San Diego State University Logo
School of Music and Dance logo

Bands & Orchestra Auditions

Woman playing violin

 

Welcome to the Spring 2021 semester at SDSU! In this unprecedented time, we have all missed the opportunity to do the things we love, including creating music with one another. We can’t do everything the way we used to, but there is still plenty of wonderful music to be made together.  Ensembles will look different than in the past to ensure safety for all involved, but we are so excited to be able to offer a live, person-to-person music making experience at SDSU!

Below you will find details on how the ensembles will work this spring, audition procedures, and safety precautions being taken for the semester. If there are any questions you still have after reading the following information, please feel free to contact us.

We can’t wait to see you again!

Dr. Kitelinger (Director of Bands) – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Prof. Gerdes (Director of Orchestral Studies) – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

HOW BAND/ORCHESTRA WILL WORK in SPRING 2021:

Auditions:

Auditions for Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra will be held virtually with students submitting materials online. Details are listed below.

Rehearsal Spaces:

Both indoor and outdoor spaces will be used to maximize the number of musicians that can perform within social distancing guidelines.  Classrooms may change from time to time depending on the individual requirements of a certain class period e.g. recording vs. rehearsing.  Once the groups have been set based on your audition videos, we will email everyone with details of where they should go for their first rehearsals, however, here are the general locations of rehearsals for the coming semester.

Spring 2021 Rehearsal Spaces:
*First rehearsal information will be sent with audition placement information

      Concert Bands
         
    • Outdoor space between Music Building South & ENS 700 (turf field)
    •    
    • Outdoor space between Music Building North & Performing Arts Plaza outside Smith Recital Hall entrance
    •    
    • Music Building 114
    •    
    • Music Building 113
    •    
    • Music Building Smith Recital Hall
    •  

      Orchestras

         
    • Outdoor space between Music Building South & ENS 700 (turf field)
    •    
    • Outdoor space between Music Building North & Performing Arts Plaza outside Smith Recital Hall entrance
    •    
    • Music Building 114
    •    
    • Music Building 113
    •  

First Rehearsals:

SDSU is starting all on-campus courses and labs the week of February 1, 2021. Ensembles will have an initial Zoom meeting after all audition materials have been processed. You will receive an email with details for time and link.

Scheduling:

Due to social distancing guidelines, ensembles will meet in smaller numbers than typical. Based on audition placements, smaller ensembles and chamber ensembles will be created and rehearsals will include staggered, face-to-face attendance. No more than the approved number of students for indoor and outdoor rehearsal spaces will be in attendance at all rehearsals.

Performances:

The university has mandated there will be no live audiences for performances during Spring 2021. Ensembles will utilize different performance options through a combination of live streaming, recording, and open-aired performances to create culminating ensemble performance experiences during the semester. Details will be available in the syllabus for each ensemble.

Online Alternative:

If you are uncomfortable attending the in-person ensembles, please know that Dr. Warren’s ‘Experimental Music Ensemble’ (MUS 170/370) is the place where you can still receive ensemble credit toward your degree program this semester. We’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

SDSU, through the approval of the CSU Chancellor, has been granted on-campus ensemble rehearsals. The School of Music & Dance will implement these ensembles adhering to state guidelines for courses meeting in person. Details include:

     
  • Staggered face-to-face and virtual attendance pattern. Number of students involved at each individual rehearsal will adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  •  
  • Face masks must be worn while meeting face to face, in and near classroom. Details for handling this in an ensemble setting will be outlined at the start of the semester.
  •  
  • While a classroom number is assigned on the SDSU Course Schedule, Ensembles in many cases will meet on campus at an outdoor, sheltered location.  
  • Additionally, Multiple locations will be used for some ensembles to ensure maximum performing opportunities for students while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  •  
  • Sanitation of rehearsal spaces will adhere to state requirements. Rehearsals will be held within the allotted class time, adjusting start and stop times accordingly to allow for proper sanitation between groups.


You will receive an email later in the summer, once spring ensemble placements for your particular area have been finalized (Voice, Bands, Orchestras, Jazz, etc.).

SPRING 2021 AUDITION INFORMATION:

Spring 2021 Band and Orchestra auditions will be handled virtually. Prescribed excerpts are posted below. Please provide a working link to your audition video (please, no audio only files). Any functioning video program/site is acceptable (YouTube, Dropbox, etc.).

SUBMISSION FORMS:

  1. Submit the 2nd form (Audition Video Submission Form) by the first day of classes (Monday, January 25, 2021)


Spring 2021 Audition Video Submission Form

Fill out the SDSU Spring 2021 Band/Orchestra Audition Video Submission Form

 

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)