Large Ensemble Audition Materials


All NIU students are welcome to audition for a School of Music Large Ensemble.  You do not have to be a music major to be in our ensembles.  

Auditions for Wind Symphony, Philharmonic, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and University Jazz Band will take place at posted times beginning Sunday, August 23 and continuing that week. 

2020 Ensemble audition music is posted below and on Blackboard (Music Majors).  Click the link to download your music and register for your audition.   

Instrumental audition information and music (strings, wind, brass and percussion) 

Instrumental audition music downloads 
If you have questions about the audition music or process, please contact Dr. Thomas Bough at or Dr. Ben Firer at

Schedule auditions for:
Woodwinds/Brass Ensembles Audition
Strings Ensembles Audition

Percussion ensemble audition information and music can also be found in the Percussion Area Handbook. To register for your audition, please follow instructions as listed in the Percussion Area Handbook. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Greg Beyer at

Jazz audition information and music

Jazz audition music downloads 
If you have questions about the audition music or process, please contact Professor Reggie Thomas at 

Schedule your Jazz Ensembles Audition

Choral audition information and music 

Choral audition music downloads 
If you want to keep singing in a choir, there is a place for you! The choral area offers three different curricular choirs to match your skill level and interests.  Information on the different ensembles and rehearsal times are provided in the audition information.

If you have questions about the audition music or process, please contact Dr. Eric Johnson at 

Schedule your Choral Ensembles Audition

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre is a great opportunity for students to learn more about opera and expand their musical and performance experiences. Opera Theatre is competitive, and spots are traditionally given to sophomores – seniors. As a first-year student, it is strongly encouraged that you speak with your voice studio instructor about your interest and involvement in Opera Theatre prior to auditioning.  

Fall Semester - Opera Scenes Spring Semester - Staged Opera with NIU Philharmonic 

As part of your audition, you will be required to perform two different works. It is recommended that one piece is in a foreign language. Repertoire selections may include Arias from standard operatic repertoire. Please make sure you bring two additional copies of your repertoire - one for the pianist and one for the panel. You may arrange your own accompanist or contact the Opera Graduate Assistant, Heewon Cha.  

If you have questions about repertoire selections, audition process, or contacting Miss Cha, please contact Dr. Ben Firer at  

Schedule your Opera Theatre Audition

Steelpan Ensembles

The All-University Steelband is open to any student, regardless of major (music & non-music). If you have questions about registering for Steelpan ensembles, please contact Professor Teague (

World Music Ensembles

We have numerous World Music ensembles for students to participate in, including Chinese Music Ensemble, Indonesian Gamelan Ensemble, and Thai Music Ensemble! There is no audition for these ensembles and all students are welcome! Please contact Professor Chamni Sripraram ( if you have questions.