Information for Ensemble Auditions - Fall 2019

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 Symphonic Band 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. 

Students NOT enrolled in Applied Lessons (Non-majors)

Those students not enrolled in applied lessons who are only interested in auditioning for the Concert Band, please click here for audition information.

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 Louis Armstrong Theatre. 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 Dr. Mark Williams at willima1@gvsu.edu.

     Saturday, August 24

          9:00 am - Saxophones

        11:00 am - Bassoons

        12:30 pm - Clarinets

          2:30 pm - Trombones

          5:30 pm - Trumpets

     Sunday, August 25

           1:00 pm - French Horns

           2:30 pm - Flutes

           4:00 pm - Tubas

           5:00 pm - Euphoniums

 Monday, August 26

          12:45 pm - Oboes

            1:15 pm - Percussion


Strings 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 Dr. Mark Williams at willima1@gvsu.edu.

   Sunday, August 25

           4:00 pm - Violins

           6:15 pm - Violas

           7:00 pm - Cellos

           8:30 pm - String Basses


Audition Selections to Prepare