Symphony Orchestra & Wind Symphony

Audition Information


All prospective ensemble members must audition, regardless of prior ensemble membership.

* Music majors, minors and students on a music scholarship whose principal instrument is a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument must take part in these auditions and will be placed in one or both ensembles at the discretion of the music directors. It is expected that wind/brass/percussion music majors, minors and scholarship recipients will perform in the Wind Symphony and/or the Symphony Orchestra every semester while in residence at Gettysburg College.

* Non-major/non-scholarship students and others may elect to audition for one or both ensembles.

Audition Date & Times

Auditions for Fall 2013 membership will be held Sunday August 25th through Tuesday August 27, 2013.

Signing up                                               

Audition Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the Conservatory Office on the Third Floor of Schmucker Hall on approximately August 20, 2013. Auditionees should sign up for a time slot on these sheets and carefully note the restricted times (slots arranged by instrument). For students unable to audition during the scheduled times, additional dates and times can be arranged as necessary. Contact Dr. Alexander Kahn ( to schedule a special time or with any questions regarding scheduling.


Auditionees will prepare two excerpts and major and minor scales. Suggested performance excerpts are listed below. A solo work or etude is also highly recommended, but is not mandatory.

In most cases, the list of excerpts below contains many possible choices.  We recommend selecting contrasting excerpts (i.e. one technical and one lyrical).  Returning auditionees are strongly encouraged to choose different excerpts than those they performed at their last audition if at all possible.

Audition length        

 Auditions are approximately ten minutes in length. Arrive early to allow time to warm-up and to fill out a brief information form. 

For other questions, contact Dr. Alexander Kahn (

List of Recommended Orchestral Excerpts

All auditionees must prepare two performance excerpts.

Auditionees are strongly encouraged to consult professional recordings when preparing these excerpts for help with tempo, style and phrasing. Many recordings can be listened to for free on Youtube or through the Musselman Library website by using Naxos and/or the Classical Music Recording Library. You must be on the Gettysburg campus network to access these services as we have an institutional subscription.


All excerpts linked below are in PDF format, ready to download.

Suggested Excerpts for String Players

Please note that all string players are required to prepare the excerpt from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and one other excerpt of their choice.





Suggested Excerpts for Wind and Brass Players










Suggested Excerpts for Percussion, Piano and Harp

Percussion: choose one from each category.

Snare Drum


Keyboard Percussion



Stravinsky, Petroushka (rehearsal numbers 145 – 148)