Auditions

Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band

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The Department of Music Activities is complying with all protocols required by the University. For the most current COVID-19 information, please see http://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/

If you are interested in auditioning for the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band or have already scheduled an audition, we will hear those auditions on-line. If you have already scheduled your audition, you should receive instructions via email about how to submit your audition. If you have not yet scheduled an audition, please complete the audition information form at http://tx.ag/FTABAudition and you will receive the audition instructions at that time.

 

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and Concert Band

Right Side View of the Band 2Dr. Rhea 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Department of Music Activities is complying with all protocols required by the University. For the most current COVID-19 information, please see http://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/

We understand that there may be circumstances where you may usually use a school instrument that you may not have access to at this time. We want everyone to have as successful audition as they can, so please communicate this with the director (rtipton@tamu.edu) after you complete your audition form. We will handle these on a case by case basis.

For Percussionists: You may or may not have access to equipment/instruments for your audition. We will work with you on a case by case basis and will consider what you have available or possible past recordings. Please complete the form and the director will contact you to discuss options.

In light of the fact that New Student Conferences will be conducted online for the summer of 2020, auditions for the concert bands, jazz bands, and string orchestras will follow suit. Your audition should be completed BEFORE your new student conference so that you know for which ensemble you need to register. If you have a circumstance that does not permit that, please contact Mr. Tipton at rtipton@tamu.edu.

 

 

To Audition:

  1. Fill in the appropriate audition form (links below)

 

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band

or you can email Mr. Russell Tipton at rtipton@tamu.edu 

  1. You will be contacted by the director of the ensemble to set up an audition time via Zoom.
  2. For the audition, you will need to select and perform material that includes two contrasting excerpts which exhibit both technical facility and lyrical qualities. Students should prepare approximately two minutes of each style. You will also receive a sight-reading selection via email very shortly before your audition time.
  3. We understand that there may be circumstances where you may usually use a school instrument that you may not have access to at this time. We want everyone to have as successful audition as they can, so please communicate this with the director after you complete your audition form. We will handle these on a case by case basis.
  4. For Percussionists: You may or may not have access to equipment/instruments for your audition. We will work with you on a case by case basis and will consider what you have available or possible past recordings. Please complete the form and the director will contact you to discuss options.
  5. To speak with a director by phone, please call our regular number, 979.845.3529 and leave a message that includes your name, call back number, instrument played and what ensemble you are interested in. The appropriate director will call you back within 2 business days.

 

Jazz EnsemblesFull band left side (2)

The Department of Music Activities is complying with all protocols required by the University. For the most current COVID-19 information, please see http://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/

 

 

In light of the fact that New Student Conferences may be conducted online for at least part of the Summer of 2020, auditions for the concert bands, jazz bands, and string orchestras will follow suit.

Your audition should be completed BEFORE your new student conference so that you know for which ensemble you need to register. If you have a circumstance that does not permit that, please contact Mr. Hollar at chollar@tamu.edu.

 

 

To Audition:

  1. Email the Director of Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles – chollar@tamu.edu

  1. You will be contacted by the director of the ensemble to set up an audition time via Zoom.

For the audition:

    • Wind players should prepare 4 Major scales in concert Bb, F, Eb and Ab through the comfortable range of the instrument. Students should prepare one medium swing tempo or faster selection and one ballad or Latin style selection. Students may use region jazz etudes, melodies from standard jazz tunes, or transcribed jazz solos that demonstrate style, musicality and technique on the instrument. For lead player auditions, one piece may be performed to a play along accompaniment to include improvisation.
    • Guitar / Piano players should prepare major scales covering the range of the instrument and demonstrate 4 basic chord types: major, minor, augmented, and diminished. Students should prepare 2 jazz tunes demonstrating melody and comping techniques in 2 contrasting jazz styles. One or both pieces may be performed to a play along accompaniment to include improvisation.
    • Bass players must be proficient reading bass music and chord progressions. Bass players should prepare major scales through the range of the instrument. Students should also prepare two choruses of a blues selection or one chorus of a 32 bar jazz standard utilizing walking quarter note bass lines. The audition will also include sight-reading a quarter note bass line and a more rhythmically challenging funk bass line.
    •  Drummers should have some previous fundamental drum set experience or training. Students should be prepared to demonstrate specific drumming abilities for playing time and improvising fills in various styles of jazz music including medium or up–tempo swing, basic Latin, and rock or funk. The audition will also include sight-reading a simple big band style kick chart.
    • You will also receive a sight-reading selection via email very shortly before your audition time.
  1. We understand that there may be circumstances where you may usually use a school instrument that you may not have access to at this time. We want everyone to have as successful audition as they can, so please communicate this with the director after you complete your audition form. We will handle these on a case by case basis.
  2. For Percussionists: You may or may not have access to equipment/instruments for your audition. We will work with you on a case by case basis and will consider what you have available or possible past recordings. Please complete the form and the director will contact you to discuss options.
  3. To speak with a director by phone, please call our regular number, 979.845.3529 and leave a message that includes your name, call back number, instrument played and what ensemble you are interested in. The appropriate director will call you back within 2 business days.

 

 

OrchestrasDr. Sikes smiling

The Department of Music Activities is complying with all protocols required by the University. For the most current COVID-19 information, please see http://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/

 

 

In light of the fact that New Student Conferences may be conducted online for at least part of the Summer of 2020, auditions for the concert bands, jazz bands, and string orchestras will follow suit.

Your audition should be completed BEFORE your new student conference so that you know for which ensemble you need to register. If you have a circumstance that does not permit this, please contact Mr. Almany at talmany@tamu.edu.

 

 

 

To Audition:

  1. Email the Director of Orchestras

Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestras – talmany@tamu.edu

  1. You will be contacted by the director of the ensemble to set up an audition time via Zoom.
  2. For the audition, there will be  two prepared excerpts and sight-reading. Students should prepare two excerpts, each about two minutes in length. One excerpt should be fast and technical in nature and the other slow and lyrical. Students choose their own audition material with many students using past etudes or solos. Violinists wishing to play 1st part should demonstrate their ability to play in 4th position and higher. You will receive a sight-reading selection via email very shortly before your audition time. No scales are required. The sight-reading material will be taken from music the orchestra will be performing in the upcoming academic year.
  3. We understand that there may be circumstances where you may usually use a school instrument that you may not have access to at this time. We want everyone to have as successful audition as they can, so please communicate this with the director after you complete your audition form. We will handle these on a case by case basis.
  4. To speak with a director by phone, please call our regular number, 979.845.3529 and leave a message that includes your name, call back number, instrument played and what ensemble you are interested in. The appropriate director will call you back within 2 business days.