Instrumental Jazz Ensembles at Kent State
- Jazz Orchestra
- Jazz Workshop Ensembles
- Jazz Combos
- Monday, Aug. 29
- Tuesday, Aug. 30
- In-person location: E109 (Bobby's Office)
- Download your audition music (must be logged in using your Kent credentials).
- To prepare, listen to the piece on YouTube.
- From Bobby: "This version of Thad Jones' "Back Bone" is a live version and will not line up with what is on the page measure-wise. Listen for the melody in the saxes after the solos. That will be letter C. We will play through major scales, and I may choose a piece for sight-reading. If there are any questions, please let me know."
- Click here to sign up for your audition time (must be logged in using your Kent credentials).
- If you have issues with the form, contact Bobby Selvaggio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or Need More Info?
Director of Jazz Studies
Kent State University Orchestra String Section
The audition will determine your acceptance to the orchestra as well as seatings—which may rotate throughout the year
- 3-octave scales in C, G, D or A major - music majors only.
- You'll be asked to play one of these four keys in the audition.
- Only 2-octaves scares need to be prepared for Contrabass.
- Any piece of your choice.
- 3-5 minutes in length.
- Any solo/ensemble piece that can demonstrate your technique and musicality.
- Accompaniment not required.
- Excerpts for your instrument.
- Find them here.
- Prepare only the bracketed sections.
Please note: Fingerings and bowing are up to you!
- Auditions will be Friday, Aug. 27 starting around 2 p.m.
- Sign-up for your time.
- Questions or issues with the form? email email@example.com.
Questions or need more info?
Dr. Jungho Kim
Director of Orchestra
One audition for placement in:
Orchestra (the KSU Orchestra is a fully symphony orchestra)
Thursday, August 25 (please note locations):
Flute: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall
Trumpet: 12:45 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. in Cartwright Hall
Oboe: 2:30 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. in Cartwright Hall
Bassoon: 3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Cartwright Hall
Horn: 4:00p.m. – 4:45 p.m. in Cartwright Hall
Trombone: 5:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall
Tuba: 5:50 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall
Euphonium: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall
Friday, August 26 (please note locations):
Percussion: 8:45 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. in Large Percussion Practice Room off of E112
Saxophone: 11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. in D307
Clarinet: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00p.m. in C308
Issues with the form? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two elements in music which are completely objective to the listener, namely rhythm and intonation. Good rhythm and intonation must be the foundation of your preparation. Subjective areas may include tone quality and color, interpretation, and articulation choices.
Dynamics are vital elements of music but are subject to interpretation.
The character of the music that you are portraying will dictate the proper volume and the direction of the phrases.
As you make your choices for tempo and phrasing, use the metronome to help establish a desired tempo. Refer to recordings as possible and use a metronome creatively to help form an interpretation.
Recording your audition materials is extremely helpful. The opportunity to objectively listen for rhythmic continuity, intonation, tempo choices, interpretation, and sound is extremely valuable in monitoring your progress.
Listen to recordings of the selected excerpts and etudes if possible.
Questions or Need More Information?
For Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble
Contact Dr. Darin Olson and Dr. Benjamin Lorenzo
Contact Dr. Jungho Kim