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Ensemble Placement Auditions

Winds, Brass & Percussion

Auditions required for placement:

Wind Ensemble
Fall Semester Rehearsals: MWF 1:00pm-2:50pm
Spring Semester: MWF 2:00pm-3:50pm
Symphonic Band
Fall Semester Rehearsals: TR 3:30pm-5:20pm
Spring Semester: MWF 2:00pm-3:50pm
Concert Brass & Percussion Ensemble
Fall Semester Rehearsals: T/R 7:30pm-9:20pm
Spring Semester Rehearsals: W/F 4:00pm-5:50pm
Symphony Orchestra
Rehearsals: MTR 4:00pm-5:50pm


University Band, available with or without audition:

Fall Semester Rehearsals: R 6:00pm-7:20pm
Spring Semester: TR 4:00pm-5:15pm

Audition Policy

All music majors and scholarship recipients are required to audition and be available to play in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Brass & Percussion Ensemble, or Symphony Orchestra. Consequently, all music majors and scholarship recipients are expected to keep their schedules completely conflict-free until after the audition results have been posted. Top winds, brass, and percussion players will rotate semesters between the KU Wind Ensemble and the KU Symphony Orchestra.
Ensemble Auditions for Spring 2021 will be conducted virtually. All students must submit a video recording of them performing the prescribed excerpts. Students may select their recording device; a cell phone video is acceptable. Students may submit separate files for each excerpt but it must be clear that the audition was recorded in one take.


To Submit Your Audition

Audition video and the audition application must be emailed to kubandsauditions@gmail.com by November 1, 2020 with NAME and INSTRUMENT in the subject line.

For some, audition videos may be too big to email. In that case, load your audition to your KU OneDrive.

*  Login in to YOUR OneDrive (every KU student has access) by clicking: mycommunity.ku.edu
*  Once logged in, select the App Launcher in the top left of your browser window (next to the KU), choose OneDrive.     

*  Upload your audition, select your audition and select “copy link” from the choices at the top of your browser window.

*  Start an email to kubandsauditions@gmail.com, copy the link into your email, attach your audition application, list your NAME and INSTRUMENT in the subject line, and send your email!
Each candidate’s video file will be validated and given an audition number. The audio will be extracted to preserve the anonymity of each candidate and forwarded to the audition panel for placement. Students who will not be attending in person this coming spring still must complete an audition. Virtual students will be automatically placed in Symphonic Band and expected to attend rehearsals via Zoom. 

Audition Excerpts for Spring 2021


Audition Requirements

Video recorded auditions of prescribed excerpts. Please contact KU Band at kuband@ku.edu for assistance.

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