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Ensemble Audition Information: Woodwind

Audition dates:

Winter 2014: January 6
Spring 2014: April 21
Fall 2014: September 15

Flute: Snow 267, Kristi Ballif
Oboe : Snow 248, Diane Soelberg 
Clarinet: Snow 282J, Adam Ballif 
Bassoon: Snow 281D, George Adams 
Saxophone : Snow 282G, Mark Watkins 

Sign-up sheets for auditions times will be posted the week before auditions outside each instructor's office.

Auditions requirements are:

  • a solo of your choice
  • a contrasting piece of your choice
  • a sight reading piece provided at the audition


Specific instrument audition information:

  • Flute:
    • Auditions are held on the day before the first day of classes each semester, unless classes start on a Monday. In that case, auditions are held on the first day of classes. Auditions occur between 1pm-4pm.  Sign up for a time at Snow 267.
    • Required audition materials:
  • Oboe:
    • Sign-up Snow 248. All auditions will be held on the day before the first day of classes every semester, unless otherwise listed.
    • Auditions are 10 minutes in duration. Please be on time, have your instruments out and reeds ready to play.
    • Oboe auditions will be held in Snow 248.
    • Materials:
      • prepared musical selection. You must provide your own materials and select a composition that best represents your technique and musicality (i.e. something you learned for solo contest, from a method book you have played, etc.).
      • Sight-reading. Materials to be provided during the scheduled audition.
      • Scales and arpeggios. Be prepared to demonstrate all scales and arpeggios learned at your present level of development.
  • Clarinet:
    • Sign up Snow 282J (Clarinet Studio). All auditions will be held on the day before the first day of classes every semester, unless clases start on Monday. In that case, auditions will be held on the first day of classes. Auditions will be scheduled from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm.
    • Audition times are 10 minutes in duration. Be on time and prepared to play.
    • Selections: Specific excerpts may be downloaded at http://www.adamballif.com/byui/studio
    • Demonstrate your present knowledge of 12 major and minor scales, arpeggios, and full-range chromatic scale.
    • Sight reading.
    • Ensemble placement will be based on audition outcome, ensemble need, and student experience. Music scholarship recipients will be assigned to two or more ensembles (Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta, Chamber Winds). The woodwind area will provide band, chamber and orchestra experience during your stay at BYU-Idaho.
  • Bassoon:
  • Saxophone (classical):
    • Sign-up Snow 282G. All auditions will be held on the day before the first day of classes every semester.
    • Saxophone students auditioning for classical and jazz ensembles should sign-up for two audition times, preferably not consecutive.
    • Auditions are only 10 minutes in duration. Be on time, have your instruments out and ready, and do not expect to play all of your material (sections to be chosen by Dr. Watkins).
    • Saxophone auditions will be held in Snow 282G (Dr. Watkins' office).
    • Materials:
      • Prepared classical composition. You must provide your own materials and select a composition that best represents your technique and musicality (i.e. something you learned for solo contest, from a method book you have played, etc.).
      • 24-hour composition. The selection is available at Snow 282G 24 hours before auditions (two days before the first day of classes). It is intended that you take a minimum of two practice sessions to prepare this work: one the day prior to your scheduled audition and one the day of the audition.
      • Sight-reading. Materials to be provided by Dr. Watkins during the scheduled audition.
      • Scales and arpeggios. Be prepared to demonstrate all scales and arpeggios learned at your present level of development.