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

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

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

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

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