Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Kent State's Bands, Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles are open to all Kent State undergraduate and graduate students!

Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and Orchestra

Auditions Now Virtual Only *Updated July 29*

  • In order to ensure the safety of all prospective ensemble members, we've moved to virtual-only auditions.
  • Deadline: Submit videos by Thu., Aug. 27

Instructions for Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instrumentalists

  • We offer a single audition for those interested in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and/or Orchestra placement!
  • Please download the excerpts and upload your audition at the links below.

Download Excerpts Upload Your Audition

Questions or need assistance? Contact the Bands Office at bands@kent.edu.

Instructions for String Players

  • Please download the excerpts and upload your audition at the links below.
  • Videos should include the excerpts along with 3-4 minutes of a piece of your choice. 

Download Excerpts Upload Your Audition

Questions or need assistance? Contact Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra, at jkim73@kent.edu.


Jazz Orchestra, Workshop Ensemble and Combos 

No in-person auditions. Auditions will be held live via Zoom. 

Sign-up here

The Audition (Instrumentalists)

  • Prepare the appropriate music for your instrument (posted two weeks before the audition date)
  • Play scales (depending on your jazz theory knowledge, you may be asked to play major, minor, diminished, or whole tone scales)
  • Sight-read
  • Option: Perform an improvisation.

The Audition (Vocalists)

  • Prepare a standard of your choice for the audition.
  • Play scales (depending on your jazz theory knowledge, you may be asked to play major, minor, diminished, or whole tone scales)
  • Sight-read
  • Option: Perform an improvisation.

University Band

  • Due to Covid-19, this ensemble is only open to registered Kent State students for the fall 2020 semester. 
  • For information on how to join, email bands@kent.edu.