Ensemble Placement Auditions

Large Instrumental Ensembles

Woodwind, Brass, Keyboard, & Percussion. Orchestra Strings, see section below.

All students interested in participating in large instrumental ensembles on the UConn Storrs campus during the Fall 2019 semester must complete a brief placement hearing audition. Students will have the option to select which ensembles they would like to be considered for, but ultimately placement will be at the discretion of the directors.  Students may be placed in one of the following ensembles:


Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Band
Wind Ensemble
Concert Band


The UConn Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra will select ensemble members by placement audition. These groups are composed of undergraduate and graduate music majors and non-music degree program students. All students hoping to be considered for these ensembles should submit the following materials no later than Wednesday, September 9th. 

  1. Record one unedited continuous video of yourself performing two pieces of contrasting style (fast and slow) in succession. Please play approximately two minutes of each piece. If you received audition excerpts from your studio professor please select from their list. 
  2. Complete the UConn Ensemble Placement Hearing/Audition Application and submit your response by Wednesday, September 9th.
  3. If you have any semester-long course enrollment conflicts (i.e. overlap, class conflicts, account hold, etc) please send an email to the director(s) of the ensemble for which you are auditioning describing your conflict in detail. 

Videos should be no longer than five minutes in length. Please upload your recording to google drive in the appropriate embedded folder and share them with the ensemble directors.




Orchestra Strings

Placement Auditions for strings in the UConn Symphony will take place by video recording.  Your recorded video should be uploaded to YouTube as an UNLISTED video. The videos should be submitted no later than September 3, 2020 at 11:59 pmPlease fill out and and submit the Audition Information sheet (below) to music@uconn.edu. 

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For Strings, please prepare two brief selections of contrasting style (fast and slow). These selections can be all or part of a larger work, i.e., an etude, concerto movement, sonata movements or any excerpt from a lesson book.

The University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will function in a hybrid format for the fall 2020 semester.  Classes will begin online starting on Wednesday, September 9, meeting once weekly from 7:00-8:30 pm. Live in-person rehearsals for small ensembles will begin in late October adhering to safety precautions, using masks, social distancing and other spacing requirements. Please note should there be any issues with student health prior to the start of in-person rehearsals, then the class will revert to the online format. Given COVID-19 and issues related to transmission, it will unfortunately not be possible to have woodwinds, brass and percussion participate in the live in-person rehearsals. Woodwinds, brass and percussion are welcome to take the online portion of the class.

For the fall 2020 semester, woodwinds and brass check back for the process above for large ensemble placement auditions.


Further instructions for Strings audition videos:

All videos will be submitted as a link to an UNLISTED YouTube video.

Place the camera so that both right and left arms are in clear view.

State your name, instrument and the titles of your solo selections.

Recordings should be continuous.  Do not edit after the recording.

Once you have recorded the video, save/label the file: Last name, First name, instrument

The entire audition should be approximately 5 minutes.

Only the audition team judges with the “Unlisted” link will be able to access your audition.

Submit your YouTube weblink via the String Audition Information form by September 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Ensure that your YouTube web link is accessible from your form before submitting it.

UConn Choirs

Current singers come from all majors and disciplines across campus, undergraduate and graduate. We have a thriving group of music majors who are the core of Concert Choir but our choirs are filled with engineers, chemists, Pre-Med students, varsity athletes, English majors, and more. If you like to sing, we encourage you to be a part of the joy in musical excellence with UConn Choirs.  “No-stress Placement Hearings” will be held using Zoom at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester in August and you can sign up for a hearing below. Please contact Dr. Spillane in the UConn Choral office at UConnChoirs@uconn.edu if you have any questions. 

For more information about UConn Choirs please see the information below.

For Information about Choral Placement hears and contact information- click here!

To schedule a Choral Placement Hearing – Click here!

Jazz Ensembles & Combos

Jazz ensemble/combo placement auditions will take place on Monday, August 31st from 2:00-5:00 and Tuesday, September 1st from 10 am to 1 pm. Please sign up at the link below. Only students who have NOT previously auditioned in the past need to audition. Please play a prepared piece of your choice in the jazz idiom. Improvising along with a pre-recorded track is highly encouraged, but not necessary. Piano/guitar players should be prepared to "comp" as well. Bass players should be prepared to "walk" a bass line. Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in multiple grooves such as swing, bossa, samba, funk, ballad, and jazz waltz.  Auditions will be held virtually, Please use the WebEx link below to sign in at your designated time.


Sign Ups

Link to Virtual Audition 


Enrollment permission numbers will be issued to selected students following the audition process. The two big bands (Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band) will rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 4 p.m. Combo meeting times will be determined after the formation of rosters.