Auditions

Photograph of four saxophone players from the Jazz Orchestra performing together during a concert.

Join your Pack! 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: Auditions will take place during the first week of classes, August 17-19 and 23, 2021. Audition time appointments are available for registration at the following link. Click here to sign up for an audition appointment.

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

Audition Requirements:

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 review these carefully. The sheet music is for your prepared piece, and the audio file is for the improvisation component of your audition.

Alto Sax:   Alto Sax (sheet music)   (Winds mp3)
Bari Sax:   Baritone Sax (sheet music)   (Winds mp3)
Tenor Sax:   Tenor Sax (sheet music)   (Winds mp3)
Trumpet:   Trumpet (sheet music)   (Winds mp3)
Trombone:   Trombone (sheet music)   (Winds mp3)
Bass Trombone:   Bass Trombone (sheet music)   (Winds mp3)
Piano:   Piano (sheet music)   (Piano/Guitar mp3)
Guitar:   Guitar (sheet music)   (Piano/Guitar mp3)
Bass:   Bass (sheet music)   (Bass mp3)
Drums:   Drum Set (sheet music)   (Drums mp3)

Please email Dr. Parker at wes_parker@ncsu.edu for more information on how to audition for a jazz ensemble.

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: Friday, July 30, 2021

Results of the video auditions will be sent out by August 6.

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 upon your arrival on 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 in this Google Drive folder. 
  • 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 30, 2021. 

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 16-20, 2021, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Click here to sign up for an audition appointment.

Where: Price Music Center, room 110

Registration prior to auditions:

  • All new choir students should register for MUS 114, SECTION 002, which meets T/Th at 3:00.
  • All returning choir students who previously sang in Vox Accalia, Singing Statesmen, or Chamber Singers last semester should register for MUS 114, SECTION 002
  • All choir students who previously sang in State Chorale should put MUS 115 in their shopping cart.
  • All students interested in singing in the new Chamber Singers ensemble on Mondays should plan to also sing in one of the T/Th choirs, and put MUS 114 section 001 in their shopping cart.

Please complete this audition form (fillable PDF) and either email it to Dr. Leaf the day prior to your audition or print it out and bring it with you to your audition: njleaf@ncsu.edu.

Expectations: Each audition is about ten 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.

For Fall 2021, we are planning to hold auditions in person. Conditions regarding the pandemic at the time will determine the safety protocols we will follow, as to potential use of masks and distancing. It is possible, if conditions warrant, that we will hold some or all choir auditions via Zoom.

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: August 16 and 18, 2021 | evening time slots available

Where: Details on audition location will be emailed the week prior to auditions to all students who have reserved an appointment time.

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.

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: Friday, July 9, 2021

Results will be sent out by July 16.

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: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Drum line audition information packet

Color Guard Auditions: 

DEADLINE: July 16, 2021

Color guard audition information packet

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

Acappology, Grains of Time, Ladies in Red and Wolfgang A Cappella:
Auditions for these four student-run a cappella groups are being conducted via video submission, with possible in-person callbacks. Audition videos must be submitted via this online audition form by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18.

Your audition video should include a verse and a chorus of any song (something relatively popular is recommended). You will be notified regarding callbacks by individual a cappella groups by Friday, August 21.

Those interested 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.

Jawaani fusion a cappella:
Jawaani will be host an interest meeting on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Use this link to join the interest meeting.

Auditions and rehearsals this semester will be held entirely online. You must submit your video audition here by midnight on August 18. The video audition should include at least one minute of any English song. If you would like to submit a sample of a South Asian or any non-English language song, or a sample of other vocal talents such as Indian classical music or beatboxing, please do so in the very same Google Form. You will be notified regarding callbacks by August 20, and callbacks will take place online on August 23. Email ncsujawaani@gmail.com with any questions.

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