Orchestra/Concert Band Auditions for Spring 2021

About Spring Semester (2021)

As we plan for Spring 2021 ensembles, safety precautions will be taken which include physical distancing, the wearing of face covers when possible, increased air circulation and evacuation, and the use of smaller groups on a rotating schedule. For Spring 2021, the Symphony Orchestra will meet as a string orchestra, while all woodwind, brass and percussion players will audition for Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds.

Similar to Fall 2020, we will offer in-person and online options for ensembles. In-person ensembles will not have an online component (should the University pivot to fully online instruction, online assignments will be added). All students must complete the audition process, regardless of chosen instructional mode. You will indicate your choice of instructional mode in the submission form below.

As public health conditions improve, we will re-evaluate the present arrangement and hope to move towards our traditional ensemble divisions for Fall 2021. View more details about COVID-19 safety in concert bands.

We will use an online video submission process for auditions for Spring 2021. Videos will be accepted until Friday, January 1st at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

Audition process: (woodwinds, brass and percussion)

Prepare the following audition materials:

  1. Two Scales of your choice that best demonstrate your range. (Two octaves at least).
  2. Required excerpts. Music majors/minors and non-music majors auditioning for Wind Ensemble must complete all three excerpts; non-music majors auditioning for Concert Winds may choose one excerpt to complete.

Then complete the following audition steps:

  1. Complete the information form
  2. Submit audition videos
  3. Register for MUSE 112/412 Concert Winds (MWF 2 - 3:30 p.m.) or MUSE 114/414/614 Wind Ensemble (MWF 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.). Ensemble announcements will be made prior to 1/24. You will have until Friday, 1/29 to adjust your schedule based on your placement. We anticipate holding rehearsals during the first week of the semester.

If you have technical issues with the audition process or need to request a paper copy of the required excerpts, please contact Spencer Hannibal-Smith.

For other questions regarding the audition materials or preparation, please contact Director of Bands, Reed Chamberlin.