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 22nd - First rehearsal of the season

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Fall 2014 Audition Information

Auditions are for seating only; we make no cuts! Auditions will be held on Monday, September 15th and Tuesday, September 16th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. 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 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 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 available within a week after auditions. 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.


Tips and Guidelines

              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.



              Audition Pieces

                          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 puwe@princeton.edu for your part!