Ensemble Auditions

General Info

All Music Majors are required to audition for the appropriate ensemble each semester.

Non-Music Majors are invited to audition for the ensembles listed below.

Jazz Band Auditions

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Room 205
9:00am-11:00am, Trombones
11:00am-12:00pm, Preliminary Drum set (with Dr. Schneller and Dr. Lane, SOM-room 224)
12:00pm-2:00pm, Saxophones
2:00pm-3:00pm, Rhythm Instruments (i.e. guitar, piano, and bass)

Each new and returning jazz student should sign up for an audition time located on the Jazz Studies Board. Auditions will be held in room 205 of the Music Building. Dr. Schneller asks that you bring a prepared transcription, jazz etude, or any prepared piece to the audition (therefore we will have no posted audition music). Additionally, you will be asked to sight-read. Students wishing to be considered for jazz chair placement will be asked to play 1-2 choruses of an improvised solo with a Jamey Aebersold play-a-long. The preliminary drumset audition will be conducted by Dr. Lane in RM 224 (the sign-up sheet will be posted on RM 224). This portion consists of sight-reading and a demonstration of various styles. Final placement in ensembles will be determined by reading/rehearsing charts with the Jazz Ensemble and/or Jazz Lab Band, conducted by Dr. Schneller during the first week of classes.

For more information email Dr. Aric Schneller at schneller@shsu.edu


Wind and Percussion Auditions

Concert Band, Orchestra Wind Section, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble

Fall 2017 Audition Music








Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone





Audition Schedule Fall 2017
please note the schedule has been slightly altered

Sunday, August 20, 2017
2:00 PM - Percussion

Monday, August 21, 2017
9:00 AM - Trombone
1:00 PM - Double Reed
2:30 PM - Clarinet
4:30 PM - Trumpet

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 AM - Saxophone
10:30 AM - Flute
2:00 PM - Horn
4:00 PM - Euphonium & Tuba

NOTE: Due to the upcoming American Bandmasters Association convention performance, this audition will determine the personnel for the Wind Ensemble for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. The Spring 2018 audition will be used for placement within the Symphonic Band and Concert Band only.


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Phone: 936-294-1360


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