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Bands & Orchestra Auditions

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You DO NOT have to be a music major to play in an ensemble at SDSU. Non-majors are ENCOURAGED to participate!

ALL Music Majors are required to take an audition

SPRING 2017 Excerpts are posted

SDSU offers both auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles so that all levels of musicians can find a musical outlet during their time at SDSU. The Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble all require auditions to participate in the ensembles. Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester for both the Fall and Spring semesters. All interested students are encouraged to audition for the ensembles. No auditions are required to participate in the CONCERT BAND, unless you are interested in playing a principal part in the ensemble. For further information on each group, visit the “ensembles” portion of this website.

*Learn more about auditioning for the Jazz Ensembles at SDSU.

*Learn more about joining the Marching Aztecs.


Audition Requirements


  1. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) after January 13, 2016 to make an appointment for an audition time. In your email, include a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preference for audition times. Also include your name, instrument, and phone number. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for details on audition times/places.
  3. Perform prescribed audition material. Most audition materials can be downloaded from the ensembles website (  No material will be mailed. Follow the links on the website for specific information on requirements for each instrument.
  4. *Non-music majors and non-music minors may elect to prepare a solo of their choice instead of the below excerpts. (ALL MUSIC MAJORS AND MINORS must prepare the excerpts below)*

  5. Perform sight-reading selection(s) chosen by audition panel.


Times & Locations


  1. Auditions will be held the first and second week of classes in the Music Building. Rooms and times are specified below.
  2. Auditions will occur in 5- to 10-minute increments, during a block of time for each section (brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion). Though we will do our best to stay on schedule, please plan your schedule accordingly in case auditions either move ahead or fall behind.



Tues., Jan. 24; 1:00-4:00pm
Music Building, Room 114



Mon., Jan. 23, 6:00-9:00pm
Music Building, Room 114



Mon., Jan. 23; 11:00am-2:00pm
Music Building, Room 114



Thurs., Jan. 19; 6:00-9:00pm
Music Building, Room 114


Ensemble Rehearsal Times

Symphony Orchestra: M/W/F, 2:00-3:50pm

Chamber Orchestra: M/W/F, 5:30-6:45pm

Wind Symphony: T/Th, 2:00-3:15pm


Fri, 2:00-3:50

Symphonic Band: M/W/F, 1:00-1:50pm

Concert Band: M/W,  4:00-5:15pm (NO audition required)

PLEASE NOTE that there is NO conflict between Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Strings rehearse alone on Fridays and wind/percussion players are permitted (and often encouraged) to participate in both ensembles.


Audition Music:

(click your instrument to download a pdf of the audition material)

Non-music majors and non-music minors may elect to prepare a solo of their choice instead of the below excerpts. (ALL MUSIC MAJORS AND MINORS must prepare the excerpts below)


Final Placement & First Rehearsals:

Ensemble assignments are posted on the call boards in the music building (outside of room 114)

Symphony Orchestra will meet for the first time on Friday, January 22 @ 2:00pm

Chamber Orchestra will meet for the first time on Tuesday, January 26 @ 5:30pm

Wind Symphony will meet for the first time on Thursday,  January 26 @ 2:00pm

Symphonic Band will meet for the first time on Wednesday, January 25 @1:00pm (bring instruments)

Concert Band will meet for the first time on Monday, January 23 @ 4:00pm (No instruments)


Audition Advice:

For advice on auditioning, read more here.