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Auditions for the fall 2018 semester for winds, brass, and percussion in our Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra will take place on Friday, August 24 in Capistrano Hall 151. Below is the schedule and links to the assigned audition pieces.

Schedule to be announced this summer

Ensemble Auditions


Auditions for the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and University Chorus are available to music students, non-music students and community members, and should be arranged with Dr. Kendrick. Membership in all choirs is by audition and is based on the singer's individual vocal quality, range and timbre of the voice, and ability to read music. Although prepared pieces are appreciated, they are not required. Candidates will be asked to sing through the extremes of their vocal range and to sight read single line melodies.

Dr. Donald Kendrick, Director of Choral Activities
email: | 916-278-6805

Concert Band/Wind Ensemble

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is our top level band, while the Concert Band provides an additional outlet for those wishing to further their studies in wind literature and performance. Any Sac State student with music experience can audition. Placements in the ensembles are determined by audition. Each audition lasts about five minutes, and you should prepare the assigned excerpt along with 2-minute selection of your choice that best represents your skills. All auditions and performed unaccompanied.  Sight-reading or scales will not be included in the audition process. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble rehearses MWF, Noon – 1:15 p.m. The Concert Band rehearses MWF, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

2018 ASSIGNED PIECES: audition excerpts will be posted this summer; please check back here later

Dr. Matthew Morse, Director of Bands
Email | 916-278-6468

Jazz Ensembles (Instrumental)

Placement in all Sacramento State Jazz Ensembles - big bands and combos - is by audition only. You do not need to be a music major to be condsidered for these groups. Auditions for Fall 2018 will be held Friday, August 24, 2018 starting at 10am in Capistrano 303. (signups will be available on the door to Capistrano 303 at the beginning of that week)
  • Horn Players: The sole basis for placement in bands will be sight-reading. During the sightreading audition, consideration will be given to time, feel, range, tone, intonation, and aggressiveness. Several styles, such as swing, funk, ballad and Latin, may be used in the audition.
  • Rhythm Section Players: Each student will be asked to read a variety of jazz literature as well as just playing time. In addition, each rhythm section player will be asked to solo over changes. Drummers should know all styles of drumming including, but not limited to, up-tempo and medium swing, jazz waltz, funk, shuffle, samba, etc. Drummers should plan on bringing your own cymbals. Bass amps and guitar amps are provided.

Dr. Steve Roach, Director of Jazz Studies
Email | 916-278-7987

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra is open via audition to any qualified Sac State student, regardless of major. Wind/Brass auditions are held concurrently with Concert Band/Wind Ensemble auditions. Strings will audition at the regular class time on the first Tuesday of the fall semester. Sign up for a time slot on Professor Eylar's door, Capistrano 428, on that first Tuesday. Strings should prepare five minutes of a solo piece (your choice).

Professor Leo Eylar, Conductor
Email | 916-278-4216

Vocal Jazz Ensembles

Auditions for Sac State Vocal Jazz groups will be held throughout the summer until the beginning of the fall semester. Sign-ups and information can be obtained by contacting Gaw Vang (below). Auditions will consist of the following:
  • Performance of a prepared song, preferably a jazz standard. (You can also audition with a pop song). Please have the sheet music and/or lead sheet available at your audition. Improvisation is encouraged but not required.
  • Ear training exercises. You will hear a melodic line of three or four pitches on the piano, and you will be asked to sing them back. You will hear a chord with 3-4 notes and in no particular order will be asked to sing each individual note within that chord. You'll be given a starting pitch and asked to sing notes that are certain intervals away.
  • Range testing. You'll be asked to sing major and/or minor triads from starting pitches, and your comfortable and usable voice range will be determined.
  • Quick sight-reading and part learning: You will be given a short, one-page section of a vocal jazz ensemble tune, and you'll be asked to sight-read your part along with a recording of the song. Then we will work with you on the part briefly and give you another chance to read the line with the recording. Be prepared to stay focused, relaxed, and to demonstrate your flexibility and quick-learning skills, while watching your intonation and blend as well.

Professor Gaw Vang, Director
Email | 916-842-0346