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 24 , 2024 
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, Dr. Lane's office, 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 24, 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 room 205 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 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 be held in Dr. John Lane's Office (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 during the first week of classes.

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

Wind and Percussion Auditions for Fall 2024

  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble


Saturday, August 24, 2024

9:00 AM

    Flute, Room 219

      Clarinet, Room 216

      Trumpet, Room 201

      1:00 PM

        Percussion, Concert Hall Stage

          Trombone, Room 216

            Horn, Room 201

              Double Reed, Room 219

              3:00 PM

                Euphonium & Tuba, Room 201

                  Saxophone, Room 216

                  Fall 2024 Wind & Percussion Audition Music

                  Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition

                  Symphony Orchestra meets T/Th 11:00am - 1:45pm in the Concert Hall (GPAC).

                  Every string and harp player needs to audition with the Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Dan, at the beginning of each semester to join the Symphony Orchestra. Harp auditions will be held virtually. Please see the audition music for those instructions.

                  String Auditions for Fall 2024 will be held on August 24th.

                  Sign-up here: CLICK

                  If you're a wind or percussion player, please see the "Wind and Percussion Audition" section above.

                  For more information regarding orchestra, contact Dr. Dan at kayokodan@shsu.edu

                  Fall 2024 String Audition Music