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Ensemble Placement Auditions

Spring 2020: Sunday, January 12 (Sunday prior to start of spring classes)

ALL ensembles, except Marching Band, require an audition every fall and spring semester; this includes Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble and Combos, and Jordan Jazz. Auditions are an important part of every semester as we want to get to know each person's present ability, level, and potential. Please make note of audition schedules and requirements below as well as familiarize yourself with the Audition Policies and Procedures.

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

Ensemble Info & Rehearsal Times

Bands

Wind Ensemble (upper level concert band)

  • Instructor/Director: Prof. Michael Colburn
  • Course #: ES 120
  • Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 2:25-4:25 PM

Symphonic Band

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Brian Weidner
  • Course #: ES 116
  • Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 2:25-4:25 PM 
Choir

University Choir

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. John Perkins
  • Course: ES 117
  • Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 12:30-1:50 PM

University Chorale

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Eric Stark
  • Course: ES 118
  • Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 12:30-1:50 PM
Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

  • Instructor/Director: Prof. Richard Clark
  • Course: ES 122
  • Rehearsals: Tues/Thurs, 2:30-5:30 PM
Jazz

Jordan Jazz (vocal jazz ensemble)

  • Instructor/Director: Prof. Erin Benedict
  • Course: ES 104
  • Rehearsal: TBA (typically evening times one weekday per week)

Jazz Ensemble

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Matt Pivec
  • Course: ES 124
  • Rehearsal: Mon/Wed, 6:30-8:00 PM

Jazz Combos

  • Instructors/Directors: Dr. Matt Pivec, Prof. Sean Imboden, Prof. Jesse Wittman, Prof. Sandy Williams
  • Course: ES 127
  • Rehearsals: Fridays, 12:00-1:30 PM
Other Instrumental Ensembles**

**Do not require an audition during regularly scheduled ensemble auditions. Contact individual ensemble directors for information.

Percussion Ensemble

  • Instructor/Director: Jon Crabiel (jcrabiel@butler.edu)
  • Course: ES 106
  • Rehearsals: Tues/Thurs, 12:00-1:30 PM

​Composer's Orchestra//New Music Ensemble

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Frank Felice (ffelice@butler.edu)
  • Course: ES 108
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 8:00-10:00 PM

Marching Band

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Matt Smith (mjsmith3@butler.edu)
  • Course: PWB 140 (Marching Band)
  • Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 4:45-6:30 PM (until season ends shortly before finals)

Basketball/Pep Band

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Matt Smith (mjsmith3@butler.edu)
  • Course: ES 121 (Spring)
  • Rehearsals: Friday, 4:35-6:35 PM

Audition Policies

Orchestra (bso), Wind Ensemble (buwe), Symphonic Band (busb)

Audition Policies and Procedures for BSO, BUWE, BUSB (printable)

  1. We will audition for BSO, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band placement at the start of each fall and spring semester. Auditions will happen just before the start of classes, as close to the first day of class as possible.  The Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment will oversee this process coordinating with the Welcome Week schedule, New World Youth Symphony Orchestra (NWYO) retreat, and with faculty.
  2. For spring semester auditions, the schedule should be determined before the end of the fall semester. The fall semester audition schedule will be included with Welcome Week information to incoming students and emailed to all incoming and returning students.
  3. Every effort will be made to have ‘blind’ auditions where the identity of the performer is unknown to the evaluators.
  4. Auditions will be grouped in schedule blocks by instruments (i.e. all violins will audition in one schedule block). Logistical and scheduling details may prevent this in some cases, but every effort will be made to keep instruments grouped together.
  5. Auditions will be evaluated by studio teachers.  These may be grouped by individual instruments (i.e. bassoon students will audition for the bassoon instructor), by groups (i.e. double reed students will audition for the oboe and bassoon instructors), or by area (i.e. woodwind students will audition for the woodwind faculty).  Details will be arranged by each area and may depend upon schedules and availability.
  6. Evaluators will rank the auditionees based upon their performance in that audition only. After the order has been determined, the identity of the auditionees will be revealed to the evaluators.
  7.  Faculty will then present this ranking to the ensemble conductors and meet with them to determine ensemble assignments (BSO, WE, SB). Ensemble assignments will be decided jointly by the studio instructors and the conductors. A bona fide schedule conflict may preclude a student’s placement in a specific ensemble. Furthermore, faculty will take into consideration previous ensemble participation, the needs of the ensembles, and the best interest of individual students when determining ensemble assignments. (i.e. ‘Wind Ensemble needs a strong EH player this semester’; ‘This student needs more orchestral experience’, etc.)
  8. Conductors will consider audition results when making part assignments for their ensembles. 
  9. Percussionists will continue to be auditioned and assigned to ensembles by the percussion faculty.
Jazz Ensemble and Combos

Audition Policies and Procedures for Jazz Ensemble and Combos (printable)

  1. We will audition for Jazz Ensemble and Combo placement at the start of each fall and spring semester. Auditions will happen just before the start of classes, as close to the first day of class as possible.  The Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment will oversee this process coordinating with the Welcome Week schedule, NWYSO retreat, and with faculty.
  2. For spring semester auditions, the schedule should be determined before the end of the fall semester. The fall semester audition schedule will be included with Welcome Week information to incoming students and emailed to all incoming and returning students.
  3. Auditions will be grouped in schedule blocks by instruments (i.e. all saxophones will audition in one schedule block). Logistical and scheduling details may prevent this in some cases, but every effort will be made to keep instruments grouped together.
  4. Auditions will be evaluated by jazz faculty.  These may be grouped by individual instruments (i.e. sax students will audition for the jazz sax instructors), by groups (i.e. brass students will audition for the brass instructors), or by area (i.e. rhythm section students will audition for the rhythm section faculty).  Details will be arranged by each area and may depend upon schedules and availability.
  5. Evaluators will rank the auditionees based upon their performance in that audition only.
  6. Jazz faculty will then present this ranking to the ensemble conductors and meet with them to determine ensemble assignments. Ensemble assignments will be decided jointly by the jazz faculty and director of jazz studies. A bona fide schedule conflict may preclude a student’s placement in a specific ensemble. Furthermore, faculty will take into consideration previous ensemble participation, the needs of the ensembles, and the best interest of individual students when determining ensemble assignments.
  7. Conductors will consider audition results when making part assignments for their ensembles. 

Audition Instructions

Butler Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band (bso, buwe, busb)

Brass, Woodwinds, Strings

  1. Report to the audition proctor outside of your assigned audition room at the appropriate check-in time (see "Schedules and Sign-Up Sheets" tab below). The audition proctor will have the sign-in sheet.
  2. Sign your name on the first available time slot on the audition sign-in sheet. You will be assigned a number at this time (ex. “Trumpet 4”). Your number will be called when it is your turn to audition. The audition panel will only receive your assigned number, your identity will be anonymous until all auditions are completed. NOTE: If you did not submit an Ensemble Audition Information Form online prior to your audition, you will be asked to complete a paper form when you sign in.
  3. You may warm-up in practice rooms on the 2nd floor at any time before your audition.
  4. Return to the audition room at least 5 minutes prior to your specific audition time slot.
  5. When your number is called, please enter the room, wait for the door to shut behind you, and begin playing the excerpts in the order you have prepared them. NOTE: To maintain anonymity, please do not communicate directly with the audition panel who will be situated with their back(s) to you. Any questions should be directed to the audition proctor before you enter the audition room.
  6. Once your audition is complete, you are free to leave. Each audition will take approximately 10 minutes.

Percussion

  1. Report to Lilly Hall room 320 (Percussion Studio) approximately 5 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time (see "Schedule and Sign Up Sheet" tab below). You may warm up in practice rooms on the 2nd floor at any time before your audition.
  2. Enter the audition room when your name is called.
  3. Follow instructions provided by the audition panel (percussion faculty).
  4. Once your audition is complete, you are free to leave.

Jazz Ensemble, Choral Ensembles, and Jordan Jazz

All Instruments and Voice

  1. Report to the designated audition room approximately 5 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time (see "Schedule and Sign Up Sheet" tab below). You may warm-up in practice rooms on the 2nd floor at any time before your audition.
  2. Enter the audition room when your name is called.
  3. Follow the instructions of the audition panel.
  4. Once your audition is complete, you are free to leave.

Audition Requirements and Excerpts

SPRING 2020

Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band

Auditions should consist of the excerpts provided below (arranged by instrument area). NOTE: For non-music majors auditioning for Symphonic Band only, you will be exempt from certain pieces; please see instructions included on the excerpts.

ATTENTION BRASS and WOODWIND students: please be sure to complete the Ensemble Audition Information Form prior to your audition.

BRASS

WOODWINDS

STRINGS

  • Bass
  • Cello UPDATED with brackets 1/8/2020
  • Violin UPDATED with brackets 1/8/2020
  • Viola UPDATED with brackets 1/8/2020

PERCUSSION

  • All Percussion-- coming soon!

Jazz Ensembles/Combos (instrumental)

Jordan Jazz (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)

  • Jordan Jazz-- FULL for Spring 2020, contact Prof. Erin Benedict to join for Fall 2020 ebenedic@butler.edu

Choral Ensembles

  • Students should bring a short solo work/excerpt that you can sing comfortably and confidently. A work from the 24 Italian Songs and Arias, a Hymn-Arrangement or Folk-Song Arrangement is also permitted. Please bring a copy for the accompanist. The audition may also include some vocalizing and sight reading.
  • Students who do not have a solo selection may choose to sing “America the Beautiful” (click piece title for printable score).

Schedules and Sign-Up Sheets 2019-20

SPRING 2020

BRASS and WOODWINDS for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band

>>ACTION ITEM: All Brass and Woodwind students must complete the following Ensemble Audition Information Form prior to auditioning 

DATE: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Instrument Check-In Time**

Audition Timeframe (end time is approximate)
>>Each individual audition will take about 8 minutes<<

Location (LH=Lilly Hall)
Bassoon 7:00 PM 7:15-7:45 PM LH 133
Clarinet  (incl. Eb and Bass Clarinet) 5:15 PM 5:30-7:00 PM LH 120
Flute 5:15 PM 5:30-7:30 PM LH 230 (Chamber Room)
Oboe 6:15 PM 6:30-7:00 PM LH 133
Saxophone 6:15 PM 6:30-8:30 PM LH 110
Euphonium 6:15 PM 6:30-7:15 PM LH 141
Horn (AFTERNOON START TIME!) 1:45 PM 2:00-3:30 PM LH 209
Trombone 6:15 PM 6:30-8:00 PM LH 145
Trumpet

3:45 PM

 4:00-6:00 PM  LH 209
Tuba 7:00 PM 7:15-7:45 PM LH 141

 

PERCUSSION for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band

DATE: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Audition Sign-Up Sheet/Audition Order Timeframe Location (LH= Lilly Hall)
Percussion for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band Sign up for an audition slot here: Percussion Auditions Spring 2020 3:30-6:30 PM LH 320 (Percussion Studio)

 

STRINGS for Orchestra

DATE: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Instrument Check-In Time Audition Timeframe
>>Each individual audition will take about 10 minutes<<
Location
(LH = Lilly Hall)
Bass (EARLY START TIME!) 11:50 AM 12:00-1:00 PM LH 230
Cello 5:15 PM 5:30-6:30 PM LH 211 (Prof. Grubb's studio)
Viola 4:00 PM 4:15-5:15 PM LH 230
Violin (EARLY START TIME!) 12:45 PM 1:00-4:00 PM LH 230

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE and COMBOS

DATE: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Instrument Timeframe (approx) Location (LH= Lilly Hall) Sign-Up Sheet
Bass 7:30-8:15 PM TBA (tentatively LH 212)

ALL INSTRUMENTS Sign up for an audition time slot here: 

Jazz Ensemble/Combos Audition Sign-Up Spring 2020

 

Drums 7:00-8:00 PM LH 246
Guitar 7:00-7:45 PM TBA (tentatively LH 212)
Piano 5:00-5:45 PM LH 212
Saxophone 6:00-7:00 PM updated Jan. 8 LH 246
Trombone 2:00-2:45 PM LH 044
Trumpet 1:00-2:00 PM LH 110

 

JORDAN JAZZ (vocal jazz)

FULL for Spring 2020, but openings available in Fall 2020. Contact Prof. Erin Benedict for more info and to set up an audition ebenedic@butler.edu.

 

CHORAL ENSEMBLES + VOICE STUDIO PLACEMENT

DATE: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Audition/Hearing Sign-Up Sheet/Audition Order Timeframe (approx.) Location (LH= Lilly Hall)
Choral Audition for Voice Majors, choral EPS winners, and returning choir members

Sign up for/view audition time here

5:30-7:30 PM LH 124
Voice Studio Placement Hearings for First-Year Voice Majors and choral EPS winners only FALL ONLY n/a  
Choral Audition for Non-Majors Sign up for an audition slot here

5:30-7:30 PM

 LH 124

 

Placement Exams (new Music Majors only)

Keyboard Skills Placement Exam

If you are an incoming first-year or transfer Music Major and DID NOT take your required Keyboard Skills Placement Exam at New Student Registration, you are required to do so during Welcome Week. NOTE: You will be emailed individually regarding your specific exam time. If you did not complete the Keyboard Skills Placement Exam at your registration date, you will need to complete it during Welcome Week. Email music@butler.edu with questions/ to set up a time.

Music Theory 101/111 Exemption Exam-- INVITATION ONLY

Based on the results of the Music Theory Placement Exam taken by all first year/incoming tranfer music majors, some students will be invited to take the MT 101 and/or MT 111 exemption exams. Students will be contacted individually by Dr. Jeff Gillespie, Coordinator of Music Theory, via email if they are eligible for the exam(s).

Questions?

If you have questions about the audition process or about specific ensembles, please contact the School of Music office at music@butler.edu OR contact the appropriate ensemble director below:

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

University Choir
Dr. John Perkins
317-940-9636
jdperkin@butler.edu

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

Vocal Jazz
Prof. Erin Benedict
ebenedic@butler.edu

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

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

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