Band Placement Auditions

 

Audition Instructions

All students in the School of Music are required to participate in a major performance ensemble each semester. For wind and percussion students, this means that you are required to perform an instrumental ensemble placement audition and will be assigned to register for participation in one of the following three ensembles: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, or University Band. We also have a fantastic orchestra in which you are welcome and encouraged to participate in addition to your assigned major performance ensemble (no separate orchestra audition required)

Non-majors and music minors may audition if they wish to be in a band other than University Band.


When

Auditions will held during the first week of classes: August 21 through August 24.  See below for your specific instrument.

Online sign-ups utilize Google Sheets.  It is recommended to access the sign-ups from a computer.  Mobile users will need to have the Google Sheets app installed in order to sign-up.

Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone (no oboe)

• Monday, Aug. 21  -  12:30-4:30pm  - CPAC- 119
Tuesday, Aug. 22  -  5:00-9:30pm  - CPAC- 170
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Oboe

Saturday, Aug. 19  -  1:45pm  -  CPAC-119
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Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba

Wednesday, Aug. 23  -  12:30-4:30pm  -   CPAC-119
Thursday, Aug. 24  -  5:00-9:30pm  -   CPAC-170
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Percussion

Tuesday, Aug. 22  -  12:00-4:30pm  -   CPAC-126
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Who Must Audition

All music majors and anyone wishing to participate in the Wind Symphony or the Symphonic Winds. Non-majors wishing to play in the University Band do not need to audition at this time.


Audition Materials

  1. Excerpts (available below)
    You must prepare all excerpts but only selected excerpts will be asked the day of the audition. See the list below and download them at the following link. Listening to recordings of the excerpts is highly encouraged as part of your preparation.
  2. A short solo or etude of your choice; approximately 1—1.5 minutes in length that showcases what you do best.
  3. Sight reading

**** Oboes ****
No short solo or etude of your choice is required. Dr. Liu has assigned five additional excerpts that you should prepare instead (See Below). Further details about the audition process are available hereOpens in new window .
Please email Dr. Liu with any questions or concerns: ronghuey@gmail.com

**** Percussionists ****
Your audition requirements are slightly different and include pre-selected etudes for snare drum, timpani, and mallets. You must also prepare a short marimba solo or etude of your choice. Two orchestral excerpts (one for timpani and one for crash cymbals) are also included. See the audition instructions and the percussion packet below. Email Prof. Slack with any questions: robslack1@gmail.com


Results

Results will be posted outside CPAC-119 no later than 5:00pm on Friday, August 25

 

Audition Excerpts (by Instrument)

• Audition Instructions & Excerpt ListPDF File Opens in new window

PiccoloPDF File Opens in new window
FlutePDF File Opens in new window
OboePDF File Opens in new window
BassoonPDF File Opens in new window
ClarinetPDF File Opens in new window
Alto SaxophonePDF File Opens in new window
Tenor SaxophonePDF File Opens in new window
Baritone SaxophonePDF File Opens in new window
TrumpetPDF File Opens in new window
HornPDF File Opens in new window
Tenor TrombonePDF File Opens in new window
Bass TrombonePDF File Opens in new window
EuphoniumPDF File Opens in new window
TubaPDF File Opens in new window
PercussionPDF File Opens in new window

 

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Dustin Barr, DMA
Director of Bands
Office: CPAC-227B
Phone: (657) 278-8376
Email: dbarr@fullerton.edu