CU Wind Symphony (CU Winds) 2017-2018 Auditions

Please read this entire page, and do not hesitate to contact James Spinazzola (jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu) if you have any questions.
To audition, please fill out the google form AND sign up for a timeslot (links below). You will need to have a account and be currently logged in to sign up. If you have any issues or questions while signing up for your audition, please contact Ray Beck (webmaster {at} cuwinds(.)com). Audition results will be posted here no later than 9am on Tuesday, August 22.
Time slots are shown below; be careful to sign up in the correct section.  Please try to sign up near someone else in order to avoid large gaps in the schedule. 
All auditions will be held in Lincoln Hall B20, and will be monitored by CU Winds officers.
Practice rooms are open and available on the ground floor of Lincoln Hall. 
In addition to wind and percussion instruments, this year’s Wind Symphony will have openings for string bass, piano, and harp.

Google Form Link
Timeslot Signups

Sunday, August 20
5-6:30pm – Percussion (with Michael Sparhuber)
6:30-8pm – Saxophones (with Emily DiAngelo)
8-9pm – Piano, harp & string bass
9pm – Day one conflicts & overflow 


Monday, August 21
9:00-9:30 – Day two conflicts
9:30-11:00am – Oboes & bassoons (with Emily DiAngelo & Daniel Hane)
11:00-1:30pm – Clarinets (with Lenora Schneller)
1:30-4pm – Flutes (with Elizabeth Shuhan & Juliana Pepinsky)
4-5:30pm – Trumpets (with Jeff Stockham)
6-7:30pm – Horns (with Ilze Brink-Button)
7:30-9pm – Low brass: trombones, euphoniums, tubas (with Melissa Gardiner)
9pm – Day two overflow & conflicts

Tuesday, August 22 – First day of classes
9am – Audition results posted on CU Winds bulletin board (outside B20), and on  
4:45-6:25pm – First rehearsal (Lincoln B20)


Your audition will include the following:

  1. The required selection(s) listed below
  2. Selected major scales (however you normall practice scales is fine)
  3. Brief sightreading 
  • Piccolo: If you wish to audition for both flute and piccolo, please sign up for two separate audition times.
  • Saxophonists: Prepare the tenor parts if that is your primary instrument.  Prepare the alto parts if you wish to play alto or baritone.
  • All: Please contact James Spinazzola if you need to borrow a school instrument.


Please prepare the following etudes from Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone.  If possible, please also prepare a selection of your choice that demonstrates your proficiency on a mallet instrument and/or timpani.  A selection from either mallets or timpani is required if you wish to be considered for section leader.  Your audition will include a brief sightreading excerpt on snare drum.
The percussion studio and instruments will be available the week before auditions for individual practice; please return here for the schedule.  Please contact James Spinazzola if you wish to check out a practice pad.


Piano, String Bass, Harp

Please prepare two selections of your choice: one that demonstrates technical proficiency, and another that highlights expressive, lyrical playing (each less than 4 minutes).
String bass should also prepare the excerpt posted below.


Audition Excerpts:

Piccolo excerpt 1

Piccolo excerpt 2

Piccolo excerpt 3

Flute excerpt 1

Flute excerpt 2

Flute excerpt 3 (stop at rehearsal 9)

Oboe excerpt 1

Oboe excerpt 2

Oboe excerpts 3 & 4


Clarinet excerpt 1

Clarinet excerpt 2

Bass Clarinet

Alto Saxophone excerpt 1

Alto Saxophone excerpt 2

Tenor Saxophone

Horn excerpt 1

Horn excerpt 2

Trumpet excerpt 1

Trumpet excerpt 2

Trumpet excerpt 3


Euphonium excerpt 1

Euphonium excerpts 2-4

Tuba excerpt 1

Tuba excerpt 2 (prepare both octaves)

Percussion – Snare Drum

String Bass


Selected excerpt reference recordings:

Bernstein – Overture to “Candide” (United States Marine Band)

Ives – Variations on “America” (United States Marine Band)

Our Mission

CU Winds unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. We explore music making as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.