Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

 

Wind Ensemble, St. Cloud State University

The Wind Ensemble is St. Cloud State University’s premiere concert band, comprised of the finest wind and percussion musicians on campus. It is a creative arena for future music educators, performers, pre-professionals and music lovers alike to express themselves and support each other in music-making endeavors.
Wind Ensemble, St. Cloud State University
The ensemble is committed to the performance and promotion of the richest, most varied music for wind band, ranging from time-honored classics to world premieres of new music. The Wind Ensemble is known as one of the most innovative university music ensembles in the country by virtue of its imaginative programming, fostering of major and emerging composers, unique outreach programs to music education, and its commitment to making music meaningful in communities and in the lives of people.

Catharine Bushman - Wind Ensemble, Music Education
227A Performing Arts Center
(320) 308-2082


Fall, 2014 Audition Information

Auditions will take place Sunday, August 24 from 1-5pm & Monday, August 25 from 2-5 PM in PAC 113. These auditions are required for all students as they will be used to assign parts, name section leaders (where needed) and confirm your instrument placement. You may sign up for a time using the following online link: http://goo.gl/kQLs3L

Non-music 2014 Wind Ensemblemajors should prepare the following for their audition:

1. A solo, etude or portion of the audition excerpts, representing your overall musical and technical ability (1-3 minutes in length, percussion may play on your choice of instrument)
2. Chromatic scale - lowest note to highest note to demonstrate range
3. Two major scales of your choice

Music Majors should prepare the following for their audition:

1. A solo or etude, representing your overall musical and technical ability (no more than 2 minutes)
2. Chromatic scale - lowest note to highest note to demonstrate range
3. Two major scales of your choice
4. Audition excerpts as enclosed
5. Sight reading may be used

NOTE: Music majors performing on a secondary instrument may select the non-music major audition. Also, non-music majors who would like to be considered for section leader/principal player may perform the music major audition. Please contact Dr. Bushman if you have a question about which audition to play.

SUGGESTIONS REGARDING THE AUDITION EXCERPTS:

1. Use reference recordings (such as online databases Classical Music Library & Naxos
Music Library available through SCSU at
http://stcloud.lib.mnscu.edu/subjects/guide.php?subject=MUS to understand musical
context of the piece in terms of tempo choice, style and interpretation.
2. Tempo markings are given as a suggestion. Please select a tempo based on your technical
abilities and personal interpretation. Listening to multiple recordings will give you a
guide as to how a piece is typically played.

PLEASE COMMUNICATE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDITIONS TO DR. BUSHMAN AT CSBUSHMAN@STCLOUDSTATE.EDU

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