Fall 2019 ensemble auditions for Music Majors take place during the first week of classes Monday, August 26-Friday, August 30th. A sign-up sheet will be available on the Music Building hallway bulletin board starting Tuesday, August 20th.

Available Ensembles

Placement in ensembles is open to all CMU students (music majors and non-majors) by audition. Orchestra and Band auditions will be done concurrently this Fall for Woodwinds (including auxiliary instruments), Saxophones, Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Tubas, Euphoniums, and Percussion. Strings will audition separately.

  • 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. All choirs perform demanding repertoire from all periods and styles of music. One aspect that makes our choral department unique, is that all choirs perform particular selections and share the stage together every semester. The Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Festival Chorus all rehearse weekly and perform concerts times each semester.

Fall 2019 Chorus auditions take place in the choir room (rm 157):

  • Saturday & Sunday - August 24th & 25th - from 1:00-6:00pm
  • Monday - August 26th - from 2:00-6:00pm

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 Instrumental Auditions

Fall 2019: Auditions will take place during the first week of classes (August 26 thru 30)
Spring 2020:
Auditions will take place during the last week of classes in the fall, which is the week before final exams (December 2 thru 6).

Your audition is taken very seriously and is considered more than a formality. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your technical capabilities, musicianship, and preparedness. Ensemble assignments, all part assignments, seating, and placement is based on your audition performance. Consequently, it will be your responsibility to be fully prepared. Please bear in mind that correct tempo, dynamics, articulations, and style are just as important as correct notes. Sign up early for an audition time and make sure you know in advance where your audition room is!

  • All Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings will sign-up for an audition time on the sheets posted to the bulletin board. 
  • Percussionists must see Dr. Andrew Spencer for audition information. 
  • Do not delay in selecting your audition time as there are specific days and times for each instrument
  • Percussionists must see Dr. Andrew Spencer for audition information/requirements

Remember that it is your responsibility to sign up for your audition time on the correct day and time. Fill out the Orchestra and Band Audition Forms and bring them to your audition. Copies of the Audition Forms will be placed on music stands outside of the audition rooms.

Except for strings, students auditioning for both band and orchestra need to write the letter “O” next to their names when signing up.

Audition Materials

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: Please see the below list of required excerpts (no substitutions). All excerpts are marked for your convenience and fairness.

Print, study, and prepare the excerpts and bring to 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.

All string students must audition for the Symphony Orchestra.
Violinists auditioning for Concertmaster will prepare all the materials described above plus the Concertmaster excerpts and will perform all their selections on Wednesday, August 28.


VIOLIN - Fall 2019.pdf
VIOLA - Fall 2019.pdf
CELLO - Fall 2019.pdf
BASS - Fall 2019.pdf

​ ​Woodwinds

FLUTE - Fall 2019.pdf
PICCOLO - Fall 2019.pdf
OBOE - Fall 2019.pdf
ENGLISH HORN - Fall 2019.pdf

CLARINET in Bb.pdf
BASS CLARINET in Bb - Fall 2019.pdf
Eb CLARINET - Fall 2019.pdf
BASSOON - Fall 2019.pdf
CONTRABASSOON - Fall 2019.pdf

​ ​Brass

HORN - Fall 2019.pdf
TRUMPET - Fall 2019.pdf

TENOR TROMBONE - Fall 2019.pdf
BASS TROMBONE - Fall 2019.pdf
TUBA - Fall 2019.pdf

​ ​Percussion

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

Audition Schedule

Monday, August 26

Horn only
​8:00 am - 9:00 am
​Horn & Flute
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Flute only
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Horn & Flute
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (rm 171)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (rm 171)

Tuesday, August 27

& Saxophones

8:00 am - 10:00 am,
& 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cello 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (rm 171)
Bass 5:00 pm - 6:20 pm (rm 171)

Wednesday, August 28

Trombones, Euphonium,
8:00 am - 10:00 am,
11:00 am - 12:00 pm,
& 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm (rm 171)

Thursday, August 29

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, August 30

Timpani / Percussion
8:00 am - 12:00 pm (rm 156)
Double Reeds
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Orchestral audition results will be posted on Thursday, August 29 in the afternoon (Percussion: Friday, August 30 in the afternoon) on the Symphony Orchestra bulletin board outside of Room 171 of the Music Building. The first general meeting and rehearsal for the Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 (2:00–3:50 p.m.) in Rehearsal Room 156. 

Band audition results will be posted Friday, August 30 in the afternoon. The first general meeting and rehearsal for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is scheduled for Wednesday (2:00–3:50 p.m.) in Rehearsal Room 156.