Fall Semester 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Browne Hall 205

Violins: 3:00 – 4:15 pm
Violas: 4:15 – 4:45
Celli: 4:45 – 5:30
Basses: 5:30 – 6:00

First come, first auditioned

Please note the following points in preparation for your audition in August:
1.         All who audition will be expected to play the section excerpts.
2.         Those auditioning for Concertmaster or section principal will also play the Concertmaster or principal Excerpts.

To assist you in preparing an excellent audition, please study the excerpts in the following manner:
1.         Obtain the complete part (and score) from IMSLP.org, the Orchestral Musician’s CD-ROM Library, Kalmus, Luck’s Music Library or any other source (See excerpt links below).
2.         Listen to three recordings of each work (two of the recordings with the part and one with the score) and identify the excerpt passages.  Make observations in your listening such as tempo (clock the tempo of each movement as well as the tempo of the excerpts with a metronome), the characters/moods of each excerpt as well as the entire movement, phrasing ideas, the accompanying instruments, the passage’s difficulties, and the overall effectiveness of the recorded performance.
3.         Prepare the entire part, paying special attention to the actual excerpts.
4          Play with a recording, if desired.
5.         Tape yourself and listen back to hear yourself objectively (as if you were on the audition committee).
6.         As the audition approaches, practice presenting the entire audition with confidence and security.
7.         Most importantly, take joy in playing some of the richest and most rewarding repertoire ever written, and embrace this as an opportunity to help you move one step closer to your dream job.

Best wishes to you in your preparations for your WIU string audition!

Violin Excerpts:

Viola Excerpts:

Cello Excerpts:

Bass Excerpts:

First Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm in BR 130

First Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the CoFAC Recital Hall