Winds and Percussion Auditions for Wind Symphony and Orchestra

Sunday – August 23, 2015

Southeast Missouri State University
River Campus - Cultral Arts Center
Room 155

Auditions will be behind a screen (blind) and audition times are listed below. If you have a scheduling problem with the assigned times, please contact Dr. Martin Reynolds via email ( or by office phone (573-651-2334). Make sure to download all the PDF's for the audition. The audition will also include major scales and sight-reading.

Suggested Preparation:

  • Listen to various recordings – focus on tempo and style
  • Work slowly – remember that practice makes permanent
  • Prepare the entire list – you will play a substantial portion

As always, the pillars of a winning performance are:

  • Beautiful and Consistent Tone
  • Excellent Pitch
  • Impeccable Time
  • Musicality and Versatility

Remember, we want you to play your very best and with the confidence that only comes through solid preparation. Good luck, and we look forward to hearing you!

Audition Schedule
Tenor Trombone - 11:00 am Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2 Excerpt 3
Bass Trombone - 11:30 am Exerpt 1 Exerpt 1  
Euphonium - 11:45 am Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2 Excerpt 3
Tuba & String Bass - 12:00 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2 Excerpt 3
French Horn - 12:30 pm Excerpt 1  
Trumpet - 1:00 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2  
Bassoon - 1:45 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2  
Saxophone - 2:00 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 1  
Soprano Clarinet - 2:30 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2  
Low Clarinet - 3:15 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2  
Oboe - 3:30 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2  
Flute - 3:45 pm Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2  
Percussion - 5:00 pm  

Studio Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Monday – August 24, 2015

Southeast Missouri State University
River Campus-Cultral Arts Center
Room 155

All auditions for the Studio Jazz Ensemble will take place in CAC155 on Monday, August 24 at 2:30pm (our regular class meeting time) until 4pm that day. All instruments play both etudes in their entirety. The Bass Trombone plays both tenor trombone etudes as written in addition to the Bass Trombone etude. The Auxiliary Percussion audition consists of two vibraphone etudes and one conga etude. The vibes 2 is the same as Swing sax piece. All instruments, excluding drum set, will improvise on the F Blues from Aebersol's Blues in All Keys V.42. The students will listen to one chorus, then improvise for two choruses. The drum set will play three styles to fulfill the improvisation requirement. The drumset players will perform styles - 8 bars of swing at 220, 8 bars of funk/rock at 100, 8 bars of samba at 120. Jazz Lab Band will not hold auditions and will meet for the first time on Tuesday, August 25 at 2:30pm in CAC155.

All excerpts are contained in the SEMO Jazz 2015 file. Scroll to the appropriate pages for your instrument and print them to prepare.

Jazz Saxophone Saxophone excerpt
Jazz Trumpet Trumpet excerpt
Jazz Trombone Trombone excerpt
Jazz Bass Trombone Bass Trombone excerpt
Jazz Guitar Guitar excerpt
Jazz Bass Bass excerpt
Jazz Piano Piano excerpt
Jazz Drums Drums excerpt

University Symphony String Auditions

August 24 - Monday evening, 6:45 pm - 9:00pm
August 25 - Tuesday afternoon, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Southeast Missouri State University
Dobbins Center, Room 120

String players will audition on Monday evening, August 24, and Tuesday afternoon, August 25, in River Campus Dobbins Center Room 120.
As much as possible, violins and violas should audition on Monday evening, August 24 and the low strings should audition on Tuesday afternoon, August 25. However, if there are scheduling conflicts, string students are welcome to audition on either day.

Violin I Violin I excerpt
Violin II Violin II excerpt
Viola Viola excerpt
Cello Cello excerpt
Bass Bass excerpt

Choral Ensembles Placement Information

Southeast Missouri State University

Auditions for Fall 2015:

Sunday, August 23, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (River Campus Center 120)
Monday, August 24, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (River Campus Center 120)
Tuesday, August 25, 12:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (River Campus Center 120)

Students auditioning for the "University Choir" and "Chamber Choir" should sign up online for a 10 minute audition:
Link to ONLINE SIGN-UP for Auditions

The audition will include:

  • A prepared piece of your choosing (an accompanist will be provided)
  • Vocalizing to check your range
  • Sight Reading
  • Tonal Memory