Instrumental Ensemble Auditions | School of Music | Kent State University

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Kent State's Bands and Orchestra are open to all Kent State students regardless of major! 

Fall 2018 Instrumental Ensemble Audition Information

Audition Dates: August 23, 24 and 25.

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion:

If you wish to audition for bands/orchestra, please download the excerpts and submit your contact information so we can let you know when the auditions will be scheduled. 

Download Excerpts

Audition Time Sign-up

Please contact Dr. Jesse Leyva, Director of Bands, if you have any questions or need any assistance with the audition sign-up form at jleyva@kent.edu.

Strings:

If you wish to audition, please download the string excerpts to prepare for your instrument and submit your contact information so we let you know when the audition sign-ups open.  

Download Excerpts

Please contact Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra, if you have any questions or need any assistance with scheduling your audition at jkim73@kent.edu

Audition Advice

Please keep in mind the following:
What to do
  • Present a professional image (you get only one chance to make a first impression)
  • Take control of the situation (plan what you are going to play and do)
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Be on time and warmed up
  • Make sure your instrument and reeds are working properly
  • Leave your case outside the room
  • Have your instrument out and ready
  • Introduce yourself and your repertoire
  • Get the committee’s attention
  • Speak clearly
  • Look people in the eye
  • Know correct pronunciations of composers and compositions
  • Demonstrate your ability, facility, and sensitivity
  • Communicate if you have a legitimate problem (long before the audition)
What to avoid
  • Do not wear shorts, jeans, hats, etc.
  • Do not make excuses or apologies (for anything)
  • Do not draw attention to problems (the committee may not notice)
What Not to Say
  • I haven’t warmed up.
  • I haven’t had a chance to practice.
  • I didn’t know . . .
  • I just got this horn.
  • What should I play?
  • What would you like to hear?
  • I didn’t have my instrument/sticks/etc...
  • I didn’t bring any music.
  • Nobody told me . . .
What to do the day of the audition
  • Give yourself plenty of time to do everything (i.e. get up early, have a leisurely meal, arrive early to the audition)
  • Avoid over-practicing, which may cause nerve problems and fatigue
  • Warm up well and practice audition material under tempo
  • At the site, warm up alone and don’t listen to other players
  • Play to your own standards; don’t try to guess how the committee would like something performed
  • Take some risks; communicate the music’s message
  • Maintain a positive appearance even if you do not think you played well
  • Evaluate the audition experience