Fall 2023 Semester Concert Band Auditions
Placement auditions for all three concert bands are complete.
SPRING SEMESTER AUDITIONS ARE HELD IN LATE NOVEMBER. Check back here in early November for details.
Please read the following information carefully--
- All scholarship recipients are required to audition for a concert band and enroll in the ensemble to which they are placed.
- All music majors are required to audition for and enroll in a large ensemble every semester.
- You should keep the rehearsal times of three bands open in your schedule until placements are made (see below). You may be required to adjust your class schedule in order to enroll in the ensemble to which you are placed.
- All students of all majors are welcome to audition. Anyone with previous band experience will be placed in an ensemble.
- Students must be registered for their ensemble in order to participate.
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 later in 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.
Special note for percussionists
Percussion student placement in the concert bands will be determined based on your audition for Percussion Ensembles. Check with Dr. Eldridge for those requirements and scheduling. Contact Dr. Stotter if you are not auditioning for Percussion Ensembles to make arrangements for your band placement audition.
Prepare approximately 2 minutes of music of your choice showing both technical and lyrical aspects of your playing. This can be various sections of a solo (no accompaniment needed), parts of etudes, etc. Pick the most challenging music that you can play well. Check the timing of your selections carefully and do not go over the 2-minute limit. Provide at least one copy for the judging panel.
Everyone will sight-read.
Scales for brass and woodwinds
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. Woodwinds may also be asked to play a full-range chromatic scale.
- 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.
Clarinets: 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.
All music majors must audition to play in a band.
- Wind Symphony (MUSI 0102) meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm - 2:50pm.
- Symphonic Winds (MUSI 0103) meets Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm - 2:20pm.
- Symphonic Band (MUSI 0130) 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.
You may audition for any of the openings listed above in Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds or you may participate in the Symphonic Band without audition by registering for the class (MUSI 0130; MWF 3-3:50pm) and completing this form- Non-Major Concert Band Interest Form
UTA may be able provide instruments to students playing in band, depending on availability. There is a usage charge per semester. See Dr. Stotter or Dr. Evans for more information.