Audition Information

Fall 2017 Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Audition Information

Auditions will be held in Dr. Ivanov’s office (Presser Hall 256). Audition slots will be posted on a bulletin board outside of Dr. Ivanov’s office during orientation week (Aug. 21-25). Auditions are Aug. 28-30, results will be posted by the end of the day Sept. 1.

Below is the audition information for Fall 2017. Please read everything carefully. Results of your audition will determine which ensemble(s) you will be placed in. Wind players are encouraged to audition for wind band in addition to orchestra.  Musicians can play in both a wind band and the orchestra.

PLEASE NOTE: All audition excerpts on this page are for the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra. For general questions about auditions contact Dr. Lev Ivanov at livanov@iwu.edu.

  1. Please read a welcome message from our music director and conductor, Dr. Lev Ivanov, by clicking here.
  2. Take a moment to fill out an information questionnaire by clicking here. This form will need to be completed prior to signing up for an audition time slot.
  3. Auditions for orchestra will consist of:
    • Prepared excerpt(s) for your instrument (see step 5)
      • You must play BOTH the orchestra AND band excerpts during the audition if you would like to be considered for both ensembles. You need to prepare only one solo piece.
    • Two minutes of a prepared solo or etude of your choice (solo or etude should demonstrate both technical and lyrical styles)
    • A short excerpt to sight-read
  4. Before your audition, you must:
    • Complete the survey from step 2
    • Sign up for an audition time. Auditions will be held in Dr. Ivanov’s office (Presser Hall 256). Audition slots will be posted on a bulletin board outside of Dr. Ivanov’s office during orientation week (Aug. 21-25). Auditions are Aug. 28-30, results will be posted by the end of the day Sept. 1.
      • If you are auditioning for both orchestra and band on the same instrument, you need to sign up for only ONE audition time. You must play BOTH the orchestra AND band excerpts and need to prepare only one solo piece.
    • Print out and complete one audition sheet which can be found at the following link. This form must be presented to the attending faculty at the time of your audition.
  5. Excerpts – Find your instrument parts below and print all documents. Pay close attention to the markings (brackets) that indicate what part of the excerpt you must play.

Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra Excerpts

(all excerpts are from Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov)

Strings

Violin – I. the whole thing

Viola – I. the whole thing

Cello – V. Coda through the end

Double Bass – V. Coda through the end

Winds

Flute – IV. letter O – letter Q

Oboe – IV. letter O – letter Q

Clarinet – V. beginning  – through letter R

Bassoon – V. three before letter Z through the end

Brass

French Horn – IV. beginning – through entrance of violin 1

Trumpet – IV. beginning – through entrance of violin 1

Trombone – V. three before letter Z through the end

Bass Trombone – V. three before letter Z through the end

Tuba – V. three before letter Z through the end

Percussion excerpts are the same for both the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble.  The percussion audition sheet and excerpts can be found on the Wind Ensemble blog.