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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.  Both groups are open to audition by all DePauw students.  You can look forward to: beloved masterworks of the Western concert stage, harmony traditions from distant continents, arranged jazz and pop, and more.  In addition, Chamber Singers will take a 10-day tour in France, performing site-specific music, ancient and new.

Audition times are as follows:

Returning Students

Sunday, August 23, 2:30-7:00

Monday, August 24, 10:30-12:30

Monday, August 24, 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.  Contact Professor Kristina Boerger ASAP at if you must use this option.

New CLA (College of Liberal Arts) Students

Sunday, August 23, 2:30-7:00

Monday, August 24, 10:30-12:30

Monday August 24, 4:15-5:15

New SOM (School of Music) Students

Monday, August 24, 1:00-4:00

Callbacks for Chamber Singers

Tuesday, August 25, 3:00-5:00

To secure your audition time, please stop by Green Center 0112 and write your name in a slot on the posted sign-up sheets.  Locations will be posted there as well.  Please pick up and complete the music-theory diagnostic tool to submit when you arrive for your audition.  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.

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.

Those interested in Chamber Singers should download and prepare the attached piece according to the line that best suits your voice:

The top line is for the higher and lighter sopranos.

The second line spends less time in the top of the soprano register; it requires good, stable sound in the middle and lower parts of the register.  Lower sopranos and upper altos should prepare this line.

The third line will be shared by altos and by high tenors.

The fourth line will be for lower tenors and higher baritones.

The bottom line is for lower baritones and basses.

UNIVERSITY JAZZ Ensemble and Jazz Combos

A sign up sheet for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo auditions will be placed outside of my office (GCPA 0109).

New and Transfer Students:  Monday, August 24
Returning Students:  Tuesday, August 25

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 24. Auditions for returning students will take place on Tuesday, August 25.  When you arrive on campus, a sign-up sheet for orchestra auditions will be available 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 your own 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 conductor, Orcenith Smith, at the time of the audition. You will be allowed to practice that sight-reading 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 (