Fall 2019 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 slots, audition locations, dates and times.

Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center

Auditions for the Butler Opera Center (BOC) occur only once for all activities within the academic year. This year auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 3. All auditions will take place in the McCullough Theatre, located in the Texas Performing Arts (PAC) building.

Auditions are open to all Butler School students, regardless of major. Please prepare three contrasting arias for memory; at least one aria must be in English.

Sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board next to Dr. Tamara Sanikidze's office, MRH 5.264. The sign-up sheet will be posted in mid-August. If you are not able to sign up for an audition time in person, email Dr. Sanikidze.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition. Students will not be considered for BOC productions without an audition. Pianists will be available; please contact the appropriate pianist listed below after you sign up for an audition time with your repertory selections.

Undergraduate Student Auditions

10 am –1 pm
Pianists: Sophia Su and Sam Jiang

Graduate Student Auditions

2 – 6 pm
Pianists: Prof. Rick Rowley and Dr. Miguel Campinho

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 will take place Sunday, August 25 through Thursday, August 29. Callbacks for Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale will be on Friday, August 30

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

Jazz Combos & Ensembles

Auditions for combos and big bands for the Fall 2019 semester will be held Wednesday, August 28 through Friday, August 30. 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. Preferred audition dates are as follows:

Saxophones: Wednesday, August 28
Trumpets: Thursday, August 29
Trombones: Friday, August 30

Rhythm section players should attend the rhythm section auditions on Thursday, August 29 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 3 at 7 pm in MRH 6.248.


Symphony Orchestra

String auditions for the UT Symphony Orchestra will take place Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28. Brass, woodwind, and percussion students interested in playing with the orchestra should sign up for the Brass, Wind and Percussion auditions. Students who are interested in playing for New Music Ensemble during rotations will also be placed during these string auditions.

All performers are required to play the exposition of the first movement of a standard concerto in addition to the required excerpts. It is possible not all excerpts will be heard; cuts will be announced at the time of audition.

Should you have any questions pertaining to the Symphony Orchestra Audition, please contact Prof. Farkhad Khudyev (he will be able to respond after August 19).

Tuesday, August 27

Viola 9 –11:40 am
Cello 2:30 – 5:30 pm
String Bass 5:30 – 7 pm

All auditions on August 27 will take place in PAC 3.614 (McCullough Conference Room), which is accessible via the breezeway between the music building and the Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday, August 28

Violin 9 am – 12 pm in PAC 3.614
Violin 1 – 4 pm in MRH 5.138

University Orchestra

Auditions for the Fall 2019 semester will take place on Saturday, August 24 (in MRH 2.106) and Sunday, August 25 (in MRH 5.138). 

Any percussionists interested in joining University Orchestra should contact universityorchestra@gmail.com. No audition is required.

All other instruments will need to prepare a two-minute solo demonstrating lyrical and technical proficiency and the excerpt for your instrument.

For the Fall 2019 semester, auditions will take place for Rotation (Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, New Music Ensemble) and Symphony Band. Information regarding registration, audition excerpts, and the schedule can be found below.

All Brass, Wind, and Percussion music majors only need to do the rotation audition and will be considered for placement in Symphony Band if you do not place into rotation or Wind Symphony. The Symphony Band-only audition is for non-majors. However, non-majors can choose to take part in the rotation audition as well.

Please contact Teaching Assistant Jonathan Villela with any issues or questions.

Please see the brass, wind, and percussion (including harp) excerpts for required audition materials.

Students must register for an audition prior to Wednesday, August 14 at 5 pm to be considered for any ensemble.

Register for a brass, wind or percussion rotation audition.

Register for a Symphony Band audition.

Audition Schedule

Tuesday, August 27 in Orchestra Room 2.118

Bassoon 2:45 – 4:30 pm
Harp 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 28 in Bates Recital Hall

Flute 8:30 – 10 am
Trombone 10 – 11:45 am
Horn 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Symphony Band 5 – 7 pm (mixed instrumentation)

Thursday, August 29 in Bates Recital Hall

Trumpet 8:30 – 10:30 am
Saxophone 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Percussion 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Euphonium/Tuba 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Symphony Band 6 – 7 pm (mixed instrumentation in Choral Room 2.106)

Friday, August 30 in Bates Recital Hall

Clarinet 8:30 – 11 am
Oboe 11 am – 12:30 pm

Rotation Audition Excerpts 

String Audition Materials

String Bass

Brass, Wind & Percussion


Symphony Band (all instruments)
(Register for Symphony Band audition)
Bass Trombone