WIU Orchestra String Auditions | Fall 2023


  • The Fall 2023 WIU Orchestra String Auditions will be on Monday, August 21. Detailed schedule will be sent out in August.
  • All string players (new and returning) must submit using the Audition Form.

Repertoire Requirements

  • All music majors:

    • Prepare the bracketed excerpts from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence.
    • Link to Required Excerpts for Music-Majors (You must be logged in to your WIU email to access the files)
    • If you want to be considered for concertmaster/principal, please also prepare the “Principal/Concertmaster” Excerpts.
  • Non-majors:

    • Please prepare 1-2 pieces of your choice OR prepare the attached required music-major excerpts
    • Contact Dr. Kenny Lee, Director of Orchestral Activities (K-Lee6@wiu.edu) for any questions.

Preparation Guide

  • Read carefully through the excerpt list. Listen to recordings of each work. Make observations in your listening such as tempo, 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.
  • Play with a recording, if desired.
  • Record yourself and listen back to hear yourself objectively (as if you were on the audition committee)