Auditions

Fall semester auditions take place during the first week of classes.  Check back soon for Fall 2022 audition dates and info!

Important: All information here, including musical excerpts, have not been updated for Fall 2022 yet. You can see what's here, and get a sense for how the auditions will work and the level of music to be performed, but the excerpts will change as we finalize for Fall 2022.

All audition information will be finalized by July 20.

Admission into the Lamar University Wind EnsembleSymphonic Band, and Cardinal Jazz Orchestra is determined via a relaxed audition process administered at the beginning of the fall semester. All students who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, or jazz band in high school/college, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

 

Piano Auditions

Your Audition

It is common for new students to be nervous about their first audition.  There are members of the Lamar University band program with a wide range of ability and experience levels, including many that never performed an audition until their first semester as a university student. The faculty at Lamar strive to accommodate all students and will work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your audition.

Audition Instructions

Audition instructions vary by section. Please choose an instrument to view detailed information on how the audition process works, what to prepare, and what to expect.

  • Flute

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our flute professor, Dr. Brielle Frost. All flutists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an flute performer are located in the Flute/Piccolo Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. Frost if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Flute/Piccolo Audition Packet

  • Oboe

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process. All oboists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an oboe performer are located in the Oboe Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. McMahan if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Oboe Audition Packet

  • Bassoon

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process. All bassoonists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an bassoon performer are located in the Bassoon Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. McMahan if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Bassoon Audition Packet

  • Clarinet

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our clarinet professor, Dr. Jennifer Iles. All clarinetists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an clarinet performer are located in the Clarinet Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. Iles if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Clarinet Audition Packet

  • Bass Clarinet

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our clarinet professor, Dr. Jennifer Iles. All bass clarinetists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an bass clarinetist are located in the Bass Clarinet Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. Iles if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Bass Clarinet Audition Packet

  • Saxophone (Alto/Tenor/Baritone)

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind EnsembleSymphonic Band, and Cardinal Jazz Orchestra is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our saxophone professor, Rick Condit. All saxophonists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band or jazz band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Lamar University uses a single audition for admission and placement into all concert ensembles and encourages saxophonists to aspire towards being a part of the Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band as well as the Cardinal Jazz Orchestras. (In fact, all students auditioning on saxophone will perform the same music and have the same requirements, regardless of desired ensemble type.) That being said, saxophonists who wish to participate in just one ensemble need only let Professor Condit know during their scheduled audition time, as the decision is at the sole discretion of each individual performer.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an saxophone performer are located in the Saxophone Audition Packet. Please contact Professor Condit if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Performers may audition with the saxophone upon which they feel the most comfortable:  alto, tenor, or baritone. Regardless of saxophone type, all players will use the same audition packet and follow the same instructions.

    Saxophone Audition Packet

  • Horn

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process. All horn players who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an horn performer are located in the Horn Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. McMahan if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Horn Audition Packet

  • Trumpet

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind EnsembleSymphonic Band, and Cardinal Jazz Orchestra is determined based upon a relaxed audition process. All trumpet players who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band or jazz band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Lamar University uses a single audition for admission and placement into all concert ensembles and encourages trumpet players to aspire towards being a part of the Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band as well as the Cardinal Jazz Orchestra. That being said, students who wish to participate in just one ensemble need only let the adjudicator know during their scheduled audition time, given that the decision is at the sole discretion of each individual performer.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an trumpet performer are located in the Trumpet Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. McMahan if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Trumpet Audition Packet

  • Trombone

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind EnsembleSymphonic Band, and Cardinal Jazz Orchestra is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our trombone professor, Dr. Timothy Dueppen. All trombonists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band or jazz band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Lamar University uses a single audition for admission and placement into all concert ensembles and encourages trombonists to aspire towards being a part of the Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band as well as the Cardinal Jazz Orchestra. (In fact, all students auditioning on trombone will perform the same music and have the same requirements, regardless of desired ensemble type.) That being said, trombonists who wish to participate in just one ensemble need only let Dr. Dueppen know during their scheduled audition time, given that the decision is at the sole discretion of each individual performer.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an trombone performer are located in the Trombone Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. Dueppen if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Trombone Audition Packet

  • Bass Trombone

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind EnsembleSymphonic Band, and Cardinal Jazz Orchestra is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our trombone professor, Dr. Timothy Dueppen. All bass trombonists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or jazz band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Lamar University uses a single audition for admission and placement into all concert ensembles and encourages bass trombonists to aspire towards being a part of the Wind Ensemble/Concert Band as well as the Cardinal Jazz Orchestra. (In fact, all students auditioning on bass trombone will perform the same music and have the same requirements, regardless of desired ensemble type.) That being said, trombonists who wish to participate in just one ensemble need only let Dr. Dueppen know during their scheduled audition time, given that the decision is at the sole discretion of each individual performer.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an bass trombonist are located in the Bass Trombone Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. Dueppen if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Bass Trombone Audition Packet

  • Euphonium

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our tuba and euphonium professor, Mr. Victor Gomez. All euphonium players who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as a euphonium performer are located in the Euphonium Audition Packet. Please contact Mr. Gomez if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Euphonium Audition Packet

  • Tuba

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process administered by our tuba and euphonium professor, Mr. Victor Gomez. All tuba players who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as an tuba performer are located in the Tuba Audition Packet. Please contact Mr. Gomez if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    Tuba Audition Packett

  • Percussion

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band is determined based upon a audition process designed by our percussion professor, Dr. Francisco Perez. All percussionists who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band or concert band, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    Requirements and instructions for auditioning as a percussionist are located in the Percussion Audition Packet. Please contact Dr. Perez if you have any questions on the instructions or any information contained within the audition packet.

    TO AUDITION FOR 2021:

    1. Fill out the LU Marching Band Commitment Form. This gives your information to the directors.

    2. Enroll in Marching Band: MULB 1075 (or 3175 if you're over 60 hrs).

    3. Attend LU Fall Audition/Drum Camp - August 12-14, 2021.  
    If you will live in the Dorms: Move-in at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 12. 

    4. Attend LU Fall Marching Band Camp - August 15-21.

     

    Percussion Audition Packet

  • String Bass

    Participation in the Lamar University Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is determined based upon a relaxed audition process.  All classically trained string bass players who have experience performing in an orchestra, concert band, or wind ensemble, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

    String bass auditions will take place during the first week of classes. Please email Dr. McMahan to schedule a 10-minute appointment.

    Lamar University owns upright basses which are available for student use.   Please email Dr. McMahan if you would like to inquire as to using one of these instruments for the audition and/or for participation in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band throughout the year.

    Requirements

    String bass performers should prepare two short selections:  one that showcases a proficiency in lyrical playing, and another which exhibits technical ability. The selections can be from a solo, an etude, a method book, or piece of orchestra or band music.

    Students may also be asked to perform any of the major scales and they may also be asked to sight-read a brief melodic passage.

  • Jazz Rhythm Section

    Participation in the Lamar University Cardinal Jazz Orchestra is open to all students regardless of experience or your major field of study.  Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

    For more detailed information on the auditioning for the woodwinds/brass, including scheduling, requirements, policies and procedures, please choose instrument from drop downs on this page.

    NOTE:   Lamar University uses a single audition for woodwind/brass admission and placement into all concert ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Cardinal Jazz Orchestras.)  Players who only wish to audition for the Cardinal Jazz Orchestra need only let the adjudicator know during the scheduled audition time.

    Auditions for Rhythm Section (piano, guitar, bass, drums). Will be held on Monday, August 23th, at 11:30 AM in room 128 of the Simmons Music Building, utilizing the selections within the PDF files provided on this page in the right sidebar.

    If you have any questions regarding Rhythm Section auditions, or if you are interested in auditioning but are unable to attend the auditions on Monday, August 23 at 11:30 a.m., please contact Prof. Condit.  

    Rhythm Section

Auditioning

Scheduling

Audition sign-up sheets will be posted on the large bulletin boards across from the Music Department office on the first floor of the Simmons Music Building.

Posting Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Audition Date:  Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Audition results, including ensemble and chair assignments, will be posted in the music building and distributed via email after auditions have concluded.

Rehearsals will begin on the second Tuesday of classes (August 31). Additional information will be posted in the Music Building and/or distributed via email.

Additional Information

The audition process is coordinated and facilitated by Dr. McMahan.  All questions, as well as inquiries regarding the use of school instruments, etc. should be sent to him via email. Correspondence will then be routed to the appropriate person(s), if necessary.

After all auditions have completed, the results will be collated and published by Dr. McMahan.  It will be posted on the bulletin board across from the Music Department office in the form of a complete seating order for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. The results will also be sent to all auditionees via email.

Any student who does not audition, but is required to do so, will be placed in an ensemble and seated based solely upon the discretion of the adjudicator and/or ensemble directors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What should I wear for the audition?

    There are no requirements with regard to attire during auditions. However, presenting a good image of yourself does have a positive impact upon the person hearing your audition. Our advice would be to go the middle route: clean casual or business casual with good personal grooming and hygiene.

  2. How do I enroll in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band?

    Students participating in the Lamar University performing ensembles receive one unit of academic credit each semester.  Once audition results have been announced, members will be provided instructions regarding how to enroll for the appropriate course.

  3. Do you have any general audition advice?

    Generally speaking, the best advice is to “be yourself” and “be prepared”. Although very simple and straightforward, if you can manage to fulfill both those ideals, you will have a wonderful audition.

    Eric Hoover, Past President of the National Flute Association, also provided some general advice that would benefit anyone performing an audition (from middle school to the professional level.)

    • Practice with a metronome
    • At the site. . .warm-up alone and do not listen to other players
    • Think highly of your playing. If you don't respect your musicianship, no one else will
    • Demonstrate your ability to communicate musically
    • Maintain a positive appearance even if you do not play well
    • Demonstrate that you are a good colleague as well as a good musician
    • Show confidence without being arrogant

Contact

Dr. Andrew McMahan
Associate Professor
Director of Bands
(409) 880-8147
amcmahan@lamar.edu