Audition Excerpt Materials for Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble & Concert Band
Dear incoming and returning students,
We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet you and hear you perform again at the upcoming instrumental large ensemble placement auditions. Ensemble auditions occur once for the entire academic year; The auditions will take place on both Thursday, August 22, 2019 (all woodwinds and brass) and Friday, August 23, 2019 (all percussion and strings, including harp). All Ensemble Placement Auditions will take place on the stage of Armstrong Concert Hall. The rehearsal space, Armstrong Hall, Room 39, will be available for you to warm-up and leave your belongings while you perform your audition.
Carefully read the SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS below:
If you are an incoming or returning undergraduate/graduate student who has a curricular requirement to perform in an instrumental ensemble or are (by virtue of receiving a talent award/scholarship/graduate assistantship from Shenandoah Conservatory) required to participate in a large ensemble, you must be available to perform an audition on the below listed dates and at the below listed times. If you are not able to participate in these auditions, you may forfeit your chance of being considered for any of the large instrumental ensembles at the conservatory. No ensemble auditions will take place after the above dates and only special and emergency cases will be considered for a later audition by the auditioning faculty.
Please select yourself:
- One selection of your choice that best demonstrates your ability. 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in duration.
- The “general” excerpt selected for your instrument. If you wish to be considered for principal parts, please ALSO prepare:
- The “principal” excerpt selected for your instrument
When you audition, please inform the monitor if you will be playing the excerpt intended for principal part consideration. The panel will request specific excerpts (and amounts of those excerpts) during your audition.
The day of your respective audition please go to Armstrong Hall and sign up for the first available slot during the times assigned for your instrument group. A graduate student assistant or work study will be there to help you. Please do not contact any of the instrumental faculty or the conservatory office staff in order to secure a slot as only the graduate assistants and work studies have the sign-up sheet.
Be sure to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before your assigned time in order to unpack your instrument, warm‐up, and tune. You will NOT be allowed to do this inside of the audition location. You may use Armstrong Hall, Room 39 to leave your belongings and to warm up. There will be several graduate student assistants who will be available the day of the auditions to help you and to answer any questions you may have.
During your audition (in the room/hall), please DO NOT engage in conversation with the auditioning faculty. Just perform the excerpts as indicated. The auditioning faculty reserves the right to stop you from performing the excerpt(s) in their entirety.
Prepare the audition excerpts well and appropriately. That is to say, if you are unfamiliar with an excerpt and its context within the works from which they were taken, listen to a recording in order to get a feeling for an approximate tempo and expression. These auditions are highly competitive and your performance of these excerpts will be used to determine both your ensemble placement and your seating/part assignments in that particular ensemble(s).
Audition results will be posted by the end of the weekend on Sunday, August 25, 2019. The ensemble directors will contact you via email, for your placement. Classes and most ensemble rehearsals begin on Monday, August 26, 2019.
Please do not hesitate to contact either Professor Jan Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org (Director of the Symphony Orchestra) or Dr. Timothy Robblee (Director of the Wind Ensemble) at email@example.com should you have any questions about the audition process and the audition repertoire.
Good luck at your auditions and, on behalf of the entire instrumental faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory, we send you best wishes for an exciting and productive year at Shenandoah University!
The scheduled block for each instrument is as follows:
**Each student will be assigned one slot of between 5 and 7 minutes to perform**
Thursday, August 22, 2019
|9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||Flute|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.||Clarinet|
|12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||BREAK|
|1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Saxophone|
|2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Oboe/Bassoon|
|3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.||Horn|
|4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.||Trumpet|
|5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Trombone|
|6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.||Tuba/Euphonium|
|6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.||Extended as needed|
Friday, August 23, 2019
|9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.||Percussion|
|11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Harp|
|1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Violin|
|3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.||Viola|
|4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Cello|
|5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.||Double Bass|
Audition Materials for Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos
Below are the parts for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos auditions. Each instrumental packet has all parts for the section for two charts – Time Check and Nutville. Students should be prepared to play whatever part they are auditioning for BOTH of the charts. For example, someone auditioning for 2nd alto should learn the 2nd alto part for both charts, etc. YouTube links to recordings are available below.
Ensemble Audition Information for Piano Majors
Piano performance majors will need to attend the Chamber Music Auditions on Thursday of Welcome Week. Please prepare approximately 5 minutes of music (either solo or ensemble works) from 2 contrasting styles. You will either be assigned to a small ensemble or as the accompanist for another instrumental or vocal student as your ensemble placement for the semester.
Non-performance piano majors (composition, music education, music production and recording technology, and music therapy) may audition for any of the established ensembles – Jazz Ensemble, choirs, Chamber Music—or may elect to serve as the accompanist for another instrumental or vocal student. If you wish to audition for Jazz Ensemble or Chamber Music, please prepare the materials as indicated on this page. If you wish to work as the accompanist for another student, please notify Dr. Karen Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ensemble Audition Information for Guitar Majors
Instructions for the Use of these Audition Excerpts
From the 10 numbered excerpts, please choose the most advanced Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Guitar 3 and Guitar 4 part that you can play confidently and fluently. The individual Guitar 1, 2, 3 and 4 parts can be chosen from the different 10 numbered excerpts. This means you will be preparing 4 excerpts.
Please check the Welcome Week schedule for the date, time and place of the guitar ensemble auditions.
Questions? Email Director of Guitar Studies Julian Gray at email@example.com.
Chamber Music Auditions
Prepare approximately 5 minutes of music (either solo or ensemble works) from 2 contrasting styles. Chamber Music Auditions will be held on Thursday of Welcome Week.