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 (Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony). 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.
Auditions for Fall 2015 membership will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 in Schmucker Hall.
- Students audition once for Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony.
- These auditions include woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, piano, and harp.
- A sign-up sheet with audition times and locations will be posted outside of the Conservatory Office the week before classes resumes. Students auditioning should sign up for a audition time.
- Auditions for woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, and harp will be held from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
- Auditions for strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), will be held from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
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. Please do NOT choose the same excerpt(s) that you did the previous semester.
List of Performance Excerpts
Auditionees are strongly encouraged to consult professional recordings and excerpt guides when preparing these excerpts for help with tempo, style and phrasing. Many free recordings and resources can be found online.
All excerpts linked below are in PDF format, ready to download.
Excerpts for String Players
Excerpts for Wind and Brass Players
- Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra, mvmt. 2
- Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe
- Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite, mvmt. 1 (Only Morning)
- Mozart, Overture to The Magic Flute
- Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel, page 1
- Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel, page 2
- Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, page 1
- Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, page 2
- Brahms, Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement
- Bernstein, Overture to Candide
- Wagner, Götterdämmerung
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
- Mozart, Requiem Tuba Mirum
- Rossini, La Gazza ladra Overture, page 1
- Rossini, La Gazza ladra Overture, page 2
- Berlioz, Damnation of Faust, Rákóczy March
- Ravel, Bolero
- Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries
- Wagner, Die Meistersinger, Prelude
- Wagner, Die Walkure, Ride of the Walküries
- Mahler, Symphony No. 1, 3rd movement
- Catozzi, Beelzebub
- Lebedjew, Konzert No. 1, Andante cantibile
Suggested Excerpts for Percussion, Piano and Harp
Percussion: choose one from each category.
- Hary Janos Suite, movement 2 (Viennese Musical Clock), beginning to rehearsal no. 2
- Peter and the Wolf, rehearsal no. 49 to 50
- Symphonic Metamorphosis, rehearsal S to rehearsal T
- Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, first 10 measures of Variation M (Moderato, 6/8)
- Xylophone: Hoe-Down from Rodeo, rehearsal 21 to end
- Glockenspiel: Sleeping Beauty, rehearsal no. 7 to no. 8