Orchestras & Wind Ensemble

Instrumental Ensemble Placement Audition Information

All new and returning students are welcome and encouraged to join of Webster University's rich musical culture.

Percussion students.The Webster University Chamber Orchestra is open to all university students, regardless of major, who have experience in playing violin, viola, cello or string bass. This ensemble performs two concerts each semester, presenting significant music of the orchestral repertoire.  String rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:20 PM. Full orchestra rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 5:15-6:45 PM.  The three Tuesday rehearsals prior to each concert take place with full orchestra from 7:15-9:30 PM. The course number is MUSC 4940.  The Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Paul Davis.

The Webster University Wind Ensemble is open to all university students, regardless of major, who have experience in playing woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.  This ensemble performs two concerts each semester, presenting significant music of the wind band repertoire.  Rehearsals are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00-12:50 PM.  The course number is MUSC 4980.  The Wind Ensemble is conducted by James A. Martin.

Placement auditions are held for all instrumentalists at the beginning of each Fall.  Don't hesitate to audition!  There are audition materials available specifically for the non-Music major who desires to be part of the Webster University instrumental ensembles! All music majors have specific required audition materials.

  • Woodwind, Brass and Percussion placement auditions are held on Monday, August 26, 2013.  Students may sign up for audition times on the bulletin board outside of Thompson House Room 107.
  • String placement auditions are held Tuesday, August 27, 2013.  Students may sign up for placement audition times on the bulletin board outside of Thompson House Room 107. 

In the placement audition, students are required to perform:

          1. A sample of chromatic, major and minor scales.

          2. A 3-4 minute portion of a solo piece or etude.

          3. Any of the audition excerpts listed in the charts below.

PLEASE NOTE: There are two sets of audition materials listed below.  ADVANCED AUDITION materials are intended for all Music Majors.  GENERAL AUDITION materials are intended for non-majors who wish to be a member of the Wind Ensemble and/or Chamber Orchestra.  Non-majors are welcome and encouraged to audition on the advanced audition materials if so desired.

Click on all the pages next to your instrument below to download the PDFs.  Prepare your placement audition material well in advance of the audition date.  Arrive at your audition well prepared!

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Davis.

Advanced Audition Excerpts

Flute

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Oboe

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Clarinet

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Bassoon

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Saxophone

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Horn

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Trumpet

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Trombone

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Tuba

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Percussion

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Violin

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Viola

Page One

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Cello

Page One

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Double Bass

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General Audition Excerpts 

Flute

Page One

Page Two

Oboe

Page One

Page Two

Clarinet

Page One

Page Two

Bassoon

Page One

Page Two

Saxophone

Page One

 

Horn

Page One

Page Two

Trumpet

Page One

Page Two

Trombone

Page One

Page Two

Tuba

Page One

Page Two

Percussion

Page One

Page Two

Violin

Page One

Page Two

Viola

Page One

Page Two

Cello

Page One

Page Two

Double Bass

Page One

Page Two