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 14, 2021

9:00am - 11:00am Open Auditions For All Instruments (Except Drum Set), School of Music, Room 205
11:00am - 12:00pm Preliminary Drum Set Auditions, Dr. Lane's Office, Room 224
12:00pm - 4:00pm Open Auditions For All Instruments (Except Drum Set), School of Music, Room 205

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 14, 2021, 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 of the School of Music building. 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 auditions will be conducted by Dr. Lane in his office (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 2021

  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble



9:00 am

  • Flute -Room 201
  • Euphonium and Tuba -Room 202

10:30 am

  • Trumpet -Room 201

11:00 am

  • Double Reed -Room 202

1:00 pm

  • Percussion, Concert Hall Stage

1:30 pm

  • Clarinet -Room 202
  • Trombone -Room 201

3:30 pm

  • Saxophone -Room 202
  • Horn -Room 201

Fall 2021 Wind & Percussion Audition Music

Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition

Welcome to Fall 2021 Symphony Orchestra audition! Remember, if you plan on performing in the Symphony Orchestra, you MUST audition for me.

The audition times are:
Violin: August 14 (Sat) 12:00pm-3:00pm
August 15 (Sun) 9:00am-10:30am
Viola: August 15 (Sun) 11:00am-1:30pm
Cello: August 15 (Sun) 1:30pm-4:00pm
Bass: August 15 (Sun) 4:20pm-5:30pm

Sign-up here: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

*If you are not available during the allotted audition time for your instrument above, you may sign up for August 16 (Mon) 10:00am-2:00pm

All Strings (if you can’t make above time slots)

The location of the audition is TBA. I will send out an email to you closer to the audition, and it will also be posted on my office door at GPAC 220F

I HIGHLY recommend listening to various recordings to get a general idea of performance tempi. At the audition however, I will value precision over tempo. If you perform with consistent rhythm, intonation, articulation, and control at a slower tempo, I will value that more than a sloppy performance at the performance tempo. You may play a scale or a short solo (less than 1 min) before excerpts to get a feel for the room and to center yourself.

If you have any questions, contact me at kayokodan@gmail.com (official SHSU email address coming soon.)

I look forward to meeting you all and making wonderful music together!

Dr. Kayoko Dan
Director of Orchestral Studies



  1. Bizet L'arlesienne Suite No. 1
    • Movement I mm. 66-81
    • Movement IV m. 29-49
    • Movement IV mm. 85-102 (Play the top part)
  2. Respighi Pines of Rome
    • Movement I: Pick-up to the key-change after Rehearsal 4 to 5
    • Movement I: Rehearsal 8 to the end (play all the repeats)
    • Movement II: Rehearsal 10 to the rests before rehearsal 11 (play the top part)
    • OPTIONAL: If you’d like to be considered for the front stand
      • Movement II: rehearsal 14 to rehearsal 15


  1. Respighi Pines of Rome
    • Movement I: 8 before 3 to 2nd measure of 3
    • Movement I: Rehearsal 4 to 5
    • Movement II: Rehearsal 8 to 9
  2. Bizet L'arlesienne Suite No. 1
    • Movement I: Entire first page (skip the rests)


Please note that the last Respighi excerpt is OPTIONAL.

  1. Bizet L'arlesienne Suite No. 1
    *please note that the typed numbers are Dr. Saenz’s fingerings
    • Movement I: Beginning to Rehearsal D (skip the rests)
    • Movement I: mm. 119-138
    • Movement IV: Rehearsal D to m.98
  2. Respighi Pines of Rome
    • Movement I: Rehearsal 1 to 5 before 2 and 16 before Rehearsal 3 to 2 after 3
    • Movement I: Rehearsal 8 to 16 after 9 (Play the top part)
    • OPTIONAL: If you’d like to be considered for the first stand
      • Movement III: Rehearsal 14 to 4th measure of 17


  1. Bizet L'arlesienne Suite No. 1
    • Movement I: First page (skip the rests)
    • Movement I: mm. 128 to the end of the movement
    • Movement IV: mm. 45 to 59
  2. Respighi Pines of Rome
    • Movement II: Beginning to M. 17 (both staves)
    • Movement II: Rehearsal 11 to one after 12
    • Movement II: Last 7 measures of the movement (top line)
    • Movement III: Rehearsal 14 through the next 4 measures (top line)