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Instrumental Ensemble Placement Audition Information

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

Percussion students.Placement auditions are held for all instrumentalists at the beginning of each Fall. All students are welcome! 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.

For more information about our orchestral ensembles, visit the Wind Ensemble and Webster University Orchestra webpage. 

  • Woodwind, Brass and Percussion placement auditions are held on Monday evening, August 28. Students may sign up for audition times on the bulletin board outside of Thompson House Room 107.
  • String placement auditions are held Tuesday evening, August 29. Students may sign up for placement audition times on the bulletin board outside of Thompson House Room 107.
  • ATTENTION PERCUSSIONISTS: There are no excerpts for percussion.  Percussion playing assignments will be made equitably, according to the personnel and need for each ensemble.  These assignments will be determined by the conductors and the applied percussion instructor, Ms. Elstner.

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. All 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

Page One

Page Two

 

Oboe

Page One

Page Two

 

Clarinet

Page One

Page Two

 

Bassoon

Page One

Page Two

 

Saxophone

Page One

Page Two

 

Horn

Page One

Page Two

 

Trumpet

Page One

Page Two

 

Trombone

Page One

Page Two

 Page Three

Tuba

Page One

Page Two

 

Violin

Page One

Page Two

Page Three

Viola

Page One

Page Two

 

Cello

Page One

Page Two

 

Double Bass

Page One

Page Two

 

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

Violin

Page One

Page Two

Viola

Page One

Page Two

Cello

Page One

Page Two

Double Bass

Page One

Page Two