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.
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. 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.
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.