Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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.

Audition Information

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.

Spring 2020 Audition Dates

Auditions for Symphonic Wind Ensemble and VCU Symphony (woodwinds, brass and percussion) will take place at the beginning of the spring semester.

Auditions will be held January 13 and 14, 2020. See links below to sign up for an audition slot.

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.

Spring 2020 Audition Excerpts



  • Enigma Variations (Elgar) – Please learn the following
    • Enigma, first page, “solo” after reh 2 – reh 5
      Variation 2 all of the fl 1 part (to reh 80)
      Variation 5, all of fl 1 part (to reh 19)
      Variation 8, all of the fl 1 part (to reh 33)
  • Listen to a recording of the piece here.



  • Contact Alyssa McKeithen at amckeithen@vcu.edu for excerpt information




  • DonJuan (Strauss)
    • Prepare all of the excerpts, as well as the famous lyrical solo. If you must, take the last part down the octave. This part is for E trumpet. You must perform it transposed unless you have an E trumpet.
  • Ein Heldenleben (Strauss)
    • You only need to learn the E-flat trumpet solo line. It begins on the first line and continues to reh. # 51.







Audition Sign-Up Links 



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