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Ensemble Placement Auditions

Welcome new and returning students! 

It is time to prepare for ensemble placement auditions for the 2018-19 school year. ALL ensembles, except Marching Band, require an audition; this includes Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble and Combos, and Jordan Jazz. Auditions are an important part of our year as we want to get to know each person's present ability, level, and potential.

**Please familiarize yourself with the updated Audition Policies and Procedures (see tab below) as there are some important changes.

Questions?  Please contact the School of Music office at music@butler.edu or 317-940-9246 or contact the ensemble director directly.

Audition Policies & Procedures

IMPORTANT: Please read the applicable documents in full as there are several new items this year, including updates to the frequency of auditions, who is evaluating, etc.

Orchestra (bso), Wind Ensemble (buwe), Symphonic Band (busb)--Updated Spring 2018

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-- Updated Spring 2018

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 Requirements and Excerpts

FALL 2018

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.

BRASS

WOODWINDS

STRINGS

PERCUSSION

Jazz Ensembles/Combos (instrumental)

Jordan Jazz (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)

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 2018-19

FALL 2018

BRASS and WOODWINDS (bso/buwe/busb)
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018

Instrument Check-In Time** Audition Timeframe
(approximate)
Location
(LH=Lilly Hall)
Bassoon 4:50 PM** 5:00-6:00 PM LH 145
Clarinet 4:50 PM** 5:00-7:45 PM LH 112
Flute 6:50 PM 7:00-9:00 PM LH 145
Oboe 5:50 PM 6:00-7:00 PM LH 145
Saxophone 7:35 PM 7:45-9:45 PM  LH 112
Euphonium 4:50 PM** 5:00-5:30 PM LH 044
Horn 6:50 PM 7:00-8:30 PM LH 230 (Chamber Room)
Trombone 6:20 PM 6:30-8:30 PM LH 044
Trumpet 4:50  PM** 5:00-7:00 PM LH 230 (Chamber Room)
Tuba 5:20 PM 5:30-6:30 PM LH 044

**NEW STUDENTS ONLY-- You will have a required departmental meeting on your Welcome Week schedule which may conflict with audition check-in times prior to 5:00 PM-- please arrive to your check-in location as soon as the departmental meeting ends.

PERCUSSION (bso/buwe/busb)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018

Sign-Up Sheet: Sign up for an audition slot here
coming soon!

Timeframe: 5:00-8:30 PM Location: LH 320 (Percussion Studio)

 

STRINGS (bso)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018

Instrument Check-In Time** Audition Timeframe
(approximate)
Location
(LH = Lilly Hall)
Bass 3:50 PM** 4:00-6:00 PM LH 112
Cello 5:50 PM 6:00-7:30 PM LH 112
Viola 3:50 PM** 4:00-6:00 PM LH 145
Violin 5:50 PM 6:00-9:30 PM LH 145

**NEW STUDENTS ONLY-- You will have a required departmental meeting on your Welcome Week schedule which may conflict with audition check-in times prior to 5:00 PM-- please arrive to your check-in location as soon as the departmental meeting ends.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE and COMBOS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018

Instrument Timeframe Location Sign-Up Sheet
Bass 5:30-7:00 PM LH 141

Sign up for an audition time slot here:
coming soon!

 

Drums 5:30-7:00 PM LH 246
Guitar 5:30-7:00 PM TBD
Piano 4:00-5:30 PM LH 212 (Walters/Benedict Studio)
Saxophone 4:00-5:30 PM LH 246
Trombone 4:00-5:30 PM LH 133
Trumpet 4:00-5:30 PM LH 044

 

JORDAN JAZZ (vocal jazz)
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Schedule coming soon!

 

CHORAL ENSEMBLES

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2018

Audition Sign-Up Sheet/Audition Order Timeframe (approx.) Location
Choral Ensemble Hearings

Sign up for an audition slot here: coming soon!**

4:00-9:30 PM** Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (EDRH)
Voice Studio Placement Hearings
(for First-Year and Transfers only)
View audition order here: coming soon! ~5:00-6:00 PM EDRH

**NOTE for NEW STUDENTS: Do not sign up for a choral audition time slot prior to 5:00 PM; you will have a required departmental meeting from approx. 4:00-5:00 PM that you MUST attend as part of Welcome Week.

SPRING 2019: Sunday, January 13, times TBA

Placement Exams (new Music Majors only)

Keyboard Skills Placement Exam

If you did not take your required Keyboard Skills Placement Exam at New Student Registration, you are required to do so during Welcome Week. Please see the exam schedule below:

EXAM SCHEDULE-- coming soon!

 

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