Audition Information

Information about participation in athletic bands can be found on the Marching Band page.

Concert Ensembles

Large ensemble auditions are held during the first week of classes in the fall semester, and for select instruments in the winter semester. All wind, brass, and percussion music majors must audition for large ensemble placements during this time. School of Music & Dance policy requires that music education or performance majors who elect to register for principal applied study beyond curriculum requirements must participate in a large ensemble concurrently, unless an exemption is granted by the school director.

Non-music majors are welcome and encouraged to participate in large ensembles. Students may register for Symphonic Band or Concert Band (offered winter semester only) without an audition, although an optional part placement will occur during the first week of class. Participation in Wind Symphony or Symphony Orchestra requires an audition, as detailed below.

Audition Requirements

Each audition will be approximately seven minutes in length (percussion ten minutes) and consist of the following:

  • Solo material(s) of your choice demonstrating both your technical and lyrical performance ability.  Chose a section(s) totaling no more than four minutes. Percussionist must prepare a mallet solo. 
  • Assigned excerpts: Wind, brass and percussion repertoire excerpts are provided in the links below in PDF format. These are required of all music majors, and any non-music majors interested in Wind Symphony, or Symphony Orchestra.

Please review this Audition Advice [PDF] prior to your scheduled ensemble audition. Modify accordingly for video auditions.

Audition Excerpts

If you are a music major auditioning for band or orchestra, you are expected to prepare the excerpts for your primary instrument in addition to solo material. Auxiliary instrument excerpts that are included are optional.

Audition Procedure

Auditions will be heard by ensemble conductors and applied faculty.

Winter 2020 wind/brass auditions will be conducted remotely. Students should first video-record their audition, performing in whatever order they prefer their chosen solo and excerpts, if required. The audition should be continuous and unedited. Students should upload it to their emich Google Drive and grant access. Auditions should then be submitted via this audition form no later than Thursday, December 10.

Questions? Contact EMU Bands at [email protected] or Dr. Schneider

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