Seating Placement Auditions

Dewberry School of Music ensembles are open to any Mason student based on passing the seating placement auditions.

For questions or concerns regarding auditions, please see area point of contacts below.

Brass - Dr. Alan Carr
JazzDr. Darden Purcell
Mason BandsDr. William Lake
Percussion - Prof. Jonathan Bisesi
StringsDr. Soo Han
WoodwindsDr. Kathy Mulcahy

Please take note of the following points:

  • If you are interested in participating in one of the ensembles, please print the excerpts below, and sign up for an audition time.
  • Non-majors from the university community who wish to audition for the Symphonic Band may prepare the excerpts listed below OR a solo/etude of their choice. 
  • Brass and Woodwind auditions are blind (students audition behind a screen).
  • 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.
  • A note to winds/brass music majors: Your applied professor may give you different excerpts to prepare for this audition. If that is the case, please bring the excerpts your professor provides. If not, please prepare the excerpts listed below.

Sign Up for An Audition

Please check back in the Spring for new sign up links.

Brass


  • Brass Seating Audition Sign-Up Link (coming soon)
  • Fill out and bring your Audition Registration Form (new requirement this year)

Woodwinds


  • Woodwind Seating Audition Sign-Up Link (coming soon)
  • Fill out and bring your Audition Registration Form (new requirement this year)

Strings


  • String Seating Audition Sign-Up Link (coming soon)
  • ALL string students MUST audition prior to enrolling in orchestra. Please see audition information below under the “Strings” Section of “Audition Excerpts”.

Percussion


Please contact Prof. Jon Bisesi.

Jazz (Instrumental & Vocal)


Questions can be directed to Dr. Darden Purcell.

  • Jazz Seating Audition Sign-Up Link (coming soon)

Choirs


Coming soon.

Audition Excerpts

Voice


  • Part-checks will be held during the first week of classes, during ensemble times.

Jazz Ensembles – Fall 2022 (current Mason students) 


Find out more about Jazz auditions.

  • Instrumental Piece: St. Thomas
  • Instrumentalists:  Play the melody for one chorus and improvise for multiple choruses. In addition, there will be sight-reading on the audition. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for iPod, Phone or CD player. (Bring adapter if your phone does not have a headphone jack)
  • Vocalists: Sing one song of your choice (jazz preferred), sight-read a solo musical line, and sing a brief tonal melody test. Please bring your own musical accompaniment/backing track for either iPod, Phone or CD player.

Visit the Jazz sign up page (posted at the beginning of the semester) to sign up for an audition. If all audition slots are filled, please e-mail Dr. Darden Purcell

Strings


Symphony Orchestra: The major symphonic orchestra consisting mainly of music majors. Must pass an audition to be placed into this ensemble. Students who do not pass the audition will be placed in Concert Orchestra.

  • Audition requirements for Symphony Orchestra (only)
    Students interested in auditioning for Mason Concert Orchestra should download and prepare audition materials for Concert Orchestra only.
     

    • Mason Symphony Orchestra is the major symphonic orchestra at the Reva and Sid Dewberry School of Music.
    • Orchestra consists of mainly music majors and rehearses M/W 4:30pm – 6:15pm in addition to scheduled strings sectionals on certain Fridays 4:30pm – 5:45pm.
    • ALL members must successfully pass an audition to be placed into this ensemble.
    • Non music majors may audition for this ensemble.
    • ​​​​Students who do not pass the audition will be placed into the Mason Concert Orchestra. Mason Concert Orchestra is an all-campus, string orchestra, open to any students at Mason. Orchestra is open to students of all ability levels. Orchestra rehearses once a week on Thursdays, 7:20pm – 10pm. All members must audition to be placed into this ensemble.
       
  • Symphony Orchestra Brahms excerpts (see audition requirements for additional required audition materials!)
  • Violin I
  • Violin II
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

Concert Orchestra: All-campus, string orchestra, open to any students at GMU of all ability levels. Audition is required for placement into this ensemble.

  • Audition requirements for Concert Orchestra
    Students interested in auditioning for Mason Symphony Orchestra should download and prepare audition materials for Symphony Orchestra only.
     

    • Audition materials for Mason Concert String instruments:

      • Short solo of your choice (3-5 mins) demonstrating your technical and musical skillset.
      • Sections, excerpts from larger works permitted.

Winds and Brass