Music Ensemble Auditions

Auditioning for IUP Ensembles

Audition requirements for most ensembles are outlined below. Students from all majors are welcome in the ensembles and are encouraged to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have questions, please contact the appropriate faculty listed below for more information.

Choral Ensembles

Chorale (MUSC 122) and Chamber Singers (MUSC 121) will hold online auditions the first three days of the semester. Sign-ups for auditions are on Craig Denison’s bulletin board at Cogswell 111. Auditions will also be held there. Auditions are not required for University Chorus (MUSC 132). Email Craig Denison at cdenison@iup.edu for more information and to make an appointment.

Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble

For information about auditioning for Jazz Band or Jazz Ensemble, contact Prof. Flowers: jflowers@iup.edu.

Audition Material Information:

C Instruments and Percussion Audition Materials

Bass Clef Audition Materials

Eb Instruments Audition Materials

Tenor Saxophone Audition Materials

Trumpet Audition Materials

 

Instrumental Ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra)

Auditions are required for all students wishing to participate in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra.

General Ensemble Auditions

Students of all majors are welcome to audition for all ensembles. Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students auditioning in General Ensemble Auditions will be considered for all large concert ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra. String players will be considered for the Symphony Orchestra. Students participating in General Ensemble Auditions are required to prepare all materials for their instrument (provided below). Music majors are required to participate in the General Ensemble Auditions. Non-music majors may choose to complete a Symphony Band Only audition (see below), but must complete General Auditions to be considered for Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra.

Percussionists should contact Professor Tim Paul (tpaul@iup.edu) for audition information.

Strings
Woodwinds
Brass
All String Instruments Flute Trumpet
For all members. Piccolo Horn
Contact Prof. Linda Jennings Oboe Tenor Trombone
(ljenning@iup.edu) to Clarinet Bass Trombone
schedule an audition. Bassoon Euphonium
Saxophones Tuba

Symphony Band Only Auditions

Symphony Band Only Auditions are open to students who are not music majors and wish to be considered only for the Symphony Band. Students participating in Symphony Band Only Auditions should prepare two to three minutes of any music of their choice. When possible, these auditions occur at the same time as General Auditions; if you are not available during your instrument's audition block, additional time slots are available on Thursday, August 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Music majors are not permitted to use this audition option.

Before You Audition

  1. Choose the appropriate audition option and prepare the required music. Register for the ensemble you think you'll be in (you can change this during drop/add).
  2. Find the time block for your instrument on the audition schedule below and click the Sign Up link to select your individual audition time. When you enter your name, put General or SB in parentheses after your name to indicate the audition type.
  3. Arrive at the audition room 10 minutes before your audition time. Wait outside the room until the person before you has completed their audition. Take a deep breath, and have fun playing music!

Audition Schedule

All auditions are held in Fisher Auditorium unless otherwise specified. Enter through the back door in the loading dock (map) and unpack backstage. General and Symphony Band Only auditions occur at the same time, but an additional Symphony Band Only time block is available if needed due to scheduling conflicts.

IUP Large Ensemble Sign-up Sheet Directions:

  1.  Below the numbered directions, click the Sign-up for your instrument.
  2. At the bottom of the Sign-up page, click the tab that corresponds to the instrument on which you are auditioning.
  3. Sign up for an open auditioning time indicated on your instrument tab page.

Tuesday, August 23

Trumpet 9:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m. (Sign Up)

Saxophone 2:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (Sign Up)

Flute 4:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (Sign Up)

Wednesday, August 24

Horn 1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m. (Sign Up)

Strings 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. 

Thursday, August 25

Clarinet 10:50 a.m.–Noon (Sign Up)

Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba 12:15 p.m.–2:20 p.m. (Sign Up)

Oboe/Bassoon 3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m. (Sign Up

Symphony Band Only Additional Auditions 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (Sign Up) Cogswell Hall 307

Rehearsal Times

Wind Ensemble (MUSC 131): TR 11:10 a.m.–12:25 p.m.; W 1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
Symphony Band (MUSC 123): MW 3:50 p.m.–4:40 p.m.
Symphony Orchestra (MUSC 129): MW 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Questions?

If you have any specific questions for individual ensembles, please contact the following:

Wind Ensemble: Professor Tim Paul, tpaul@iup.edu

Symphony Band: Professor Jason Worzbyt, reedtip@iup.edu

Symphony Orchestra: Professor Linda Jennings, ljenning@iup.edu