Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Ensemble auditions

Instrumental and Choral Ensemble Auditions

Please read the following information and instructions. Many frequently asked questions are addressed below.

Important: ALL ensembles, except marching band, require an audition. We want to get to know each person's present ability, level and potential. The directors of all the major ensembles will be present for your audition, so you will only need to perform one audition to be considered for more than one ensemble. A separate audition is required, however, for the Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combo and for placement in the percussion sections of the Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

Questions?  Please contact Kristin Flodder in the School of Music office at kflodder@butler.edu or 317-940-9065 or contact the ensemble director directly.

Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Band ~ Show more

Students intending to perform in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Symphonic Band must audition for admission. Auditions will be scheduled by signing up for a time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229.

Butler Symphony Orchestra:

All students must audition at the beginning of each semester.  All wind players should prepare excerpts provided.  Violins have the option of auditioning for either Violin 1 or 2.  Percussion parts will be assigned by Professor Crabiel (see below for details).  Tempo and 'style' are vital to a successful audition. 

Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Bass 

Auditions for strings will take place on Monday, August 25 or Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  Auditions for winds and brass will take place on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Sign up for an audition time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229.  Questions? Please contact Professor Clark at rclark@butler.edu.

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band:

Anyone interested in performing in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band must audition at the beginning of each semester. 

Auditions for winds and brass will take place on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Sign up for an audition time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229.  Questions?  Please contact Prof. Colburn at mcolburn@butler.edu or 940-6672.

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Trumpet
Trombone
Horn
Euphonium
Tuba 

Percussion:

All percussion (majors and non-majors) interested in performing in Butler Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band must audition for admission.  Auditions for percussion will take place on Tuesday, August 26.

Sign up for an audition time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229. Questions? Please contact Jon Crabiel (Lilly Hall 320B) at jcrabiel@butler.edu or 940-9488.

Percussion ~ Show more

All percussion (majors and non-majors) interested in performing in Butler Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band must audition for admission.  Auditions for percussion will take place on Tuesday, August 26.

Please prepare all six excerpts:
Percussion excerpt 1
Percussion excerpt 2
Percussion excerpt 3
Percussion excerpt 4
Percussion excerpt 5
Percussion excerpt 6

Sign up for an audition time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229. Questions? Please contact Jon Crabiel (Lilly Hall 320B) at jcrabiel@butler.edu or 940-9488.

Jazz Ensembles ~ Show more

Students intending to perform in Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo must audition for admission.  Auditions for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo only happen before the fall semester each year.

2014 Jazz Audition Materials

Sign up for an audition time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229. (The same time slot will be used for your jazz ensemble and combo auditions.)  Questions?  Please contact Dr. Pivec at mpivec@butler.edu or 940-9068 if you have questions about jazz ensembles and combos.

Choral Ensembles ~ Show more

University Choir, Butler Women's Chorus, Butler Chorale, Chamber Singers, Opera Theatre

A brief 10-minute audition for Music faculty is required and will take place during Welcome Week for all Butler students. Music selections should include the following: solo repertoire of your choice, "America the Beautiful," and sight reading.

Sign up for an audition time on the glass wall outside the School of Music office, Lilly Hall 229. (The same time slot will be used for all choral ensembles.)  Questions?  Please contact Dr. Stark at estark@butler.edu.

Contact an Ensemble Director ~ Show more

If you have questions about the audition process or about specific ensembles, please contact the director of the appropriate ensemble:

Choral Ensembles
Dr. Eric Stark
317-940-9981
estark@butler.edu 

Jazz Ensembles
Dr. Matt Pivec
317-940-9068
mpivec@butler.edu

Orchestra
Prof. Richard Clark
317-940-8031
rclark@butler.edu

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Prof. Michael Colburn
317-940-6672
mcolburn@butler.edu

Percussion Ensemble
Prof. Jon Crabiel
317-940-9488
jcrabiel@butler.edu