Ensemble Audition Requirements

(Note: the information below is for Fall 2016 ensemble auditions. Information about Fall 2017 ensemble auditions will be posted here in or around July 2017.)

Read below for audition schedules for Western's many music ensembles. Sign-up sheets for vocalists, string players, and jazz ensembles will be posted on lower level 2 of the Performing Arts Center no later than September 14, 2016. Wind, brass, and percussion players can sign up here and find more information below (see here for required audition materials).

Every Fall we invite all students with prior ensemble experience to audition for placement in one of our major ensembles. These include the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, University Choir, Concert Choir, Advanced Women's Chorale, and our Jazz Bands. When you join an ensemble (with the exception of Viking Band), you are registering for a course, therefore you do receive two credits each quarter (the course is repeatable). In some cases, we can also offer private lessons to students even if they are not majoring or minoring in Music.

If you currently do not own your own instrument, we offer low cost instrument rentals ($40-$45 per quarter); and you will also be assigned a music locker to store your instrument and your music so you don't have to lug it around all day! Contact the main music office (PA 273) for more information. The Performing Arts Center has practice rooms available for students, and these are open for use seven days a week on a first come first serve basis.

Our Fall ensemble auditions are scheduled for September 18 - 20. Classes commence on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

Instrumental Audition Requirements

Weekly Class/Rehearsal Schedules

Choral Auditions

Choirs

Date

Time

Room

Concert Choir &

Advanced Women's Chorale

Sunday 9/18 (returning students only)

Monday 9/19 (returning or new students)

Tuesday 9/20 (new students only)

9am - 9pm

9am - 9pm

9am - 5pm

PA 16

PA 16

PA 16

University Choir No audition required  

String Ensemble Auditions

 

Date

Time

Room

  Monday 9/19 9am - 5:30pm Concert Hall

 

Wind / Brass / Percussion Auditions

» Online Audition Sign-Up Form «

For Orchestra/Wind Symphony consideration

Students wishing to be considered for Orchestra and Wind symphony will participate in live auditions on the following days and times.

  • Monday Sept 19
    • Saxophone — 10:00am - 11:45am
    • Euphonium/tuba — 11:45am - 12:30pm
    • Percussion — 1:00pm - 2:15pm
    • Oboe/bassoon — 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Clarinet — 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday Sept 20
    • Trumpet — 9:00am - 10:30am
    • Horn — 10:30am - 11:30am
    • Trombone — 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Flute — 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Required audition repertoire can be found here.

Please fill out this online audition form and sign up for an audition time.

If you are unable to audition on the scheduled day, please contact your area coordinator.

For Symphonic Band consideration

Students wishing to be considered for Symphonic Band can either participate in the live auditions or send in a recording. You may use the same form to submit a recorded audition; you can upload your recording using the form or by using a third-party service (YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).

Required repertoire is your choice.  Please include a short demonstration of technical playing and a short demonstration of lyrical playing. The deadline for your recorded demonstration is the add/drop date of the quarter. 

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If you have any questions, please contact your area coordinators.

Lisa McCarthy, woodwind area coordinator
Lisa.McCarthy@wwu.edu

Dr. Gustavo Camacho, brass area coordinator
Gustavo.Camacho@wwu.edu

Dr. Patrick Roulet, percussion area coordinator
Patrick.Roulet@wwu.edu

Viking Band

See here for more information on Viking Band (our university's athletic pep band).


 
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Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Auditions will be held on Monday, September 19, Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday September 21, 9am - 5pm in PA 31. Sign up sheets will be posted outside PA 31 one week prior to auditions.

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Piano, Voice-  Prepare one tune from the Audition List (melody, and improvisation if applicable). Instrumentalists, be prepared to play major scales and arpeggios through four sharps and four flats (two octaves when possible). You will also be asked sight read.  Additional sight reading may be requested of lead trumpet, lead trombone, and lead alto candidates. Feel free to prepare anything else that you feel shows your ability.

Guitarists -- (in addition to above) Scales — two octaves, major and minor, alternate picking; reading - melodic through and including 5th position, ability to read a chord chart; prepare two contrasting tunes from a fake book, both melody and chords; be able to solo over basic chord changes, i.e., blues changes.

Bassists- Please be prepared to demonstrate time/groove in the following styles: Swing (medium to up tempo), Straight Eighth, Funk, and Latin (Bossa or Samba). Also, be prepared play behind a horn player on one of the tunes from the Audition List. You will also be asked sight read. Feel free to prepare anything else that you feel shows your ability.

Drummers-  Please be prepared to demonstrate time/groove in the following styles: Swing (medium and up tempo), Shuffle, Straight Eighth, Funk, and a Latin style (Bossa, Samba, etc...). Feel free to perform any transcription or drum solo you know or have been working on. Be prepared play behind a horn player on one of the tunes from the Audition List. You will also be asked sight read. Feel free to prepare anything else that you feel shows your ability.

Audition List:

  • What is This Thing Called Love by Cole Porter (C major)
  • How Insensitive by A.C. Jobim (D minor)
  • Au Privave by Charlie Parker (F major)
  • Take the A Train by Duke Ellington (C major)
  • My Little Suede Shoes by Charlie Parker (Eb major)
  • Bessie's Blues by John Coltrane (Eb major)
  • Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma  (Bb major)
  • Recordame by Joe Henderson (A minor)
  • All The Things You Are by Jerome Kern (Ab major)
  • Stella By Starlight by Victor Young (Bb major)
  • Oleo by Sonny Rollins (Bb major)
  • Alone Together by Arthur Schwartz  (D minor)


Please e-mail Kevin.Woods@wwu.edu if you need lead sheets for any of the tunes on the Audition List or have any questions.

Play-a-longs (backing tracks) for all tunes from the Audition List can be found on YouTube (search the title + play along). I recommend the play-a-longs from he Learn Jazz Standards youtube page.

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Ensembles Weekly Class/Rehearsal Schedule

Ensemble

Course

Credits

Days

Times

University Choir Women MUS 271 2 MTW 2pm - 2:50pm
University Choir Men

MUS 271

2 WRF 2pm - 2:50pm
Advanced Women's Chorale

MUS 271

2 MTWR 1pm - 1:50pm
Concert Choir

MUS 471

2 MTWRF 12pm - 12:50pm
Symphonic Band

MUS 272

2 MW 3pm - 4:50pm
Wind Symphony

MUS 472

2 TR 2pm - 3:50pm
Symphony Orchestra

MUS 473

2 MF 3pm - 4:50pm
Jazz Band

MUS 274

2

W

F

5pm - 6:20pm

4pm - 5:20pm

Jazz Combos

MUS 275

2 WF 1:30pm - 2:50pm

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