Auditions for 2017-2018 will be held August 31-Sept 2 at the Williams Performing Arts Center at ACU. Auditions will be heard by a panel of teachers from all three universities.


Thursday, August 31, 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Brass

Friday, Sept 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Woodwinds & Percussion

Saturday, Sept 2, 10:00-12:00; 1:00-4:00 - Strings


Please bring something prepared to play (a solo or etude of your choice), and prepare the following short excerpts that are linked below. Excerpts are from The Noonday Witch by Dvorák, and March to the Scaffold by Berlioz. (A few have an excerpt from standard repertoire - these are clearly marked.) Recordings are readily available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and Naxos online. You are strongly encouraged to listen to a recording!


Strings - Audition is for seating in the group only. Violins - play EITHER Violin I or Violin II excerpts, not both. (Violin I is preferred, but Violin II is acceptable if it better fits your ability level.)

Woodwinds & Brass - Generally speaking the instrumentation is woodwinds in pairs plus piccolo, english horn, and bass clarinet, 4-5 horns, 3-4 trumpets, 3-4 trombones and 1 Tuba. We do expand those numbers depending on the repertoire and other factors.

  • For piccolo, english horn, and bass clarinet, you must audition on flute, oboe, and clarinet (respectively) as well. Your prepared solo may be on either instrument.
  • For bass trombone/trombone 3, you may audition only for that part. You may audition on tenor trombone as well if you choose.

Percussion - 4-6 players. Please play all the excerpts included. You will NOT need to bring a prepared solo.


Please sign up asap to ensure you have a good time that works for you! If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dr. Ward at

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SIGN UP for 2017-2018


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