Fall 2022 Concert Ensemble Audition Information

Dear instrumental student,

We hope you are enjoying the summer and looking forward to the fall semester at Missouri State University. As we prepare for the upcoming year, we would like you to be aware of the audition procedures for the MSU instrumental ensembles. Learning to audition is an important part of the educational process for every music student. In order for you to maximize this opportunity, we expect you to prepare the audition material to the best of your ability. Please be aware part assignments and seating for the year will largely be based on the results of these fall auditions.

Auditions will be heard by the instrumental conducting faculty and applicable studio faculty; this process makes alternative audition times difficult to schedule. If it is impossible for you to make the assigned instrumental block, an approval must be made in advance of the audition day. Saturday make-up audition times must be approved in advance. Auditions at the end of the fall semester will be held primarily for those openings created by graduation or student teaching. However, in sections where fall auditions are extremely competitive, the conductors may require a new audition for the spring semester.

Placement in and part assignments for the following ensembles will be determined by the upcoming auditions.

  • Symphony Orchestra (T/Th 3:00-4:50pm)
  • Wind Ensemble (M/W/F 2:00-3:15pm
  • Wind Symphony (T/Th 2:00-3:30pm)

We are very excited about the upcoming academic year. As always, if you have any questions, or if we can be of service in any way, feel free to contact either one of us. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Brad Snow, Director of Bands

Christopher Kelts, Director of Orchestral Studies

General Information

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 pages. Below is the necessary information regarding audition times and audition material. If you have questions, please email Dr. Snow bsnow@missouristate.edu.

Sign-ups

All students must sign up for an audition time during the assigned instrumental block. Between August 1 and August 14, the sign-ups will be available online for you to select an audition time.  After August 14, you will need to stop by the Wehr Band Hall to sign up. Please note that there are times designated for those in the Pride Marching Band and times for those not marching. Please sign up in the correct slot.

Details

All wind and percussion students will be utilizing provided audition excerpts, in most cases there are two contrasting excerpts. The majority of these audition materials have been pulled from literature that will be performed during the fall concert cycle. Reference recordings can be found:

Wine Dark Sea

La Pequena Habana

Audition Times

Wednesday, August 17

Section Time Audition Appointment Link
Double Reed 11:30am-noon Schedule your audition
Flute noon-1:30pm Schedule your audition
Clarinet 1:30-3:00pm

Schedule your audition (marching members)

Schedule your audition (non-marchers)

Saxophone 5:15-6:15pm Schedule your audition

Thursday, August 18

Section Time Audition Appointment Link
Low Brass 11:30am-2:00pm Schedule your audition
Trumpet 2:00-3:30pm Schedule your audition
Horn 5:15-6:15pm Schedule your audition

Saturday, August 20

Section Time Audition Appointment Link
Make-up Times 11:00am-noon must be approved in advance by director
Percussion 1:00-2:30pm Schedule your audition

All students auditioning need to print and bring this Student Information with you to your audition.