Are you interested in music major auditions or ensemble auditions?

Music Major Auditions

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 Symphony Orchestra

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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 2019 Audition Info

Tuesday, August 20th - DFAC Room B104 - 10am-4:45pm

Tuesday, August 20th - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Audition Procedure and Preparation

First, find your respective audition excerpts below. You may be asked to sight read a little bit and demonstrate some range. The auditions will be done for Professor Hulett and the Athletic Band Staff.

Shocker Sound and Shocker Sound Machine Instrumentation

Please click on the instrument name to open the audition excerpt.

Flute (Sound Machine only)
Clarinet in Bb (Sound Machine only)
Alto Sax: 5 - 8
Tenor Sax: 2 - 4
Bari Sax: 1 - 2
Trumpet: 8 - 12
Mellophone: 4 - 8
Trombone: 6 - 10
Baritone (Euphonium): 2 - 4
Sousaphone: 2 - 5
Drum Set: 2 (one player per game)
Bass Guitar: 1
Drumline: 5sn, 2ten, 4bs

Audition Results

Audition results will be posted outside B104 - Dr. Shade's Office and C114 - Instrument Storage Room.


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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. Auditions take place the first week of classes each semester. If you have any questions regarding involvement in the bands at WSU please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Timothy Shade.

Friday, August 16 - DFAC Room B104 - 10am-7pm

Monday, August 19 - DFAC Room B104 - 11am-5pm

Friday, August 16 - DFAC Room C7 - 9am-12pm

All wind and brass auditions will be in B104. We ask that you sign up for the soonest available time unless you absolutely cannot make it work in your schedule. Signing up in the order you arrive is easier on the panel than having gaps in auditions. If you cannot make it during the allotted times please contact Dr. Shade immediately to arrange for another time to audition.

Audition Procedure and Preparation

Please find your respective audition excerpts below. The auditions will be done "blind", meaning they will not be face-to-face. The band teaching assistants will bring you into the room and show you where to sit. The committee listening to you will not be able to see you and you will not be able to see them. Please try not to make any noise and play your excerpts in order or as directed by the committee. Please do not speak or make any identifying noises.

Fall 2019 WSU Bands Concert Ensembles Audition excerpts:


Percussion Auditions

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

Audition Results

Audition results will be disseminated via email and will be posted no later than the morning of Wednesday, August 21st on the board outside of B104 (Dr. Shade's office)


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Any WSU student is welcome and encouraged to audition for the 2019-20 Wichita State University Choirs. All of our ensembles are open to both music majors and non-majors. Please let your friends and colleagues know that we would love to have them join us for this exciting year!

Auditions are painless and simply involve filling out an audition card, vocalizes to test your vocal range, and sight-singing exercises to text your ear. You do not need to prepare a solo for the audition.

Auditions are for:

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

Women's Glee Club (MUSP 212L, 412L, 712L) is a non-auditioned ensemble, so if you want to be in Women's Glee Club, all you need to do is register for the class. You do not need to audition.

Questions? Email Dr. Tom Wine.


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Welcome back, Shocker jazzers! Fall semester auditions for jazz ensembles will be held Friday, August 16th.

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 ("Second Race", "Off the Cuff", "Driftin' on a Reed") 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:

Second Race
Off the Cuff
Driftin on a Reed

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 will be asked to perform Sabor along with the accompanying mp3. We ask that you play the melody once through and then improvise several choruses with the play-along track. The Banda Hispanica audition will be an addendum to your regular jazz audition and take place at the same time.

Sabor (Bb instruments)
Sabor (C instruments)
Sabor (C instruments - bass clef)
Sabor (Eb instruments)
Sabor (Backing track)


Alto Sax Auditions

      1. Second Race/Off the Cuff
        • Second Race: F - H
        • Off the Cuff: Entire page
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Tenor Sax Auditions

      1. Second Race/Off the Cuff
        • Second Race: F - H
        • Off the Cuff: Entire page
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Trumpet Auditions

      1. Second Race/Off the Cuff
        • Second Race: B - D
        • Off the Cuff: 258 - 285
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional for lead trumpet: Second Race: B - E
      4. Optional for all: improvise two choruses over a blues in F

Trombone and Bass Trombone Auditions

      1. Off the Cuff/Second Race
        • Off the Cuff: 258 - 285
        • Second Race: C - D
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F


      1. Driftin' on a Reed
        • Play two choruses of melody while comping in the LH
        • Comp two choruses of the changes
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F


      1. Driftin' on a Reed
        • Play two choruses of melody
        • Comp two choruses of the changes in a Freddie Green rhythm guitar style
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F


      1. Driftin' on a Reed
        • Play two choruses of melody
        • Walk two choruses of the changes
      2. Sight reading
      3. Optional: improvise two choruses over a blues in F


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


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Auditions will be held August 20-21, 2019 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm in Miller Concert Hall at Duerksen Fine Arts Center. An accompanist will be provided. Arrive 15 minutes before your audition time (sometimes, we run ahead).

On these dates, we will be holding auditions for The Path to Heaven by Adam Gorb and our Scenes Program. Please prepare five minutes (no longer than 5) of music for your audition. Operatic selections in English are preferred.

The cast for The Path to Heaven will be announced by August 27. Rehearsals will begin that day. Repertoire for our annual Scenes Program will be announced after auditions and by mid-September. Due to the fantastic addition of so many new singers to our department, we want everyone to have a chance to work with their teachers before we hold auditions for the spring opera production.

Auditions for the spring opera production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte will be held in October. All Opera Theatre repertoire will be rehearsed during the fall semester.

You will need to bring your audition information sheet (available at auditions if you didn’t receive one via email) and a picture of yourself (preferably an 8X10 photo). A resumé of previous experience and a repertoire list is also required. This helps us remember you all the more when it comes time to deliberate the assignment of roles, and it helps us get to know you and your talents all the more.

Please 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 2019 - 2020 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


WSU Symphony Orchestra auditions for string students will be held Monday, August 19. The orchestra audition will consist of:

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 16. 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

For further information, contact Dr. Mark Laycock, Director of Orchestras, at 316-978-6202 or mark.laycock@wichita.edu.