Band and Orchestra Auditions

We are excited that you are interested in making music with us at GVSU! 

You may learn more about our Wind Symphony at and Orchestra at

Students Enrolled in Applied Lessons

All brass, percussion, string and woodwind students enrolled in applied music lessons are required to participate in Wind Symphony, Orchestra, or Concert Band (if available) except Bachelor of Arts majors who may elect other ensembles as indicated in the student handbook. Ensemble placement is by audition, only. 


Fall 2021 Audition Information

Audition excerpts and processes for all instrument groups will be available below by August 1, 2021. Please direct audition questions to Professor Kevin Tutt at

We expect a regular audition, rehearsal, and performance schedule. Auditions will be held August 28 and 29 by instrument groups. Students auditioning will all arrive at the same time, be assigned a number, and perform their audition behind a screen. Audition preparation time is consistent with the time required to prepare ensemble parts during a regular semester. Students interested in auditioning should prepare for the release of excerpts by practicing fundamental tone, intonation, and techniques exercises every day. Students should also engage in regular sight-reading exercises every day. The ability to read and interpret music on sight is a learnable skill that is fundamental to success as a musician. 

If alternative audition procedures must be used, those procedures will be posted here. 

Audition Excerpts will be password protected. In order to gain access, students will need to fill out the audition registration form and then the username and password will be emailed to them.

Audition Registration Form:

Audition Excerpts (available August 1, 2021)

Audition Schedule

This schedule is tentative.

Saturday, August 28

9:00 am - Saxophone

11:00 am - Bassoons

11:30 am - Oboes

12:30 pm - Clarinets

2:30 pm - Trombones

4:00 pm - Trumpets

6:00 pm - Violins

Sunday, August 29

1:00 pm - Horns

2:30 pm - Flutes

4:00 pm - Tubas

5:00 pm - Euphoniums

6:00 pm - Percussion

7:00 pm - Violas

7:45 pm - Cellos

9:00 pm - Basses