Auditions

Auditions usually take place during the first two weeks of classes. 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

Audition dates and times: August 17, 18, 21, 22, and 23; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00-3:00 PM , or by appointment with Dr. Parker.

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

Audition Requirements:
-All Major Scales
-Sight Reading
-Improvise over Rhythm Changes or Blues
-Prepared piece linked below

Drum set players should be prepared to demonstrate all standard styles of jazz, including latin styles

Anyone interested in auditioning for an open spot in one of the six jazz ensembles, sign up here

When signing up for an audition please include in the description what instrument you will be auditioning on.

Prepared piece:

Alto Sax
Baritone Sax
Tenor Sax

Trumpet in Bb
Trombone
Bass Trombone

Piano
Guitar
String Bass
Drum Set

Wind Ensemble Auditions

When:

Wed. Aug. 16, 10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 3 pm
Thur. Aug. 17, 10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 2 pm3:40 pm – 4:30 pm
Fri. Aug.  18,   10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 3 pm
Mon. Aug. 21,  10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 3 pm
Tue. Aug. 22,  10 am – 11:50 am3 pm – 4:30 pm
Wed. Aug. 23,  10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 3 pm
Thur. Aug. 24,  10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 2 pm3:40 pm – 4:30 pm
Fri. Aug. 25,    10 am – 11:50 am1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Dr. Garcia’s office, Room 215 Price Music Center

Students who wish to audition for Wind Ensemble are expected to prepare the following:
All brass and woodwinds should be prepared to play all 12 major scales with arpeggios and the chromatic scale (tongued and slurred). You can use music for this if you would like. Also, prepare up to 5 minutes of music that best demonstrates your ability level. Any interested percussionists should contact Dr. Garcia at pdgarcia@ncsu.edu to set up an audition.

When signing up for an audition please include in the description what instrument you will be auditioning on.

Click here to sign up for an audition time!

Choral Auditions

When: August 16-18 and 21-22; 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-5:00 PM

Where: Dr. Leaf’s office, Room 214 Price Music Center

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

If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Leaf via email at nathan_leaf@ncsu.edu or via phone at 919-515-8280. You can also find out more information by going to the music department web page (music.arts.ncsu.edu) or by simply stopping by Price Music Center.

Click here to sign up for an audition appointment!

Orchestra Auditions

When: August 16, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM; August 21, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM; August 22, 4:30 PM-7:30 PM; and August 23, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Where: Dr. Askim’s office, Room 207 Price Music Center

Expectations:

– 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.

Auditions for string players are primarily to determine if players are capable of handling orchestra repertoire and as a factor in seating. Wind and brass positions are competitive.

If you would like more information, please contact 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.

If you are a community player that does not have a google calendar please email music-info@ncsu.edu with the audition time you would like to sign up for.

Click here to sign up for an audition appointment!

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

Marching Band Auditions

When: First day of Orientation from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, or Band Camp, or by appointment.
Where: Price Music Center

Expectations:

-All Brass and Woodwind auditions involve all major scales and arpeggios as well as sight reading.

-Instruments will be provided during freshman orientation if you do not have your own. Please bring your own mouthpiece and reed.

-All Color Guard and Drum Line auditions are held during the first couple of days of band camp. All prospective new Guard and Drum Line members need to come to Price Music Center to fill out important paperwork between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm on the first day of their summer orientation session.

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

Pipes and Drums Auditions

North Carolina State University 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. For any additional information visit www.ncsupipesanddrums.com.

A Cappella Auditions

Auditions for NC State’s 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.

Fall auditions for 2017 will occur on August 26 with callbacks on August 27. Questions and requests for more information can be sent to the a cappella council at ncsuacappella@gmail.com.

Music Theory Placement Test

When: TBD for Spring 2017.
Where: Broughton Hall 1404 (piano lab)

The test will take one hour and all you need is a pencil.
Additional info and a sample test can be found here.
For more information, contact Dr. Tom Koch at tom_koch@ncsu.edu