Ensemble and Piano Auditions

All incoming and returning students are required to audition in the fall for placement. Beginning Friday, August 18th, audition requirements and sign-up sheets for 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. You can sign up to receive an email reminder in August.

Piano Lesson Auditions

New Students: Auditions take place on Tuesday, August 22, Music Room 208 (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24, Music Room 208 (MAROON orientation group), 10 a.m. - 12 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 2017.

Returning Students: Returning students do not need to audition.

String Auditions: Symphony Orchestra

New Students: Auditions take place on Tuesday, August 22, (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24, (MAROON orientation group), 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall. Please prepare a 5-7 minute solo (or excerpt of a solo) that best represents your current playing ability. You may be asked to sightread as part of your audition.

Returning Students: Auditions take place on Monday, August 28, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall. Please prepare a 5-7 minute solo (or excerpt of a solo) that best represents your current playing ability. You may be asked to sightread as part of your audition.

The first rehearsal is Thursday, August 31, 4 p.m. in Music Room L1.

Harp Auditions

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 22, (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24, (MAROON orientation group), 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall. Please prepare a 5-7 minute solo (or excerpt of a solo) that best represents your current playing ability.

Wind and Percussion Auditions: Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Band

Concert Band does not require an audition. The first rehearsal is Wednesday, August 30 5:45 p.m. in Music Room L1.

New Wind Students: Auditions for placement in Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble take place on Tuesday, August 22, (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24th, (MAROON orientation group), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Music Room 220. The audition consists of two contrasting excerpts demonstrating both lyrical and technical ability, a chromatic scale (full range, slurred, ascending and descending), and sight-reading.

New Percussion Students:  The audition process is twofold.  First, sign-up for a "get to know you" interview with Dr. Morris to take place on Tuesday, August 22, (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24, (MAROON orientation group), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Music Room 220. Second, all percussionists will attend a mandatory meeting and audition for ensemble placement on Monday, August 28, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Music Room L1.  For audition requirements or percussion studio information, email Dr. Gerard Morris at gmorris@pugetsound.edu. 

Returning Wind Students: Auditions for placement in Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble take place on Monday, August 28, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, and Tuesday, August 29th, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Music Room 220.  For audition requirements, please refer to Dr. Morris's summer email message (or contact him directly at gmorris@pugetsound.edu).

Returning Percussion Students: All percussionists will attend a mandatory meeting and audition for ensemble placement on Monday, August 28, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Music Room L1. For audition requirements or percussion studio information, email Prof. Jeffery Lund at jlund@pugetsound.edu.

Jazz Orchestra Auditions

New Students: Auditions take place on Tuesday, August 22 (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24 (MAROON orientation group), 11 a.m. - 12 noon, Music Room L1.  The audition consists of two contrasting jazz excerpts, one fast and one slow. You will also be required to sight-read. If you are interested in improvising, be prepared to demonstrate your ability.

Returning Students: Auditions take place on Monday, August 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Music Room L6.  The audition consists of two contrasting jazz excerpts, one fast and one slow. You will also be required to sight-read. If you are interested in improvising, be prepared to demonstrate your ability.

Choral Ensembles and Opera Theater Auditions

Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, Voci d'Amici:

New Students: Auditions take place on Tuesday, August 22 (WHITE orientation group), or Thursday, August 24th (MAROON orientation group), 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Music Room L6. 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.

Returning Students: Auditions take place on Sunday, August 27, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Music Room L6 or Monday, August 28, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Music Room L6Please 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.

Chorale does not require an audition. The first rehearsal is Monday, August 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Kilworth Chapel.

Opera Theater auditions will take place in November for the spring production. An audition announcement containing more information will be posted in October. Rehearsals for the production begin in January and continue through the performance dates, April 6-8, 2018. For questions, please contact Dr. Padula.

Choir Audition FAQ