Seating Placement Auditions

School of Music ensembles are open to any George Mason University student based on passing the seating placement auditions. For questions or concerns regarding auditions, please contact Melinda Wildman.

Seating auditions for the Spring semester will take place Monday and Tuesday, January 23rd and 24th. 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. 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.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION (Click below)

AUDITION EXCERPTS

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

Jazz (Instrumental & Vocal) 

  • Instrumental Audition Piece:  Mack the Knife
  • Instrumentalists:  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.If all audition slots are filled, or you have a legitimate time conflict, please e-mail Dr. Darden Purcell.

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Flute and Piccolo

Clarinet

Saxophone

Oboe

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

Percussion