Ensemble Audition Information

University Band and Wind Ensemble

Auditions for the University Band will take place on Monday, August 21 for new and transfer students, and on Tuesday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 23 for returning students. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Green Center for Performing Arts outside Room 1116 (Professor Craig Paré's office); when you arrive on campus in August sign-up for an audition time. Be sure to consult your Orientation Schedule before signing up for an audition time. 



Students will be required to play all excerpts provided for their respective instrument. The required excerpts can be downloaded here. Download the excerpts required for your instrument and prepare the selections for your audition. Sight-reading will be included in the audition; excerpts will be selected from repertoire the University Band and Wind Ensemble will be studying and performing during the 2017–2018 academic year. 



Musicians chosen through the audition process will become members of the DePauw University Band. Wind Ensemble musicians are also University Band members, and are invited to perform with this select group through this same audition process. You may contact Professor Craig Paré at cpare@depauw.edu if you have any questions about the repertoire for the audition, the University Band, or the Wind Ensemble.

University Chorus and Chamber Singers

All DePauw students may audition for placement in a choral ensemble. Audition times are as follows:

First-Year Students

Monday, August 21, 10:00-4:00

There is no need to bring any prepared repertoire. You will be lead through various exercises that will show your vocal timbre, range, flexibility, and intonation as well as your understanding of basic theory and sight-reading. This will include identification/production of scales, scale degrees, intervals, and triads. Those needing to practice these skills can find help at http://teoria.com.

Those interested in Chamber Singers should download and prepare the attached piece according to the line that best suits your voice:

Based on your hearing on Monday, you may be invited to audition the next day in hopes of being selected to the final call-back for membership in Chamber Singers. This opportunity will be given to no more than 2-3 first-year students. To be ready for this possibility, prepare to sing one voice part appropriate for your range a cappella from "Letztes Glück" by Brahms from Fünf Gesänge, Op. 104. In addition to singing it, you must also answer questions about the meaning of the text, your note's role in the harmony on any given chord, and the melodic interval between any two notes. Should you be selected, you will choose a slot between 12:00-1:00 on Tuesday, August 22. Students selected for the final call-back must be available again starting at 4:00 on Wednesday, August 23. The final audition will involve singing that same part a cappella with a continuing member of Chamber Singers carrying another part. If you are unfamiliar with the style of German, Romantic part-song, the following example is recommended for your study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_zw4iNZbp8

Returning University Chorus Members

Tuesday, August 22, 1:00-3:30 or 5:00-7:00   

If your preference/expectation is to sing in University Chorus, there is no need to re-audition.

If you are hopeful of being invited to the callback for Chamber Singers, you should sign up for a slot within the times above. See the above paragraph for guidelines on preparation of the posted audition piece, “Letztes Glück” by Brahms.

All: please note that our first University Chorus class will convene on Friday, August 25.

Returning Chamber Singers Members

Wednesday, August 23, 4:00

Anyone planning to continue in Chamber Singers will learn the appropriate part in the posted audition piece as assigned in a private e-mail. At callbacks, you will sing your part alone and a cappella with one new auditionee on a different part. 

University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

A sign up sheet for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo auditions will be placed outside of Steven Snyder's office (GCPA 0109).

New and Transfer Students:  Monday, August 21
Returning Students:  Tuesday, August 22

Auditions will mainly consist of sight-reading for the big band and a prepared piece in a jazz style. (The latter can be anything ranging from an improv transcription to ensemble music.)  Brass players will also be required to play a two octave concert Bb scale (not a problem if you cannot complete the 2nd octave) and a chromatic scale over your range.  Questions can be emailed to Professor Steve Snyder at stevensnyder@depauw.edu.

For anyone interested in a combo: Please contact Professor Steve Snyder at stevensnyder@depauw.edu with your information (name, year in school, instrument and an optional brief summary of past jazz experiences). 

University Orchestra

First-year student and transfer student auditions for the 2017-18 DePauw University Orchestra take place on Monday, August 21. Auditions for returning students will take place on Tuesday, August 22.  When you arrive on campus, a sign-up sheet for orchestra auditions will be available outside Green Center 1117 (Professor Orcenith Smith's studio).  Please check your Orientation Week schedule to make sure that there are no conflicts.

The audition will consist of three parts:

1. You should prepare your own music that demonstrates two styles of musical performance:

a. fast, technical playing
b. slow, expressive playing

Two different works are preferred. Generally, at least 32 measures of each would be enough, but more is acceptable.

2. All students are to download and prepare the audition materials by clicking here. Students are to learn all of the downloaded material for their instrument. This information was made available as of July 10 in order for students to have sufficient time to prepare.

All students who plan to audition for DePauw University Orchestra are to download parts for both pieces (Respighi: Fountains of Rome, and Mozart: Le Nozze de Figaro Overture) to prepare. Horns, Trumpets and Trombones are required to learn all high and low parts provided (there are no trombones for Mozart).  Percussionists should learn all Timpani and all Percussion parts.  Keyboard players should learn the Celesta and Piano parts in the Respighi.

3. Your audition will also include sight-reading with excerpts provided at the time of the audition. You will be allowed to practice the sight-reading for a few minutes.


For students needing an instrument, University-owned instruments may be available for your use. For more audition information, contact Professor Orcenith Smith, Music Director, DePauw University Orchestra (osmith@depauw.edu).