Ensemble and Piano Auditions

All incoming and returning students will audition in the fall for ensembles and ensemble placement. Beginning Friday, August 19th, audition requirements and sign-up sheets for all auditions will be on the bulletin board outside of the School of Music Office, Music Building, Room 111. Audition slots fill quickly, so those who sign up earlier rather than later will have a broader selection of times.

Piano Lesson Auditions

Audition Required: Tuesday, August 23rd, Music Room 213 (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 25th, Music Room 208 (MAROON orientation group), 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Come prepared to play one to two solo pieces. You may be asked to sight read.

NOTE: Audition is not required for students who auditioned for the School of Music on piano in Spring 2016.

String Auditions: Symphony Orchestra

Audition required: Monday, August 29th (first day of classes), 1:00 -7:00 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall.

The audition consists of excerpts chosen by the conductor as well as a three to five minute selection of your choice from your solo repertoire.  

String Excerpts: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Auditions

Audition required. Incoming students: Tuesday, August 23rd (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 25th (MAROON orientation group), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Music Room 220.  Returning students will audition on Monday, August 29th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or Tuesday, August 30th, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Music Room 220.

The auditions for woodwind and brass instruments consist of a prepared solo of your choice, chromatic scale demonstrating the range of your instrument, and sight-reading.

Auditions for percussion will take place Monday, August 29th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., following a mandatory percussion meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Music Room L1.  Please note: Percussionists should also plan to sign up for a time slot on the “woodwinds and brass” audition sign-up sheet (taking place on either Tuesday, August 23rd or Thursday, August 25th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) to speak with Professor Morris one-on-one. The audition will consist of three required solos: one each on snare drum, timpani and marimba.  Sight reading will also be required.

Symphony Orchestra: Audition required. Orchestra placements will be determined by the Wind Ensemble audition.

Concert Band does not require an audition. The first rehearsal/orientation is Wednesday, August 31st 5:45 p.m. in Music Room L1.

Jazz Orchestra

Audition required: Tuesday, August 23rd (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 25th (MAROON orientation group), 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Music Room L1. Returning students will audition on Monday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Music Room L6.

The audition consists of two contrasting excerpts, one fast and one slow, in jazz style. You will also be required to sight-read. If you are interested in improvising, be prepared to demonstrate your ability.

Auditions for Choral Ensembles and Opera Theater

Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, Voci d'Amici:
Audition required: Tuesday, August 23rd (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 25th (MAROON orientation group), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Music Room 106. Returning students will audition on Monday, August 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., or Tuesday, August 30th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Please bring a prepared solo (art song, hymn, aria, folk song) if you have one. If you do not have a prepared solo there will be sample patriotic songs and hymns available to sing at the audition. Auditions are required for membership in Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, and Voci d'Amici.

Chorale does not require an audition. The first rehearsal is Tues., August 30th at 3:30 p.m. in Music Room L6.

Opera Theater Auditions: This year, the Opera Theater will present an opera scenes program with piano. Auditions are November 14 from 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. and the production dates are April 7th and 8th. Check for posters with more specific audition information in October. 

Choir Audition FAQ