Thank you for your interest in Rutgers Instrumental Ensemble Auditions. We look forward to hearing and working with you!
Who is eligible to participate in Music Department bands and orchestras?
Any Rutgers University student can audition for the Music Department Large Ensembles.
Music Majors: All woodwind, brass and string majors are required to audition for placement in one of the large-ensembles. Wind, brass and percussion majors audition for placement at the beginning of each semester. String majors audition for placement at the beginning of fall semester only.
Non- Music Majors: If you are a non-music major, you may audition for placement in any Music Department ensemble. Non-music majors who aren’t interested in auditioning for Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Rutgers Wind Ensemble or Chamber Music, please see the “Non-Music Majors” page for alternate audition requirements & procedures. Non-music majors who are interested in auditioning for Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or Chamber Music, please follow the audition procedures for Music Majors.
When do large-ensemble band and orchestra auditions take place?
Music Department Large-Ensemble auditions take place twice an academic year, the first week of both fall and spring semester. Auditions are held during normally scheduled ensemble rehearsal times.
* String auditions take place once an academic year, fall semester.
What happens in my audition?
All large-ensemble auditions are “blind,” meaning they will be held behind a screen so that auditionees remain anonymous to the adjudicating panel. The adjudicating panel is made up of Music Department performance faculty and conducting faculty.
Auditions time slots are 8 minutes in length and the auditionee will be asked to play approximately 6-8 minutes of music.
Auditions are held in 2 rounds. Round 1 audition results determine if a student receives a “call back” for Round 2 auditions. Round 1 auditions determine which ensemble students have been assigned. Round 2 auditions determine rotating part assignments for the semester for Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and principal seat assignments for all other large-ensembles.
Round 1 audition will require the auditionee to play through a selection of the required prepared excerpts and 1 sight-reading excerpt. These selections will be determined by the determined by the adjudication panel and posted the day-of the audition.
Round 2 auditions will require the auditionee to play through a selection of the required prepared excerpts. These selections will be determined by the determined by the adjudication panel and posted the day-of the audition.
The audition committee may stop you at any point or move you on to a different excerpt. Audition
comments will be available upon request after the auditions for your benefit.