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2017-2018 Large Ensemble Audition Info


All University of New Hampshire Department of Music Ensembles are open to all students on campus. Some require an audition for acceptance, some audition for seating purposes only, and some have open enrollment. Don't give up music in college just because you are majoring in something else. Ensembles are a great way to meet people, blow off some steam, and continue your passion for making music. Band, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz, and more. We have a place for you!

Click here for EXCERPTS and SAMPLE PIECES (requires registration)

Symphony Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Symphony
Symphonic Band
Jazz Bands

(Open Enrollment)
Wildcat Marching Band *
Concert Band **
Beast of the East Pep Band *
Symphony Orchestra STRINGS **

Concert Choir ***
Chamber Singers
Opera Workshop
Jazz Choir

*The Wildcat Marching Band and Beast of the East Pep Band do not require an audition to participate. Please fill out the participation form by July 21st if you are planning to join the Wildcat Marching Band.

**Concert Band holds auditions for seating purposes only. Symphony Orchestra string players audition for seating purposes only.

***Concert Choir does not require an audition. Auditions for Chamber Singers are arranged through William Kempster, room M-125, PCAC. To participate, you must be a member of the Concert Choir.

Audition Dates

Opera Workshop
Bratton Recital Hall, Thursday, August 31, 3:40 – 5:00 pm.

Jazz Bands and Combos
Information will be posted outside of M-129, PCAC and at the Department of Music website.

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra

Horns, Trumpets, Low Brass
Tuesday, August 29
Oboe, Flutes, and Clarinets
Wednesday, August 30
Strings, Bassoon,
Saxophone, & Percussion
Thursday, August 31
  • Instrumentalists (winds and percussion) should prepare a short piece of their choice (percussionists, please prepare a short mallet solo or etude). Those auditioning for Wind Symphony and/or Symphony Orchestra must also prepare the assigned excerpts found HERE. Those auditioning for Symphonic Band are also strongly encouraged to prepare these excerpts as well.
  • Opera Workshop requires a prepared classical song or aria.

Sign-up sheets and additional information on audition locations and times are available outside room M-203 in the Paul Creative Arts Center.

  • Audition music for winds and percussion is available for download here. You must register to access the download page.
  • Look for additional information on audition locations and times outside PCAC M-203.
  • Instrumentalists should prepare the assigned excerpts for Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra and a solo or etude of your choice. Prepare a short piece of your choice for Symphonic Band acceptance or Concert Band seating (there are samples available on the audition music page if you need something to use). It is strongly suggested that those interested in Symphonic Band also prepare the Wind Symphony audition excerpts. Additional requirements will be posted outside M-203 and on this website.

Ensemble Directors:

Symphony Orchestra – David Upham
Wind Symphony – Andrew Boysen
Symphonic Band – Nic Orovich
Concert Band – Casey Goodwin
Wildcat Marching Band – Casey Goodwin
Beast of the East Pep Band – Casey Goodwin
Jazz Bands – Nate Jorgensen
Concert Choir – William Kempster
Chamber Singers – William Kempster
Opera Workshop – David Ripley
Jazz Choir – Liz Tobias