Fall 2013 Audition Information
Auditions are for seating only; we make no cuts! This year our auditions will be the first full week of classes. Sign up for an audition slot using the online WASS calendar here. Alternatively, come by our bulletin board on the first floor (next to Room 102) in Woolworth where there will be a sign-up sheet posted from September 8-16. If you sign up on the bulletin board, you will receive the exact time and location of your audition by email on Tuesday, September 17.
Please note: If you miss these official audition times, it is still possible to join the ensemble during the first few weeks of rehearsals. Just contact us directly at email@example.com with "Audition Request" in the subject line and we'll schedule a time to hear you.
The audition will last 5-10 minutes and will consist of an excerpt from this year's repertoire, major and chromatic scales, and some light sight reading. You may also play a short excerpt (10-20 measures) from a piece of your choice that best demonstrates your abilities, but this is optional. On the day of the auditions, you may use room 102 to warm up. Our conductor, Robert Gravener, will be waiting in room 105 for your audition. There will be at least two officers in room 102 to watch your stuff and answer any questions you might have about the ensemble.
Audition results (part assignments) will be posted online and on the PUWE bulletin board on Saturday, September 21. 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. The first rehearsal will be the next day, at 7pm, in McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Music Center.
Tips and Guidelines
Sign up for your audition at the PUWE bulletin board or just walk in during the audition time.
Practice all major and chromatic scales.
Feel free to find recordings of the audition piece! Scottish Dances is part of our repertoire this semester, so being well-prepared will pay off beyond the audition date.
Make sure to properly warm up before the audition. 102 Woolworth will be open for the duration of the audition period.
If you signed up for a time slot at the bulletin board, please be on time.
Flute - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I beginning to B, mvmt. II D-E.
Piccolo - Scottish Dances, same as flute part but additionally with mvmt. IV E-F.
Oboe - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I beginning to B, mvmt. II A-B.
Clarinet - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I E-end, mvmt. II beginning - A.
E Flat Clarinet - Scottish Dances, same as clarinet audition.
Bass Clarinet - Scottish Dances, #6 - #8
Alto Saxophone - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I beginning to A, mvmt. III B to D.
Tenor Saxophone - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I E to end, mvmt. III B to D.
Baritone Saxophone - Scottish Dances, mvmt. IV A to B.
Bassoon - to be posted soon. Email for more details.
French Horn - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I beginning to A, mvmt. III F to G.
Trumpet - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I A to C, mvmt. III B to D.
Trombone - Benny Goodman, measures 131-148 and 156-165. (This piece will not be played in the coming semester, but our vice president guarantees it will be more fun to prepare.)
Euphonium - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I beginning to A, mvmt. III six measures after B to D, and mvmt. IV 4 measures after H to the end.
Tuba - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I A to B, mvmt. II B to C.
Percussion - Scottish Dances, mvmt. I 5th measure of A to D and mvmt. II 5th measure of C to E played on any mallet instrument. Mvmt. IV C to E on snare.
Your wind instrument not listed? - Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your part!