Our Mission

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble seeks to provide a place where university members can continue to challenge themselves to higher levels of repertoire, learn from their peers and conductor, and pursue their passion and enjoyment of music while on campus.


Upcoming Events

September 24th - First rehearsal of the season

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Fall 2017 Audition Information

Auditions are for seating only; we make no cuts! Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 19th and Wednesday, September 20th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Woolworth 101. If you would like to join the Wind Ensemble, please sign up for a slot on Wass, listing your instrument in the 'Purpose' field.

Please note: If you cannot make, or miss the official audition, it is still possible to join the ensemble during the first few weeks of rehearsals. Just contact us directly at puwe@princeton.edu and we'll schedule a time to hear you.

Audition Process


The audition will last 5-10 minutes and will consist of a short sight-reading excerpt for your instrument, major and chromatic scales, and a solo or excerpt that demonstrates your ability. On the day of the auditions, you may use Woolworth Room 101 to warm up. Our conductor, Robert Gravener, will be waiting in room 106 for your audition. There will be PUWE officers in room 102 to watch your stuff and answer any questions you might have about the ensemble.

Results from the auditions (part assignments) will be available at our first rehearsal. Please note that there is no strict seating chart. The purpose of the audition is to get a general idea of your playing level so we can assign parts accordingly. There is certainly flexibility within each section with regard to specific seating for each piece, and your section leader will ultimately be in charge of distributing parts appropriately.


Tips and Guidelines

              Practice all major and chromatic scales.

              Play a piece that you enjoy playing and can play well. Don't try to play a piece that you think will impress us if you haven't played it many times before and are not comfortable with it.

              Make sure to properly warm up before the audition. 102 Woolworth will be open for the duration of the audition period, and you are encouraged to arrive early to your audition to use the space to warm up.

              If you signed up for a time slot at the bulletin board, please be on time.



              Email puwe@princeton.edu with any and all questions!