Music Department
Auditions

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Jazz Auditions

Wind Ensemble Auditions

Choral Auditions

Orchestra Auditions

Marching Band Auditions

Pipes and Drums Auditions

Brickyard Brass Quintet

Music Theory Placement Test

 

 

 

 

Jazz Auditions

When: First two weeks of classes per semester.

Where: Dr. Parker's office in Price Music Center, room 210

 

Audition Requirements:

-All Major Scales

 

-Sight Reading

 

-Improvise over Rhythm Changes or Blues

Drum set players should be prepared to demonstrate all standard styles of jazz, including latin styles

 

If the times listed are not convenient for any reason, or if you have any questions regarding the audition process, please contact Dr. Parker at wes_parker@ncsu.edu.

 

Click here to sign up for an audition time!- Active July 31

 

 

 

Wind Ensemble Auditions

When: First two to three weeks of class of each semester.

Where: Dr. Garcia's office in Price Music Center, room 215.

 

Students who wish to audition for Wind Ensemble are expected to prepare the following:

-Any of the 12 major scales with arpeggios (two or more octaves if applicable)

 

-Chromatic scale, your comfortable range. Be prepared to play slurred or tongued.

 

-Prepare up to 5 minutes of music that best demonstrates your ability level.

 

-There may be sight reading.

 

Percussionists should prepare at least two short pieces on any two of the following: Snare Drum, Keyboard Percussion, or Timpani.

 

Contact Dr. Garcia at paul_garcia@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

 

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Choral Auditions

When: First two weeks of class of each semester.

Where: Dr. Leaf's Studio, Room 214 Price Music Center

Expectations: Each audition is about 10 minutes long, and consists of vocalizing, singing a familiar song, and other basic choral skill evaluation. Those auditioning do not need to prepare a song in advance.

 

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Leaf via email at nathan_leaf@ncsu.edu or via phone at 919-515-8280. You can also find out more information by going to the music department web page (http://www.ncsu.edu/music/index.html) or by simply stopping by Price Music Center.


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Orchestra Auditions

When: First two weeks of class per semester.

Where: 120 Price Music Center

 

Expectations:

 

- Solo or orchestral excerpts of your choice - generally about 2-3 minutes of music. Solos could be pieces studied in private lessons, an all-state solo, or standard repetoire for your instrument. The piece or excerpt should show your playing at its best. No accompaniment is needed.

 

- Scales - Two scales of your choice, three octaves if possible. String players should play one scale with spiccato bowing.

 

- Sight-reading may be requested.

 

Auditions for string players are primarily to determine if players are capable of handling orchestra repertoire and as a factor in seating. Wind and brass positions are competitive.

 

If you would like more information, please contact Mr. Randy Rehfuss via email at rjrehfus@ncsu.edu or via phone at 919-513-4603.

 

Click here to sign up for an audition appointment! - Active July 31

 

For more information on the Orchestra and Symphony, please visit: http://www.raleighcivicsymphony.org/

 

 

 

Marching Band Auditions

When: First day of Orientation from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, or Band Camp, or by appointment.

Where: Price Music Center

 

Expectations:

 

-All Brass and Woodwind auditions involve all major scales and arpeggios as well as sight reading.

 

-Instruments will be provided during freshman orientation if you do not have your own. Please bring your own mouthpiece and reed.

 

-All Color Guard and Drum Line auditions are held during the first couple of days of band camp beginning on Wednesday, August 13. All prospective new Guard and Drum Line members need to come to Price Music Center to fill out important paperwork between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm on the first day of their summer orientation session. 

 

-For appointments or any other questions, please contact Dr. Paul Garcia.

 

 

 

 

Pipes and Drums Auditions

North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums is a Grade IV band composed of students and community members. Experienced pipers or drummers should schedule an audition with Darrell Thompson, curidin@earthlink.net, 919 949-1281.

 

Community members brand new to piping are considered but only in the fall semester and still need to make an appointment. NCSU students can learn to play for the band by taking the Beginning Bagpipe Class (MUS 152) offered each semester. For any additional information visit www.ncsupipesanddrums.com.

 

 

 

 

Brickyard Brass Quintet

For more information and audition questions, please contact Dr. Parker at wes_parker@ncsu.edu.