Fall 2017 Auditions

August 21-26, 2017

Audition signups and materials will be posted here on August 1, 2017



*If you plan to participate in an ensemble for Spring 2017 you need to enroll in the ensemble holding course:
Undergrad: MULB 1806.520 or Graduate MULB 5173.520.
Once you are assigned to an ensemble the Wind Studies office will move you to the appropriate course for your assigned ensemble.  

Wind Studies Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule:

Wind Symphony: Tuesday/Thursday 1:15-4:05 pm (Murchison)
Symphonic Band: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-3:15 pm (Murchison)
Wind Ensemble: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-6:15 pm (Murchison)

Brass Band: Monday/Wednesday 2:15-4:05 pm (MU232)
Concert Band: Monday/Wednesday 1:15-3:15 pm (Murchison)
University Band: Monday/Wednesday 3:30-5:30 pm (Murchison)



Individual Instrumental Professor Contacts

Flute – Mary Karen Clardy (940-565-3722), Terri Sundberg (940-565-3756)
Oboe – James Ryon  (940-565-4965)
Bassoon – Kathleen Reynolds (940-565-3832)
Clarinet – Kimberly Cole Luevano (940-565-4096), John Scott (940-369-8388)
Saxophone – Eric Nestler (940-565-3754)
Trumpet – Jason Bergman (940-565-3764), John Holt (940-565-3719)
Horn – Bill Scharnberg (940-565-4826)
Trombone - Tony Baker (940-565-3711)
Euphonium – Brian Bowman (940-369-7937)
Tuba – Don Little (940-565-3741)
Percussion – Christopher Deane (940-565-3714), Mark Ford (940-369-7974)

Audition Advice:

While these are very basic things, 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 Not to Do:

  • 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 . . .

Audition Execution:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to do everything (i.e. get up early, have a leisurely meal, arrive early to the audition)
  • Avoid overpracticing, 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