Symphony Orchestra & Wind Symphony

Audition Information

Requirements

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.
  • String auditions will be 4-6pm and 7-9pm.
  • You do not need to sign up in advance for these auditions. Simply show up to the second floor lounge in Schmucker Hall at 4pm on the first day of classes and you will be assigned an appropriate time slot and directed to the appropriate location. 

Preparation

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

    Violin

    Viola

    Cello 

    Bass

     

    Excerpts for Wind and Brass Players

    Flute

    Oboe

    Clarinet

    Bassoon

    Saxophone

    Horn

    Trumpet

    Trombone/Euphonium

    Tuba

    Suggested Excerpts for Percussion, Piano and Harp

    Percussion: choose one from each category.

    Snare Drum

    Timpani

    Keyboard Percussion

    Harp

    Piano