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Audition Information

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Audition Information

Audition Schedule

To sign-up for an audition you should put your name down on the appropriate sheet posted outside HFA 180. Students are encouraged to reserve their preferred time as soon as possible.

Admission into UMM's Symphonic Winds, Brass Ensemble or Chamber Winds is determined through an informal audition process administered at the beginning of the Fall Semester. All students who have experience performing in a symphonic band or chamber ensemble, regardless of their major, are encouraged to schedule an audition. UMM has a long tradition of serving performers from all musical backgrounds. There are members of our ensembles with a wide range of ability and experience levels, including many that have never performed an audition until entering university. We aim to accommodate all students and will endeavor to ensure that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your audition. Each audition is approximately six to eight minutes in length and takes place in HFA 180. During this appointment, the director will ask some basic "get-to-know-you" questions, listen to you perform and give you a short piece of sight reading.

For their audition, students are asked to select TWO short excerpts from the music provided below, except where only one is given. As an alternative students can also choose to perform one piece of their own choice instead of one of the excerpts. For percussionists, the two excerpts should be on different instruments (snare drum and timpani, timpani and mallets, or snare drum and mallets.)

School Instruments

The Music Discipline maintains an inventory of instruments for use by students. This is especially useful for performers of the larger (or more expensive) instruments such as tuba, euphonium, and bassoon; however, it is also a resource to players who relied on school-owned instruments while in high school.

Students who need an instrument for auditions should contact Professor Simon Tillier as soon as possible. An instrument will be provided for the audition, and then permanently checked-out to those students selected to participate in an ensemble. (Note: Students who need to use a school instrument are encouraged to sign-up for one of the later audition appointments in order to have as much practice time as possible on their new instrument.)

Audition Materials