Ensemble Auditions

A male conducting student leads the UT University Orchestra in Bates Recital Hall

Ensemble Auditions take place at the beginning of the Fall semester

Jazz, opera, choir, and string students 

Audition for ensemble placement once for the whole academic year; these auditions take place in the first week of fall classes. 

Brass, Woodwind and percussion students

Audition at the beginning of each semester.

Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion

(for ensembles in rotation) 

New Music Ensemble (M W F 12-2pm)
Opera Orchestra (M W F 12-2pm during productions)
Wind Ensemble (M W F 12-2pm)
Wind Symphony (M W F 2-4pm)

Audition Requirements

All music majors auditioning for ensembles are required to take the rotation audition. Non-majors also have the option of taking the rotation audition, however they are not required to. Non-majors wishing to audition only for Symphony Band can find more information in the Symphony Band section.

All auditions will take place in Bates Recital Hall.

Students are required to play the excerpts for your instruments (click on your instrument in the audition schedule below to see excerpts).

Audition Schedule

Wednesday, August 25 (first day of class)

Trumpet
8:30-10:30am

Saxophone
10:30am-12:30pm

Flute
1:30-3pm

Tuba / Euphonium
3:00-4:30pm

Thursday, August 26

Horn
8:30-10:30am

Oboe
10:30-12pm

Percussion
2:30-5:30pm

Friday, August 27

Clarinet
8:30-11:30am

Harp
11:30-12pm

Tenor Trombone / Bass Trombone
1-2:30pm

Bassoon
2:30-4pm

Sign-up

Register for your audition by August 11.

If you have any questions contact TA Drew Dickey at drewdickey@utexas.edu.

Choir

Concert Chorale (M W F 12-2pm)
University Chorus (T Th 3:30-5pm)

All University of Texas students are eligible to audition for a choral ensemble, regardless of major. Music majors are asked to hold both choir meeting times in their course registration schedule until audition results are communicated. Non-music majors can be accepted for either ensemble as well; it is recommended for non-majors to register for University Chorus as a "place hold".

Audition Requirements

For the audition, you will be taken through a series of basic singing exercises:

  • Vocalization
  • Sight reading
  • Tonal memory
  • Rhythm reading
  • Unaccompanied song: Prepare 30 seconds (16-32 bars) of a piece that will demonstrate your musicality

Sign-up

Auditions will take place on August 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24.

Sign-up for an audition slot.

Jazz

JAZZ AUDITIONS FOR COMBOS AND BIG BANDS

Auditions for jazz combos and big bands at the University of Texas for the Fall 2021 semester will be held Wednesday-Friday, August 25-27. All university jazz ensembles and combos are open to any student regardless of major. The ensembles encompass all levels of ability from novice to quite experienced performers.

Students may sign up for an audition time on the sheets on the bulletin board outside of MRH 6.248. Rhythm section players should attend the rhythm section auditions on Thursday, August 26, from 5:30-7 PM, if at all possible. If you are cannot be present to audition on the day specified for your instrument, sign up for a time on an earlier or later day within the audition period.

Wind players will audition at MRH 6.248 (Jazz Room). Rhythm section auditions will take place at MRH 2.118 (Orchestra Room).

Auditions are low-pressure, and consist of the following activities:

Winds

An optional prepared transcribed solo, etude, or jazz ensemble part

Sight-reading in various jazz styles (for big bands only)

Optional improvisation over blues or a standard chord progression of your choosing (pianist provided, or you may audition with a play-a-long CD)

Rhythm Section

Rhythm section players audition in sections and play one blues or standard jazz selection to demonstrate improvisational and comping, walking, or timekeeping abilities. If your repertoire is limited, a fake book or lead sheet is recommended.
GUITARISTS: Knowledge of jazz comping and improvisational styles are required to be placed in a jazz ensemble.

If the jazz faculty feels your improvisational abilities are not developed enough to participate in a combo, we may request that you take Beginning Jazz Improvisation (MUS 218J) before joining a combo in a future semester.

All students interested in a jazz combo must audition and then attend the organizational meeting, to be held Monday, August 30 at 7 PM in MRH 2.608 (Recital Studio).

Opera

Opera Studio (M W F 1-2pm)
Butler Opera Center Ensemble for Undergraduates (M W F 4-5:30pm)
Butler Opera Production Rehearsals (M T W Th F 3:30-6:30pm)

Audition Requirements

All auditions will take place in McCullough Theatre, located just across from the music building.

Undergraduate Students

Monday, August 23 1-8pm

Prepare three arias and/or art songs. At least one piece must be in Italian and one in English.

Graduate Students

Tuesday, August 24 1-8pm

Prepare four arias and/or art songs. At least three languages should be included; one must be in Italian and one must be an aria in English.

Sign-up

Sign up for an audition slot by Friday,  August 20.

Strings

(for ensembles in rotation)

Symphony Orchestra (M W F 12-2pm)
New Music Ensemble (M W F 12-2pm)
Opera Orchestra (M W F 12-2pm during productions)

Audition Requirements

All auditions will take place in the McCullough Conference Room (PAC 3.614).  Go to MRH level 3M, walk all the way down the hall and through the glass double doors, and turn left (PAC 3.614 is the last room in that hallway).

All students are required to play:

  • The first movement of a concerto
  • Orchestral excerpts listed for your instrument (click on your instrument to see excerpts)

Cello

Monday, August 23

Violin

Tuesday, August 24

Viola

Tuesday, August 24

Double Bass

Wednesday, August 25

Sign-up

Register for your audition by August 22.

Sign up for an audition appointment.

If you have any questions, contact utexas.symphony@gmail.com.

Symphony Band

M W F 2-4pm 

Audition Requirements

All University of Texas students are eligible to audition for Symphony Band; being a music major is not a requirement.

All auditions will take place in Bates Recital Hall.

Students are required to play the excerpts for your instrument (click on your instrument in the list of excerpts).

Audition Excerpts by Instrument

Bassoon

Bass Trombone

Clarinet

Euphonium

Flute

Horn

Oboe

Percussion

Piccolo

Saxophone

Tenor Trombone

Trumpet

Tuba

Audition Schedule

Wednesday, August 25 (first day of class) 5-7pm

Thursday, August 26 6-7pm

Sign-Up

Register for your audition by August 11.

If you have any questions contact TA Drew Dickey at drewdickey@utexas.edu.

University Orchestra

T Th 7-8:30pm

All University of Texas students are eligible to audition for University Orchestra; being a music major is not a requirement.

Audition Requirements

Auditions will take place on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 in the Orchestra Room (MRH 2.118).

All students are required to play:

  • A brief solo excerpt (the exposition of the first movement of a concerto or a comparable excerpt, 2–2.5 minutes in length)
  • Orchestral excerpts for your instrument (click on your instrument in the list of excerpts). Performers should prepare all of the excerpts, however you may not be asked to play all the excerpts during the audition.
  • Harp auditioners will receive excerpts after registration.

Audition Excerpts by Instrument

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Tuba

Percussion

Sign-up

Register for your audition by August 27.

Sign up for an audition appointment.