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

When: Wednesday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 10 | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: Dr. Parker’s office, Room 210 Price Music Center Click here to sign up for an audition time.

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

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
Bass Trombone
Drum Set

All instruments should practice with the recordings provided below.
Winds mp3
Drums mp3
Piano/Guitar mp3
Bass mp3

Wind Ensemble Auditions

When: By appointment; see sign-up link below for available times

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 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: Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 23 and Monday, Aug. 26 through Wednesday, Aug. 28 | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m.

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 or via phone at 919-515-8280. If there are no audition times available on the calendar, contact Dr. Leaf directly. 

Click here to sign up for an audition appointment!

Orchestra Auditions

When: Wednesday, Aug. 21, Monday, Aug. 26 or Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 | 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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

– 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 When signing up for an audition please include in the description what instrument you will be auditioning on. If there are no available audition spots or you are a community player that does not have a google calendar please email 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:

Marching Band Auditions

When: First day of your orientation session from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, or during Band Camp, or by appointment.

Where: Talley Student Union, main level, Cultural Hearth (to your left when you enter through the Cates Ave. doors)


  • 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.

Band Camp will take place August 14-20, 2019 and is required. For appointments or any other questions, please contact Dr. Paul Garcia at

Wake Tech and Meredith College students: Auditions We offer NC State Marching Band through the CRC (Cooperative Raleigh Colleges). To participate, you will need to schedule an audition time with Mr. Chris Branam or Dr. Paul Garcia. Audition requirements-

  • Minimum of two major scales (two-octave, if available)
  • Chromatic scale
  • Short sight-reading
  • *optional- a prepared excerpt

Typically auditions are done in mid-July, when new student orientations occurs. Band Camp will take place August 14-20, 2019 and is required.

Wake Tech and Meredith College students: What to do after auditions

Once you have had a successful audition and are okay to participate in Marching Band, you can enroll through CRC. Detailed steps can be found here:

You can disregard the “Must not be in your first semester at Wake Tech” requirement since Marching Band is only offered during the Fall.

Once Wake Tech receives your CRC application and verifies that you meed the requirements, they will forward it to the registrar’s office at NC State. You will receive an email from the registrar’s office at NCSU once they have manually registered you for NCSU’s Marching Band course. You will not be billed for this course and will receive a sponsorship so that you do not owe any tuition to NC State.

At that time, you will be registered for a placeholder course at Wake Tech. The course will appear on your schedule as MUS-133 and you will be billed for the course at the Wake Tech tuition rate which can be paid along with your other Wake Tech courses. At the end of the semester once you’ve completed the course, the NC State registrar’s office will send your grade to Wake Tech so that they can award your transfer credit.

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,, 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

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 2018 will occur on Saturday, September 8 (1pm to 7pm) in the Talley Student Union (room 3210) with callbacks on Sunday, September 9 from 10am to 5pm. Interested students may come anytime for an audition on Saturday 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

Music Theory Placement Test

When: Monday, August 20 at 10:00 AM 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