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School of Music Ensemble Auditions


Auditions for the University Band will take place on Monday, August 25 for new and transfer students, and on Tuesday, August 26 for returning students. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Green Center for Performing Arts outside Room 1116 (Dr. Paré's office); when you arrive on campus in August enter your name and time. Be sure to consult your Orientation Schedule before signing up for an audition time. 

Students will be required to play all provided excerpts for their respective instrument. The required excerpts are available here. Download the excerpts required for your instrument and prepare the selections for your audition. Sight-reading will be included in the audition, which will be selected from repertoire the University Band and Wind Ensemble will be studying and performing during the 2014–2015 academic year. 

Musicians chosen through the audition process will become members of the DePauw University Band. Wind Ensemble musicians are also University Band members, and are invited to perform with this select group through this same audition process. You may contact Dr. Paré at if you have any questions about the repertoire for the audition, the University Band or the Wind Ensemble.


Auditions for the DePauw Choirs (University Chorus and Chamber Singers) will take place on Sunday, August 24 and Monday, August 25 in the Green Center for the Performing Arts. Callbacks for Chamber Singers will take place on Tuesday, August 26. All singers should sign up for a time on Sunday or Monday, or contact to make other arrangements.

All students wishing to be placed in a choral ensemble should prepare one piece of music for the audition. Any style of music is acceptable, but the piece selected should give a good indication of the singer's comfortable range, and ability to sing expressively in both loud and soft dynamics. An accompanist will be provided, and candidates should be sure to provide a copy of any accompaniment. A short sight-reading test will also be given.

Please sign up for a convenient audition slot outside Dr. Gregory Ristow's studio (GCPA 0112) when you arrive on campus. For more details please contact Dr. Ristow at


A sign up sheet for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo auditions will be placed outside of the Small Ensemble Room (GCPA 1118).

New and Transfer Students:  Monday, August 26
Returning Students:  Tuesday, August 27

Auditions will mainly consist of sight-reading for the big band and a prepared piece in a jazz style. (It can be anything ranging from an improv transcription to ensemble music.)  Brass players will also be required to play a two octave concert Bb scale (not a problem if you cannot complete the 2nd octave) and a chromatic scale over your range.  Questions can be emailed to Steve Snyder at

For anyone interested in a combo: Please contact professor Steve Snyder at with your information (name, year in school, instrument and an optional brief summary of past jazz experiences). 


First-year student and transfer student auditions for the DePauw University Orchestra take place on Monday, August 25. Auditions for returning students will take place on Tuesday, August 26. A sign-up sheet for orchestra auditions will be available when you arrive on campus in the Green Center for Performing Arts outside GCPA 1117 (Orcenith Smith's studio) to enter your name, instrument, and time.  Please check your Orientation Week schedule to make sure that there are no conflicts.

The audition will consist of three parts:

1. You should prepare music that demonstrates two styles of musical performance:

a. fast, technical playing, and, also
b. slow, expressive playing.

Two different works are preferred. Generally, at least 32 measures of each would be enough, but more is acceptable.

2. You are to download and prepare the audition excerpts found here online.

3. Your audition will also include sight-reading given to you by Orcenith Smith at the time of the audition. You will be allowed to practice for a few minutes.

For students needing an instrument, University-owned instruments may be available for your use. For more audition information, contact Orcenith Smith, Music Director, DePauw University Orchestra (