Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Thank you to all who auditioned this week for Instrumental Ensemble Placement. We are more excited than ever for the start of Fall 2021 in our Orchestra and all 3 Bands. Please see assignments via the 2 links below. A hard copy has been posted on the ensemble bulletin board in Wilson Hall. If you do not see your name or think there is an error, PLEASE let us know right away (we DEFINITELY could have made a mistake!). Thank you, and see you soon for our first rehearsals this week.    - Dr. Higgins and Prof. Cheng

ORCHESTRA WINDS/PERCUSSION:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hHiaPOIdiEKy1ZRqZfSc5DPduL1wFqAJ/view?usp=sharing


ORCHESTRA STRINGS:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IIY5zkRwfxQbCSSP0IlVv27xCfXDTysy/view?usp=sharing


BANDS (Wind Ens, Sym Band, Concert Band):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lwxd-0cEXcGVJ1Luqqeou_lBt66jyaSB/view?usp=sharing

 

 

FALL 2021 - All Rowan students are invited to join an instrumental ensemble!

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). If you plan to audition on multiple instruments, then you should sign up for an audition timeslot for each different instrument. Auditions for Fall 2021 will be live and in-person. Those interested in Jazz Band will perform a separate audition (CLICK HERE), and those interested in Pep Band will follow a different process entirely (CLICK HERE)

DAY ONE: Monday, August 30, 2021 (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION TIME)

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

DAY TWO: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION TIME)

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

A PDF of audition requirements for your instrument(s) may be downloaded below. (Music majors must perform all included excerpts for your instrument; non-music major woodwind/brass players may play only the "band" 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!)

Flute: EXCERPTS

Oboe: EXCERPTS

Bassoon: EXCERPTS

Clarinet: EXCERPTS

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 all auditionees should prepare the "Trumpet - etude" file, in addition to the band (or band & orchestra) excerpts.]

Horn: EXCERPTS

Trombone: EXCERPTS

Euphonium: EXCERPTS (Please note that there are two files for you to prepare.)

Tuba: EXCERPTS

Percussion: EXCERPTS

 

 

JAZZ BAND - FALL 2021 Details

Auditions will take place on Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31 (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.
 
Drums
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).
 
 
 
 
ROWAN UNIVERSITY PEP BAND - Fall 2021 Details (Submit by July 23, 2021)

We are pleased to announce auditions for the Rowan Pep Band! The band is comprised of the following parts: 4 vocalists, 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 1 baritone saxophone, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, 1 keyboard, 1 guitar, 1 bass guitar, and 1 drum set. All auditions will be prerecorded video submissions (link to audition materials is below). Please record yourself with the best quality that is available to you! Below you will find a Submission Form for you to complete and upload your recording (DUE JULY 23, 2021). If you are for any reason unable to upload your video, please send the video via email to Mr. Bianchini at bianchink0@rowan.edu.

Trombone and trumpet players: If you would like audition to be the lead in your section, pick the materials that read "Lead Trombone" and "Lead Trumpet," respectively. Otherwise, you can play the "Section Trombone" and "Section Trumpet" parts. You only need to submit one or the other (not both).

Drum set players: Please play along to the album versions of "September" by Earth Wind and Fire and "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore. You should play from the beginning of the song to the end of the first chorus of each song. The PDF below shows some suggested patterns to play for each song. 

Vocalists: there are no specific songs for you to audition with, so please sing a song that you feel shows off your vocal prowess the best! Please try and pick a song that you would imagine hearing at a wedding (upbeat, fun), as this is the style of something the band would typically play.

If there are any questions, please email the director, Keith Bianchini, at bianchink0@rowan.edu!