ensemble.)

Trumpet: EXCERPTS (Please note that there are three files for you to prepare. Thanks!)


Trombone: EXCERPTS

Euphonium: EXCERPTS


Percussion: EXCERPTS



JAZZ BAND - FALL 2020 Details

Auditions will take place virtually via ZOOM on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 (10am-4pm each day). Please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME!

Horns, piano, bass, and guitar:

1) Play melody to Charlie Parker’s Confirmation (Medium tempo swing - 125 mm)
2) Solo using a backing track to four choruses of F Blues , medium tempo
3) In addition...
---Bass: Walk the changes to Confirmation for two choruses same tempo.
---Piano and guitar: comp the changes to Confirmation for two choruses tempo.
1) Articulate the melody to Charlie Parker’s Billies Bounce two choruses 12 bars of swing feel (Alternate 4’s solo swing, solo, swing, solo, swing)
2) Play a samba beat 30 for seconds.
3) Play a 4/4 swing beat with brushes for 30 seconds.
4) Play a bossa nova beat for 30 seconds.
5) Play a 3/4 swing beat for 30 seconds.
6) Play along softly to Count Basie’s Corner Pocket (Use the track on YouTube).