How do I sign up for auditions?
Signup sheets for auditions are posted on the information board outside of the Band Office on the second floor of Landini. They are typically posted the weekend prior to the first day of classes. Auditions are the Monday and Tuesday of the first week of classes, with results being posted late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, at the latest.
Where can I find audition materials for ensembles?
For concert ensembles, studio professors will provide audition materials/repertoire for students to prepare before auditions take place. For any further questions on materials, please contact your studio professor directly. If possible, we will also post the information on this website, under the Auditions link.
I think I’ll wait until my second year at ISU to audition. What’s the harm in waiting to audition?
Sometimes students wait until the second semester of their freshmen year, or until their sophomore year to audition; we would strongly recommend against this as a viable strategy. There are rarely spots available in the middle of the season for many of the concert ensembles, and members accepted in the Fall typically play for the entire season (Fall and Spring), meaning that waiting until the spring, or until your sophomore year to audition puts you at a significant disadvantage, competing against all of the returning members as well as the incoming class of freshmen, in addition to not having played your instrument for a year.
But I’ll be out of shape by the end of the summer. Why should I risk having a bad audition?
You should not worry about being "out of shape" if you didn't practice all summer. Everybody has a multitude of things to do before arriving on campus, and we understand that. The purpose of the audition is to assess your potential with the understanding that -as with any other class- every student progresses. We’ve been at this a long time – we can tell a lot from an audition, whether you are rusty or not.
How should I dress for auditions?
How you dress in academic and professional situations like an audition says a lot about you. For better or worse, an impression is formed each and every time you enter a room. While we like to think that only results matter, the truth is...if two people have similar levels of playing ability in an audition, and one of them shows up wearing a suit/dress/shirt & tie, and the other shows up in jeans and a t-shirt, most often the perceived professionalism of the first person is going to win out. Is it fair? Maybe, maybe not...but that is reality, and that is life. So...in other words....dress professionally for your audition, and maximize your chances to do well. Besides...when you look professional, you can't help but feel professional...and that may boost your confidence enough to help your audition.
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