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Symphonic Band Audition Music

Fall 2015 Audition Music

Auditions will occur on Thursday and Friday, August 20 & 21 in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall.  Results will be posted on Saturday afternoon, August 22.  A signup list for audition times will be posted in the lobby of the Music Rehearsal Hall by the second week of August.

Please prepare the following excerpts for your instrument.  It is strongly suggested that you LISTEN to a good recoding of each work to get a good sense of tempo and style.  You can find recordings on YouTube, Naxos, iTunes, etc.  In addition, everyone will be asked to play one major scale (up to four sharps or four flats) and the chromatic scale (excluding percussionists) demonstrating your practical range (starting pitch of your choice and two to three octaves please).  Auditions will also include two brief sight reading etudes.

Placement in the orchestra is determined through the Symphonic Band auditions.  The top students in each section (excluding saxophone and euphonium) are also placed in the orchestra.  Please refer to the Symphonic Band and Orchestra instrumentation chart below. Students wishing to be considered for the Orchestra MUST prepare the Orchestra audition excerpt (Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky) which is included in the audition materials.

Piccolo: Flutists that would like to be considered for piccolo parts assignments should also prepare and perform the piccolo excerpts. 

Bass Clarinet:  Students wishing to audition on bass clarinet should prepare both the Bb Bass Clarinet excerpts AND the Bb Clarinet excerpts.

Saxophone:  All saxophonists will prepare and audition on alto saxophone in order to fairly assess all students on the same audition materials.  Part assignments for tenor and baritone saxophone will be made in consultation with Dr. Cipolla and individual students at the time of the auditions. 

Percussion:  All percussionists will prepare and audition on xylophone, snare drum, and timpani as part of their audition.  Sightreading will be performed on the xylophone.  Please be sure to bring appropriate sticks, mallets, and a pitch pipe to your audition.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Schallert at gary.schallert@wku.edu

Audition Information /Instructions (click here)

Piccolo                                                Oboe                                       Horn                                   Euphonium

Flute                                                    Bassoon                                 Trombone                           Tuba

Clarinet                                               Saxophone                              Bass Trombone                  Percussion

Bass Clarinet                                      Trumpet

 

 

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