Band, Orchestra, IME – Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion Auditions

Winds and Percussion - Band and Orchestra Auditions

Two separate auditions are offered. Read below to determine the appropriate audition for you to take.

ADVANCED AUDITION for Woodwinds-Brass-Percussion

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

For placement in the following upper-level ensembles:

  • Symphony Orchestra (Rehearsals: TR 1:00-3:50 PM)
  • Philharmonia Orchestra (Rehearsals: MW 3:00-4:50 PM)
  • Illinois Wind Symphony (Rehearsals: MW 1:00-3:50 PM)
  • Wind Orchestra (Rehearsals: TR 1:00-2:50 PM)
  • Illinois Modern Ensemble (Rehearsals: MW 4:00-5:50 PM)

Eligibility

The Advanced Audition is required for all woodwind, brass and percussion BMUS, BME, BMA, MM, and DMA music majors in the School of Music who must register for a major ensemble each semester as part of their degree program.

BA in Music and BS (CS+Music) majors and all non-music majors with all-state level profile, are encouraged to audition for the upper ensembles!

Advanced Audition – Woodwind-Brass-Percussion Schedule

You will be asked to complete a paper form upon arrival at the audition. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early and bring your fall class schedule with you!

STANDARD AUDITION for Woodwinds-Brass-Percussion

For non-music majors for placement in:

Hindsley Symphonic Band (Rehearsals: TR 3:00-4:50 PM)
University Band (Rehearsals: M 7:00-8:50 PM)
Campus Band (Spring only: W 7:00-8:50 PM)

Eligibility

Currently enrolled U of I students and community members are welcome to audition. All majors are welcome!

STANDARD auditions take place in the Harding Band Building (6th Street and Gregory)

Standard Audition Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
    1. Woodwinds (2:30-4:30 PM or 7:00-8:30 PM in the Harding Band Building)
    2. Percussion (2:30-4:30 PM or 7:00-8:30 PM in the Harding Band Building)
      • Register upon arrival to the Harding Band Building using the QR code posted in the Band Office.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024
    1. Brass (2:30-4:30 PM or 7:00-8:30 PM in the Harding Band Building)
      • Register upon arrival to the Harding Band Building using the QR code posted in the Band Office.

Standard Audition Materials – Woodwind & Brass

  1. Two major scales of your choice, one octave, ascending and descending
  2. A chromatic scale demonstrating your full range, ascending only
  3. A 3-5 minute prepared excerpt, solo, or etude that demonstrates your lyrical and technical playing. This can be one piece of music or segments from multiple pieces or etudes.

Standard Audition Materials – Percussion

  1. Mallets:
    • Two major scales of your choice, one octave, ascending and descending
    • Chromatic scale, two octaves, ascending and descending
    • 1-2 minutes excerpt, solo, or etude demonstrating your musicianship and technique
  2. Snare or Timpani: 1-2 minute excerpt, solo, or etude demonstrating your musicianship and technique

Questions?  Email Dr. Kim Fleming: kflem@illinois.edu

Cookie Settings