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FALL 2020 WIND/PERCUSSION AUDITIONS INFORMATION

****Fall 2020 auditions UPDATE****
July 27, 2020

 

Hello!  Welcome back and we look forward to seeing you soon!  Due to the situation with COVID -19 and for the guaranteed safety of faculty, staff and students,  we have decided to move all of our band audition procedures online for Fall 2020.This includes Goin' Band (with the exception of drumline) and all Concert Bands. A decision will be made no later than November 15 on whether separate auditions will be held for Spring 2021 for the concert ensembles.  

The process is simple and quick!  Here's how it will work!

  1. Click below on the tab pertaining to your instrument for audition materials. 
  2.  Click on this link tab and fill out Google Doc. https://forms.gle/FG8PDimD5D6jzaUK6

**ALL band students, SWE, SB, CB and GB must fill out this form.

  1. Please watch the tutorial on how to upload your video on the platform of your choice.

  1. Important: Recordings must be done in one take and non-edited with face, fingers and keys visible at all times.  There will be places for you to submit within your Google Doc and explained on the tutorial.  Tip:  make a short practice video and insure your sound is best for your particular space and instrument before submitting the final video
  1. If you are auditioning for Goin' Band and a concert ensemble, you may submit one video and record the second audition at a different time. You simply go back into the Google Doc and update with the second audition submission.
  • The Goin' Band audition deadline is: August 15, 2020 (Saturday)
  • Concert Bands audition deadline is: August 17, 2020 (Monday)

 

Flutes:

Oboes:

Clarinets:

Bassoons:

  • Here are three suggested bassoon audition etudes from the Weissenborn method for bassoon.

    • Advanced #41

    • Intermediate #22

    • Easy #6

  • Download Bassoon Audition Excerpts here

Saxophones:

Trumpets:

Horns:

  • Those auditioning for Orchestra or SWE:  In this order:
    1. Brahms – Symphony No. 4, op. 98
      Excerpt 1 one bar before D to four bars after E.  Horn 1 in E
    2. Brahms- Symphony No. 4, op. 98
      Excerpt 2 (beginning – A) Horn 3 in C
    3. Beethoven Symphony #7, Horn I in A
    4. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Horn in F
    5. De Fella Three Cornered Hat, Horn in F
  • Those auditioning for Bands (Symphony Band, Concert Band):  In this order:

    1. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude, Horn I F
    2. Strauss: Don Juan, op. 20 Horn 1 in F
    3. Grainger: Children's March, Horns in F
    4. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Horn in F
    5. De Fella Three Cornered Hat, Horn in F 

Trombones:

  1. Preliminary Instructions
    1. The audition material comes from the following categories
      1. Etude Excerpts – everyone prepares these
      2. Orchestral Excerpts – for those interested in auditioning for the TTU Symphony Orchestra, also prepare these excerpts
    2. It is recommended that you listen to recordings of the Orchestral Excerpts to gain accurate ideas of tempo range and style. Visit http://imslp.org/ to access scores of the orchestral works for reference. Tempo references for the “Etude Excerpts” are contained in this document.
  2. Etude Excerpts: From “Semester E” of the Trombone Audition Excerpt PDF's
    1. Tenor Trombone (Click here to download excerpts)
      1. Excerpt 1 is an Etude by Vladislav Blazhevitch. Dotted Quarter Note = 56.
      2. Excerpt 2 is a vocalise of Guiseppe Concone, edited by John Shoemaker, published by Carl Fischer. Quarter = 80.
  3. Orchestral Excerpts: for those of you auditioning for the TTU Symphony Orchestra, also prepare the following:
    1. Tenor Trombone (Click here to download excerpts)
      1. Saint-Saens – Symphony #3 – “Organ”
        1. First Trombone Part
        2. Letter ‘Q' to Letter ‘R'
      2. Wagner – Tannhauser Overture
        1. Trombone Part
        2. Letter ‘A' for 17 measures

If you have any additional questions on the materials, please contact Professor James Decker at james.decker@ttu.edu.

Good Luck and Best Wishes!

Bass Trombone:

  1. Preliminary Instructions
    1. The audition material comes from the following categories
      1. Etude Excerpts – everyone prepares these
      2. Orchestral Excerpts – for those interested in auditioning for the TTU Symphony Orchestra, also prepare these excerpts
    2. It is recommended that you listen to recordings of the Orchestral Excerpts to gain accurate ideas of tempo range and style. Visit http://imslp.org/ to access scores of the orchestral works for reference. Tempo references for the “Etude Excerpts” are contained in this document.
  2. Etude Excerpts: From “Semester E” of the Trombone Audition Excerpt PDF's
    1. Bass Trombone (Click here to download excerpts)
      1. Excerpt 1 is an etude by Boris Grigorev. Dotted Quarter = 64
        (The excerpt should end at the second fermata, which is four lines from the bottom  of the PDF.)
      2. Excerpt 2 is an Etude by Vladislav Blazhevitch. Quarter Note = 70.
  3. Orchestral Excerpts: for those of you auditioning for the TTU Symphony Orchestra, also prepare the following:
    1. Bass Trombone (Click here to download excerpts)
      1. Brahms – Symphony #1
        1. Fourth Movement
        2. Letter ‘C' through measure 60
      2. Wagner – Tannhauser Overture
        1. Trombone Part
        2. Letter ‘A' for 17 measures

If you have any additional questions on the materials, please contact Professor James Decker at james.decker@ttu.edu.

Good Luck and Best Wishes!

Euphonium:

  • Please note that the Holst is in treble clef B flat, written a major ninth higher than it sounds.  For those new to transposition, writing the part out in concert pitch is good practice and may be necessary.
  • Please prepare the following Euphonium Excerpt for Audition

Auditions for Tuba

  • Please prepare divisis as indicated:

    • Stars and Stripes Forever: lower octave throughout
    • Mazeppa: prepare both octaves
    • Hindemith Symphony: prepare top and bottom splits in both excerpts
  • Prepare the following Tuba Excerpts for Audition

Percussion: