Gustavus Orchestra Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Audition Information
- Do I have to audition to participate in the orchestras?
Yes. We (the music faculty) strongly encourage all of you to “make a case” for your desired placement by preparing your audition in a most serious and thorough manner. Please note that there will be NO callback for Gustavus Symphony Orchestra or Gustavus Wind Orchestra.
- When and where are the auditions?
First Year Students: Auditions for first year students will be on Saturday August 31st. The Music Department will be sending out a specific time slots auditions in Mid-August if you have filled out a profile form which indicated your interest in auditioning for the orchestras. If you are concerned that you have not filled out a form, please contact the music office, 507-933-7364.
Returning Students: Auditions for all ensembles will be held on Sunday, September 1st. Please make plans to return to campus no later than September 1st—early in the day. Plan for ample time to move in to your dorm or house, register for a time to audition (do so on the first floor of the Music Building) and carefully prepare for your audition. Gustavus students who need to return early for an audition will not be charged an extra dorm fee if they arrive on Sunday, the 1st.
- What Should I Prepare for the Audition?
- Bring a brief self-prepared piece to the audition to perform for the faculty in attendance.
- Sight-read several small musical selections.
- Perform several major and/or scales from memory.
- New percussionists (incoming students) will perform a prepared solo of their choice only.
- 2013 Woodwind Audition Schedule: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (Sunday, September 1st)
Time Instrument Room 10–11:30 a.m. Flute 120 12:15–1:30 p.m. Double Reeds/Bass Clarinet 120 1:30–3 p.m. Clarinet 120 3–4:30 p.m. Saxophone 120 4:30–5:30 p.m. Woodwind Wrap-Up 120
- 2013 Percussion Audition Schedule: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (Sunday, September 1st)
Time Instrument Room 1–3 p.m. Percussion 106
- 2013 Brass Audition Schedule: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (Sunday, September 1st)
Time Instrument Room 10–11:30 p.m. Trumpet 103 12:15–1:30 p.m. Tuba, Euphonium 103 1:30–3:30 p.m. Trombone 103 3:30–4:30 p.m. Horn 103 4:30–5:30 p.m. Brass Wrap-Up 103
- What are the things that the panels are listening for during my audition? (The list is not in order or priority since all of these things are equally important)
- Faithful adherence to the written score
- Good tone quality
- Steady sense of pulse and rhythm
- Good intonation
- Advice regarding auditions:
- Be on time. This means being early and warming up before your audition, getting yourselves physically and mentally prepared for the audition.
- Recordings can be helpful in preparing the orchestral excerpts, it may offer ideas concerning appropriate tempo, articulation, and style.
- Be prepared. While it is often the case that returning students will successfully audition and be placed into the ensembles that they have previously participated, it is possible that ill prepared auditions may result in placement of a different ensemble. Therefore, take the auditions seriously and prepare thoroughly. If you find that you tend to be nervous for auditions, try to find opportunities before your audition to perform your solo piece in public. (i.e. churches, community centers, nursing homes) Although it may be more difficult to practice sight-reading, it is possible by starting your practice session everyday with sight-reading of 16 measures or so of exercises from your technique books. (If you would like more specific advice regarding sight-reading, feel free to email me)
- Relax. While the music faculty places a great value on these auditions, remember that we sincerely want you to do well.