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 11, 2022 - School of Music, Room 205

9:00am - 11:00am — Trombone

11:00am - 12:00pm — Preliminary Drum Set Auditions, Dr. Lane's Office, Room 224

12:00pm - 1:00pm — Piano, Bass & Guitar

1:00pm - 3:00pm — Saxophone

3:00pm - 5:00pm — Trumpet

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 11, 2022, 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 (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 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

Spring 2022

  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble

AUDITION SCHEDULE SPRING 2022

Sunday, January 9, 2022
Location: PAC

2:00 pm — Percussion

Monday, January 10, 2022
Location: Music Room 201

9:00 am — Trombone

11:00 am — Double Reed

1:00 pm — Clarinet

4:00 pm — Flute

Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Location: Music Room 201

9:00 am — Saxophone

10:30 am — Trumpet

2:00 pm — Horn

4:00 pm — Euphonium and Tuba

Spring 2022 Wind & Percussion Audition Music


Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition

Welcome to Spring 2022 Symphony Orchestra audition! Remember, if you plan on performing in the Symphony Orchestra, you MUST audition for me.

The audition dates and times are:
Monday, January 10, 2022 (10am-2pm) and
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (10am-12pm)

Location: GPAC 220F (Dr. Dan’s office) - Please wear a mask

Audition sign-up for all instruments via SignUpGenius

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@shsu.edu

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

Best,
Dr. Kayoko Dan
Director of Orchestral Studies

REQUIRED EXCERPTS

Violin

Violin audition music available here

  1. Marquez Danzon No. 2, m. 328 to the end
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
    • Movement 1, beginning to C
    • Movement 4, 6 before M to 11th of N

  3. If you’d like to be considered to play Violin I:
  4. Bruch Violin Concerto,
    • Movement 1, 14 before D to D

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.

Viola

Viola audition music available here

  1. Marquez Danzon No. 2, m. 328 to the end
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
    • Movement 1, First page
    • Movement 4, 2 before Q to 7th of Q
    • Movement 5, 2 before U to W

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.

Cello

Cello audition music available here

Please note that the last Respighi excerpt is OPTIONAL.

  1. Marquez Danzon No. 2, m. 297 to the end
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
    • Movement 2, D to E
    • Movement 5, Coda to the end

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.

Bass

Bass audition music available here

  1. Marquez Danzon No. 2, m. 328
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
    • Movement 2, E to F
    • Movement 5, Last Page

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.