Prepare to Audition In Person

Woodwinds & Brass

Auditions in Woodwinds & Brass will last up to 10 minutes per applicant. Here's what to expect.

Warm Up

All Woodwind & Brass applicants are permitted to play a few warm up notes not to exceed 30 seconds total.

Prepared Ensemble Excerpt
All Woodwind & Brass applicants will play a prepared ensemble excerpt. Applicants are welcome to bring their own copy of the piece, but one will also be provided at the audition.

This piece:

  • will be selected by the adjudicators
  • will be posted here on the GSA website by February 28
  • should be used while auditioning
  • will total 1 minute
  • can be interrupted at any time by the adjudicators


Personal Solo
All Woodwind & Brass applicants will play one personal solo.  All applicants must furnish the adjudicators with an original of their music, even if the piece is an original composition. Students are also permitted to furnish a duplicate of the music if it is in the public domain (e.g. free music printed from the IMSLP website). Applicants may use a duplicated copy for themselves at audition time.  
No accompaniment (live, recorded or electronic) is allowed.

This piece:

  • will be selected by the student
  • can be the same or a different piece as the digital submission
  • need not be memorized
  • will total 3 -5 minutes 
  • can be interrupted at any time by the adjudicators

 

Sight Reading
All Woodwind & Brass applicants will perform both a rhythmic sight reading and a melodic sight reading. 

Both readings will be furnished by the adjudicators at the time of audition.

  • For the rhythm only sight reading, applicants will have 15 seconds to practice on the instrument, and then 15 seconds to perform it.
  • For the melodic sight reading, applicants will have 30 seconds to practice on the instrument and then 30 seconds to perform it.


Interview

All Woodwind & Brass applicants will participate in a brief interview with the adjudicators, totaling approximately 1 - 2 minutes.