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

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 
Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Room 220H, Dr. Schneller's Office

9:00am - 11:00am Open Auditions (i.e. saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, and guitar)

12:00pm - 5:00pm Open Auditions (i.e. saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, and guitar)

Each new and returning jazz student should sign up for an audition time on the Jazz Studies bulletin board (located just outside of rooms 202 and 205 in the School of Music main foyer), ideally several days before Tuesday, January 16, 2024, to secure an audition spot on a first-come first-served basis. Instrumentation for the jazz bands auditions include the following: saxophones (i.e. alto, tenor, and baritone), trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, and acoustic/electric bass. Auditions will be held in Dr. Schneller's office, room 220H, in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Dr. Schneller asks that you bring a prepared transcription, jazz etude, or any prepared piece to the audition (i.e. Wind Ensemble audition music is acceptable, etc.) 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 auditions will have already been completed at the end of the fall semester of 2023. 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 during the first week of classes.

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

Wind and Percussion Auditions for

Spring, 2024

  • Concert Band
  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble


Tuesday, January 16, 2024

9:00 AM

    Flute, Room 205

      Clarinet, Recital Hall

      Trumpet, Room 201

      1:00 PM

        Percussion, Concert Hall Stage

          Trombone, Room 205

            Horn, Room 201

              Double Reed, Recital Hall

              3:30 PM

                Euphonium & Tuba, Room 201

                  Saxophone, Room 205

                  Spring 2024 Wind & Percussion Audition Music

                  Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition

                  Every member needs to audition at the beginning of each semester to join the Symphony Orchestra, which meets T/Th 11:00am - 1:45pm in the Concert Hall (GPAC).

                  Auditions for the Spring 2024 semester will be held remotely.

                  To find out more information or schedule an audition, contact Dr. Kayako Dan, the Director of Orchestral Studies.


                  Spring 2024 String Audition Music