Auditions for 2018-2019 will be held August 30-Sept 1 at the Williams Performing Arts Center at ACU. Auditions will be heard by a panel of teachers from all three universities.


Friday, Aug 31, 6:00-9:00 p.m. - Woodwinds & Percussion

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

Sunday, Sept 2, 2:00-5:00 p.m. - Brass


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 Polovetsian Dances by Borodin, and Overture to Candide by Bernstein. Play only the marked excerpts. 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, bass clarinet, and Eb 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 (encouraged).

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 2018-2019


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