Ensemble Audition Music - NIU - School of Music


Fall 2015 Ensemble Audition Music  

Please check back after July 1 for updated information.

Fall 2015 classes begin Monday, August 24, and Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Philharmonic, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and University Jazz Band auditions are planned to take place (at the posted times) between Sunday August 23 and Wednesday August 26. More information and sign-up sheets will be posted near the Large Ensemble Office, Music Building 156. 


Online recordings for most of the audition repertoire can be accessed via NIU’s portal to the NAXOS Music LibraryNIU students and faculty who are off-campus can login via this link.
The NAXOS Music Library is also accessible via mobile apps on Apple and Android devices to NIU students and faculty.

Choral information is included within the Choral link below.

String, Wind, and Percussion Audition Information

  1. All string, wind, and percussion students must appear for large ensemble auditions. Please plan to audition, and prepare all audition materials thoroughly.
  2. Please make every effort to audition during the time frame designated for your instrument. Doing so gives you the best opportunity for the conductors to accurately assess your skills as compared to your colleagues.
  3. Professional attire is expected.
  4. Bring a copy of your class schedule to the auditions. The conductors may ask for it if needed.
  5. Arrive early for your scheduled time. Be prepared to play early if requested to do so.

Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Lab Band/University Jazz Band Audition Information   

Please contact Professor Reggie Thomas at reggiethomas@niu.edu for audition information.


Winds - Audition Music

  • Piccolo
  • Flute 
  • Oboe
  • English Horn
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Horn
  • Tenor Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion - Repertoire List 

Strings - Audition Music

String players should prepare an excerpt from a solo work (less than two minutes) and the audition music for your instrument, below.