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

Saturday, August 19, 2023 
School of Music, Room 205 "David Caffey Jazz Rehearsal Hall"

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

11:00am - 12:00pm Preliminary Drum Set Auditions, School of Music Room 224

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 Saturday, August 19, 2023, 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 room 205 "David Caffey Jazz Rehearsal Hall", of the School of Music. Dr. Schneller asks that you bring a prepared transcription, jazz etude, or any prepared piece to the audition (i.e. Wind Ensemble audition music, 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 be conducted by Dr. Lane in the School of Music, room 224. 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, please email Dr. Aric Schneller at schneller@shsu.edu.

Wind and Percussion Auditions for

Fall, 2023

  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble


Saturday, August 19, 2023

8:30 AM

Trumpet, Room 201

9:00 AM

    Flute, Room 219

      Clarinet, Room 216

      1:00 PM

        Percussion, Concert Hall Stage

          Euphonium & Tuba, Room 216

            Horn, Room 201

              Double Reed, Room 219

              2:30 PM

                Trombone, Room 201

                  Saxophone, Room 216

                  Fall 2023 Wind & Percussion Audition Music

                  Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition

                  Welcome to Fall 2023 Symphony Orchestra String 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).

                  The audition for the Fall 2023 will be held on Saturday August 19 in the Recital Hall (GPAC).

                  More information and audition music can be found here: 


                  Please feel free to contact me at kayokodan@shsu.edu with any questions.

                  Kayoko Dan, Director of Orchestral Studies