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.
Questions or need assistance signing up? Contact the Bands Office at bands [at] kent.edu.
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.
Questions or need assistance signing up? Contact Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra, at jkim73 [at] kent.edu.
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] kent.edu.
- 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] kent.edu.
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