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Ensemble Placement Auditions
Winds, Brass & Percussion

Auditions required for placement:

Wind Ensemble

  • Fall Semester Rehearsals: MWF 1:00-2:50
  • Spring Semester: MWF 2:00-3:50

Symphonic Band

  • Fall Semester Rehearsals: TR 3:30-5:20
  • Spring Semester: MWF 2:00-3:50

Symphony Orchestra

  • Rehearsals: MTR 4:00-5:50

University Band is available without audition:

  • Fall Semester Rehearsals: T 6:00-7:20
  • Spring Semester: TR 4:00-5:15

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

Auditions are blind and held at the times listed below. To preserve the anonymity of the process, students should make every effort to audition at the assigned times. Students sign-up in the band office for audition times using their KU ID number.

Fall 2020 Audition Excerpts will be available no later than the end of July.

Audition Excerpts

Audition Requirements

Auditions are scheduled at 5-minute intervals and consist of the following:

3 Prepared Excerpts

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

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