2020-2021 audition information will be posted no later than July 14. Please check back for details. 

2019-2020 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.

Please read this entire page, and do not hesitate to contact James Spinazzola jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu) if you have any questions or concerns.

Signing up for auditions

To audition, please fill out the google form AND sign up for a timeslot (links below). You will need to have a cuwinds.com account and be currently logged in to sign up. Check your spam box for emails if you don’t receive one within ten minutes of registering an account. If you have any issues or questions while signing up for your audition, please contact Dan and Amit (webmaster {at} cuwinds(.)com). Another person you may want to contact if you have questions is Yoorie, President of CU Winds, available at president {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.  Auditions will be monitored by Wind Symphony officers. Practice rooms are open to everyone on the ground floor of Lincoln Hall.  If your section is full or conflicts with your schedule, you may sign up in conflict/overflow times or in another section.

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.

Google Form Link
Timeslot Signups

Known Issue: Some people attempted to create an account, did not receive a confirmation email, and thus could not set their password to log in. If this happens to you, please email the webmasters with your username so they can manually reset your password.

Website Update: The above email issue should be resolved. If you created your account on or after August 20, you should have no trouble. If you created your account before that date and haven’t received a confirmation email (or if you have any other problems), please contact the webmasters with your username.

Audition dates

Tuesday, August 27 – Lincoln Hall B20

  • 6:30-8:00pm – Oboes & bassoons
  • 8:00-9:30pm – Saxophones
  • 9:30-10:30pm – Double bass, piano, conflicts & overflow

Wednesday, August 28 – Lincoln Hall B20

  • 9-10am – Percussion
  • 10am-12pm – Clarinets
  • 12:30-1pm – Clarinets, cont.
  • 1:00-3:30pm – Flutes
  • 3:30-5:00pm – Trumpets —
  • 6:00-7:30pm – Horns
  • 7:30-9:00pm – Low brass: trombones, euphoniums, tubas
  • 9:00-11pm – Conflicts & overflow

Thursday, August 29 – First day of classes

  • 10:00am – Audition results posted on Wind Symphony board (outside Lincoln B20), and on www.cuwinds.com
  • 4:45-6:45pm – First rehearsal (Lincoln B20)

Friday, August 30

  • 5:00pm – Welcome picnic on the Arts Quad!

Winds, Piano, and Double Bass

Your ten-minute audition will include the following:

  1. The required selections listed below (All were taken from music we will perform this year.) 
  2. Two brief contrasting selections (i.e., slow and lyrical, fast and technical) of your choice.  (You may choose music from difference pieces, or different movements/sections from the same piece.)    
  3. Selected major scales (however you normally practice scales is fine)


  • Piano and double bass do not have required excerpts.  Please prepare two contrasting selections of your choice.
  • 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 you wish to be considered for drumset parts, please prepare the jazz drumset excerpt in addition to the snare drum etude.  If you prefer to play mallets, timpani, or auxiliary instruments, simply do your best with the snare excerpt.  We will discuss your preferences and skills during the audition.  Please contact James Spinazzola if you wish to check out a practice pad.

Percussion – Snare Drum excerpts
Jazz drumset excerpt

Selected reference recordings:

Dances from “The Oprichnik” – Tchaikovsky/Bourgeois

The Pines of Rome – Respighi