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

When and Where

  • When: In-person fall 2020 auditions are currently planned for Aug. 27, 28 and 29. 
  • Where: School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts

Please note: We continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and will alert students to any changes in audition procedures. 

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 let us know you want to audition. Audition information and sign-up will be sent in August!

Download Excerpts Let Us Know You Want to Audition

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

Instructions for String Players

 Please download the excerpts and let us know you want to audition. Audition information and sign-up will be sent in August!

Download Excerpts Let Us Know You Want to Audition

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


Jazz Orchestra, Workshop Ensemble and Combos 

Sign-up: Follow this link

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

  • No audition! Come to the first rehearsal Tue, Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Where: Room E112, School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Questions? Email bands@kent.edu.