Audition Information

Augustana Band

Auditions for the Augustana Band, Augustana Orchestra, Brass Choir and Jazz Band will take place Tuesday, Aug. 30, through Friday, Sept. 2.

The audition process for the Augustana Band, Blue and Gold Band (formerly the College/Community Band), Brass Choir, and Jazz Band (woodwinds and brass) will consist of a 2- to 3-minute solo or etude of your choice, scales and arpeggios through 5 #'s and 5 b's, a chromatic scale, and sight reading. Percussionists will be asked to prepare a 2- to 3-minute solo/etude, prepared excerpts (email Dr. Christopher Unger for Band ~or~ Dr. Jungho Kim for Orchestra for the excerpts), and sight reading.

Students wishing to play in Northlanders Jazz Band should also prepare to improvise on a 12-bar progression (TBD). Northlanders' rhythm section auditions will take place at the first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Orchestra (string) auditions will include any short piece of the applicant's choice (3- to 4-minute); ascending and descending scales and arpeggios of at least two octaves in the following keys — C major, G major, D major and A major. (no minor keys) of which one or two will be asked to be played randomly on the spot; and one or two excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire to be sight-read.

Woodwind, brass and percussion students should register online for an audition as early on the schedule as possible.

String students should not use the online process.  You should sign up on Dr. Kim's office door (Room 135) for an audition time as soon as possible.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

4 - 6 p.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168
6:30 - 8 p.m. — Open Auditions, Percussion Only Room 168

Wednesday, Aug. 31

9 - 11:30 a.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168
1:30 - 5:30 p.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168

Thursday, Sept. 1

1:30 - 5:30 p.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168

Friday, Sept. 2

9 - 11:30 a.m. — Open Auditions, Winds and Brass Room 168

2 - 6:00 p.m. — String Auditions ONLY Room 135

Please feel free to contact Dr. Unger via email or phone 605.274.5234 with any questions you have regarding your audition for Band. Orchestra interests should be directed to Dr. Kim via email. We look forward to hearing your audition, and to your participation in our instrumental programs!