Welcome!

Are you interested in auditioning to be a music major or auditioning for an ensemble?

Audition to be a Music Major

Undergraduate/Transfer Auditions

Thank you for considering Wichita State! Here we've compiled all the info we think you'll need for a successful audition, which we've broken down into six steps:

1. Request information!

If you're here, you may have already completed this step (or didn't need it!). But if you don't know much about Wichita State University, we recommend you request information, that way you have a well-rounded picture of all the amazing benefits of being a Shocker.

2. Schedule a visit and a free lesson!

Did you know the School of Music offers free lessons to visiting students? Well, we do! You're welcome to reach out to the faculty member(s) on your instrument, or you can follow the link above to email Jesse, our Coordinator of Music Admissions, who will help you set up a half hour slot.

3. Apply to WSU!

We do ask that everyone auditioning for us complete their application to WSU first. This helps make sure there are no unexpected problems in the process, and, more importantly, it makes sure you are eligible for a wide variety of scholarship money. If applying to WSU is a financial hardship, please email Jesse, who will help!

4. Audition!

Click that link above (or this one) to see our requirements for video auditions!

5. Finish your Financial Aid info!

We ask that you try to have your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) finished before you audition, but if not (which is why this step is later), we ask that you do so as soon as possible, that way both Wichita State and the School of Music have an understanding of your need when considering scholarships, etc.

6. Once Accepted, Check our Transition Info!

We've put together a lot of info to help make your transition to Wichita State as comfortable as possible. You'll learn about a few necessary steps, like our theory assessment.

7. Join us and Propel the Future!

Pretty self-explanatory! We want you here, making music and changing the world!

 

Graduate Auditions

Interested persons should contact the applied professor for their area of study to make audition arrangements and schedule a campus visit. Awards are typically based on live auditions. If you wish to be considered for a financial award, except in extreme circumstances, you must audition in person.

 

Ensemble Auditions

We're glad to have you. Ensemble auditions typically take place during the first week of our fall semester. We have information on what's required for each audition so you can feel informed and prepared. Remember, you do not have to be a music major to perform in our ensembles!

Athletic Band  Concert Band  Choir  Jazz Band  Opera Theater  Symphony Orchestra

the shocker sound machine marching band

Shocker Sound and Shocker Sound Machine

Shocker Sound performs at home games for the volleyball team and the men's and women's basketball teams. There are approximately 10 volleyball games, 20 men's games, and 20 women's games each season, excluding tournaments. The season typically begins in September and concludes in March. Shocker Sound will travel to tournaments when the teams are invited to participate.

Shocker Sound Machine is the new marching ensemble that focuses on styles and techniques from traditional marching bands as well as the contemporary DCI model. Shocker Sound Machine will perform at select basketball games and special events.

In order to be eligible to participate in Shocker Sound, a student must be enrolled in at least one class at WSU and have experience on an instrument. WSU provides instruments for participating students. Beginning Fall 2019, Athletic Bands (MUSP 416) will be offered for students involved with either Shocker Sound or Shocker Sound Machine. Shocker Sound and Shocker Sound Machine rehearsal times are on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30-9:30pm.

Due to the NCAA and NIT Tournament Regulations, the total number of Shocker Sound personnel is limited to 29-playing members per tournament trip. However, during regular home games the personnel roster can accommodate a larger number of musicians. Personnel are rotated in and out of the band to give more opportunity for participation and to accommodate availability.

Questions? Email Director of Athletic Bands Lucas Hulett!

Fall 2020 Audition Info

From Lucas Hulett, Director of Athletic Bands:

"Hello everyone! All new AND returning members, please fill out the google form [below] for Athletic Bands this year. There will be no live auditions for the Fall semester this season, all skill levels are welcome and encouraged!"

Please fill out this form to participate in our athletic bands this fall.

 

the wind ensemble

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

Participation in the WSU Wind Ensemble and/or the Symphonic Band is by audition. The audition process is friendly and non-threatening. Auditions generally are for band placement, either in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band, and for part assignments. The goal of the WSU Bands is to include every one and exclude no one. If you have any questions regarding involvement in the bands at WSU please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Timothy Shade.

Fall 2020 WSU Bands Concert Ensembles Audition Excerpts

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet
Bassoon
Saxophone
Trumpet
Horn
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba

FALL 2020 AUDITIONS WILL BE DONE VIA VIDEO SUBMISSION!

Above are your respective audition excerpts. Please prepare them and then record them all in one take as if you were auditioning in a normal situation. You will only be permitted to upload one file. Your video can be recorded on your phone, iPad, or digital camera. Please be mindful of the audio. You should do a test prior to completing your actual video to ensure you are comfortable with the look and sound of your submission.

Click here to fill out our concert band information sheet and link your audition video.

RETURNING STUDENTS

Please submit your audition videos by Friday, August 14, 7:00pm

NEW STUDENTS

Please submit your audition videos by Monday, August 17, 8:00pm

PERCUSSION

Your auditions will be handled by Professor Scholl. Please contact him for specific information (gerald.scholl@wichita.edu).

Percussion majors should prepare a solo for each instrument, non-majors may play a solo on one or more:

  • Mallets: Two and/or four mallet piece on marimba, vibes, or xylophone
  • Snare drum: Solo (concert or rudimental)
  • Timpani: 2, 3, per 4 drums
  • The audition will include sight reading

Click here to fill out our concert band information sheet and link your audition video.

AUDITION RESULTS

Audition results will be disseminated via email and will be posted no later than the morning of Wednesday, August 19th on the board outside of B104 (Dr. Shade's office)

 

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Any WSU student is welcome and encouraged to sing in the choral program at Wichita State University! All ensembles are open to both music majors and non-majors. For 2020-2021, instruction is planned for both in-person and virtual environments. Please let your friends and colleagues know that we would love to have them join us for this exciting year!

Click here to submit your placement form!

 

Vocal placements are painless and simply involve filling out the placement form and submitting a short video/audio file of you singing any short song. This can be with or without accompaniment. If you don't have another song prepared, you can choose to sing something familiar, like "Happy Birthday," "My Country 'Tis of Thee," a folksong, hymn, or anything similar.

Auditions are for:

      • A Cappella Choir (MUSP 212F, 412F, 712F)
      • WuChoir (Treble Voices) (MUSP 212L, 412L, 712L)
      • Concert Chorale (MUSP 213F, 413F, 713F)
      • Madrigal Singers (MUSP 211L, 411L)

Click here to submit your placement form!

Questions? Email Dr. Ryan Beeken.

 

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Welcome back, Shocker jazzers! Fall semester auditions for jazz ensembles will be held Friday, August 14th.

Please arrive early to your audition and fill out the information card on the stand outside the office. The specific requirements for each instrument are outlined below. Please take note of the indicated rehearsal letters and/or measure numbers. Additionally, take note of the items that are optional. Music for the prepared material ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Tip Toe") can be found hyperlinked below. If you’d like to practice along to recordings, you can find recordings of the songs by clicking on the following links:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (1:50 in)
Tip Toe

Each instrument has the option of improvising on Blues in F. A backing track can be found here.

Lastly, those students who are interested in Banda Hispanica should contact Professor John Goering for more information.

Click here to sign up for a jazz audition!

Alto Sax Auditions

  1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    • Pick-ups to 137 to the end of the page

    • Will be played along with lead trumpet part

    • Half note = 90-120

  2. Tip Toe (this is a trumpet part on purpose)
    • Q through 8 after S
    • Quarter = 144
  3. Sight Reading
  4. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Tenor Sax Auditions

  1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    • Pick-ups to 137 to the end of the page

    • Will be played along with lead trumpet part

    • Half note = 90-120

  2. Tip Toe (this is a trumpet part on purpose)
    • Q through 8 after S
    • Quarter = 144
  3. Sight Reading
  4. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Trumpet Auditions

  1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    • Pickups 1 before 137-168

    • Optional 161-168 8vb and 138-140 8vb.

    • Half note = 90-120

  2. Tip Toe
    • Q to 2 after S
    • Quarter = 144
  3. Sight Reading
  4. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Trombone and Bass Trombone Auditions

  1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    • Pickups 1 before 137-169

    • Half note = 90-120

  2. Tip Toe
    • 1 after G to 2 after H, optional continue to J (4 minutes in)

    • Quarter = 144
  3. Sight Reading
  4. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Piano

  1. Blue Whale Boulevard
  2. Sight reading
  3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Guitar

  1. Blue Whale Boulevard
  2. Sight reading
  3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Bass

  1. Tip Toe
    • 1 after G to 2 after H, optional continue to J (4 minutes in)
  2. Sight reading
  3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Drums

  1. Demonstrate styles: Medium Swing, Fast Swing, 3/4 Swing, Latin, and Brushes
  2. Trade 4's
  3. Sight reading

Click here to sign up for a jazz audition!

 

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Auditions will be held August 18-19, 2020 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm in Wiedemann Hall. An accompanist will be provided. Sign-up sheets will be posted on August 1 on the bulletin board outside of B219 in the Duerksen Fine Arts Center.  

We ask that anyone who has not yet performed in one of our operas email Alan Held, Director of Opera, with any questions.

 

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Experienced string, woodwind and brass players are invited to audition for the 2020 - 2021 WSU Symphony Orchestra. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to audition. Private lessons are available to all instrumentalists regardless of major. An audition is required for both new and returning members of the orchestra.

Students interested in joining the WSU Symphony should register for MUSP 211A/Orchestra.

Audition Information

Strings

WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for string students will be held Monday, August 17. The orchestra audition will consist of:

Audition times may be reserved on the orchestra bulletin board outside of DFAC B105. For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.

Woodwind and Brass

WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for woodwind and brass students will be held Friday, August 14. The orchestra audition will consist of:

      • A major scale (two or three octaves)
      • A prepared solo or orchestral excerpt(s) approximately five minutes in length
      • a short passage of sight reading

Audition times may be reserved on the orchestra bulletin board outside of DFAC B105. For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.