2019 CONCERT BAND AUDITION INFORMATION
The University of Iowa offers three concert bands each semester. The Symphony Band and Concert Band are open to students, regardless of major, by audition only.
Symphony Band rehearses MWF from 1:30-3:00PM and Concert Band rehearses MW from 1:30-3:00PM in the fall semester and 1:30-3:00 MWF in the spring semester.
No auditions are required for membership in University Band, which rehearses on Monday (and selected Wednesdays in the fall) from 6:30-8:00PM, and Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-8:00PM in the spring semester.
Auditions for Symphony Band and Concert Band are held during the first week of classes in the Voxman Music Building, located at 93 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City.
All new woodwind, brass, and percussion majors are expected to audition for either Symphony Band or Concert Band.
Please read the following audition information carefully:
SYMPHONY BAND:Any student, regardless of major, who wishes to participate in Symphony Band must audition for membership during the first week of classes. See the audition procedures and schedule below.
CONCERT BAND:Any student, regardless of major, who wishes to participate in Concert Band must audition for membership during the first week of classes. See the audition procedures and schedule below.
PLEASE NOTE:Due to the large number of music majors in the UI saxophone studio and the ensemble requirements for music majors, any non-music major student who is interested in performing saxophone in a concert band should plan to participate in University Band.
UNIVERSITY BAND:Auditions are not required for membership in University Band; however, chair placement auditions will be held during the first rehearsal. Chair placement consists of sight reading and one scale of the auditionee’s choice.
Students who wish to join University Band simply need to register for the appropriate course and report to the first rehearsal with your instrument on Wednesday, September 4.
PERCUSSIONISTS: Percussion players for Symphony Band and Concert Band will be auditioned by Dr. Daniel Moore. Please contact Dr. Moore directly for audition information by email at email@example.com.
INSTRUMENT RENTAL:If you need to rent an instrument for use in one of the concert bands, please contact Josh Neuenschwander (firstname.lastname@example.org), manager of the band instrument inventory.
AUDITION PROCEDURE: Band auditions consist of 1) selected excerpts and 2) sightreading.
The required excerpts for each instrument are posted below.
All band auditions are “blind” and will take place in the Voxman Music Building during the blocks of time indicated below. Students should report at the start time of the appropriate instrument block to sign up for an audition slot. Each audition will take less than 10 minutes.
Please understand that the times listed below are only approximate as some auditions may run slightly longer than scheduled due to the number of students who audition. Thank you in advance for your flexibility.
Contact Dr. Heidel (email@example.com) if you have a class conflict with your scheduled audition time.
THE FIRST REHEARSAL FOR ALL THREE BANDS WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
Voxman Music Building, 93 E. Burlington Street
BRASS Room Location: 2250E - Performer Warm Up Room B (Located behind the Concert Hall on 2nd floor)
1:30PM EUPHONIUM and TUBA
6:30PM TROMBONE, BASS TROMBONE
WOODWINDS Room Location: 2250C - Performer Warm Up Room A (Located behind the Concert Hall on 2nd Floor)
3:00PM CLARINET, BASS CLARINET
6:30PM FLUTE, PICCOLO
Percussionists who wish to audition for Symphony Band and Concert Band should contact Dr. Dan Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) for audition information.
Audition results will be posted by 5:00PM on Friday, August 30 on the UI Bands web site and on the Iowa Bands bulletin board by the Welch Rehearsal Room, VOX2451.
THE FIRST REHEARSAL FOR ALL THREE BANDS WILL BE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER, 4, 2019.