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 17, 2023 -
Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Room 220H (Dr. Aric Schneller's Ofice)

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 Tuesday, January 17, 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, 2022

  • Orchestra Wind Section
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble

AUDITION SCHEDULE FALL 2022

Saturday, August 20, 2022

  • 9:00 AM
    • Flute, Room 216
    • Clarinet, Room 219
    • Trumpet, Room 201
  • 1:00 PM
    • Percussion, Concert Hall Stage
    • Euphonium & Tuba, Room 201
    • Horn, Room 219
    • Double Reed, Room 216
  • 2:30 PM
    • Trombone, Room 201
    • Saxophone, Room 219

Spring 2022 Wind & Percussion Audition Music


Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition

SHSU Symphony Orchestra Strings Audition Information

Welcome to Fall 2022 SO Audition! Remember, if you plan to perform with the SO, you must audition for me.

The audition will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 in GPAC Recital Hall:

Violins:   9am - 11:40am

Violas:   12pm - 1pm

Basses: 1pm - 1:50pm

Cellos:   2pm - 4:20pm

Sign up by Friday, August 19, 2022: Fall 2022 String Audition Sign UP

*If you are not available during the allotted audition time, please email me at kayokodan@shsu.edu

I HIGHLY recommend listening to various recordings to get a general idea of performance tempi. However, at the audition, 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.

Sample Recording/videos:

Mussorgsky Samuel Goldenberg

Mussorgsky Limoges

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (2nd movement at 7:25, 3rd movement at 17:12)

Have a lovely summer and happy practicing!

Kayoko Dan, Director of Orchestral Studies


General SHSU SO Information:

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-1:45pm in GPAC Concert Hall

Fall 2022 performances (7:30pm): September 24, November 3, and December 1&2

Dress Rehearsals are the night before performances at 6 pm.

REQUIRED EXCERPTS

Violin

Violin audition music available here

Please Read Carefully! If you have ANY questions, please reach out to kayokodan@shsu.edu *Seating: I will rotate seatings. I may place more experienced players to the back of the sections at times to strengthen sections. It is my wish that experienced players can act as mentors to less experienced players.

1. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 1 m. 322-2 before E
2. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 1 m. 400-F
3. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle 56 to 58

If you would like to be considered for First Violin Section, also prepare #4 and #5

4. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Limoges (prepare the top part)
5. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movement 2

If you would like to be considered for Concertmaster, prepare #6

6. Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, beginning to m. 101 (skip the rests)

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.

Viola

Viola audition music available here

1. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 2 beginning-m.59
2. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 3 m. 146-181
3. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 4, m. 613-644
4. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle 56-4th of 57
5. Mussorgsky/Ravel Limoges, 63 to 6th of 70 (prepare the top part)

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.

Cello

Cello audition music available here

1. Beethoven Symphony 5, movement 2 beginning-m. 10
2. Beethoven Symphony 5, movement 2 m. 98-123
3. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 3 beginning-m. 67
4. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 3 m. 140-183 (no repeat)
5. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (skip rests)
6. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Limoges 68 to the end

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.

Bass

Bass audition music available here

1. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 3 beginning-m. 67
2. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Movement 3 m. 140-218 (no repeat)
3. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade 1 before 3 to the end
4. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Gnomus 11 to 7th measure o 14
5. Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle 60 to 62

Listen to the recordings for general tempi.