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Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Audition Music Spring 2020

Srping 2020 University Band auditions will be scheduled the week of November 18-22.  Please sign-up online at the appropriate link below.  Be sure to only use your 800 # as auditions will be ‘blind.’  Audition music/excerpts have also been posted on the bulletin board on the first floor of the Music Hall.  

Please click on the link below for your instrument and sign up for a time in one of the blue colored cells using your 800# only.  Do not put your name as the auditions will be blind. Be sure to add the date and time to the calendar app on your phone so that you don’t miss your audition time.  NOTE: These are Symphonic Band Auditions NOT Marching Band.

Auditions will consist of one or two major scales, sight-reading (rhythmic and melodic), and the prepared audition excerpts. Each audition will last approximately 7 minutes.

Spring Semester Ensemble Schedule:

Wind Ensemble will meet on Mondays & Wednesday from 3:50-5:15 and Thursdays from 4:00-4:55. This is an auditioned ensemble and counts as a major ensemble for music majors. The Wind Ensemble will perform on the PRISM Concert in January as well as a tour and culminating performance at the 2020 KMEA Conference in February. The ensemble will also present two on campus concerts during the semester.

Symphonic Band will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:40. This is an auditioned ensemble and counts as a major ensemble for music majors. The Symphonic Band will present two on-campus concerts during the spring semester.

Campus Community Concert Band will meet on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Campus Community Concert Band will present an informal concert during their class time on the first Monday in March and will also present a formal concert at the end of the semester. The CCCB has a mixture of community musicians and WKU students.

Spring Semester Audition Sign-up Sheets Online:

Please click the link below for your instrument to sign-up for an audition time.

       Monday, November 18 – Instrumental Rehearsal Hall  Sign–up Link

                Clarinets (3:30pm-5:15pm), Saxophones (5:30pm-7:00pm)

       Tuesday, November 19 – Band Library  Sign-up Link 

                Trumpets (2:00pm-3:30pm)

       Wednesday, November 20 – Instrumental Rehearsal Hall Sign-Up Link

                Double Reeds (3:15pm-4:25pm), Horns (4:40pm-6:10pm)

       Thursday, November 21 – Instrumental Rehearsal Hall Sign-Up Link

                Euph/Tuba (2:00pm-3:40pm), Trombone (4:00pm-5:30pm)

       Friday, November 22 – Instrumental Rehearsal Hall Sign-Up Link

                Flutes (11:40am-1:30pm), Percussion (2:50pm-4:30pm)

Please prepare the noted excerpts for your instrument.  It is strongly suggested that you LISTEN to several good recodings of each work to get a good sense of tempo and style. Students can find recordings on YouTube, Naxos, iTunes, Spotify, etc.  All WKU Students can access Naxos online through the WKU library webpage for FREE.  In addition, students will be asked to play two major scales (up to four sharps or four flats) and the chromatic scale (excluding percussionists) demonstrating your practical range (starting pitch of your choice and two to three octaves please). Auditions will also include two brief sight-reading etudes (rhythmic and melodic).

All students receiving a Music Grant MUST audition.

Bass Clarinet:  Students wishing to audition on bass clarinet should prepare both the Bb Bass Clarinet excerpts AND the Bb Clarinet excerpts.

Saxophone:  All saxophonists will prepare and audition on alto saxophone in order to fairly assess all students on the same audition materials.  Part assignments for tenor and baritone saxophone will be made in consultation with Dr. Cipolla after all auditions have been completed. .

Percussion:  All percussionists will prepare and audition on xylophone, snare drum, and timpani as part of their audition.  Sight-reading will be performed on the marimba and snare drum.  Please be sure to bring appropriate sticks, mallets, and a pitch pipe to your audition.

Tips for completing a successful audition

  1. Practice! 
  2. Listen to a good recording of the audition music on YouTube, Naxos, iTunes, etc.  This will give you a good sense of the correct tempo and proper style.
  3. Practice again!
  4. Practice sight-reading.  Find an etude book and play through some music that you have not seen before.  Select a slower tempo that will allow you to play the rhythms correctly.   When sight-reading, rhythm is the most important element followed by key (playing the correct notes), and then musicality.  Many people play their sight-reading exercises too fast and then crash when they get to more complicated rhythms.  Practice counting rhythms while tapping your foot to a steady beat.  Use a metronome when practicing.

Check out https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/

Select the ‘demo mode’ and you can practice lots of sight-reading etudes for FREE

  1. Practice more!
  2. Practice major scales up to four sharps and four flats (two octaves preferred), PLUS a two octave chromatic scale.
  3. Be prepared to audition!

-       arrive early

-       dress comfortably but look like you are there to audition, not mow the yard

-       oil valves, empty condensation, bring extra reeds, etc.

-       Relax, take a few depth breaths, and have fun!

AUDITION MUSIC                                                             






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Bass Trombone






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