Fall 2014 classes begin Monday, August 25, 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 24 and Wednesday August 27. More information and sign-up sheets will be posted near the Large Ensemble Office, MB 156.
Online recordings for most of the audition repertoire can be accessed via NIU’s portal to the NAXOS Music Library. NIU 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.
Students will have to sight read, play a jazz blues head and/or rhythm change head, and have the option of improvising.
Woodwind players will also need to bring their doubles if they have them.
Bass players will audition for Professor Kelly Sill on Wednesday and pianists for Professor Willie Pickens on Tuesday. They will sight read a melody or bass line as well as chord changes.
All drummers will audition for Professor Villanueva, demonstrating swing, Latin, and ballad styles. They will also have to sight-read.
String players should prepare an excerpt from a solo work (less than two minutes) and the audition music for your instrument, below.