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 (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.

Audition Information

Auditions for Spring 2016 membership will be held Monday, January 18th, 2016 and Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 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 euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, and harp will be held Monday, January 18th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
  • Auditions for woodwinds, trumpets, and horns will be held Monday, January 18th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
  • Auditions for strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), will be held Monday, January 18th from 8:30pm - 10:00pm.
  • Auditions for strings (violin, viola, cello, bass), will also be held Tuesday, January 19th from 7:00pm - 9:30pm.  
  • If selected, the first Wind Symphony meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 20th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
  • If selected, the first Symphony Orchestra meeting will take place on Thursday, January 21st from 7:30pm - 9:30pm.  


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











    Suggested Excerpts for Percussion, Piano and Harp

    PercussionPrepare all excerpts