Band Audition Information

Placement auditions for concert bands will take place August 26-28. Specific days and times will be allotted for each instrument with sign-ups made through Sign-Up Genius. Links to sign-up will be here in early August. In the meantime, all the information you need to prepare for your audition is below. Please read carefully.

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  • 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.
  • All students of all majors are welcome to audition. Anyone with previous band experience will be placed in an ensemble.
  • If you are not a music major and are only interested in playing in the Symphonic Band, you may not need to audition. Contact Dr. Chris Evans for more information. Non-music majors who wish to be considered for placement in the Wind Symphony or Symphonic Winds must go through the formal audition process.

Please read the following information carefully--

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.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Prepared Selections

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.

Sight-Reading

Everyone will sight-read. Percussion will sight read on marimba.

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. Non-majors may be permitted to register for the Symphonic Band without audition. Contact Dr. Evans for more information. Non-majors who wish to be considered for Wind Symphony or Symphonic Winds must audition.

  • 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.

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 rental charge per semester. See Dr. Stotter or Dr. Evans for more information.


Questions?

Dr. Douglas Stotter, D.M.A. University of Iowa

Department of Music

Associate Professor, Director of Bands, Brass and Percussion Area Coordinator

Area: Brass and Percussion, Conducting

Douglas Stotter

Email: dstotter@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2442

Office: FA 237

Bio: Dr. Douglas Stotter is Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Wind and Percussion Division in the UTA Music Department. He conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and wind literature courses while overseeing all aspects of the band program. He is active as conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and most recently in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Prior to his appointment at UTA, Dr. Stotter served for seven years as Assistant Director of Bands at Indiana University, where he conducted the Concert and Symphonic Bands and taught advanced undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting courses in the IU School of Music. Previously, Dr. Stotter was Director of Bands and head of instrumental music education at Valdosta State University, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Marching Band and taught courses in conducting, marching band techniques and secondary instrumental methods. Dr. Stotter has also served as Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Rolla, Doane College in Nebraska and at Galesburg (Illinois) High School. Dr. Stotter's textbook, Methods and Materials for Conducting, was published in 2006 by GIA Publications and is now in use at numerous universities across the country. His other publications include contributions to the textTeaching Music Through Performance in Band(Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9), as well as research into the history of Edwin Franko Goldman and the Goldman Band published in the Journal of Band Research. His arrangement for concert band of songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Three Dorset Songs, was published in 2003 by Daehn Music and performed in 2004 at the Midwest Clinic. His latest arrangement, a setting of Percy Grainger's Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol, was published in 2006 by Daehn Music. Dr. Stotter also served for 9 years as Editor of the College Band Directors National Association Report. Dr. Stotter received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from The University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Iowa. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association and is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, serving on the National Executive Board as treasurer. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma chapters at Indiana University, the University of Missouri-Rolla, Valdosta State University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Chris Evans, D.M.A. University of Oklahoma

Department of Music

Assistant Professor in Practice, Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Maverick Marching Band

Area: Marching Band, Winds and Percussion

Chris Evans

Email: christopher.evans@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3471

Office: FA 314

Bio: Dr. Chris Evans is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Maverick Marching Band at UTA. In addition to the marching band, Dr. Evans teaches the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Marching Band Techniques, and Instrumental Methods and Materials. Previously, Dr. Evans was the Associate Director of Bands at Flower Mound High School. While at Flower Mound, he primarily taught the Concert Band and the JV marching band while assisting with all other aspects of the program. Dr. Evans also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Juan Seguin High School and was a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. While at OU he assisted with the concert ensembles, the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, and conducted the women’s basketball band for 2 years. Before graduate school, he taught middle school in Georgia for three years. Dr. Evans, a native of Birmingham, Alabama earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University. He earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His professional associations include the Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (honorary), and Tau Beta Sigma (honorary).

How to Audition

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 . . .