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School of Music Ensemble Auditions


Auditions for the University Band will take place on Monday, August 24 for new and transfer students, and on Tuesday, August 25 and Wednesday, 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 2015–2016 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.


Please take careful note of the following information about this year’s process of auditioning for University Chorus and Chamber Singers.

Audition times are as follows:

Returning Students

Sunday, August 24, 2:30-7:00

Monday, August 25, 10:30-12:30

Monday, August 25, 4:15-5:15      

In addition, I will reserve some time on TUESDAY between 1:00 and 3:00 for       emergencies only in the case of returning students who could not get to campus before Tuesday.  I ask you to contact me ASAP if you must use this option:

Incoming CLA (College of Liberal Arts) Students

Sunday, August 24, 2:30-7:00

Monday, August 25, 10:30-12:30

Monday August 25, 4:15-5:15

New SOM (School of Music) Students

Monday, August 25, 1:00-4:00

Callbacks for Chamber Singers

Tuesday, August 26, 3:00-5:00

To secure your audition time, please stop by my office, Green Center 0112, and write your name in a slot on the posted sign-up sheets.  Locations will be posted there as well.

First-round auditions will last 8 minutes and will consist of the following:

  1. Singing some vocal exercises for warming up and for giving me an idea of your voice.
  2. Singing an excerpt (2-3 minutes) of a solo song; please bring a score for the accompanist who will be provided.
  3. Performing a sight singing excerpt.

In addition, there will be a small music-theory diagnostic tool for you to complete and submit for my later evaluation.  Hopefuls for membership in Chamber Singers will need to demonstrate the notational fluency required for keeping up on their independent work.  In the case of singers in University Chorus, the results will simply help me identify how much you already know and what I can help you to learn.

Those interested in Chamber Singers should download and prepare the following piece, which you will be expected to sing from m. 34 if you make callbacks:

Sopranos should learn both soprano parts, which share the same range and motivic material.  Tenors should do the same with the two similar tenor parts.  This way, when you come to callbacks, you will be ready to take your place on either part in a sextet.  The callback session will involve my hearing six singers at a time in various combinations.

Note:  The Grammy-winning octet Roomful of Teeth ( will be on campus and giving Chamber Singers a masterclass on this piece on September 7th – further incentive to learn it well, and the whole thing, if possible!

Any one of you may contact me here with questions:


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 (