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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 and assigned pieces to be announced this summer

Ensemble Auditions


Auditions for the University Chorale (142C, Section 2, T/Th 1:30-2:45pm) are available to all Sac State students, and will be held on Friday, August 24 from 10am-5pm with additional times on Sunday, August 26 from 1-5pm. A signup sheet will be up on the door to Capistrano 421 at the beginning of August. A signup sheet will be up on the door to Capistrano 421 at the beginning of August; just sign up for a 10-minute slot. Bring a solo to sing, ANY style or genre. It should display the best qualities of your voice. A hymn-tune or folk song work just as well! You will also be asked to sight-read from a choral score to determine your abilities to read and sight-read music. Contact Dr. Kreckmann if you have any questions. NOTE: Auditions for the Concert Choir (142C, Section 1, T/Th 3-4:15pm) are not required, and the ensemble is open to any Sac State student with singing experience.

Dr. Andrew Kreckmann, 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 sight-reading audition, consideration will be given to time, feel, range, tone, intonation and aggressiveness. Several styles, such as swing, contemporary, funk, ballad and Latin, may be used in the audition. Those students interested in playing a jazz chair in a band and/or playing in a jazz combo will be asked to play changes at sight with a play-a-long recording.

  • 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.

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. Strings should prepare five minutes of a solo piece (your choice).


Vocal Jazz Ensembles

Auditions for Sac State Vocal Jazz groups will be held throughout the summer until the beginning of the fall semester. Auditions typically consist of the following:
  • Performance of a prepared song, preferably a jazz standard. Examples: "Summertime," "Autumn Leaves," "Route 66," and "My Funny Valentine", etc. You can also audition with a pop song. Please have the sheet music and/or lead sheet available at your audition. If you have questions about this requirement, feel free to email Gaw and she will help guide you. Improvisation is not required in your audition, but it never hurts to try!
  • Ear training exercises.
    1. You will hear a melodic line of three or four pitches on the piano, and you will be asked to sing them back.
    2. 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.
    3. You'll be given a starting pitch and asked to sing notes that are certain intervals away (up a 5th, down a minor 3rd, etc.).
  • 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 Gaw 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