Audition Information

Augustana Band

Auditions for the Augustana Band, Augustana Orchestra, Brass Choir and Jazz Band will take place Tuesday, Aug. 29, through Friday, Sept. 1.

The audition process for the Augustana Band, Blue and Gold Band, Brass Choir, Orchestra Wind Section, and Jazz Band will consist of a 2- to 3-minute solo or etude of your choice, scales and arpeggios through 5 #'s and 5 b's, a chromatic scale, and sight reading. Percussionists will be asked to prepare a 2- to 3-minute solo/etude, prepared excerpts and sight reading.  (Email Dr. Christopher Unger for access to the percussion excerpts.)

Notes on scales:

1.  Memorization preferred (you may read scales if necessary)

2.  Play the scales as fast as you can play them EVENLY.

3.  Arpeggios - as many octaves as possible (inversions are encouraged).

Northlanders Jazz Band Auditions

In addition to the material that is required for your band audition, students of the Northlanders Jazz Band horn section (trumpet, trombone, saxophone) should prepare the required jazz etude.  For lead chairs/solo chairs, students should prepare to improvise on a 12-bar blues progression (TBD).  Northlanders rhythm section auditions will take place at the first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 5th.  Rhythm section players should be prepared to demonstrate prowess in multiple styles/genres (Latin, Swing, Bebop, Modal, etc.).  For more information, including receiving links to the required jazz etude (trumpet, trombone, saxophone), please contact Dr. Brian Hanegan.

Orchestra (strings/harp) Auditions 

These auditions will include any short piece of the applicant's choice (3- to 4-minute); ascending and descending scales and arpeggios of at least two octaves in the following keys — C major, G major, D major and A major (no minor keys); and one or two excerpts from the upcoming orchestral repertoire to be sight-read.

Woodwind, brass and percussion students should register online for an audition as early on the schedule as possible.

String students should register online here as early on the schedule as possible.  *Harp students should register between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 29   (These times will be confirmed and the scheduled loaded online by July 15, 2017)

2- 5:30 p.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168
6:30 - 8 p.m. — Open Auditions, Percussion Only Room 168

Wednesday, Aug. 30

2 - 5:40 p.m.. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168

Thursday, Aug. 31

1:30 - 7:30 p.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168

Friday, Sept. 1

10:30 - 12:00 noon  — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168

2 - 4:30 p.m. — String Auditions ONLY Room 168

Please feel free to contact Dr. Unger via email or phone 605.274.5234 with any questions you have regarding your audition for Band. Orchestra interests should be directed to Dr. Folliard. We look forward to hearing your audition, and to your participation in our instrumental programs!