Ensemble Auditions - Fall 2014

The preliminary fall 2014 audition schedule has been posted. Click here!

Please read the Audition Information Letter and Large Ensemble Requirements documents as well.

For more information on Choral, Wind/Brass/Percussion, Jazz and Orchestra Auditions or for information for non-music majors keep checking back for updated details below.

CHORAL Ensemble Auditions

Fall 2014: UNI has 5 Choral Ensembles: Concert Chorale, UNI Singers, Cantorei, Women's Chorus, and the Varsity Men's Glee Club.  All choral auditions for all ensembles will be held in RSL 121 on either August 22 (Friday), August 23 (Saturday), or August 24 (Sunday), according to the student's major. (If necessary, Concert Chorale callbacks and additional auditions for UNI Singers will be held on Monday, August 25).

There are separate audition procedures for varying choirs. Please read the informational handout found here completely. If you have questions, contact Dr. Wiles.

Click here for the fall 2014 Choral Audition Schedule

WIND, PERCUSSION and/or JAZZ Ensemble Auditions

Please read the fall 2014 audition information letter, provided by our ensemble conductors.

Please click here for important information regarding Large Ensemble auditions and requirements.

Info Regarding Jazz Auditions and Requirements:

Large jazz ensembles (Jazz Band I, II or III) are REQUIRED for BA Jazz Studies students. These ensembles satisfy the large ensemble requirement in each semester for students in this track.

Jazz auditions for the various wind instruments will consist of sight reading and improvisation. Students wishing to be considered only for large jazz ensembles (aka "big bands") are not required, but are strongly encouraged, to improvise in their audition. Times for these auditions have been pre-assigned. If you play a traditional jazz instrument as a secondary instrument, you may request an audition by e-mailing Chris Merz (chris.merz@uni.edu).

Jazz auditions for rhythm section instruments (piano, bass, drum set, guitar, vibraphone) are held the night of the first day of classes beginning at 7 pm in various rooms throughout Russell Hall. Drummers will audition in Russell 101 (the Jazz Studio). Pianists and vibes players will audition in Russell 189; guitarists are in Russell 65, bassists are in Russell 171. Auditions are first come, first served. If you are in marching band you will need to arrange with Dr. Galyen to be excused for this audition. Rhythm section players will be asked to demonstrate a variety of grooves and/or techniques specific to their instrument, as well as sight read and improvise.

SYMPHONIC BAND - Non-Music Majors

Fall 2014: Non-majors who wish to audition for Symphonic Band should sign up for an audition time on Dr. Galyen's office door (48 GBPAC). Sign up sheets will be posted on August 22, 2014. Auditions for non-majors will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014 (the first day of classes). Non-majors should prepare one or two solos and should also be prepared for sightreading.

Wind Players

Prepare approximately four minutes of music that best represents your abilities - solos, etudes, technical studies, etc. Students will also be asked to sight-read.


Prepare approximately four minutes of material that includes snare drum, mallet instruments, and timpani.

ORCHESTRA Auditions for Strings

Fall 2014: String auditions for the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will be held on Sunday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Davis Hall (GBPAC 2).  You may sign up for an audition time on the Orchestra Bulletin Board outside of Davis Hall. Please prepare a 3-4 minute solo or etude (without accompaniment) and the excerpts posted for your audition.  If you have previously auditioned for acceptance into the School of Music or for Scholarship consideration, then this audition is for chair placement. For all others, this will serve as your audition for the orchestra.

In addition to your solo piece, please prepare the following excerpts for your orchestra audition.  All violins should prepare both violin I and II excerpts, including solo sections. 

Excerpts for fall 2014 will be posted on August 1st. For examples used for fall 2013 auditions, please view the links below:

Violin I excerpts
Violin II excerpts
Viola excerpts
Cello excerpts
Bass excerpts

Those wind players who wish to be considered for orchestra placement should prepare two contrasting orchestral excerpts.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact: Rebecca Burkhardt, Conductor, Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

OPERA Auditions

Please note: opera audition information has CHANGED for 2014-15. Please read carefully!

Placement auditions for the fall semester opera ensemble will be scheduled within the first two weeks of classes. Please check the opera board for details when you arrive on campus. Students planning to be involved should register for the ensemble now; auditions are for casting purposes only, not entrance in to the ensemble.

For more information, please contact Korey.Barrett@uni.edu.

Additional Information

If there is no repertoire stated for your audition, you may use suggested selections from one of the School of Music's prepared repertoire lists: