The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation for performance excellence. Under the leadership of Terry Austin, they have been invited to perform at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the MENC Southern Division Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, as well as numerous appearances at the Virginia Music Educators State Conference. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, with clinician Ed Lisk, was also the featured ensemble in the instructional video “The Creative Director: Alternative Rehearsal Techniques,” published by Meredith Music.
Former VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble members can be found teaching across the country, from elementary school to the university level, and performing in U.S. military bands in Washington, D.C. and around the world.
Membership in the VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is determined by auditions that are open to all qualified students. These auditions take place the first week of each semester and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music faculty.
Fall 2020 Auditions
The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated some changes to our normal routine. VCU Symphony will not include winds or percussion this fall. Wind and percussion auditions for Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be facilitated via audio recording submission (no video.) These auditions will be adjudicated anonymously.
Please send an audio recording (.mp3 preferred) of your audition material to the coordinator of winds and percussion, Dr. Bruce Hammel, at email@example.com. Each auditionee will be assigned a number to preserve anonymity. The deadline for priority consideration is Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 4:30pm. Once all adjudicating is completed, student names will be revealed and results posted.
Remember to keep your schedule as open as possible to accommodate the ensemble you are assigned to play in. Students may not request to be in a specific ensemble.
Fall 2020 Audition Excerpts
- Contact Alyssa McKeithen at firstname.lastname@example.org for excerpt information
- Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 5 in C# Minor, the opening solo.
- Georges Bizet: Carmen, Prelude to Act 1 (in A – play down a 1/2 step on B-fla)
- Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture (in C – play on C trumpet or up a step on B-flat)
- Igor Stravinsky: the Ballerina Dance from Petrouchka; start 1 measure before reh. marker 134.
- Ottorino Resphighi: The Pines of Rome
- rehearsal no. 5 (take the high D down an octave if necessary)
- offstage solo from part 2, Catacombs (in C)
All major scales, 2 octaves on 8th notes at Quarter = 120
Kopprasch Etude no. 8 in F, Quarter = 60
Maxime Alphonse, book 5, etude no. 7 in F, Quarter = 72
- Contact Justin Alexander at email@example.com for excerpt information