Information for Wind Symphony and Orchestra Ensemble Auditions - Fall 2020

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

Fall 2020 will have a different format of ensembles in response to the ongoing crisis. 

You may learn more about our Wind Symphony 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 except Bachelor of Arts majors who may elect other ensembles as indicated in the student handbook
 

WIND SYMPHONY
In response to the release of preliminary results of the Performing Arts Aerosol Study (https://www.nfhs.org/media/4029952/preliminary-testing-report-7-13-20.pdf) we are offering two sections of Wind Symphony (MUS 112).

Section 01 (Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30-5:20 pm). This will be an in-person ensemble composed of a series of chamber groups that will rehearse once or twice per week for approximately 30 minutes. Rehearsal and performance times will be established during the first week of classes. Auditions for Section 01 will be conducted through video submissions and require the preparation of a specific set of musical pieces which are available below. 

  1. Participants will be spaced 12 feet apart and will be required to wear a mask into rehearsal and will be provided with bell covers or "instrument bags" as necessary.
  2. Rehearsals will have 30 minute breaks between groups for take down/air circulation/setup. The designed airflow for PAC 1515 is 5.3 ACH, which is above the rate recommended in the Aerosol Study mentioned above. 
  3. Wearing of masks with a slit for the mouthpiece is required
  4. All students should bring their own stand to rehearsal.
  5. Brass players must empty condensation into self-provided cups or absorbent pads as needed. Air filtration will meet industry standards. 

Section 02 (online, asynchronous) Students will be assigned individual and/or group projects that are related to their degree program and require them to demonstrate advancing musicianship appropriate to their career goals. The section is only available to those students who are enrolled in applied lessons, are majoring in a music discipline, and need to fill this requirement remotely for Fall 2020. 

PercussionIf you intend on doing in-person performance this fall, please audition as indicated below. You will enroll in percussion ensemble with Professor Secor. Please contact him at secorg@gvsu.edu

Students should register for their preferred section as soon as possible. Both sections are by instructor permit and you may obtain that permit by either submitting a request through Banner or by sending your name, G#, and selected section to Professor Kevin Tutt at tuttk@gvsu.edu. 

 

ORCHESTRA (MUS 103)
Symphony Orchestra will begin with two equally-balanced string orchestras with this M W F schedule: 1:00 to 1:30 Blue Orchestra; 1:30 to 1:50 room must be completely vacated for air scrubbing; 1:50 to 2:20 White Orchestra. 

  • No chair placement, other than principal players, will be published this semester and seating will be open.  The room will be setup with the correct number of chairs in a checkerboard fashion with 6 feet of space on every side.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask and have their own stand and music - no sharing.  (NOTE: a few wire stands will be available for checkout for the semester from the music office…no fee unless you lose it.)
  • There could be exceptions but, as much as possible, please do not use the string storage room if you play violin or viola.  Cellos and basses should be able to use it and there will be a one-person-in-the-room-at-a-time rule.
  • We hope to have both orchestras together, perhaps outside under a tent, sometime in October and hope to add faculty soloists as well as student wind players later in the semester.  We will have streamed performances later in the semester as well.
  • If you are registered for MUS 103 and desire to avoid any possible contact with others, you may request take the course remotely.  In that case I will give you regular assignments and hear you play individually several times on Zoom.

Please email Professor Duitman at duitmanh@gvsu.edu with questions regarding this Fall and/or auditions.


Wind, Brass, and Percussion Audition Dates/Times

Students should prepare a video of their performance of the audition excerpts and upload them to YouTube. You need to post the link either as "Unlisted" or "public". Do not post as "private" because the audition committee will not be able to view your videos.

Excerpts should be submitted by Tuesday, August 25 at 8 pm at this link (http://www.gvsu.edu/mtd/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=A4B1BD01-E6C3-257E-BFE22ECD0141E2B7).

Audition results for wind, brass, and percussion will be posted by 11:59 pm Friday, August 28. Ensemble assignments will be posted by Monday, August 31. If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Professor Kevin Tutt at tuttk@gvsu.edu.


Strings Audition Dates/Times

Students should prepare a video of their performance of the audition excerpts and upload them to YouTube. You need to post the link either as "Unlisted" or “Public.” Do not post as "private" because the audition committee will not be able to view your videos. 

Excerpts should be submitted at this link (http://www.gvsu.edu/mtd/cms-form-edit.htm?formId=A4B1BD01-E6C3-257E-BFE22ECD0141E2B7no later than Tuesday, August 25 at 8 pm. 

Audition results for strings will be posted by 11:59 pm Friday, August 28. If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Professor Henry Duitman at duitmanh@gvsu.edu

Professor Duitman will hold two Zoom meetings with students to answers questions about orchestra for the fall semester.  If you are not on his mailing list and wish to be added, contact him at duitmanh@gvsu.edu.

For more information on how Orchestra will operate this semester, please visit https://www.gvsu.edu/orchestra/symphony-orchestra-audition-7.htm


Audition Excerpts Fall 2020