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Ensemble Placement Auditions

Winds, Brass & Percussion

Auditions required for placement:

Wind Ensemble
Fall Semester Rehearsals: MWF 1:00pm-2:50pm
Spring Semester: MWF 2:00pm-3:50pm
Symphonic Band
Fall Semester Rehearsals: TR 3:30pm-5:20pm
Spring Semester: MWF 2:00pm-3:50pm
Concert Brass
Fall Semester Rehearsals: T/R 7:30pm-9:20pm
Symphony Orchestra
Rehearsals: MTR 4:00pm-5:50pm


University Band, available without audition:

Fall Semester Rehearsals: R 6:00pm-7:20pm
Spring Semester: TR 4:00pm-5:15pm


Audition Policy

All music majors and scholarship recipients are required to audition and be available to play in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, or Symphony Orchestra. Consequently, all music majors and scholarship recipients are expected to keep their schedules 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

Auditions are blind and the schedule will be posted below. Students sign-up in the band office for audition times using their KU ID and phone number. Students can sign up for an audition time on the Band Office window, 124 Murphy, the week before classes start each fall. Auditions are held in November for the spring semester each year. Students who are under quarantine during the week of auditions, or who are choosing to do virtual ensemble instead of in-person ensemble, can make arrangements to video record their auditions; contact your applied faculty member. 


Check back here for Spring Audition times and locations


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Audition Requirements

Auditions are scheduled at 5-minute intervals and consist of the following:
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Please contact KU Band at kuband@ku.edu for assistance.

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