Fall 2017 Ensemble Auditions

This page contains information on ensembles holding auditions at the beginning of the fall semester, including how to sign up for them and required repertoire excerpts. Not all ensembles require auditions, and a few ensembles hold auditions for registered students during the first few classes of the semester. Please see the Ensembles page to browse a complete list of ensembles. 

Review these pointers from Professor Jerry Junkin, Director of Bands, prior to your audition – the faculty you are auditioning for want you to be successful!

Click on the ensemble of interest below in order to view instructions on signing up for auditions, and audition locations, dates and times.

Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center

Auditions for the Butler Opera Center will be on Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29 in the McCullough Theatre.

For more information and to sign up for an audition slot, go to the Butler Opera Center Bulletin Board next to PAC 3.602 (Texas Performing Arts' administrative building, attached to the music building via a mezzanine level walkway) or e-mail Dr. Robert DeSimone.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition in order to fill out paperwork. Students will not be considered for BOC activities without an audition. A pianist will be available for the auditions, but feel free to bring your own pianist if that is preferable.

Graduate student auditions

Monday, August 28 3 – 9 pm

Repertoire: Four operatic arias in contrasting languages (French, Italian, German or English)

Undergraduate student auditions

Tuesday, August 29 3 – 9 pm

Repertoire: Two operatic arias in contrasting languages (French, Italian, German or English)

Choral Ensembles

Choral auditions are open to all UT students. No prepared solo is required. Students will be guided through scales and vocal exercises, sight reading and rhythm reading exercises. 

Auditions for Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale and University Chorus will take place in MRH 2.116F (Choral Ensemble Office). 

Monday, August 28 

10 am – 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 29

10 am – 4pm

Wednesday, August 30

9 am – 5pm

Thursday, August 31

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Jazz Combos & Ensembles

Auditions for combos and big bands at the University of Texas for the Fall 2017 semester will be held Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 1. All university jazz ensembles and combos are open to any student regardless of major. The ensembles encompass all levels of ability from quite experienced to novice performers.

Students may sign up for an audition time on the sign-up sheets on the bulletin board outside of MRH 6.248. Rhythm section players should attend the rhythm section auditions on Thursday, August 31 3:30 – 5 pm if at all possible. If you cannot make it to audition on the day specified for your instrument, go ahead and sign up for a time on an earlier or later day.

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


  • An optional prepared transcribed solo, etude, or jazz ensemble part
  • Sight-reading in various jazz styles
  • Optional improvisation over blues or a standard chord progression of your choosing (pianist provided, or you may play with a play-along 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.

Guitar Players: Knowledge of jazz comping style and voicings and jazz improvisational style are required to be placed in a jazz ensemble.

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

All students interested in a jazz combo must audition and then attend the organizational meeting, to be held on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 pm in MRH 6.248.


Symphony Orchestra

Sign-up sheets for string auditions will be located on the Orchestral Studies bulletin board (outside of the Orchestral Rehearsal Hall, MBE 2.118) by August 1. Please select a time slot. Should you have questions, please contact Professor Gerhardt Zimmermann

All string players auditioning for UTSO are required to play a solo. The solo should be 2 - 2 1/2 minutes long. Please review the required string audition materials.

Brass, wind and percussion students interested in the Symphony Orchestra can find audition information in the bands section below.

All auditions will be held in the McCullough Conference Room (PAC 3.614), accessible via the breezeway between the Music Building and Performing Arts Center.

All violinists, violists, and cellists who are interested in participating in the New Music Ensemble should sign up for a slot in the last 90 minutes of available audition times for your instrument.

Wednesday, August 30 (first day of class)

Viola 8:30 am – 12 pm
Cello 1:30 – 5 pm
String Bass 7 – 9 pm

Thursday, August 31

Violin 8:30 am – 12 pm and 1:10 – 5 pm 

University Orchestra

Visit the University Orchestra website for audition information. Auditions will be held in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room (MBE 2.118) on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.

Fall 2017 brass, wind and percussion ensembles will take place for Rotation (Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, New Music Ensemble). Students who audition for regular Rotation will also be considered for Symphony Band.  Students are also welcome to audition for Symphony Band only (see the schedule below for Symphony Band only audition slots). 

Please contact Teaching Assistant Tiffany Galus with any issues or questions.

All auditions will be held in Bates Recital Hall. Please see the brass, wind, and percussion (including harp) excerpts for required audition materials.

Students must register for an audition prior to Sunday, August 27 to be considered for any ensemble.

Register for a brass, wind or percussion rotation audition

Register for a Symphony Band audition

Audition Schedule

30 minutes prior to the start of your instrument’s audition time slot, please go to the check-in table outside of Bates Recital Hall to sign-up for an audition time (i.e. if you are a horn player, go to the check-in table at 2:30 pm on Tuesday to sign up for an audition time).

Tuesday, August 29

Horn 3 – 5 pm
Harp 5 – 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 30 (first day of class)

Bassoon 8:30 am – 10 am
Flute 10 am – 12 pm
Percussion 1 – 4 pm
Trombone 4 – 6 pm
Symphony Band 6 – 7 pm

Thursday, August 31

Oboe 8:30 – 10:30 am
Saxophone 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Clarinet 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Symphony Band 5 – 7 pm

Friday, September 1

Trumpets 8:30 – 11:30 am
Tuba/Euphonium 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Audition Excerpts 

String Audition Materials

String Bass

Brass, Wind & Percussion

Symphony Band (all instruments included)
Bass Trombone