Auditions

Join your Pack! Marching band auditions (including drum line and color guard) and several other ensembles will be conducted by video submission or Zoom appointment over the summer. Deadlines vary so please review the information below carefully. Choirs will audition in person during the first week of classes. Review the audition requirements for each ensemble below and reach out to us with any questions at music-info@ncsu.edu.

Auditions take place during the first two weeks of classes each semester, with the exception of marching band which auditions in the summer. For details, click on your ensemble of interest below. Audition dates are typically posted about a month prior to the start of classes.

Jazz Auditions

When: July 20-August 14, 2020 by video submission

It is preferred that all prospective members audition by submitting a video, but a live option is available for any students who don’t have access to an instrument at this time. The live auditions will take place during the first week of classes, beginning August 11. Please email Dr. Parker at wes_parker@ncsu.edu to set up your live audition.

Audition Requirements:

DEADLINE: August 14, 2020

Audition requirements vary for each instrument. You will find the requirements at the top of the sheet music PDF linked below for your instrument. Please read these carefully so you do not leave anything out. Note: winds and brass have one backing track; piano/guitar/bass have two.

Please follow these guidelines when recording your audition video:

  1. State your name
  2. Before each scale, identify which scale you are playing (please no Bb major, we all know that one)
  3. Play the prepared piece with the backing track (use headphones and line up the prepared portion with the backing track as cleanly as possible)
  4. Piano/guitar/bass:  Play both examples after doing your scales
  5. Drum set:  Play the prepared piece as instructed on the music, and then give brief 10-15 second examples of each individual style in the order in which they are listed
  6. Label your video with your name and instrument and add it to the following google folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16jOr8H3ZgP4_Ze2FqH4v_vVQhTISAYWf?usp=sharing

Prepared piece (sheet music with audition requirements, and audio files):

Alto Sax:   Alto Sax (sheet music)   (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Bari Sax:   Baritone Sax (sheet music)  (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Tenor Sax:   Tenor Sax (sheet music)  (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Trumpet (Lead):   Lead Trumpet (sheet music)  (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Trumpet (Section):  Section Trumpet (sheet music)  (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Trombone:   Trombone (sheet music)  (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Bass Trombone:   Bass Trombone (sheet music) (Winds Ex. 1 mp3)
Piano:   Piano (sheet music)   (Piano/Guitar Ex. 1 mp3) (Piano/Guitar Ex. 2 mp3)
Guitar:   Guitar (sheet music)   (Piano/Guitar Ex. 1 mp3) (Piano/Guitar Ex. 2 mp3)
Bass:   Bass (sheet music)   (Bass Ex. 1 mp3) (Bass Ex. 2 mp3)
Drums:   Drum Set (sheet music)   (Drums mp3)

It is preferred that all prospective members audition by submitting a video, but a live option is available for any students who don’t have access to an instrument, at this time. The live auditions will be set up and performed upon our return to campus. Please email Dr. Parker at wes_parker@ncsu.edu to set up your live audition.

Concert Band (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) Auditions

Symphonic Band

No audition required. Must have played your instrument for at least one year. Register for MUS 135. Contact Mr. Chris Branam at csbranam@ncsu.edu with questions.

Wind Ensemble

All students who are planning to audition for Wind Ensemble should enroll in MUS 134 to establish the space in their schedule. The class meets MWF from 12:50-1:40 p.m.

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

Audition requirements:

DEADLINE: July 31, 2020

Results of the video auditions will be sent out by August 7.

It is preferred that all prospective members audition by submitting a video, but a live option is available for any students who don’t have access to an instrument, at this time. The live auditions will be set up and performed upon our return to campus. Please email Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu to set up your live audition.

Adjustments to the overall results will be made, as needed, once the live auditions are complete.

Please submit the following on your audition video:

  • Chromatic scale – Play from your lowest comfortable note to your highest comfortable note and back down to demonstrate range. Please slur up and tongue down.
  • Major scales with arpeggios – Play all 12 major scales with arpeggios. You may use the format that is most familiar to you. Please play two or three octaves when possible. 
  • Up to four minutes of prepared music – Please prepare a solo, etude or excerpts that best display your tone quality, technical ability and overall playing level.
  • Percussion – Play a solo or etude on snare drum or keyboard (xylo, marimba) that best displays your playing ability. Please make this video no longer than five minutes.

Please follow these steps to submit your video:

  • The video should be a single, unedited take – no clips or fades, no audio enhancement or filtering.
  • You must be visible and seen playing your instrument in the audition video.
  • For best results, make sure you are not too close to the microphone. Brass, please do not face directly at the mic. 
  • Please share the video via google drive to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UVDN9VtgXK8QpG_n24LW61NiKNYowN7F?usp=sharing. You may have to copy and paste for the link to work.
  • Please include your name and instrument in the title of the video. This is the preferred method of delivery.
  • However, if you have issues uploading to the Google Drive folder, you can upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted video. Please make sure to have the appropriate privacy settings so we can access it. Please include your name and instrument in the title of the video and send the video link to Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu.

Wind Ensemble audition videos are due by July 31, 2020. 

Reminder, students who don’t have access to an instrument can schedule a live audition by contacting Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu

Choral Auditions

When: Auditions will take place during the first week of classes, August 10-14. Click here to sign up for an audition appointment.

Where: Morning auditions in Price Music Center; Afternoon auditions via Zoom

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

Morning Auditions:

For Fall 2020, choir auditions in the morning will be held on the Price Music Center loading dock, which is a covered, outdoor space. Each audition will be individual, masks will be worn, and physical distancing will be maintained. To find the loading dock, enter Price using the double glass doors in front. Walk forward down the main hallway. When you get to the end of the hallway, next to room 120, to the right will be a set of doors going out to the loading dock. Additional instructions may be sent via email prior to your appointment.

Afternoon Auditions:

For Fall 2020, afternoon choir auditions will be done over Zoom. You will receive a Zoom link via email prior to your audition, as well as materials you may need to use in the audition. Please be in a quiet location for your audition. Your home or dorm room will be fine. You can also reserve a practice room in Price Music Center and Zoom from there if you choose.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Leaf via email at njleaf@ncsu.edu. If there are no audition times available on the calendar, contact Dr. Leaf directly.

Orchestra Auditions

When: Wednesday, July 22; Monday, July 27 | evenings
Limited audition availability on the evenings of August 10 and 12

Where: Virtual auditions conducted via Zoom; links to the Zoom session will be sent to students the day before their audition appointment.

If there are no available audition spots or you are a community player who does not have a Google calendar please email Dr. Peter Askim at paaskim@ncsu.edu. When signing up for an audition please include in the description what instrument you will be auditioning on.

Sign up for an audition appointment

Audition requirements:

  • Prepare a solo or orchestral excerpts of your choice – generally about 5 minutes or less of music. Solos could be pieces studied in private lessons, an all-state solo, or standard repertoire 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.

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Peter Askim at paaskim@ncsu.edu.

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

Marching Band Auditions

All prospective members of the band:

First, please fill out the Google form at the following link:  https://forms.gle/fXqby3BSLyi1dEaTA

All students who are planning to audition for marching band should enroll in MUS 131 to establish the space in their schedule. The class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:35 pm to 5:25 pm. 

Contact Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you!

Brass and Woodwinds Auditions:  

DEADLINE: July 10, 2020

Results will be sent out by July 24.

It is preferred that all prospective brass and woodwind players audition by submitting a video, but a live option is available for any students who don’t have access to an instrument at this time. Contact Dr. Paul Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu to schedule a live audition if necessary.

Please submit the following on your audition video:

  • Chromatic Scale of at least 2 octaves-Play from your lowest comfortable note to your highest comfortable note to demonstrate range.
  • Major scales with arpeggios-Please prepare 2 major scales with arpeggios. Play these in the format that is most familiar to you.
  • Up to 2 minutes of prepared music-Please prepare a solo, etude, or excerpts that best display your tone quality and technical ability.

Please follow these steps to submit your video:

  • The video should be a single, unedited take – no clips or fades, no audio enhancement or filtering.
  • You must be visible and seen playing your instrument in the audition video.
  • Please share the video via google drive to https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hOOphja4OL2k2cd_-Q7rcQDmnTt1ENNH?usp=sharing. Please include your name and instrument in the title of the video. This is the preferred method of delivery.
  • However, if you have issues uploading to the Google drive folder, you can upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted video. Please make sure to have the appropriate privacy settings so we can access it. Please include your name and instrument in the title of the video and send the video link to Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu

Drum Line Auditions:

DEADLINE: June 30, 2020

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1w9AYqW7EDavbHGAvXGs48T-JYW77mc-3

Color Guard Auditions: 

DEADLINE: July 31, 2020

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gam1xYrOP594iTd4jCZ6DbrbE1dcu_zw/view?usp=sharing

Wake Tech, Meredith College, William Peace University students:

All Meredith, Wake Tech and Peace students are welcome to join the NC State Marching Band through the CRC (Cooperating Raleigh Colleges). Please go to the CRC website (http://crcraleighcolleges.org/) for more information on how to register for the program. Students from CRC colleges who are interested in auditioning for the NC State Marching Band should use the audition video submission parameters listed above.
Please contact Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

Pep Band Auditions

When: First week of spring semester by appointment only

Where: Dr. Garcia’s office, Room 215 Price Music Center

Expectations:

  • All brass and woodwind auditions involve all major scales and arpeggios as well as sight reading.

For appointments or any other questions, please contact Dr. Paul Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu

Pipes and Drums Auditions

NC State 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, ncsupipesanddrums@ncsu.edu, 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.

A Cappella Auditions

Auditions for NC State’s student-run a cappella groups are conducted at the beginning of the fall semester in front of representatives from all four groups simultaneously. Individual groups may have their own auditions at other times throughout the year to fill gaps in personnel. Interested students may come anytime for an audition on the Saturday date TBA and should prepare one verse and one chorus of a song of your choice that showcases your range, style, and personality. Those interests in vocal percussion should prepare one beatboxing solo in addition to their vocal solo. Questions and requests for more information can be sent to the a cappella council at ncsuacappella@gmail.com.

Chordination A Cappella, NC State’s newest co-ed competitive a cappella group, is accepting video auditions through August 9. Audition guidelines and submission instructions can be found here at the top of the audition form.

Music Theory Placement Test

During spring/summer 2020, students will be taking the theory placement exam online through an online course repository called Connect4Education. The placement test is free to NC State students.

  • The exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions
  • It is timed at 80 minutes.
  • You must receive 75% or better to pass. You will learn immediately how you scored.
  • You must complete the test in one session; you cannot save and return. Unanswered questions will be counted wrong.
  • The test can only be taken once.

In order to take the test, contact Dr. Tom Koch (tom_koch@ncsu.edu) for an access code that you will register online at https://register.c4edu.org/ and create login credentials. When you are ready to take the test, you will access your account at https://c4elink.org to take the Placement Exam. Registration is now open and the exam is accessible now until the first day of class in August.

When creating your account at https://register.c4edu.org/, select the following options from the drop-down menus:

  • School (North Carolina State University)
  • Instructor (Tom Koch)
  • Semester (Fall 2020)
  • Course (MUS-103-001 Theory and Musicianship I)

There is no sample test available, but you can review the material at http://openmusictheory.com/contents.html and http://www.musictheory.net to prepare.

Topics include (there are no listening questions):

  1. Keyboard note names
  2. Octave designation (C4 is middle C)
  3. Note-reading in treble/bass clef
  4. Rhythmic notation and counting
  5. Simple and compound meter
  6. Time signatures
  7. Intervals (simple, compound, inversion)
  8. Major and minor scales and key signatures
  9. Relative and parallel keys
  10. Triadic qualities

For more information, contact Dr. Tom Koch at tom_koch@ncsu.edu