Ensemble Auditions

University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Ensemble Auditions

Auditions are only required for membership in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Basketball Band and all UTM students are welcome and encouraged to audition.


No audition is required for the Aviators Marching Band or Concert Band.


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Audition Instructions - Fall 2020

All UT-Martin students interested in performing in the Wind Ensemble at the dates listed below. This audition is required for entrance into the Wind Ensemble. The Concert Band is open to all students, no audition required. Read the instructions outside of the Band Rehearsal Hall (FA 136) before auditioning.


All instrumental Music Majors and Minors are required to play this audition.


Excerpts will be available on the University Bands website: utm.edu/bands. In order to be unbiased, auditions will be blind – you will play your excerpts behind a screen and not see the panel. All wind auditions will be held in Band Rehearsal Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Adhere to the marked tempos.


If You Are Not a Music Major

We welcome students who are not music majors to audition for any of our concert ensembles!


Access to Excerpts

For purposes of copyright, these excerpts are password protected. If you have not received an email with login information, please contact Dr. John Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu).


Repertoire and Suggestions

Given the uncertainty of this semester presents, the amount of repertoire has been limited. Other repertoire has been planned, but only the following are included for all instruments: Holst First Suite in Eb and the Concone Vocalise #2. Everyone should plan to play all of the Concone and all of the bracketed sections. Percussionists have a snare drum etude in addition to these (also play all of this). Be sure to do the following:

  • Prepare the bracketed sections to the tempos marked to the best of your abilities.
  • Be sure to carefully and accurately count through all of the excerpt’s interior rests
  • Listen to reference recordings for style and common interpretations.
  • Long interior rests can be skipped during the audition.

Reference Recordings

Reference recordings for the works from which the audition excerpts are extracted are listed in the NAXOS Music Library Database, which is accessible through the Paul Meek Library website (http://utm.naxosmusiclibrary.com/recentadditions.asp). Please consult these recordings for style and performance practice questions. You may also use other sources – composer’s websites, YouTube, etc.


Audition Schedule

Towards the goal of keeping everyone safe, this semester’s auditions will be submitted via video. You should email a link to your video to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) no later than 11:59 pm on Saturday, August 15th. Please test the link and be sure that it works. These must be video auditions showing you and be done in one take per excerpt. You should not edit or alter them in any way. Applied faculty and band conductors will evaluate your videos and place you into the appropriate ensemble. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Oelrich.


Audition Materials


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