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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra
School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Kansas State University
109 McCain Auditorium
1501 Goldstein Circle
Manhattan, KS  66506

Rachel Dirks, Director          

rdirks@ksu.edu

785-532-5772 

 

2020 KSU Symphony Orchestra Auditions 

Welcome to the Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra!  Placement auditions for the 2020-2021 season will be submitted online and are due no later than August 14, 2020. Please read the directions below carefully as you prepare your audition excerpts.

Having Fun

Placement Auditions - Due Online by Friday, August 14, 2020

1. Create a video with your performance of the KSUSO 20-21 audition excerpts for your instrument, scale(s) first. Make sure the video includes your entire instrument within the picture (Basses - Only bridge to scroll are needed).

2. Transfer the video into a Google Drive or YouTube video link.

3. Submit your audition link using the following Placement Audition Submission Google Form: https://forms.gle/5Mnv71UfmXGJzkDK7

4. Audition submissions are due no later than Friday, August 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Rachel Dirks - rdirks@ksu.edu.

String Excerpts

All strings should prepare one 3-octave scale of their choosing and excerpts from the following works:

Rossini, Overture to "Barber of Seville"; Verdi, Overture to "La Forza del destino"; Beethoven Symphony #3

Violin Excerpts
Viola Excerpts
Cello Excerpts
Bass Excerpts

Wind and Brass Excerpts

All Winds and Brass should prepare a chromatic scale demonstrating their full range and selected excerpts from the following works:

Rossini, Overture to "Barber of Seville"; Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition; Verdi, Overture to "La Forza del destino"; Beethoven Symphony #3; other excerpts as listed

Flute Excerpts 

Beethoven 4th Movement and Mussorgsky Movement IX (Baba Yaga)

Oboe Excerpts

Beethoven & Verdi

Clarinet Excerpts

Beethoven 4th Movement and Mussorgsky Movement II (Tuileries)

Bassoon Excerpts
Horn Excerpts 

Verdi (Horn in E), Beethoven 4th Movement (Horn in E Flat), and Rossini (Horn in E)

Trumpet Excerpts

Mussorgsky Promenade and Beethoven 4th Movement

Trombone Excerpts

All trombones should prepare Mussorgsky (Great Gate of Kiev), and Rossini. For the third excerpt, bass trombone should also prepare the Delibes, while all other trombones, should prepare Mozart Tuba Mirum instead of the Delibes.

Tuba Excerpts

Mussorgsky (Great Gate of Kiev) and Rossini

Ideas on How to Practice