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Symphonic Wind Band

Seating Auditions for Symphonic Wind Band

Note: Music admission and scholarship auditions for 2020-2021 are held separately from ensemble seating auditions.

Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians will audition at the times and locations printed in the BJU Registration Handbook. The handbook will be in your check-in packet at the Davis Field House. All auditions take place in the Gustafson Fine Arts Center. 

Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians desiring to be considered for University Symphony Orchestra should indicate this on their form at the time of audition.

Preliminary Ensemble Placement Audition Requirements

  • Chromatic scale, ascending and descending, from the lowest note of the instrument through the top of your range
  • Selected scales from the following: G, C, F, B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭
  • A prepared piece (solo, etude, honor band audition piece, etc.) of your choice. No pianist is needed.
  • Sight reading

Seating Audition Requirements (for seating within ensemble)

  • Required excerpts (see below) - Find some good recordings and get to know these excerpts well.
  • Sight reading—to be supplied at audition time
  • A chromatic scale (ascending and descending). See required ranges below. Those who can play an extended range are encouraged to do so. You will be judged on smoothness and accuracy.

    Alto Sax: low B♭ up at least to C above the treble staff

    Bassoon: low B♭ up at least to F above the bass staff.

    Clarinet (including bass clar.): low E up at least to C above the treble staff

    Euphonium: low F up at least to high B♭ above the bass staff

    Flute: low C up at least two octaves to C

    Horn: low F up to at least A above the treble staff

    Oboe: low B♭ up at least two octaves

    Trombone: low F up at least to B♭ above the bass staff

    Trumpet: low G up to at least C above the treble staff

    Tuba: low F up at least to F in the bass staff

    Percussion: a chromatic scale on xylophone or marimba (ascending and descending) from low F up to the top of the instrument and a snare drum long roll from open to closed and back to open

Required excerpts

SWB2019bassoon

SWB2019clarinet

SWB2019euphonium

SWB2019flute 

SWB2019horn

SWB2019oboe

SWB2019percussion

SWB2019saxophone

SWB2019trombone

SWB2019trumpet

SWB2019tuba