21F Orchestra Wind Auditions
Submission Deadline: Friday August 20, 2021 at 3:00pm EST
In Fall 2021, we will offer two full orchestras. Student MUST pass the audition to be admitted into either ensemble. Auditions for the Fall 2021 semester will be held through Video Submission. You can check performance dates and repertoire on the orchestra website. (info subject to change).
All wind players audition together and are placed into ensembles based on their audition results and schedule. Auditions will consist of:
- 3 chromatically adjacent scales
- Chromatic scale- full range
- Prepared music
***No Sight Reading***
- Please use the following format to save your files for submission: Firstname_Lastname_Instrument
- You video should be uploaded to this site: (copy and paste the link into your browser)
Ensemble Availability Form:
By the time you submit your audition materials, please fill out the ensemble availability form below: https://forms.office.com/r/Xky7Kf5e9H
Contact Professor BJ Diden if you have questions about the wind excerpts and how the auditions work.
Contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions about orchestras. All students are encouraged to sign up for the class first and then take the audition.
Click on the link below to download the prepared music and instructions.
There are 3 prepared excerpts for each instrument. In order to audition for Orchestra, you must play BOTH excerpt #2 and #3. On each excerpt, you are expected to play the sections between the brackets.
21F Orchestra Wind Audition Materials:
- Videos should be unedited and without cut.
- Video must show the full person at all times at an angle that clearly and fully demonstrates the position of the instrument.
- Picture must remain stationary without panning, fade-in/out, close-up techniques, or use of multiple cameras.
How to Prepare for the Orchestral Excerpts
First or all, what matters is to show that you can learn a certain passage through practice. At the audition, the most important thing is to play the right notes, with the right rhythm, in a steady tempo with correct articulations in the style of the composer/genre/era.
A few things might be helpful for your preparation:
- All the excerpts are taken from the pieces that we are performing in the following semester. You can find the complete concert schedule here. Listening to the pieces on YouTube or iTune will give you a great idea of tempo, style, etc.
- It’s always better to play everything nice and slow, rather than playing fast but sloppy, or even worse changing the tempo all the time.
- Pay attention to key signatures, key changes (if any), and accidentals.
- Metronome is your best friend when practicing. (If you don’t have one, there are a lot of free apps!) Don’t slow down because there are more notes or because the passage is difficult, and don’t speed up when you have melodies. Keep it steady.
- Once you’ve managed the basic parts—pitch and rhythm, bring it up to the performance tempo. It’s always nice to add the following to your performance: articulation, and the right style.