Wind Ensemble on King stage

Instrumental Ensemble Audition Information


Questions? Please contact Dr. Paula Holcomb, Director of Bands

One need not be a music major to audition for any ensemble. 

All Music Majors enrolled in curricular lessons are required to audition for ensemble placement.

Concert Attire for Bands:

Professional standards. Learn how to dress appropriately so you are prepared for the professional world.

Option One: Black tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie, long, black socks and black dress shoes.

Option Two: Long (floor length or tea length) black skirt, black full-leg dress pants (no denim), long sleeves to the wrist, or a black dress meeting all specifications. No skinny leg pants. Long-sleeved black blouse/shirt or jacket. Simple jewelry. Full length dress meeting all of the above specifications is acceptable but no slits beyond mid-calf. (No décolletage, bare shoulders or necklines.) Black/off-black hose, black dress shoes, simple jewelry. Material must be opaque. Equal to a tux in quality.

All: Professional level required at concerts

Instrumental Auditions (Non-string, SPRING 2023)

*Click on instrument name for audition excerpts.

Friday, Jan. 20
3:00  Clarinets
6:00  Horns
 Saturday, Jan 21
 9:00  Trombones (bass, tenor)
12:30 Bassoons
1:30  Saxophones
 4:45  Flute
7:15 Oboes

Sunday, Jan. 22
 9:30  Euphoniums
10:15 Tubas
11:15 Trumpet
2:00  Percussion


1. The links for the required instrumental ensemble audition forms can be found below:
2. Warm up room - Mason Hall 1080.
3. Auditions - King Concert Hall in Rockefeller Arts Center - enter through the connector between Mason and King, go through the connector double doors straight ahead to the double doors, walk straight backstage.
4. Only two people in the backstage area prior to auditioning and leave immediately after you play.
5. No talking backstage.
6. There will be three “stations" for you to play behind a screen.  Benjamin Kohn, Wind Conducting Graduate Assistant, will let you know which station to use when you enter for your audition.  This will provide time for the aerosols to clear as we rotate the stations.

PLEASE NOTE: The audition schedule is subject to change. Please re-confirm with studio teachers and the website the week of auditions.

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