Information for Band and Orchestra Ensemble Auditions - Fall 2020

Bands and Orchestra

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

All currently enrolled GVSU students are eligible to audition. You do not have to be a music major.

You may learn more about our Wind Symphony and Concert Band at gvsu.edu/bands and Orchestra at gvsu.edu/orchestra.

Students Enrolled in Applied Lessons

All brass, percussion, string and woodwind students enrolled in applied music lessons are required to participate in Wind Symphony (MUS 112, TR 2:30-4:20 pm), Orchestra (MUS 103, MWF 1:00-2:20 pm) or Concert Band (MUS 102, MWF 2:30-3:50 pm), except Bachelor of Arts majors who may elect other ensembles as indicated in the student handbook. You will play a single audition and will be placed in an ensemble based on the audition committee's decisions. Music majors and non-majors who are not enrolled in applied music lessons may elect to only audition for one ensemble, but will not be guaranteed placement in that ensemble.

Auditions will be conducted behind a screen and require the preparation of a specific set of musical pieces which is available below. 


Wind, Brass, and Percussion Audition Dates/Times

All auditions will be held in HCPA 1515. Please show up 15 minutes prior to the designated audition time block for your instrument. You will need to fill out an audition form.  After submitting your form, you will be assigned a number and will then audition in numerical order behind a screen for the audition committee.

Audition results for wind, brass, and percussion will be posted by the end of the first day of classes. If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Professor Kevin Tutt at tuttk@gvsu.edu.

Saturday, August 29 (schedule tentative)

9:00 Oboe

9:30 Bassoon

10:00 Flute

1:00 Clarinet

3:00 Trumpet

4:30 Trombone

5:30 Bass Trombone

7:00 Horn

Sunday, August 30 (schedule tentative)

1:00 Tuba

2:00 Euphonium

2:30 Saxophone

4:00 Percussion


Strings Audition Dates/Times

All string auditions will be held in the Louis Armstrong Theatre, through the East backstage door (follow the signs in the HCPA). Please show up 15 minutes prior to the designated audition time block for your instrument. You will need to fill out an audition form.  After submitting your form, you will be assigned a number and will then audition in numerical order behind a screen for the audition committee.

Audition results for wind, brass, and percussion will be posted by the end of the first day of classes. If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Professor Kevin Tutt at tuttk@gvsu.edu.

Monday, January 6 (all times pm)

NOTE: These are approximate times and we may need to insert people into other slots due to class conflicts.  Please do help each other as much as possible and we will work everyone in.

1:00 Violins
2:00 Violas
2:30 Cellos
3:15 Basses


Audition Excerpts

These excerpts are from Winter 2020. Fall 2020 excerpts will be available August 1, 2020.