Reminder of the meeting for ALL students interested in either in-person or online Wind Ensemble (or Symphonic Band or Orchestra). Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 PM CDT at:
https://lawrence.zoom.us/s/99420672490

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Auditions and plan for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band



Lawrence University Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Audition procedures and fall plan

Updated September 8, 2020


All students will be asked to submit video auditions this fall, regardless of their intention to participate in in-person ensembles or the online offering.

  • Recordings should consist of

  1. the audition material assigned by studio faculty and available here: https://www.lawrence.edu/conservatory/ensembles/ensemble-audition

  2. an additional “sight-reading” selection to be posted on the same site and the audition Moodle site September 4

  3. non-music majors may choose to play a solo, etude or excerpt of their choice, but ensemble placement and part distribution will prioritize the assigned audition material. If you choose your own material, choose a 1 to 2 minute excerpt. Non-music majors will still be required to submit the “sight-reading” excerpt.

  • Video recordings are preferred, though audio recordings will also be accepted. Videos should be submitted between September 4th through the 15th at 5 PM CDT through the Audition site: https://video.lawrence.edu/Dropbox/muen2020

  • Videos should be unedited – record as though you are in a live audition (but that doesn’t mean you can’t do as many takes as you want and send the best one!)

  • When you submit your video, make sure you use the following format: Instrument – Full name (e.g. Tuba - Andy Mast). Don’t use abbreviations for instruments (tpt, bsn, etc.) and use both your first and last names. ALSO  - IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL IF YOU COULD INDICATE WHETHER YOU WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN PERSON OR ONLINE.

  • As previously announced, wind and brass players will be assigned to Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and strings to LSO. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble designations will remain, primarily for administrative reasons and rehearsal scheduling, but students will be assigned to medium- to large-size chamber ensembles (approximately 12-20 players) and conducted by Prof. Mast. Strings will be conducted by Prof. Dupere.

  • Students who are either not on campus or prefer to not be assigned to an in-person ensemble will be assigned to an online synchronous ensemble experience coordinated by Prof. Arau. Orchestra musicians will get to rehearse live with the in-person orchestra via Zoom and Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion musicians will get to rehearse live with the in-person bands. Our hope is to create a recording project that combines the in-person ensemble with the online musicians. In addition, there will be the opportunity to attend ensemble topics classes led by a variety of Conservatory faculty on topics such as ensemble listening, nonverbal rehearsal communication, audition preparation and tips, preparing excerpts, sight-reading skills, and leadership skills.

  • STUDENTS IN ONLINE ENSEMBLES WILL MEET MONDAYS 7:00-8:00 PM (Central) BEGINNING WEEK 2 (SEPTEMBER 21) IN ADDITION TO THEIR ENSEMBLE.

  • Please contact Prof. Mast with any questions (andrew.mast@lawrence.edu, 920-277-8776)

EXCERPTS

If there is more than one link for an instrument, you may need all of them.

Flute: Materials (PDF)

Bass Trombone: Materials (PDF)

Clarinet:Materials (PDF) Euphonium:Materials (PDF)
Oboe: Materials (PDF) Tuba: Materials (PDF)
Saxophone:Materials (PDF) Violin: Materials (PDF)
Bassoon: Materials (PDF) Viola: Materials (PDF)
Trumpet: Preferred (PDF)Alternate (PDF) Cello: Materials (PDF)
Horn: Materials (PDF) Bass:Materials (PDF)
Tenor Trombone: Materials (PDF) Percussion: Refer to the percussion audition webpage

 

"SIGHT-READING" EXCERPTS
Following are the excerpts to be included with your video. While labelled as sight-reading, the idea for this term is simply to test how well you can prepare an excerpt in a relatively limited amount of time. 

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Saxophone

Trumpet

Horn

Trombone

Bass Trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

Violin

Viola

Cello

Bass