Spring 2021 Ensemble Auditions


Auditions for Concert Bands will be held virtually via WebEx. Auditions for Jazz Bands will be recorded at Slayter and submitted virtually. Auditions for Orchestras will be held in-person, socially distanced.

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?

    • Current Students & Transfer Students:  October 26-November 6
    • Purdue University Co-Op Program/Internship:  Send a recorded audition to Professor Gephart or audition upon return to campus in January. 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?

    • Members of the faculty will hold live virtual auditions via WebEx and place instrumentalists into appropriate ensembles. Sign-up directly with appropriate faculty member. Sign-ups coming soon. Ensemble placement will be communicated via email by November 9.
      • Jay Gephart: Clarinet /Low Clarinets – signup coming soon.
      • John Williams: Saxophones/Double Reeds  – signup coming soon.
      • Matt Conaway: Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba  – signup coming soon.
      • John Sweet: Flute-Picc/Horn  – signup coming soon.
      • Doug Fletcher: Trumpet – signup coming soon.
      • Pam Nave: Concert Percussion – signup coming soon.

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.
    • All students must play TWO of the three etudes. It is the students choice which two will be performed.  Students interested in Wind Ensemble or Philharmonic Orchestra Winds MUST play Etude 3 plus one other.
    • 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 audition faculty member 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 audition faculty member for alternative audition instructions.

How do I enroll in a concert band or orchestra?

    • New Students: Enroll with your academic advisor upon receiving guidance from Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
    • Returning students:  Enroll in the ensemble you are currently in this semester. Place your Band or Orchestra course near the top of your batch registration preferences, if possible to help avoid conflicts.
      • CONCERT BANDS
        • BAND 35000 (45083-001) – Wind Ensemble – M/W/F – 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
        • BAND 11600 (11805-001) – Symphonic Band – T/Th – 3:30 – 5:20 p.m.
        • BAND 11700 (11806-001) – Concert Band – T/Th – 1:30 – 3:20 p.m.
        • BAND 11800 (46428-002) – Collegiate Band – T/Th – 6:00 – 7:50 p.m.
        • BAND 11900 (Lab 1 / 54155-001) – Varsity Band – M/W/F – 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
        • BAND 11900 (Lab 2 / 17141-002) – University Band – M/W/F – 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
        • BAND 11900 (Lab 3 / 25227-005) – Campus Band – T/Th – 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

If I choose Remote Learning (fully online option) for Purdue Spring 2021, can I be in an ensemble?

    • Yes! Enroll with your academic advisor. Please refer to the information below based on your instrument.
    • Please schedule an audition.
      • 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

 

ORCHESTRA STRINGS

Openings for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass

When are music auditions?

    • Current Students & Transfer Students:  October 26 – October 30
    • Purdue University Co-Op Program/Internship:  Send a recorded audition to Professor Bodony or audition upon return to campus in January. Students who wish to be considered for the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra, must contact Professor Bodony immediately.

How do I sign up for auditions?

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 audition faculty member for alternative audition instructions.

How do I enroll in an orchestra?

    • New Students: Enroll with your academic advisor upon receiving guidance from Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
    • Returning students:  Enroll in the ensemble you are currently in this semester. Place your Orchestra course near the top of your batch registration preferences, if possible to help avoid conflicts.
      • ORCHESTRAS
        • BAND 11100P (25254-003) – Philharmonic Orchestra – M/W/F – 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
        • BAND 11100 (Lab 1 / 16982-001) – Symphony Orchestra I – M/W – 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
        • BAND 11100-002 (Lab 2 / 25226-002) – Symphony Orchestra II – M/W – 8:00 – 9:15 p.m.

If I choose Remote Learning (fully online option) for Purdue Spring 2021, can I be in an ensemble?

    • Yes! Enroll with your academic advisor. Please refer to the information below.
    • Please schedule an audition.
      • 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

JAZZ BANDS

Ensembles include the Purdue Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble (AMRE), Lab Jazz Bands I and II, Purdue Tower of Power Band, and Concert Jazz Band.

When are music auditions?

    • Current Students & Transfer Students:  October 26-November 6
    • Purdue University Co-Op Program/Internship:  Send a recorded audition to Dr. Trout or audition upon return to campus in January. 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?

    • Members of the faculty will hold virtual auditions via recording sessions at Slayter and place instrumentalists into appropriate ensembles. Sign-up directly with appropriate faculty member. You can sign up for your audition here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D48A9A72AA0FE3-spring
    • Ensemble placement will be communicated via email by November 9.
      • Mo Trout/Jarrard Harris:  All Jazz

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 either etude
    • Candidates for PJB, ToP and AMRE will perform ‘Swing’ Etude
    • Everyone improvise two choruses over provided concert F or Bb blues recording track (optional: add an appropriate blues head if desired).
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact audition faculty member 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 of your choice (Swing or Funk) as best you can.
    • All candidates should improvise two choruses over provided concert F or Bb blues recording track. If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact audition faculty member 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 of your choice – Candidates for PJB, ToP and AMRE play both the Swing and Funk etudes
    • Play 8 bars of each of the following styles – Medium Swing, Fast Swing, Bossa, Samba, Funk or Hip Hop
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact audition faculty member 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 do I enroll in a jazz band?

    • New Students: Enroll with your academic advisor upon receiving guidance from Purdue Bands & Orchestras.
    • Returning students:  Enroll in the ensemble you are currently in this semester. Place your Band course near the top of your batch registration preferences, if possible to help avoid conflicts.
      • JAZZ BANDS
        • BAND 11200 (11798-001) – AMRE – T/Th – 12:30 – 2:20 p.m.
        • BAND 11300 (Lab 1 / 11799-001) – PJB – M/Th – 6:00 – 7:50 p.m.
        • BAND 11300 (Lab 2 / 17983-002) – Tower of Power – M/Th – 8:00 – 9:50 p.m.
        • BAND 11400 (Lab 1 / 17142-005) – Lab Band I – M/W/F – 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
        • BAND 11400 (Lab 2 / 11801-001) – Lab Band II – T/Th – 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
        • BAND 11400 (Lab 3 / 11803-003) – Concert Jazz I – M/W/F – 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
        • BAND 11400 (Lab 4 / 17984-007) – Concert Jazz II – M/W/F – 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

If I choose Remote Learning (fully online option) for Purdue Spring 2021, can I be in an ensemble?

    • Yes! Enroll with your academic advisor. Please refer to the information below based on your instrument.
    • Please schedule an audition.
      • 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

 

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