Texas Tech University

Performing Ensemble Auditions

All major performing ensembles at Texas Tech University are open to both music majors and non-music majors. Click the links below for audition materials for all instrumental ensembles as well as schedule and procedure. For further questions or information, please contact the appropriate personnel for your respective performance area.

Choral Ensembles

Click here for information regarding auditions for Choral Ensembles.

Winds, Brass, and Percussion

Goin' Band from Raiderland: Click here for audition materials and requirements for the Goin' Band.

Concert Ensembles (Band and Orchestra): Click here to go to the Wind/Percussion Audition Repertoire.

Jazz - Click here for Jazz audition requirements.

Strings — University Symphony Orchestra

For more information about the University Symphony Orchestra and University String Orchestra, follow this link.

University Symphony Orchestra Auditions - Fall 2019

Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019, and Sunday, August 25, 2019 (times TBD).

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Violin

  1. All students need to prepare a short solo of choice (max. 2 minutes). Please, at the time of your audition advice jury if you would want to be considered for concertmaster or a principal position. 
  2. To be announced. 

Viola

  1. All students need to prepare a short solo of choice (max. 2 minutes). Please, at the time of your audition advice jury if you would want to be considered for a principal position.
  2. To be announced.

Cello

  1. To be announced.

Double Bass

  1. Solo of the student's choice (concerto exposition preferred).
  2. The following excerpts (Click here for music):

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Gnomus: Reh. 6 to Reh. 8
Samuel Goldenberg & Schmuyle: Re. 56 - Reh. 62
Great Gate of Kiev: 2nd meas. of Reh. 108 – Reh. 109

 Selected sight-reading is also possible.

Strings — University String Orchestra

Auditions for the University String Orchestra will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 between 7:00p.m. and 8:50p.m. (the String Orchestra's normal rehearsal time), place TBA.

Please sign up for an audition time at the first String Orchestra rehearsal on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

STRING ORCHESTRA AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Two two-octave or three-octave scales of your choice — preferably one major scale and one minor scale — demonstrating on-string and off-string bowing styles
  • 2-3 minutes of a prepared solo of your choice that best demonstrates your technical proficiency and musicianship
  • Excerpts will be selected from the repertoire that will be read during the first rehearsal on Thursday, August 29.