Ensemble Auditions

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 For Spring 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

9:00am - Preliminary Drum Set Audition Videos Are Due
9:00am - 11:00am Saxophones, School of Music Room 205
11:00am - 12:00pm Rhythm Instruments (i.e., Guitar, Piano, and Bass), School of Music Room 205
12:00pm - 2:00pm Trombones, School of Music Room 205
2:00pm - 4:00pm Trumpets, School of Music Room 205

Each new and returning jazz student should email Dr. Schneller for an audition time, at which point an "in-person" audition will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Auditions will be held in Room 205 of the School of Music building (please remember to bring your PPE music face masks and bell covers). Dr. Schneller asks that you bring a prepared transcription, jazz etude, or any prepared piece to the audition as there will be 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 on a 12-bar blues in keys of concert "F" or "Bb". The preliminary drum set audition will be conducted by Dr. Lane via submitted videos. This portion consists of sight-reading and a demonstration of various styles. Final placement in ensembles will be determined by reading/rehearsing with the Jazz Ensemble and/or Jazz Lab Band, conducted by Dr. Schneller and Mr. Fincher during the first week of classes.

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


Wind and Percussion Auditions for:

  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble

Audition Schedule Fall 2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020

  • 9:00 am
    • Flute, Concert Hall
    • Clarinet, 205
    • Trumpet, Room 201
  • 11:00 am
    • Euphonium, Room 219
  • 1:00 pm
    • Percussion, Concert Hall Stage
  • 1:30 pm
    • Saxophone, Room 219
    • Horn, Room 205
    • Tuba, Room 201
  • 2:30 pm
    • Trombone, Room 201
  • 3:00 pm
    • Double Reed, Room 219

Fall 2020 Wind & Percussion Audition Music


Orchestra Auditions

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SHSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DR. MARIO ASCHAUER, INTERIM DIRECTOR

String Auditions
Fall 2020

The audition process for the fall semester 2020 will be fully digital. Instead of the traditional inperson audition, I ask that you upload video recordings of you playing the required excerpts.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

The audition excerpts are from two pieces from the repertoire planned for this semester:

  • Edvard Grieg, Fra Holbergs tid ("Holberg Suite")
  • Johann Strauss, Sr., Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron ("The Gipsy Baron")

To prepare, study the pieces with the recordings in my Youtube playlist. Get to know the music, read along with the score, do some research about them on Wikipedia. I uploaded the music (score and parts) to the Dropbox folder below:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjBf8lnlF1SyfCgIHaGCFEtF7crRkQQ9
Music: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3ogvrkaz0jhmkq8/AAC8q6XQLvWE355gMnt_UF89a?dl=0

REQUIRED EXCERPTS

For the audition, prepare the following excerpts:

Violin
  1. Grieg, I. Präludium: beginning through letter B (quarter note = 120)
  2. Grieg, IV. Air: letters O through P (quarter note = 50)
  3. Strauss: Rehearsal numbers 8–11 (quarter note = 120)
Viola
  1. Grieg, I. Präludium: beginning through letter B (quarter note = 120)
  2. Grieg, III. Musette (!!!): beginning through letter L (half note = 86)
  3. Strauss: Rehearsal numbers 9 (with pickup) through 11 (quarter note = 120)
Cello
  1. Grieg, I. Präludium: letter C through D (quarter note = 120)
  2. Grieg, IV. Air: letters Q through R (quarter note = 50)
  3. Strauss: Rehearsal numbers 9 (with pickup) through 11 (quarter note = 120)
Double Bass
  1. Grieg, I. Präludium: letter C through D (quarter note = 120)
  2. Grieg, IV. Air: letters N through O (quarter note = 50)
  3. Strauss: Rehearsal 17 through 18 (quarter note = 86)
PROCESS
  1. Video record your excerpts in the listed tempo. You can record as many times as you want until you're happy with the result.
  2. Upload the videos to Youtube (listed or unlisted, but not "private"!)
  3. By midnight on August 9, fill out and submit the audition form.
ACCEPTANCE

Acceptance into the orchestra is based on this audition. If you are not selected into the orchestra this semester, you will be allowed to use chamber music as your ensemble credit (this will count only as ensemble credit, it will not count for ensemble and chamber music credit). However, you will miss out on your orchestra experience, so really give it your very best shot for the audition!

SOLO AUDITION (OPTIONAL)

The repertoire this semester will feature some works that involve solo string players and/or a smaller group of the strongest players, including:

  • Gustav Mahler, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
  • Anton Webern, Five Pieces for Orchestra, op. 10

If you want to be considered for a solo part, please also record the following solo audition excerpts and submit them along with the rest of your audition materials in the designated fields of the sign-up form. Recordings of these pieces are also in the Youtube playlist and the scores are in the Dropbox folder as well.

Violin
  1. Grieg, V. Rigaudon: beginning through 11 measures after U (half note = 96)
  2. Webern: Nr. 1 (quarter note = 50)
  3. Mahler, Nr. 1: rehearsal numbers 3–4 (dotted quarter = 52)
Viola
  1. Grieg, V. Rigaudon: beginning through 11 measures after U (half note = 96)
  2. Webern: Nr. 2 (quarter note = 100)
  3. Mahler, Nr. 3: rehearsal numbers 21–22 (dotted quarter = 102)
Cello
  1. Grieg, II. Sarabande: letters F–G (1st solo voice) (quarter note = 52)
  2. Webern: Nr. 2 (quarter note = 100)
  3. Mahler, Nr. 2: rehearsal numbers 13–14 (half note = 82)
Double Bass
  1. Mahler, Nr. 3: rehearsal numbers 19–20 (dotted quarter = 102) forty
COMMUNICATION

Orchestra Auditions Fall 2020 QR CodeThe Covid-19 situation makes it more than ever vital to have a means of quick communication.
Therefore, I have created a GroupMe group for us. Download GroupMe (it's available for all standard platforms and phone types) and sign up for the orchestra group by following this link or scan the QR code:

If you want to get in touch with me directly, email me at mario.aschauer@shsu.edu.