Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Kent State's Bands and Orchestra are open to all Kent State Graduate and undergraduate students!

Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and Orchestra

When and Where

  • Fall 2019 auditions will be held August 22, 23, and 24
  • School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion instrumentalists

If you wish to audition for Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and/or Orchestra placement, please download the excerpts and sign-up for your audition at the links below.

Download ExcerptsSign-up for your audition

Questions or need assistance signing up? Contact the Bands Office at bands [at]

String Players

If you wish to audition for the Orchestra, please download the string excerpts to prepare for your instrument and sign-up for your audition at the links below.

Download ExcerptsSign-up for your audition

Questions or need assistance signing up? Contact Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra, at jkim73 [at]

Jazz Orchestra, Workshop Ensemble and Combos 

  • When: Aug. 26 & 27 
  • Where: School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts
  • How: A sign-up and audition piece for your instrument will be posted on the Jazz Activities Board near Bobby’s office (E109) by Aug. 21. 
  • Results: Ensemble placements will be posted by Aug. 28.
  • Questions? Email Bobby Selvaggio, Director of Jazz Studies, at rselvagg [at]

commUniversity Band

  • No audition! Come to the first rehearsal Tue, Aug. 27 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Where: Room E112, School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Questions? Contact Dr. Wendy Matthews at wmatthe [at]

Audition Advice

Please keep in mind the following:

What to do

  • Present a professional image (you get only one chance to make a first impression)
  • Take control of the situation (plan what you are going to play and do)
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Be on time and warmed up
  • Make sure your instrument and reeds are working properly
  • Leave your case outside the room
  • Have your instrument out and ready
  • Introduce yourself and your repertoire
  • Get the committee’s attention
  • Speak clearly
  • Look people in the eye
  • Know correct pronunciations of composers and compositions
  • Demonstrate your ability, facility, and sensitivity
  • Communicate if you have a legitimate problem (long before the audition)

What to avoid

  • Do not wear shorts, jeans, hats, etc.
  • Do not make excuses or apologies (for anything)
  • Do not draw attention to problems (the committee may not notice)

What Not to Say

  • I haven’t warmed up.
  • I haven’t had a chance to practice.
  • I didn’t know . . .
  • I just got this horn.
  • What should I play?
  • What would you like to hear?
  • I didn’t have my instrument/sticks/etc...
  • I didn’t bring any music.
  • Nobody told me . . .

What to do the day of the audition

  • Give yourself plenty of time to do everything (i.e. get up early, have a leisurely meal, arrive early to the audition)
  • Avoid over-practicing, which may cause nerve problems and fatigue
  • Warm up well and practice audition material under tempo
  • At the site, warm up alone and don’t listen to other players
  • Play to your own standards; don’t try to guess how the committee would like something performed
  • Take some risks; communicate the music’s message
  • Maintain a positive appearance even if you do not think you played well
  • Evaluate the audition experience