Fall 2016 Auditions…Please read carefully!
All auditions are in Lincoln Hall, room B20.
Sunday, August 21

5:30-7pm – Percussion (with Michael Sparhuber)
7-8pm – Double reeds (with Emily DiAngelo)
8-9pm – Piano, harp & string bass
9pm – Day one conflicts & overflow

Monday, August 22

10-11:30am – Saxophones (with Lenora Schneller)
12:00-2:30pm – Clarinets (with Lenora Schneller)
2:30-4pm – Flutes (with Elizabeth Shuhan & Juliana Pepinsky)
4-5:30pm – Trumpets (with Jeff Stockham)
6-7pm – Horns (with Ilze Brink-Button)
7-8:30pm – Low brass: trombones, euphoniums, tubas (with Justin Chervony)
8:30pm – Day two overflow & conflicts

Tuesday, August 23 – Classes Begin

9am – Audition results posted on CU Winds bulletin board (outside B20), and on  Please pick up your folder outside B20.
4:45-6:45pm – First CU Winds rehearsal (Lincoln B20)

Friday, August 26

4-6pm – CU Winds Picnic, Arts Quad (Not mandatory, but strongly encouraged)
As in past semesters, please fill out the form below and sign up for a timeslot (be careful to sign up in the correct time slot for your instrument) by clicking here. Please try to sign up near someone else in order to avoid large gaps in the schedule. You will need to have a account and be currently logged in to sign up. If you have any issues please contact Jonathan Karsch (webmaster {at} cuwinds(.)com). Audition results will be posted online no later than 9am on Tuesday, August 23rd.


Your audition will include the following:

  1. One prepared selection of your choice (less than one minute).
  2. The required selection(s) from the following list of .pdf files.  (Please be sure to prepare all marked excerpts.)
  3. Selected major scales (however you normally practice scales is fine)
  4. Chromatic scale (woodwinds only)
  5. Brief sight-reading
  • Piccolo: If you wish to audition for piccolo, please sign up for a separate audition time.
  • Flutes: If you wish to audition for principal flute, please prepare the piccolo excerpt (on flute), in addition to the flute excerpts.
  • Saxophonists: Prepare the alto parts unless you are sure you want to play tenor.
  • All: Please get in touch with Dr. Spinazzola if you need to borrow a school instrument.

Winds audition excerpts:

Omit repeats and rests of more than two bars.


The snare excerpts are mandatory, and the mallet excerpts should also be prepared if you are comfortable with the instruments.  The percussion studio and instruments will be available the week before auditions for individual practice; please return here for the schedule.  You will also be asked to read a brief timpani excerpt.

Piano, Harp:

Please prepare two selections: one that demonstrates technical proficiency, and another that highlights expressive, lyrical playing (each less than 4 minutes).


Remember to sign up for a time slot here after you fill out the audition form.

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.