College Symphony Orchestra in King Concert Hall

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. Only 2 ensembles, All College Band and University Chorus, do not require an audition.

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 d√©colletage, 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, Fall 2020)

For Concert Band | Wind Ensemble | Wind Symphony | College Symphony

*additional information will be available after August 1.

*Click on instrument name for audition excerpts.

Friday, August 21 - King Concert Hall
> 11:00am Tubas
> 12:00pm Oboes
> 1:15pm Horns
> 2:45pm Flutes
> 6:00pm Bassoons
> 7:15pm Euphoniums

Saturday, August 22. King Concert Hall
> 9:45am Bass trombones
> 9:55am Trombones
> 1:15pm Clarinets
> 5:00pm Saxophones

Sunday, August 23 - Rosch Recital Hall
> 9:45am Trumpets (Excerpts 1, 2, 3, 4)
> 12:45pm Harps
> 1:00pm Percussion (All students who have completed timpani class MUST play timpani at the audition. Freshmen or sophomores may choose to play timpani. Everyone must play the snare drum and glockenspiel (bell) excerpts.)

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


For more information about Admissions, write, call or e-mail:

School of Music
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3151

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