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Ensemble Auditions


Special Notice Regarding Spring 2020 Auditions


Due to the special circumstances this year surrounding the potential National Championship Game in New Orleans, we will make a one time change to the ensemble placements for this spring. Each studio teacher, in collaboration with the ensemble conductors, will make ensemble assignments based on performance progress from the fall semester. If you are a non-major auditioning for Symphonic Band only, there will be two blocks of time posted for Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16 during which you will sign up to audition. Your audition will consist of one excerpt that you select from the list posted online. More information about the time blocks for Symphonic Band auditions will be available soon.  

We will take all factors into account when making the decisions and the final posting will be available Monday, January 13. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let us know. 

- Damon Talley, Director of Bands

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 should fill out this form: Class Conflict Form

All Symphonic Band auditions will take place in the Tiger Band Hall, while percussion auditions will take place in the Percussion Studio. These auditions will be performed behind a screen (blind audition) - faculty judges will assess only the quality of the playing.

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 Symphonic Band, please select one to prepare.

You should arrive at your audition location at the beginning of the time block listed for your instrument. There will be a proctor with a sheet for you to sign-up for a specific time slot, and you will be given your number. You are then free to warm-up and practice until your audition time.

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.

Wednesday, 1/15

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Horn
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Trombone
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bassoon/Oboe
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Winds
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trumpet
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Dinner Break 
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Brass Make Up 

Thursday, 1/16

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Flute
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Saxophone
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Percussion
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Clarinet
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuba/Euphonium
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Woodwind/Percussion Make Up

Spring 2020 Symphonic Band Audition Excerpts

Wind & Percussion

The excerpts being used for Symphonic Band are the same excerpts used for the Fall 2019 auditions. Please note that all excerpts are PDF files and will open in a new window.  


  • 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.