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


Required Repertoire can be found here: Fall 2019 UConn Large Ensemble Placement Audition Materials

Placement hearings will be held in the Music Building at various times beginning on Sunday, August 25, 2019 and concluding on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Specific room assignments can be found on the sign-up sheet linked below. Should none of the times listed work for you, please contact Dr. Vu Nguyen, vu.nguyen@uconn.edu and Professor Jessica Von Villas Dickerson, jessica.von_villas@uconn.edu.


Orchestra Strings

Orchestra auditions for violin, viola, cello, and double bass will be held in von der Mehden Recital Hall on the following days:

Violin - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 6:10 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Violin/Viola - Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cello/Bass - Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Please sign-up for the appropriate day depending on your instrument. If you are unable to make any of the times set aside for your instrument, you may sign up for a day designated for another instrument. Please contact Professor André Raphel, andre.raphel@uconn.edu, if you are unable to make auditions on any of the three days.




UConn Choirs

Music Library 105

Saturday, August 24th - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, August 25th - 12:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, August 26th - 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 27th - 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

For more information about UConn Choirs Choral Placement Hearings click here.pdf.

To Schedule a Choral Placement Hearing – click here.


Jazz Ensembles & Combos

Jazz ensemble/combo placement auditions will take place on Tuesday January 21st and Thursday, January 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm in the jazz room on the basement practice room floor, at the times indicated on the following online sign-up sheet. The 10-minute auditions will consist of sight reading, performing a piece of your choosing (in any style), and improvising on a 12-bar blues or jazz standard. Please be courteous, and select the earliest day and time at which you are available.

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.