Ensemble Auditions | LSU Department of Bands

Ensemble Auditions


Wind & percussion students interested in participating in a concert ensemble at LSU will audition during specified time blocks at the start of each semester. The ensembles requiring auditions include:

  • Wind Ensemble (MUS 4251)
  • Symphonic Winds (MUS 4254)
  • Symphonic Band* (MUS 4252)
  • Symphony Orchestra (MUS 4261)

*Students auditioning for only the LSU Symphonic Band should prepare a single audition piece from the options given.

*Students with a class conflict during ensembles will be prompted to make note of these on the audition video submission form

All auditions must be submitted online in video form by Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Please read the audition procedures posted below for instructions.

Below are the excerpts that have been selected for each instrument by the studio faculty. The required passages have been indicated by either arrows or brackets. In preparing for the audition, please make sure that you listen to a recording of each excerpt to best understand the tempo and overall character of each selection. For individuals auditioning for only Symphonic Band, please select just one excerpt to prepare.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure their course schedule does not conflict with their ensemble. After audition results are posted, students should immediately register for the appropriate course through myLSU. Course codes for the four primary ensembles can be found above, or in the LSU General Catalog.

View Audition Procedure Audition Video Submission Form

Audition Excerpts

Winds & Percussion

If you require accessibility-related accommodations for audition music, please contact the Department of Bands by calling (225) 578-2384 or emailing bands@lsu.edu

Strings

  • Prepare a three-octave scale and arpeggio of your choice, with both slow and fast examples represented.
  • Prepare two contrasting selections of your choice (one slow, one fast): either two contrasting movements of a concerto, sonata, solo sonata or partita or violin etudes.

String performers should contact Maestro Carlos Riazuelo, Director of Orchestra Studies, if they have any questions about auditions.