Instrumental (Strings, Wind, Brass and Percussion) Auditions

All undergraduate string, wind and percussion students must appear for large ensemble auditions. Please prepare all audition materials thoroughly for your audition.

Learning the Music

For any band or orchestral excerpts, please listen to representative recordings to learn the appropriate style, tempo and dynamics for the passage. Performing these aspects of the music correctly is a large part of the audition. Learning the music, by analytical listening to multiple versions of the excerpts, will help you grow as a musician and will reflect positively on your audition placement. Playing the right notes but in the wrong style or wrong tempo sends a different message to the audition panel. Listen and analyze before you practice.

Audition Day

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. Professional attire is expected. Bring a copy of your class schedule to the auditions. The conductors may ask for it if needed. Arrive early for your scheduled time and be prepared to play early if requested to do so.

Brass and Woodwind Ensemble Music

String Ensemble Music

Percussion Ensemble Music

Percussion ensemble audition information and music can be found in the percussion area handbook.

Schedule Your Ensemble Audition

Ensemble Schedule

If you are interested in chamber music ensembles, please contact your studio faculty member and Brigid Findley at bcrawford@niu.edu for more details regarding registration and ensemble placement.

Ensemble Date Time
MUSE 330/630: Wind Symphony Monday/Wednesday 2-3:40 p.m.
MUSE 331/631: Wind Ensemble Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:50 p.m.
MUSE 331/631: Wind Ensemble Monday/Wednesday 1-1:50 p.m. (sectionals)
MUSE 360/660: NIU Philharmonic Monday/Wednesday 2-3:50 p.m.
MUSE 360/660: NIU Philharmonic Tuesday/Thursday 4-4:50 (sectionals)
MUSE 315/615: String Ensemble Monday/Wednesday 1-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 315/615: String Ensemble Tuesday/Thursday 1-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 316/616: Woodwind Ensemble Monday/Wednesday 1-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 316/616: Woodwind Ensemble Tuesday/Thursday 1-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 316/616: Woodwind Ensemble (section 3) Flute Choir Friday Noon-1 p.m.
MUSE 317/617: Brass Ensemble Monday/Wednesday 1-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 317/617: Brass Ensemble Tuesday/Thursday 1-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 317/617: Brass Ensemble (section 3) Trombone Choir Friday Noon-1:50 p.m.
MUSE 318/618: Percussion Ensemble Monday/Wednesday Noon-12:50 p.m.
MUSE 318/618: Percussion Ensemble Monday/Wednesday Noon-12:50 p.m.
MUSE 318/618: Percussion Ensemble Tuesday/Thursday Noon-12:50 p.m.
MUSE 320/620: Keyboard Ensemble TBD TBD
MUSE 365/665: Campus String Orchestra Monday 7:30-10 p.m.

Contact Us

Music Building
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - noon
1 - 4:30 p.m.
815-753-1551
music@niu.edu

Austyn V. Menk
Music Admissions Coordinator
815-753-6306
avmenk@niu.edu

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