Ensembles - Bands

Band Audition Information, Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Band Auditions
 
We are pleased that you are interested in auditioning for placement in a wind band at UTA. Please read the following information carefully.
 
Auditions
Spring semester band auditions will be held December 2-3 for students who did not play in a fall concert ensemble, those who wish to re-audition for another placement, or those who would like to audition on a new instrument. See the posting outside FA237 for openings in Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds. There are openings in all sections of Symphonic Band.
 
Read the audition requirements below for material to prepare. Be sure to ask if you have any questions.
 
Signing up for an audition:
You can sign up for an audition time in the ensembles office (FA238) beginning November 20. There are not designated times for specific instruments. You may sign up for any open slot. Stop in or call Monica, the Ensembles secretary, at 817.272.2533.
 
Brass and Woodwind Auditions
Auditions for brass and woodwinds consist of three parts: prepared etudes, major scales, and sight reading. Read and follow these requirements carefully--
 
Prepared Selections
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.
 
Scales
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.
 
Percussion Auditions
1. Download and prepare this "accessories" etude for tambourine, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, bass drum and triangle-- click here.
2. Prepare 1 minute from an etude or solo of your choice for xylophone, marimba, or vibraphone. Choose
the most challenging selection that you can play well. Bring two copies for the audition panel.
3. You will be asked to sight-read on snare drum.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Instruments

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: dstotter@uta.edu

Scholarship Auditions

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 dstotter@uta.edu to schedule an appointment.

Questions?

Call the band office at 817-272-2533

Email the band office at bandofc@uta.edu

Email Dr. Stotter at dstotter@uta.edu

How to Audition

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 . . .

Audition Execution:

- 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