Auditions

The AUSO's conductor expects to hear all potential and returning members of the orchestra during the first week of classes, mainly for the purpose of determining an appropriate seating rotation. He will also provide musicians with written suggestions during the week after the audition, in the spirit of ongoing communication, feedback, and support. More information on the auditions is below, including a link to signing up for a time; each audition will take approximately 10 minutes. If none of the available audition times work for you, or you have other questions, feel free to email the conductor at wild@andrews.edu . During the school year, the orchestra will rehearse from 7-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and everyone is expected to attend the very first rehearsal (in 2019, on Thursday, August 29). The first rehearsal will include introductions, discussions, sharing of syllabi and expectations, and also sight-reading of our first concert's repertoire. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to reserve your audition time.

What you need to do
The audition will:

  • Determine your level of playing for entrance and chair placement (seatings will rotate)
  • Give you the ability to receive written feedback on your audition
  • Assist Dr. Wild in solidifying the orchestra’s plans for the year

Auditions take place during the first week of school and consist of the following items:

  • Two scales in contrasting keys/modes of your choice, either 1-3 octaves (winds/brass) or 3-4 octaves (strings) at a tempo for ideal tone quality
  • Two prepared selections of your own choice. One slow and one faster (they should contrast, demonstrating both expression and technique). They do not need to be solos; rather, they should be whatever will best demonstrate your various abilities.
  • For percussionists, prepare a rhythmic selection with drum pad, and bring drum sticks or timpani mallets to perform your chosen selection. Additionally, instead of a scale, you will be required to sight read some rhythms using mallets/sticks of your choice. Note that the majority of our percussion parts will be on timpani, cymbals, and bass drum, plus occasional additional instruments.
  • Violinists interested in serving as concertmaster for one or more concerts need to additionally prepare and perform 3 excerpts from Johannes Brahms' Symphony No.1. The audition music can be downloaded at this LINK, and you should feel free to choose your own bowings & fingerings. The 3 excerpts are:
    • 1st movement, page 1, measures 15-29
    • 1st movement, page 4, measures 320-352
    • 2nd movement, page 7, measures 90-105 (solo part)

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