Ensemble Audition Music - NIU - School of Music


Fall 2016 classes begin Monday, August 22.   Auditions for Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Philharmonic, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and University Jazz Band are planned to take place (at the posted times) between Sunday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 24. More information and sign-up sheets will be posted near the Large Ensemble Office, Music Building 156. 

All undergraduate music majors and anyone interested in or required to participate in large ensembles listed above must audition. 

Online recordings for most of the audition repertoire can be accessed via NIU’s portal to the NAXOS Music Library, available through NIU University Libraries databases. 
The NAXOS Music Library is also accessible via mobile apps on Apple and Android devices to NIU students and faculty.

Choral Audition Music 

For more choral audition information, please contact Dr. Eric Johnson ejohnsn@niu.edu 

Jazz Orchestra/Jazz Ensemble/University Jazz Band Audition Information (to be posted soon; see last year's info here

Contact Prof. Reggie Thomas at reggiethomas@niu.edu for more information on jazz auditions.

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.
  6. Conductor contact information:  Dr. Lucia Matos (Philharmonic) lmatos@niu.edu  Dr. Ronnie Wooten (Wind Ensemble) rwooten@niu.edu  Dr. Tom Bough (Wind Symphony) tbough@niu.edu 

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.