Fall 2018 Ensemble Audition Information


“ALL-AMERICAN” MARCHING BAND

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WIND ENSEMBLE, CONCERT BANDS, ORCHESTRA WINDS & PERCUSSION

Openings for Piccolo, Flute, all Clarinets, all Double Reeds, all Saxophones, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion.

  • When are music auditions?
    • Incoming Freshmen:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
    • Transfer Students:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
    • Current Students:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
  • How do I sign up for auditions?
  • What if I cannot attend on-campus STAR? How can I audition?
    • Those attending virtual STAR, may audition during BGR week (August 13-17) or during the first week of classes (August 20-24.)
    • REGISTER HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.
  • What should I prepare for my audition?
    • One prepared solo, etude, or excerpt from orchestra or band music of your choosing that includes contrasting styles (2-3 minutes in length.)
    • Students will play alone, without accompaniment.
    • Please prepare two scales of your choosing (one should be at least two octaves.) Percussionists should prepare two rudiments, if applicable.
    • There will be a brief sight-reading portion.
    • Current Percussion Students: Please prepare the attached appropriate music. Questions? Contact Dr. Nave. Need password? Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu.
  • How do I enroll in a concert band or orchestra?

ORCHESTRA STRINGS

Openings for Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, and Harp.

  • When are music auditions?
    • Incoming Freshmen:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
    • Transfer Students:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
    • Current Students:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
  • How do I sign up for auditions?
  • What if I cannot attend on-campus STAR? How can I audition?
    • Those attending virtual STAR or missing the above opportunities may audition during BGR week (August 13-17) or during the first week of classes (August 20-24.)
    • REGISTER HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.
  • What should I prepare for my audition?
    • One prepared solo, etude, or excerpt from orchestra music of your choosing that includes contrasting styles (2-3 minutes in length.)
    • Students will play alone, without accompaniment.
    • Please prepare two scales of your choosing (ascending and descending in two or three octaves.)
    • There will be a brief sight-reading portion.
  • How do I enroll in a concert band or orchestra?

JAZZ BANDS

Ensembles include the Purdue Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble (AMRE), Lab Jazz Bands, Tower of Power band, and Guitar & Saxophone Ensemble.

  • When are music auditions?
    • Incoming Freshmen:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
    • Transfer Students:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
    • Current Students:  Audition during the week of BGR or the first week of classes. Fill out the registration below, and list “BGR” or “First Week of Class” in the text box that asks for your STAR date.
  • How do I sign up for auditions?
  • What if I cannot attend on-campus STAR? How can I audition?
    • Those attending virtual STAR or missing the above opportunities may audition during BGR week (August 13-17) or during the first week of classes (August 20-24.)
    • REGISTER HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.
  • What should I prepare for my audition?
    • Instrumental auditions:
      • Prepare the attached selections and scales. Please contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password.
      • Be prepared to sight-read and improvise over two choruses of F or Bb blues (concert pitch) accompanied by an Aebersold CD (provided by Dr. Trout,) or two choruses of a song of your choosing. (Please provide your own play-a-long recording.)
    • Bass, guitar, vibes, and piano: 
    • Drum Set:
      • Prepare both of the following audition etudes, interpreting these as you would a Big Band chart. Please contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password.
      • You will also be asked to demonstrate a variety of style patterns including: Medium Swing, Fast Swing, Bossa, Samba, Funk or Hip Hop, and Jazz Waltz.
      • Be prepared to sight-read.
    • Vocalist Auditions (including soloist spots with various jazz bands and/or AMRE vocal group):
      • Prepare a ballad and an up-tempo jazz-style song that best showcase your voice. You should be able to sing a variety of music.
      •  Please have your music memorized and bring an accompaniment for the rehearsal pianist to play. You may use your own accompanist or Karaoke on YouTube if you wish, but no acappella singing.
      • Vocalists will be asked to sing on a microphone and sound system.
      • Vocalists who also play an instrument are encouraged to audition as instrumentalists, as well!
  • How do I enroll in jazz band? 

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