Music

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

2021-22 Academic Year

All auditions for the 2021-22 academic year for Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra will be completed by online video submission. Cell phone videos are acceptable if that is the only equipment available. If you are auditioning for multiple ensembles, you will need to complete separate submissions for each ensemble.

Video Requirements

All audition materials on the video must be done in one, continuous, un-edited take. (Keep the camera on at all times through the audition). Your face and fingers/valves/slides/sticks must always be visible in the video.

Submission for All Applications:
  1. Upload your video to YouTube as an “unlisted” video.
  2. Secure a download link for the file that you can share with us. Please check to make sure that the permissions will allow us to view your video.
  3. Find the appropriate audition application below and complete the form. There will be a place within the form for you to share the link to your audition video.
Important Dates:
  • Audition applications and recordings are due Monday, August 23 (one week prior to the first day of class).
  • Results will be communicated by Friday, August 27 via email.
    • First Rehearsals–All who earn a position in each ensemble will attend their first regularly schedule rehearsal:
    • Wind Ensemble–Monday, August 30, 3:20-4:40 p.m., D-040
    • Jazz Ensemble–Tuesday, August 31, 2:40-4:10 p.m., D-040
    • Orchestra–Tuesday, August 31, 1:05-2:25 p.m., D-040
Instrument Access – Woodwind, Brass, and String Players

If you do not have access to an instrument, we recommend one of the following:

  1. Contact your high school director to borrow an instrument to complete your audition video.
  2. Contact your local instrument store to rent an instrument to complete your audition video.
  3. Schedule an appointment to rent an instrument from CSB/SJU.
    The date for instrument pick-up will be Friday, August 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the BAC on the CSB campus.
    • Woodwind and Brass–Schedule your appointment by contacting Dr. Justin Zanchuk at [email protected]
    • Strings–Schedule your appointment by contacting Dr. David Arnott at [email protected]

Wind Ensemble Content

Your audition video will contain:

  1. A short introduction of yourself and the name of your audition piece(s)
  2. Woodwinds/Brass–
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice approximately 2-3 minutes in length demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imagination, rhythmic integrity and technical control of your instrument.
    • Play the beginning to rehearsal letter C of the first movement of  First Suite in E-Flat by Gustav Holst. Tempo is quarter note = 92. 
    • Play your chromatic scale, preferably the full range of your instrument. At a minimum, play two octaves up and down. 
  3. Percussion–
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for snare drum approximately 1 minute in length (play on snare, practice pad, or any drum to which you have access).
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for mallets approximately 1 minute in length (play on any mallet instrument or piano to which you have access. If you cannot access a keyboard instrument, please skip this portion of the audition).
    • Play rehearsal letter A-D to the wood part of Foundry by John Mackey (play on wood blocks, buckets, chair backs, or any creative home instrument of your choosing). Tempo is quarter note = 144. 

Wind Ensemble Audition Application Fall 2021

Jazz Ensemble Content

Your audition video will contain:

  1. A short introduction of yourself
  2. All Horns (saxophones, trumpets, trombones)–
  3. Rhythm Section (Piano, bass, and guitar)–
  4. Drums–
    • Demonstrate the following styles:
      • medium swing
      • up-tempo swing
      • bossa, samba
      • funk/pop
    • Trade fours with yourself (four bars time & four bars solo)

Jazz Ensemble Audition Application Fall 2021

Orchestra Content

Your audition video will contain:

  1. A short introduction of yourself and the name of your audition piece(s)
  2. Strings–
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice approximately 2-3 minutes in length demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument.
    • Play a major scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at a minimum, two octaves, preferably three octaves).

Orchestra Audition Application Fall 2021

Contact the Music Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. David Arnott
Chair, Music Department

CSB BAC A119
320-363-5717

SJU Music 112
320-363-2132

Kelly Brueske
Coordinator, Music Department

CSB BAC A116
320-363-5796

SJU Music 110
320-363-3371