Auditions are held for all students who wish to perform in a concert ensemble during the fall semester (Wind Ensemble, University Symphony, and Wind Symphony). Descriptions for each ensemble are available on the respective ensemble page. Below, is the necessary information regarding audition times and audition material. If you have questions please email Dr. Zastoupil: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up sheets for audition times will be posted on the bulletin board outside Wehr 105 beginning August 1st. When signing up for an audition please include your full name, phone number, and an email address where you can be reached. All students must sign up for an audition time during the assigned instrument block. If you have a conflict (Pride rehearsal conflicts have already been approved) or have any questions regarding auditions, please email Dr. Zastoupil. We look forward to hearing you play!
Concert ensemble auditions will be divided into two “tiers.” Non-music majors interested in Wind Symphony only will audition on “Tier 1” requirements, while music majors AND non-music majors interested in Wind Ensemble/University Symphony and Wind Symphony will audition on “Tier 2” requirements.
TIER 1: Non-music major students interested in placement in Wind Symphony ONLY. **Non-majors interested in placement in Wind Ensemble/University Symphony must audition on “Tier 2” requirements below.
1. ALL: Total time should be no more than 3 minutes.
Please provide 2 copies of the etudes for the audition panel.
2. Woodwinds and Brass: choose two contrasting etudes
(one technical and one lyrical).
3. Percussion: choose two solo works (concert literature or etudes).
The two works must be for two different instrument types (for example
snare and timpani, or snare and a mallet instrument, or a mallet
instrument and timpani - NOT two mallet instruments.)
TIER 2: Music majors and non-music majors interested for placement in Wind Ensemble, University Symphony, and Wind Symphony. Excerpts for Tier 2 are available in PDF format below. Students should prepare all excerpts to the best of their ability. Listening to recordings for style and interpretation is encouraged!
Wednesday, August 17
Thursday, August 18
11:30am-1:30pm: Low Brass
Saturday, August 20
9:00am-12:00pm: Make Up times if needed
The five concert bands at Missouri State include the University Wind Ensemble, the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, and the University Community Band. Concert performances highlight an exciting array of literature and enable students to experience music-making at its best. The University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band have performed often over the years for the Missouri Music Educators Conference. On campus, the groups perform at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts and the Wehr Band Hall.
The University Wind Ensemble is the premiere Wind group at Missouri State. Membership is extended to the most advanced musicians by audition. The band has a tradition of musical excellence and is committed to playing the finest new works along with the traditional masterpieces from the past. The Wind Ensemble membership is of like-minds and shares the highest ideals of musicianship. They are focused and scholarly. Members aspire to elevate individual and collective musicianship and strengthen performance skills. They are disciplined, motivated, and sincere about music.