Fall 2020 Ensemble Auditions


In light of  COVID-19, auditions for Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, and Orchestras will now be VIRTUAL. The audition process for Purdue AAMB remains unchanged. More information regarding next steps and what to include in your video submission can be found below!  
6/23/20 Update – We are now offering Remote Courses for students who opt to complete Fall 2020 semester Fully Online. See below. 

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PURDUE “ALL-AMERICAN” MARCHING BAND AUDITIONS

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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, Ivy Tech Students, & new Grad Students:  Submit a Virtual Audition, due July 15. 
    • Current Students & Transfer Students:  Sign up for a virtual audition by contacting bandsinfo@purdue.edu.  
    • Purdue University Co-Op Program/Internship:  Send a recorded audition to Professor Gephart or audition upon return to campus in August. Students who wish to be considered for Wind Ensemble or Philharmonic Winds/Percussion must contact Professor Gephart immediately.

How do I sign up for auditions?

    • Incoming Freshmen, Ivy Tech Students, Transfer Students, & new Grad Students: Register Here!

Now that STAR is Virtual, how can I audition?

    • Those attending Virtual Star (VSTAR), may complete a virtual audition, due July 15, but we encourage students to submit them at their earliest convenience.
    • Register Here! Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.
    • Members of the faculty will review all auditions and place instrumentalists into appropriate ensembles. Ensemble placement will be communicated no later than Monday, July 20.

What should I prepare for my audition?

Audition Etudes & Requirements:

WOODWIND/BRASS

    • Audition etudes are available HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password to access etudes.
    • Students interested in Wind Ensemble or Philharmonic Orchestra Winds should play Etude 3.
    • Please prepare the two scales specified on your audition sheet.
    • Students will play alone, without accompaniment.
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

PERCUSSION

    • Audition etudes are available HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password to access etudes. 
    • Please prepare the snare and mallet requirements and etudes specified on the audition sheet. 
    • Students interested in Wind Ensemble or Philharmonic Orchestra should play the timpani audition, in addition to snare and mallet.
    • Percussionists should prepare two rudiments, if applicable.
    • Students will play alone, without accompaniment.
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

How should I format my virtual audition?

    • All video submissions must be unlisted YouTube links. Links via Dropbox or mp4/audio attachments will not be accepted. Please double check that your link is not set to private before submitting.
    • Etudes and scales must be in one video, though it does not need to be one continuous take. Please do not submit more than one video unless you are auditioning for more than one ensemble.
    • If you are auditioning for more than one ensemble, such as jazz band and concert band, or another combination, please submit 2 separate video auditions.
    • There will be no sight-reading component.

Please include the following in the description of your YouTube posting:

    • Name
    • Instrument
    • Hometown/State
    • High School
    • Major
    • Ensemble you are auditioning for

When are virtual auditions due?

    • All audition submissions will be due July 15, but we encourage students to submit them at their earliest convenience.
    • Request Submission Portal HERE.

How do I enroll in a concert band or orchestra?

    • Incoming Freshmen: Enroll with your academic advisor during STAR. Please refer to this document. 
    • Returning students: To meet Priority Registration, enroll in the ensemble you are currently in this semester. (Reference course offerings below)
      • BAND 35000 – WIND ENSEMBLE – M/W/F (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM)
      • BAND 11700 – CONCERT BAND – T/TH (1:30 PM – 3:20 PM)
      • BAND 11800 – COLLEGIATE BAND – M/W (3:30 PM – 5:20 PM)
      • BAND 11900 – VARSITY BAND – T/TH (3:30 PM – 5:20 PM)

If I choose Remote Learning (fully online option) for Purdue Fall 2020, can I be in an ensemble?

    • Yes! Enroll with your academic advisor. Please refer to the information below based on your instrument.
    • An audition is not required.
      • BAND 35100 – Instrument Ensemble Colloquium – Winds and Percussion
        • Credit Hours: 2.00. Instrument Ensemble Colloquium. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
        • Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
        • Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
        • Offered By: College of Liberal Arts
        • Department: Purdue Bands & Orchestras
        • Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes – May be repeated an unlimited number of times
      • BAND 36100 – Instrument Ensemble Colloquium – Strings
        • Credit Hours: 2.00. Instrument Ensemble Colloquium. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
        • Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
        • Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
        • Offered By: College of Liberal Arts
        • Department: Purdue Bands & Orchestras
        • Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes – May be repeated an unlimited number of times
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ORCHESTRA STRINGS

Openings for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass

When are music auditions?

    • Incoming Freshmen Ivy Tech Students, & new Grad Students:  Submit a Virtual Audition, due July 15. 
    • Current Students & Transfer Students:  Sign up for an individual audition by contacting bandsinfo@purdue.edu.
    • Purdue University Co-Op Program/Internship:  Send a recorded audition to Professor Bodony or audition upon return to campus in August. Students who wish to be considered for the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra, must contact Professor Bodony immediately.

How do I sign up for auditions?

    • Incoming Freshmen, Ivy Tech Students, Transfer Students, & new Grad Students: Register Here! 

Now that STAR is Virtual, how can I audition?

    • Those attending Virtual Star (VSTAR), may complete a virtual audition, due July 15, but we encourage students to submit them at their earliest convenience.
    • Register Here! Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.
    • Members of the faculty will review all auditions and place instrumentalists into appropriate ensembles. Ensemble placement will be communicated no later than Monday, July 20.

What should I prepare for my audition?

Audition Requirements:

    • One prepared solo or etude (2-3 minutes in length.)
    • Students will play alone, without accompaniment.
    • Please prepare two scales of your choosing (ascending and descending in three octaves.)
    • For Philharmonic consideration choose two from the following:
      • Violin – A, C, E-flat major
      • Viola/Cello – D, F, A major
      • Bass – E, F, G major
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

How should I format my virtual audition?

    • All video submissions must be unlisted YouTube links. Links via Dropbox or mp4/audio attachments will not be accepted. Please double check that your link is not set to private before submitting.
    • Etudes and scales must be in one video, though it does not need to be one continuous take. Please do not submit more than one video unless you are auditioning for more than one ensemble.
    • If you are auditioning for more than one ensemble, such as jazz band and concert band, or another combination, please submit 2 separate video auditions.
    • There will be no sight-reading component.

Please include the following in the description of your YouTube posting:

    • Name
    • Instrument
    • Hometown/State
    • High School
    • Major
    • Ensemble you are auditioning for

When are virtual auditions due?

    • All audition submissions will be due July 15, but we encourage students to submit them at their earliest convenience.
    • Request Submission Portal HERE.

How do I enroll in an orchestra?

    • Incoming Freshmen: Enroll with your academic advisor during STAR. Please refer to this document.
    • Returning students: To meet Priority Registration, enroll in the ensemble you are currently in this semester. 

If I choose Remote Learning (fully online option) for Purdue Fall 2020, can I be in an ensemble?

    • Yes! Enroll with your academic advisor. Please refer to the information below.
    • An audition is not required.
      • BAND 36100 – Instrument Ensemble Colloquium – Strings
        • Credit Hours: 2.00. Instrument Ensemble Colloquium. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
        • Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
        • Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
        • Offered By: College of Liberal Arts
        • Department: Purdue Bands & Orchestras
        • Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes – May be repeated an unlimited number of times
 
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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, Ivy Tech Students, & new Grad Students:  Submit a Virtual Audition, due July 15. 
    • Current Students & Transfer Students:  Sign up for an individual audition by contacting bandsinfo@purdue.edu.
    • Purdue University Co-Op Program/Internship:  Send a recorded audition to Dr. Trout or audition upon return to campus in August. Students who wish to be considered for the Purdue Jazz Band and/or American Music Repertory Ensemble (AMRE), must contact Dr. Mo Trout immediately.

How do I sign up for auditions?

    • Incoming Freshmen, Ivy Tech Students, Transfer Students, & new Grad Students: Register Here!

Now that STAR is Virtual, how can I audition?

    • Those attending Virtual Star (VSTAR), may complete a virtual audition, due July 15, but we encourage students to submit them at their earliest convenience.
    • Register Here! Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu with any additional questions.
    • Members of the faculty will review all auditions and place instrumentalists into appropriate ensembles. Ensemble placement will be communicated no later than Monday, July 20.

What should I prepare for my audition?

Audition Etudes & Requirements:

Instrumental Etudes (All Saxes, Trumpet, Trombone):

    • Audition etudes are available HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password to access etudes.
    • Play through the entire etude with the provided FULL accompaniment recording. 
    • Candidates for PJB and AMRE will repeat and improvise over the provided accompaniment to this etude. 
    • Other candidates should play etude once then improvise two choruses over provided concert F or Bb blues recording track. 
    • Everyone should play a pattern of your choice around the circle of 4th progression.
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

Bass, Guitar, Vibes, and Piano Etudes: 

    • Audition etudes are available HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password to access etudes.
    • Have a short excerpt (no more than one minute) prepared of anything that best demonstrates your skill level. 
    • Then, play through the entire etude with the provided accompaniment (MINUS BASS or MINUS PIANO & GUITAR) recording as best you can. 
    • Candidates for PJB and AMRE will repeat and improvise over the provided accompaniment to this etude. 
    • Other candidates should play etude once then improvise two choruses over provided concert F or Bb blues recording track. 
    • Everyone should play a pattern of your choice around the circle of 4th progression.
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

Drum Set:

    • Audition etudes are available HERE. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password to access etudes.
    • Play through the entire etude with the provided accompaniment recording ( MINUS DRUMS), the first time marking the hits with appropriate time keeping and ‘comping’ and the second time trading 4’s with the recording. 
    • Everyone should play a pattern of your choice around the circle of 4th progression (on vibes or piano).
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

Audition Tracks:

Vocalist Auditions:

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.
    • Please sing with an accompanist or a karaoke track on YouTube, but no acappella singing.
    • Vocalists who also play an instrument are encouraged to audition as instrumentalists, as well!

How should I format my virtual audition?

    • All video submissions must be unlisted YouTube links. Links via Dropbox or mp4/audio attachments will not be accepted. Please double check that your link is not set to private before submitting.
    • Etudes and other required playing must be in one video, though it does not need to be one continuous take. Please do not submit more than one video unless you are auditioning for more than one ensemble.
    • If you are auditioning for more than one ensemble, such as jazz band and concert band, or another combination, please submit 2 separate video auditions.
    • There will be no sight-reading component.

Please include the following in the description of your YouTube posting:

    • Name
    • Instrument
    • Hometown/State
    • High School
    • Major
    • Ensemble you are auditioning for

When are virtual auditions due?

    • All audition submissions will be due July 15, but we encourage students to submit them at their earliest convenience.
    • Request Submission Portal HERE.

How do I enroll in a jazz band?

    • Incoming Freshmen: Enroll with your academic advisor during STAR. Please refer to this document. 
    • Returning students: To meet Priority Registration, enroll in the ensemble you are currently in this semester. 

If I choose Remote Learning (fully online option) for Purdue Fall 2020, can I be in an ensemble?

    • Yes! Enroll with your academic advisor. Please refer to the information below based on your instrument.
    • An audition is not required.
      • BAND 35100 – Instrument Ensemble Colloquium – Winds and Percussion
        • Credit Hours: 2.00. Instrument Ensemble Colloquium. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
        • Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
        • Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
        • Offered By: College of Liberal Arts
        • Department: Purdue Bands & Orchestras
        • Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes – May be repeated an unlimited number of times
      • BAND 36100 – Instrument Ensemble Colloquium – Strings
        • Credit Hours: 2.00. Instrument Ensemble Colloquium. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.
        • Levels: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate
        • Schedule Types: Distance Learning, Lecture
        • Offered By: College of Liberal Arts
        • Department: Purdue Bands & Orchestras
        • Repeatable for Additional Credit: Yes – May be repeated an unlimited number of times

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