Ensembles - Bands
Band Audition Information, Spring 2015
We are pleased that you are interested in auditioning for placement in a wind band at UTA. Please read the following information carefully.
Auditions will be held on December 2 and 3 for those who did not play in a fall semester concert ensemble. You will be able to sign up for a specific audition time on Wednesday, November 19 in the Band Office (Fine Arts 238).
See below for audition requirements.
In general, students who are currently playing in a fall concert ensemble may audition for a chair in a "higher" band vacated due to student teaching or graduation. Students who did not play in the fall will be placed in open positions in all three bands based on their December audition results.
Learning to audition is an important part of the educational process for every music student. In order for you to maximize this opportunity, we expect you to prepare the audition material to the best of your ability.
August auditions will be used to determine your band placement assignment for BOTH fall and spring semesters. Please be aware that specific ensemble and seating assignments for the entire school year will be based largely on these fall auditions. Most students participating in the fall will not need to re-audition for spring semester bands. However, in sections where fall auditions are extremely competitive or the student performance level is not satisfactory, a new audition for spring semester may be required.
Spring semester band auditions will be held at the end of the fall semester for students who did not play in a fall concert ensemble. These auditions are primarily to fill vacancies created by student teaching and graduation or to fill out sections of the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band.
Read the audition requirements below for material to prepare. Be sure to ask if you have any questions.
BRASS AND WOODWIND AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Auditions for brass and woodwinds consist of three parts: prepared etudes, major scales, and sight reading. Read and follow these requirements carefully--
Prepare TWO CONTRASTING ETUDES OF YOUR CHOICE: one technical and one lyrical. Etudes should be chosen from the standard etude literature. DO NOT use solo concerto, sonata or recital literature. Total combined length of both etudes together should be between 3-4 minutes. Time your etudes carefully in advance. Select the most challenging etudes that you can play well.
Bring two copies of your etudes for the audition panel.
Prepare any FOUR chromatically consecutive MAJOR scales. For example: “A—B-flat—B—C” or “E-flat—E—F—G-flat”
Woodwinds should play all scales the full range of their instrument. Brass should play all scales in complete octaves (at least 2 octaves in most cases). Music majors should play these scales from memory. Non-music majors may use a scale sheet. Woodwinds will also be asked to play a full-range chromatic scale.
Flutes: Please let us know if you are proficient on piccolo.
Clarinets: Indicate on the audition form if you are proficient and willing to perform on e-flat soprano, b-flat bass or e-flat contrabass clarinet. You may audition on bass clarinet if this is your primary instrument.
Saxophones: Music majors are expected to audition on alto saxophone in most cases. Indicate on the audition form all saxophones on which you are proficient and willing to perform. Also let us know if you are open to bass clarinet. In some instances, saxophones may be required to rotate among the instruments in the section.
PERCUSSION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
In addition, each student will sight-read on marimba and snare drum
NO STUDENT IS PERMITTED TO PLAY IN A BAND WITHOUT AN AUDITION.
----Wind Symphony meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm - 2:50pm.
----Symphonic Winds meets Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm - 2:20pm.
----Symphonic Band meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3pm - 3:50pm.
You DO NOT have to major in music to play in band. Everyone who auditions is placed in a band, provided you have previous high school or college band experience.
All wind and percussion students receiving a scholarship are required to audition and participate in the ensemble to which they are assigned.
All music majors are required to play in a major large ensemble each semester.
Students must be registered for their ensemble in order to participate.
UTA may be able provide instruments to students playing in band, depending on availability. There is a $25 rental charge per semester. Email Dr. Stotter for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarship funds are available for talented students of all majors. Scholarship recipients are required to play each semester in the concert ensemble to which they are assigned. Email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Call the band office at 817-272-2533
Email the band office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Dr. Stotter at email@example.com
While these are very basic things, please keep in mind the following:
What to do:
- Present a professional image (you get only one chance to make a first impression)
- Take control of the situation (plan what you are going to play and do)
- Dress for the occasion
- Be on time and warmed up
- Make sure your instrument and reeds are working properly
- Leave your case outside the room
- Have your instrument out and ready
- Introduce yourself
- Get the committee’s attention
- Speak clearly
- Look people in the eye
- Know correct pronunciations of composers and compositions
- Demonstrate your ability, facility and sensitivity
- Communicate if you have a legitimate problem (long before the audition)
What Not to Do:
- Do not wear shorts, jeans, hats, etc.
- Do not make excuses or apologies (for anything)
- Do not draw attention to problems (the committee may not notice)
What Not to Say:
- I haven’t warmed up.
- I haven’t had a chance to practice.
- I didn’t know . . .
- I just got this horn.
- What should I play?
- What would you like to hear?
- I didn’t have my instrument/sticks/etc.
- I didn’t bring any music.
- Nobody told me . . .
- Give yourself plenty of time to do everything (i.e. get up early, have a leisurely meal, arrive early)
- Avoid overpracticing, which may cause nerve problems and fatigue
- Warm up well and practice audition material under tempo
- At the site, warm up alone and don’t listen to other players
- Play to your own standards; don’t try to guess how the committee would like something performed
- Take some risks; communicate the music’s message
- Maintain a positive appearance even if you do not think you played well
- Evaluate the audition experience