Large Ensemble Auditions

Fall 2017




Audition Policy

Auditions are required for placement into the Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera Winds, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band.  Music majors and scholarship recipients are required to audition and be available to play in the major ensembles listed above. Consequently, all music majors and scholarship recipients are expected to keep their afternoons conflict-free until after the audition results have been posted.

The wind ensemble, orchestra, and opera meet on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:30pm - 5:30pm.  the Symphonic Winds meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, and the Symphonic Band meets MWF from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Audition Dates and Registration

First round auditions are blind and will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, with possible call-back auditions on Sunday, August 20th. Specific audition times will be assigned during the week of August 14th and communicated via email. Students are required to register for an audition time via the online Large Ensemble Audition Form.

Audition Excerpts   

The excerpt materials are designed to be challenging, thus reflecting the high level of excellence and preparation expected in the ensembles.  Please prepare the materials in their entirety, ignoring any pre-marked cuts.  Smaller excerpts will be determined on the audition day.

It is strongly recommended that students access recordings and/or scores to assist in preparation.  As always, practice slowly and meticulously with a metronome, maximizing all musical elements before increasing the tempo. 

Click on the instrument name below to view and download the PDF files. These files are for academic purposes only and are not to be sold or reproduced for any other reason.

Flute and Piccolo




Bass Clarinet





Bass Trombone



Audition Results and Ensemble Placement

Audition results and ensemble placements will be posted online at on Sunday evening, August 20th.  Ensemble conductors will communicate regarding individual rehearsal schedules, but plan to rehearse during the first week of classes unless informed otherwise by the conductor.