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. For wind and percussion musicians, it is normal to be placed in both ensembles.  In some cases, students will perform in only one or the other, at the discretion of ensemble conductors and applied faculty.

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

Audition Information

Auditions for Fall 2014 membership will be held Monday September 1, 2014 in Schmucker Hall. 

  • Woodwind, brass and percussion auditions will be from 4-6pm. Woodwind, brass and percussion musicians do not need to sign up in advance; simply show up to the second floor lounge in Schmucker Hall at 4pm and you will be given a time slot and directed to the appropriate audition room. 
  • String auditions will be 4-6pm and 7-9pm and will take place in Schmucker Hall Room 302. Between 4-6pm priority will be given to violins and between 7-9pm priority will given to violas, cellos and basses. A sign-up sheet for string auditions will be posted outside of the Conservatory Office on or before the first day of classes.


Auditionees should prepare two excerpts from the list below and major and minor scales. The performance excerpts are listed below. If only two excerpts are listed for your instrument you must prepare both excerpts; if more than two excerpts are listed you may choose two from the list.   

List of Performance 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.

    Excerpts for String Players






    Excerpts for Wind and Brass Players










    Suggested Excerpts for Percussion, Piano and Harp

    Percussion: choose one from each category.

    Snare Drum


    Keyboard Percussion