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 

Spring 2021

  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble

VIRTUAL AUDITION – all materials are due by Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Spring 2021 Wind & Percussion Audition Music

PERCUSSION STUDENTS - contact Dr. John Lane for information regarding your audition


Orchestra Auditions

Orchestra Audition Form

SHSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DR. MARIO ASCHAUER, INTERIM DIRECTOR

String Auditions
Spring 2021

The audition process for the spring semester 2021 will be fully digital. Like last semester, I ask that you upload video recordings of you playing the required excerpts.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

The audition excerpts are from from the repertoire planned to be performed at the final concert on May 1:

[to be performed by both orchestras:]

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Selected movements from Concerto Grosso
  • Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414 (soloist: Dr. Caetano)

  • Intermission

  • Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings, op. 20
  • Anton Webern: Five Pieces for String Orchestra, op. 5
  • Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite

Note that this program is the status quo of December 2020 and will be adjusted according to the developments of the Covid pandemic. To prepare, study the pieces with the recordings in the YouTube playlist. Get to know the music, read along with the score, do some research about them on Wikipedia. I uploaded the music to the Dropbox folder below:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjBf8lnlF1SyfCgIHaGCFEtF7crRkQQ9
Music: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hd7pilz99x00sv1/AAB_TUKGQSxyABh54VCafw-La?dl=0

REQUIRED EXCERPTS

For the audition, prepare the following excerpts. The first excerpt is required for everybody. The second excerpt for those who wish to be considered for the main orchestra.

Violin (all excerpts from violin 1 parts)
  1. Mozart, mvt. I, mm. 1–63
  2. Webern, complete mvt V. Set metronome to eighth = 40, play without fermatas and tempo changes straight through. Focus on dynamics and playing techniques.
Viola
  1. Vaughan Williams, mvt. I, beginning to rehearsal numbers 3 (quarter = 56)
  2. Webern, complete mvt V. Set metronome to eighth = 40, play without fermatas and tempo changes straight through. Focus on dynamics and playing techniques.
Cello
  1. Vaughan Williams. mvt. 2 (Burlesca Ostinata), rehearsal numbers 1–4, quarter = 112
  2. Webern, complete mvt V. Set metronome to eighth = 40, play without fermatas and tempo changes straight through. Focus on dynamics and playing techniques.
Double Bass
  1. Vaughan Williams, mvt. 4, rehearsal numbers 5–9 (doged half = 84)
  2. Webern, complete mvt V. Set metronome to eighth = 40, play without fermatas and tempo changes straight through. Focus on dynamics and playing techniques.
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. Understand that we are looking for a serious musical rendition (i.e., correct pitches and rhythms in given tempo, articulation, dynamics, etc.)
  2. Upload the videos to YouTube (listed or unlisted, but not “private”!)
  3. By midnight on January 11, fill out and submit the audition form.
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.