2018-2019 Auditions

Following is the schedule for our upcoming auditions.  For incoming students: Don’t worry, auditions are painless (perhaps even fun).  Simply do your best and get ready to meet lots of new friends!  All auditions are held in Lincoln Hall B20 or B21. 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. Regardless of whether or not you have created a WordPress account in the past to sign up for auditions, you will need to create a new one (please use your Cornell email). If you have any issues or questions while signing up for your audition, please contact Dan and Will (webmaster {at} cuwinds(.)com). Audition results will be posted here no later than 10am on the first day of classes.

Time slots are shown below; be careful to sign up in the correct section.  Please sign up near someone else in order to avoid large gaps in the schedule. Auditions will be monitored by Wind Symphony officers. Practice rooms are open to everyone on the ground floor of Lincoln Hall. 

In addition to wind and percussion instruments, the Wind Symphony will have openings for string bass and piano. Jazz bassists and percussionists are strongly encouraged to audition.

If you wish to audition for Music 3701, The Performance of Chamber Wind Music: The Classical-Era Wind Octet, click the Chamber Music tab.  

Google Form Link
Timeslot Signups

Tuesday, August 21 – Lincoln Hall B20
5:00- 6:30pm– Percussion
6:30-7:30pm – Saxophones
7:30-9:00pm – Oboes & bassoons
9:00-10:30pm – Conflicts & overflow 
Wednesday, August 22 – Lincoln Hall B20 & B21
9:00-10:00am– Piano & Double Bass
10:00am-12:30pm – Clarinets 
1:30-4:00pm – Flutes
4:00-5:10pm – Trumpets 
6:10-7:30pm – Horns 
(moving to B21 at 6:30)
7:30-9:00pm – Low brass: trombones, euphoniums, tubas
9:00-10:30pm – Conflicts & overflow
Thursday, August 23 – First day of classes
10:00am–Audition results posted on CU Winds bulletin board (outside B20), and on
4:45-6:45pm – First rehearsal! (B20)
Friday, August 24
5:00pm – Welcome picnic on the Arts Quad!

Winds, Piano, and Double Bass

Your audition will include the following:

  1. The required selection(s) listed below (Most were taken from music we will perform this year.)  Incoming students: If you do not have time to prepare the excerpts, simply prepare two contrasting selections of your choice.    
  2. Selected major scales (however you normally 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: You may play either alto, tenor, or bari for your audition.  Prepare only the part you wish to play in the ensemble.
  • 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.  Your audition will include a brief sightreading excerpt on snare drum.
If you wish to be considered for drumset parts, please prepare the jazz drumset excerpt in addition to the snare drum etude.
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.

Percussion – Snare Drum excerpt
Jazz drumset excerpt

Selected reference recordings:

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.