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School of Music

Ensemble Placement Auditions

Fall 2021 Ensemble auditions will be IN-PERSON Sunday, August 22 through Tuesday, August 23.

ALL ensembles, except Marching Band, require an audition every fall and spring semester; this includes Symphonic Wind Ensemble (formerly Wind Ensemble and 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 Guidelines and Procedures.

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

Audition Requirements and Excerpts

FALL 2021

Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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.

BRASS

Complete this Ensemble Audition Information Form prior to auditions.

WOODWINDS

Complete this Ensemble Audition Information Form prior to auditions.

PERCUSSION

STRINGS

Jazz Ensembles/Combos

INSTRUMENTAL

VOCAL

Choral Ensembles

  • Please 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 the piece title for printable score). You may choose to sing the melody or whichever voice part is most comfortable for you; you need only prepare the first verse.

Schedules and Sign-Up Sheets

Schedules are sorted by ensemble and then by instrument area. Find your ensemble, instrument area, and primary instrument below for check-in times and locations. Note that Percussionists and those auditioning for Jazz Ensemble/Combos or Choir will need to sign up for an audition time in advance. All others, you will report to the audition location listed  for your instrument at the specified check-in time where you will then check in with the audition proctor and receive your audition time. Depending on your audition time, you may only have about 10 minutes to warm-up, so plan accordingly.

Orchestra and Concert Band (BUWE, BUSB)

BRASS: Monday, August 23, 2021

**Remember to complete this Ensemble Audition Information Form in advance.**

trumpet
  • Check-in time: 7:45 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 8:00-9:15 PM
horn
  • Check-in time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 6:15-7:00 PM
trombone
  • Check-in time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 7:15-7:45 PM
euphonium
  • Check-in time: 5:15 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 5:30-6:00 PM
tuba
  • Check-in time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 044 (lower level of Lilly Hall)
  • Audition Timeframe: 7:15-8:15 PM

 

PERCUSSION: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

  • Sign up for an audition time here.
  • Check-in time: Not applicable, report to the audition room at your schedule audition time
  • Location: Lilly Hall room 320
  • Audition Timeframe: 5:00-8:30 PM

 

STRINGS: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

violin
  • Check-in time: 4:45 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 5:00-7:00 PM
viola
  • Check-in time: 7:15 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 7:30-8:30 PM
cello
  • Check-in time: 8:45 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 9:00-10:00 PM
bass
  • Check-in time: 8:15 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 112
  • Audition Timeframe: 8:30-9:00 PM

 

WOODWINDS: Monday, August 23, 2021

**Remember to complete this Ensemble Audition Information Form in advance.**

flute
  • Check-in time: 5:15 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 110
  • Audition Timeframe: 5:30-7:00 PM
oboe
  • Check-in time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 141
  • Audition Timeframe:  6:15-7:00 PM
bassoon
  • Check-in time: 5:15 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 141
  • Audition Timeframe:  5:30-6:00 PM
clarinet
  • Check-in time: 6:15 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 145
  • Audition Timeframe:  6:30-8:00 PM
saxophone
  • Check-in time: 4:45 PM
  • Location: Lilly Hall 145
  • Audition Timeframe:  5:00-6:15 PM

 

Choirs

Returning Students and Non-Majors in 2nd-Year or above: Sunday, August 22, 2021

  • Sign up for an audition time here (make sure you select the Aug. 22 tab at the bottom of the screen)
  • Check-in time: Not applicable, report to the audition room at least 5 mins prior to your scheduled audition time
  • Location: Lilly Hall room 124
  • Audition Timeframe: 2:00-6:00 PM

First-Year Voice Majors, EPS Winners, and Non-Majors of any year: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

  • Sign up for an audition time here (make sure you select the Aug. 24 tab at the bottom of the screen)
  • Check-in time: Not applicable, report to the audition room at least 5 mins prior to your scheduled audition time
  • Location: Lilly Hall room 110
  • Audition Timeframe: 6:00-9:00 PM

 

Jazz Ensemble and Combos

Instrumental: Sunday, August 22 through Tuesday, August 24

  • Sign up for an audition time here
  • Check-in time: Not applicable, report to the audition room at least 5 mins prior to your scheduled audition time
  • Location: Various, see sign-up sheet
  • Audition Timeframe: Various, see sign-up sheet

Vocal (jordan jazz): by appointment only

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 during Virtual 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 Orientation. Email music@butler.edu with questions/ to set up a time.

MT 111 "Aural Skills" Exemption Exam—INVITATION ONLY

Students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam will be invited to take the MT 111 "Aural Skills" Exemption Exam during Orientation in August. Eligible students will be contacted individually via by Dr. Jeff Gillespie, Coordinator of Music Theory.

Audition Guidelines and Protocols

Orchestra (bso) and Symphonic Wind Ensemble (buswe)

  1. We will audition for BSO, and BUSWE (formerly 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 Orientation schedule, Indianapolis Youth Orchestra (IYO) 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 Orientation information to incoming students and emailed to all incoming and returning students as well as posted on the Ensemble Auditions webpage.
  3. Every effort will be made to have anonymous 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 when possible.  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 directors and meet with them to determine ensemble assignments (BSO, WE, SB). Ensemble assignments will be decided jointly by the studio instructors and the ensemble directors. A 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. ‘Symphonic Wind Ensemble needs a strong EH player this semester’; ‘This student needs more orchestral experience’, etc.)
  8. Directors 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

  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 Orientation schedule, IYO 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 Orientation information to incoming students and emailed to all incoming and returning students as well as posted on the Ensemble Auditions webpage.
  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 directors and meet with them to determine ensemble assignments. Ensemble assignments will be decided jointly by the jazz faculty and director of jazz studies. A 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. 

Choral Ensembles

  • Choral ensembles will host choral auditions and hearings 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 Orientation schedule, IYO retreat, and with faculty.
  • For spring semester auditions, the schedule should be determined before the end of the fall semester and may only apply to new choir members or those desiring to switch choral ensembles. The fall semester audition schedule will be included with Orientation information to incoming students and emailed to all incoming and returning students as well as posted on the Ensemble Auditions webpage.
  • Auditions will be evaluated by choral faculty, and voice faculty when applicable. 

Ensemble Info & Rehearsal Times

Note: Schedules/format subject to change due to COVID-19 protocols.

Bands

Wind Ensemble-- NOTE: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are now the combined Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble starting in Fall 2021.

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

Symphonic Band-- NOTE: Symphonic Band is now combined with Wind Ensemble as Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble starting Fall 2021.

  • Instructor/Director: Dr. Brian Weidner and Dr. Matt Smith
  • 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

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 (Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble)
Prof. Michael Colburn
317-940-6672
mcolburn@butler.edu

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