Fall 2020 instrumental ensemble auditions for Music Majors will take place virtually. An online submission form and additional information are available further down on this page. Auditions for Chamber Singers will take place in person. There is no audition for Concert Choir. 

Available Ensembles

Placement in ensembles is open to all CMU students (music majors and non-majors) by audition. Available ensembles include: 

  • Symphony Orchestra

  • Symphony Band
  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Singers

General Information for Choral Auditions

The CMU Choral Department continues to grow in number and diversity. We offer an ensemble for virtually any kind of singer, regardless of age, experience or development.  One unique aspect of choral singing at CMU is that all the ensembles get the opportunity, each semester, to sing together. Whether it's an anthem, octavo, or major work, we make sure to celebrate the act of singing and to do so all together. All the choirs at CMU rehearse weekly and perform concerts each semester.

Fall 2020: Auditions for the Chamber Singers ensemble only. 

Saturday, August 15 | 12:30-4:30 PM | Room 157 (Choir Hall)

Sunday, August 16 | 12:30-4:30 PM | Room 157 (Choir Hall)

Due to our present circumstances, there will be no audition for either section for concert choir, MUS 183 A (Soprano/Alto) and MUS 183B (Tenor/Bass). If you are not interested in auditioning for Chamber Singers, please register for MUS 183A or MUS 183B, depending on voice part, and look on Blackboard for details about how we will begin the year.

An audition sign up sheet can be found outside Dr. Eady's office, MU 172, and specific audition requirements can be found on blackboard. For more information about auditioning for choir, please contact Dr. Amon Eady at eady1ca@cmich.edu.

General Information for Band & Orchestra Auditions

Fall 2020: Auditions will take place virtually. 
Monday, August 17 by 12:00 pm: Deadline for all woodwinds & brass
Tuesday, August 18 by 12:00 pm: Deadline for all strings 
Wednesday, August 19 by 12:00 pm Deadline for percussion

Creating Your Video

We ask that you send an unedited video of no longer than 9 minutes of playing (12 minutes for graduate strings) by the above deadlines. When creating your video, make sure you state your name, year at CMU, and major prior to playing. Videos should be uploaded as unlisted YouTube videos, or available through a URL. 

Band this Fall

Music to be performed in the fall include chamber wind ensemble pieces by historic and contemporary composers. This will allow us to continue performing in the safest way possible as defined by the most recent research for our field. Audition results will be sent via email on Thursday evening, August 20. We're excited to hear each of you soon! 

Concert Band Audition Material

Students auditioning for the CMU concert bands will need to prepare a short concert piece, sonata, or etude/s of their choice. If not auditioning for orchestra, students do not need to prepare the orchestra audition music.

Symphony Orchestra this Fall

The chamber orchestra repertoire to be read, rehearsed, and performed this fall semester encompasses music from the late 16th through the early 20th centuries. The chamber orchestra configurations will allow for social distancing and for the safe conditions necessary in the current climate, which will translate into successful music making for everyone. Audition results will be sent via email on Thursday evening, August 20. We look forward to your audition!

Orchestral Audition Excerpts

(Please adhere to the deadlines above and follow the "Creating Your Video" instructions. Submit all your pieces in one video, or as a video playlist. 

For your audition, please prepare the following:

  • A solo piece of your choice: Preferably, a movement from a standard concerto or sonata, or a concert/solo piece that highlights your musical ability (tone, phrasing, technique, musicality, etc.)
  • Orchestral excerpts (for orchestra auditions only): See the below list of required excerpts (no substitutions). All excerpts are marked for your convenience and fairness.

Print, study, and prepare the excerpts for your audition to perform (play the bracketed passages only). You will be expected to know how soft or loud, at what tempo, and stylistically how to perform each excerpt.


VIOLIN (All students) - Haydn Symph6 Le Matin, II.pdf
VIOLA (All students) - Mozart 35, I.pdf
VIOLIN (Grad-Concertmaster) - Beethoven 9, III and Brahms 4, I.pdf
VIOLA (Grad) - Mendelssohn Midsummer.pdf

CELLO - Brahms Symph 3, III.pdf
BASS - Mahler 1, III.pdf

​ ​Woodwinds

FLUTE - Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite 2.pdf
PICCOLO - Ippolitov-Ivanov Sardar.pdf
OBOE - Schubert Symphony 9.pdf
CLARINET - Beethoven Symph 6, I.pdf
BASSOON - Beethoven Violin Concerto.pdf

​ ​Brass

HORN - Tchaikovsky Symphony 4.pdf
TRUMPET- Respighi Pines of Rome.pdf

TENOR TROMBONE - Borodin Polovtsian Dances.pdf
BASS TROMBONE - Borodin Polovtsian Dances.pdf
TUBA - Tchaikovsky Symph4 (Finale).pdf

​ ​Percussion

​No excerpts available, see Dr. Spencer for audition requirements.

All string students must audition for the Symphony Orchestra. 
Violinists auditioning for Concertmaster will prepare all the materials described above plus the Concertmaster excerpts. (All graduate violinists must audition for concertmaster.)