Seating Placement Audition Information


 Seating auditions for the Spring semester will take place Tuesday, January 20th, and Wednesday, January 21st. If you are interested in participating in one of the ensembles, please print the excerpts below, and sign up for an audition time.

Voice part-checks will be held during Choral Ensemble meeting times.

Students will be expected to arrive outside of the room assigned for their specific instrument at least 10 minutes prior to your audition.
You must have your instrument and music out, tuned and ready to perform at this time.

Jazz Auditions - Visit the JAZZ AUDITIONS web page for audition details.


To sign up for audition times, click below.

If all audition slots are filled, or you have a legitimate time conflict, please e-mail Dr. Darden Purcell at or Jim Carroll at
Part-checks will be held during the first week of classes, during ensemble times.
For questions or concerns regarding auditions, please contact Melinda Wildman.

Click below for the audition excerpts.

Jazz (Instrumental & Vocal)
Instrumental Audition Piece: My Shining Hour
INSTRUMENTALISTS:  The above link will provide you with appropriate chord charts and play-a-long recordings.  You are responsible for finding/figuring out the melody. Be prepared to perform three choruses: melody for chorus one, improvise one chorus and finish with one chorus of melody.  Sight-reading and scales will also be part of your audition.
VOCALISTS:  Sing one song of your choice (jazz preferred), sight-read a brief excerpt of a solo musical line and sing a brief tonal melody test.  Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for either iPod or CD player.

 E-mail Dr. Purcell at with any audition questions. 

(no seating auditions)

1) No. 2: 8 after reh. 7 - reh. 10 (2nd violin part)
2) No. 2: reh. 13 - reh. 14 both 1st and 2nd endings; (1st violin part) pp. 
3) No: 4: violin solo: reh. 26- reh. 27
4) Concertmaster/principal consideration: entire violin solo reh. 26 - end of mvmt


1) No. 2: 8 after reh. 7 to 8 after reh. 8; (p. 2)
2) No. 2: 4 before reh. 9 to reh. 12 (p. 3)
3) No. 3: beginning of mvmt - rehearsal 24 (p. 5)
4) No. 5: 8 before 48-end of mvmt (p. 8)
1) No. 4 solo on top line, from 3 m. before reh. 31 until the end of the arco.
2)No. 6 from arco at 7 m. after reh. 11 until downbeat of reh. 12.
3)No. 6 from reh. 17 until reh. 18
Flute & Piccolo
(Excerpt 2 quarter = 100, Excerpt 3 quarter = 60)