School of Music > Academics > Ensembles > Spring Ensemble Auditions

Spring Quarter Ensemble Auditions

All wind students interested in participating in a School of Music ensemble in the 2019 Spring Quarter must audition.

Non-music majors must email Dr. Erica Neidlinger to schedule an audition.

Auditions must be scheduled by Friday, January 4 at 5 p.m. by completing the registration process through the button found below. Access to the registration portal along with audition requirements and materials will be cut off at this time. Please be sure to download everything you need before the deadline.

Auditions will take place in early to mid-January, depending on your instrument.

Schedule an Audition

Flute and Piccolo

Please prepare the following flute excerpts.


  • Rossini - William Tell Overture (mm 181-mm. 226)
  • Mahler - Das Lied von Erde (all excerpts in Jeanne Baxtresser's book)
  • Prokofiev - Classical Symphony, mvt. 4 (4 before K until 9 after N)
  • Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf (11 before Rehearsal 52 until 2nd bar of Rehearsal 52)


  • Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8, movement 4 (solo before rehearsal 119)


Oboe auditions will consist of all of the listed excerpts.

  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition -Tuileries (beginning to number 35)
  • Stravinsky - Song of the Nightingale (3 bars before number 59 to 6 bars after number 60)
  • Brahms, Haydn Variations, Theme and Variations - Variation 3 (beginning to letter A, and letter C to measure 135)


Along with the music included here, please be prepared to play a two octave C Major scale (Concert Bb,) at the tempo quarter note = 60, slurred.

  • Mendelssohn - Symphony #4
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #6
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Le coq d'or


Please prepare each excerpt as written.


Horn auditions will consist of the below pieces.

  • Brahms - Serenade #1
  • Bernstein - "Somewhere" West Side Story
  • Mahler #3 - Moment I
  • Beethhoven - Fidelio Overture, Op. 72

English Horn

Optional - to be played by any who would like to audition in addition to English Horn. English Horn auditions will consist of the below pieces.


Please prepare the following as marked:

    1. movement 1 measure 58-72
    1. movement 1 measure 142 to the end
    1. movement 3 measure 127-148
    1. movement 3 measure 265-281


Trumpet auditions will consist of all of the listed excerpts.

  • Respighi - Pines of Rome
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition


Students that want to be considered for tenor trombone positions should prepare the three tenor trombone excerpts.

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone


Click below to download the Tuba excerpts: