The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation for performance excellence. Under the leadership of Terry Austin, they have been invited to perform at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the MENC Southern Division Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, as well as numerous appearances at the Virginia Music Educators State Conference. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, with clinician Ed Lisk, was also the featured ensemble in the instructional video “The Creative Director: Alternative Rehearsal Techniques,” published by Meredith Music.
Former VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble members can be found teaching across the country, from elementary school to the university level, and performing in U.S. military bands in Washington, D.C. and around the world.
Membership in the VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is determined by auditions that are open to all qualified students. These auditions take place the first week of each semester and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music faculty.
VCU Symphonic Wind Ensemble Competition
Fall 2017 Audition Dates
Auditions for Symphonic Wind Ensemble and VCU Symphony (woodwinds, brass and percussion) will take place at the beginning of the fall semester. Auditions will be held on Thursday, August 24 (woodwinds) and Friday, August 25 (brass and percussion), 2017. Audition excerpts and sign up links are below.
Remember to keep your schedule as open as possible to accommodate the ensemble you are assigned to play in. Students may not request to be in a specific ensemble.
Fall 2017 Audition Sign Up:
Fall 2017 Audition Excerpts
- Flute: Download PDF
- Mozart Clarinet Concerto, mm. 57 – 75 (In A, if you don’t have an A clarinet, just play on Bb.)
- Brahms, Symphony No. 3, mvt 2, mm. 1-22 (in Bb)
- Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, mvt 1, mm. 474-492 (In Bb)
- Saxophone: Saxophone excerpts are available from Prof. Regni at ALrosyreg@comcast.net.
- Bassoon: Download PDF
- Horn: Download PDF
von Weber: Overture to Oberon (note transposition)
- Maw: American Games
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, mvmt 2, 1st horn
- Trumpet: Download PDF
- Low Brass: Audition excerpts for low brass are available from Dr. Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org.