Seating Placement Auditions

Dewberry 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 see area point of contacts below.

Brass - Dr. William L. Lake, Jr.
Choral - Dr. Lisa Billingham
JazzDr. Darden Purcell
George Mason BandsDr. William L. Lake, Jr.
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).
  • 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.

Audition Excerpts

    Jazz


    • Instrumental Piece: TBD
    • 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.

    Find out more about Jazz auditions.

    Strings


    String Audition Materials and Information below is the STRING audition requirements for:

    Mason Symphony Orchestra & Mason Concert Orchestra

    Mason Symphony Orchestra is the major symphonic orchestra at the Reva & Sid Dewberry School of Music. Orchestra consists of mainly music majors and rehearses MW 4:30pm – 6:15pm in additional 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 GMU. 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.

    Please read the audition requirements for each ensemble carefully. Auditions will take place during the first two days of the semester. You may sign up for an audition time at the Dewberry School of Music website (when made available).

    Contact Dr. Soo Han for any questions you may have.

    Mason SYMPHONY Orchestra String Auditions:

    Audition Repertoire will be linked here when ready

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

    2. Excerpts can be found at the above link.

    **Violinists auditioning for Mason Symphony Orchestra should decide if choosing to audition for 1st or 2nd violin section.

    • You MUST audition for 1st violin section if you wish to be considered to be placed in the 1st violin section. Violinist auditioning on for 2nd violin section will only be considered for placement in the 2nd violin section
    •  If you audition on 1st violin section, you may be accepted into GMUSO but be placed into the 2nd violin section based on the audition
    • If you wish to be considered one of the Aitel Scholars, you MUST audition on the 1st violin part

    Mason CONCERT Orchestra String Auditions:

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

    Choirs


    • University Chorale Auditions: Sing 16 measures of a prepared song excerpt. You will also be asked to do pitch matching and musicianship testing. 
    • University Singers Auditions: Sing 16 measures of a prepared song excerpt. You will also be asked to sing your part against another part of a four-part short excerpt, do pitch matching, and musicianship testing.

    Wind, Brass, and Percussion  

    Fall 2024 Audition Excerpts


    Sign Up for An Audition

    Fall 2024 Audition Sign Ups will be posted in mid-August.

    Brass


    Choirs


    • Choir Audition Sign-Up Link Fall 2024

    Jazz (Instrumental & Vocal)


    Jazz Ensembles are open to all university students (instrumentalists and vocalists) regardless of major, based on a successful audition the first two days of classes each semester. Questions can be directed to Dr. Darden Purcell.

    • Jazz Seating Audition Sign-Up Link Fall 2024

    Percussion


    Please contact Prof. Jon Bisesi.

    Strings


    • String Seating Audition Sign-Up Link Fall 2024
    • ALL string students MUST audition prior to enrolling in orchestra. Please see audition information below under the “Strings” Section of “Audition Excerpts.”

    Woodwinds


    Opera


    • Fall 2024 Opera Audition Sign-Up Link