Music Ensemble Auditions

We are excited that you are interested in making music with us at GVSU! All Music Ensembles at GVSU are open to all GVSU students, regardless of major. 

You may learn more about our Wind Symphony and Concert Band at, Orchestra at, and Choral Ensembles at

Band and Orchestra Auditions

Auditions required for participation in Concert Band, Orchestra, or Wind Symphony.

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. 

If you are enrolled in a music major, music minor, or applied lessons, you MUST prepare ALL EXCERPTS! 

Course Conflict Policy

  1. Students enrolled in applied lessons are placed in an ensemble on the basis of audition. We will accommodate required courses that are only available that term (for example, EDI 331, but others exist) as long as your audition level matches that of the other players in the ensemble. 
  2. Conflicts that are not time-sensitive (you could take a substitute course or section) will not be considered over audition placement. 
  3. If you are not enrolled in applied lessons - typically students who are not music majors or minors - we will honor any time conflict that does not bump someone who placed higher in auditions. The auditions must be fair and have meaning.
  4. Please register ASAP. Rehearsal plans will be issued through the Blackboard course page.

TENTATIVE Fall 2024 Audition Procedures

  1. Students interested in auditioning must fill out the audition registration form at
  2. String Audition Excerpts are available at
  3. Wind, Brass, and Percussion audition excerpts will be available online on August 6. 
  4. Students may also sight-read an excerpt.
  5. Questions regarding string auditions, please contact Professor Joel Schut [email protected].
  6. Wind, Brass, and Percussion auditions, please contact Professor Tutt [email protected].


Friday, August 23 - PAC 1515

2:00 PM - Trumpets

Saturday, August 24 - PAC 1515

9:00 am - Bass Trombone, followed by tenor trombones

10:15 am - Clarinets

11:45 pm - Flutes

1:30 pm - Horns

2:30 pm - Oboes

3:15 pm - Bassoons

Sunday, August 25 - PAC 1515

1:00 pm - Saxophone

2:30 pm - Euphoniums, Tubas

4:00 pm - Percussion

Monday, August 26

12:00 - 1:00 pm Cellos and Basses in PAC 1525 (Note: 1515 Rehearsal Hall available for open warm up)

1:00 - 2:30 pm Violins, and Violas, in PAC 1525 (Note: 1515 Rehearsal Hall available for open warm up)

Winter 2024 Audition Procedures

  1. Only Wind and Brass students will audition.
  2. String students who are new to orchestra this term, contact Professor Schut [email protected].
  3. Percussion students who are new to bands this term, contact Professor Tutt [email protected].
  4. Students interested in auditioning must fill out the audition registration form at
  5. Audition excerpts:
  6. Students may also sight-read an excerpt.
  7. Questions about Wind and Brass auditions, please contact Professor Tutt [email protected].


Sunday, January 7 (all times pm) - PAC 1515

12:00 Oboe

12:30 Bassoon

1:15 Flute

2:15 Clarinet

3:15 Trumpet

4:15 horn

5:00 Bass trombone, then tenor trombone

6:00 Euphonium, then Tuba


Monday, January 8 - 1226 The Haas Center for Performing Arts

3:15 pm Saxophones

Choral Ensembles

Please contact Dr. Chuck Norris at [email protected] with Winter 2024 choral interest.

Fall 2024 auditions will take the place the week prior to the Fall semester, and more information will be available in June 2024.

Page last modified April 1, 2024