• Home
  • Academics
  • Band menu
  • Ensemble Placement Auditions - Winds, Brass & Percussion

Ensemble Placement Auditions -
Winds, Brass & Percussion


Ensembles

Auditions are required for placement into the following ensembles:

Wind Ensemble (Fall Semester Rehearsals: MWF 1:00-2:50; Spring Semester: MWF 2:00-3:50) 
Symphonic Band (Fall Semester Rehearsals: TTh 3:30-5:20; Spring Semester: MWF 2:00-3:50)
Symphony Orchestra (Rehearsals: Fall MTTH 3:30-5:20; Spring M 4:00-5:20 and T/R 3:30-5:20) 

In addition, the following ensemble is available to non-majors without audition:

University Band (Fall Semester Rehearsals: T 6:00-7:20; Spring Semester: Th 4:00-5:20)

Audition Policy

All music majors and scholarship recipients are required to audition and be available to play in the three major ensembles listed above. Consequently, all music majors and scholarship recipients are expected to keep their afternoons completely conflict-free until after the audition results have been posted. Top winds, brass, and percussion players will rotate semesters between the KU Wind Ensemble and the KU Symphony Orchestra.

Audition Schedule

All auditions are blind and will be held during the times listed below (Fall 2015 audition schedule coming soon). To preserve the anonymity of the process, it is imperative that students audition at the assigned times. Students may sign-up in the band office for specific audition times using their KU ID numbers only.

Winds, Brass & Percussion Ensemble Placement Audition Schedule (pdf)

Fall 2015 Audition Excerpts

Fall 2015 Ensemble placement audition excerpts will be available for download below.  They will be posted as we receive them from the applied faculty.

Bassoon Excerpts

Clarinet Excerpts

Flute Excerpts

French Horn Excerpts

Oboe Excerpts

Euphonium Excerpts

Percussion Excerpts

Alto Saxophone Excerpts

Bass Trombone Excerpts

Tenor Trombone Excerpts

Trumpet Excerpts

Tuba Excerpts

Audition Requirements

Auditions are scheduled at 7-minute intervals and consist of the following:

5 Prepared Excerpts*
Sight-reading

Music majors and scholarship recipients are required to perform all 5 musical excerpts (Advanced & All).  Non-majors or majors not on a scholarship may elect to perform the first three excerpts only ("All" list). However, students that elect to play the All list only will not receive full credit (see below).

Please contact KU Band at kuband@ku.edu for assistance. 


Scoring and Placement

Auditions are scored using the point system detailed below. Placement is determined by the total score of all judges. Ensemble rosters will be posted as soon as possible.

Excerpt #1 (A & B list )
Excerpt #2 (A & B list )
Excerpt #3 (A & B list )
Excerpt #4 (A list only )
Excerpt #5 (A list only)
Sight reading (all)

10 points
10 points
10 points
10 points
10 points
10 points

TOTAL

60 points

Rehearsals

Please check your respective ensemble page for the rehearsal schedule for your ensemble.


Friends of the School of Music

Report Your Post-Graduation Plans

The School of Music tracks post-graduation plans for both undergraduate and graduate students.

School of Music Events

Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Smithyman & Zakoura Chartered and KU Music Concert Series 2014-2015

Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually