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.

Fall 2018 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 23 (brass auditions) and Friday, August 24, 2018 (woodwind and percussion auditions). Audition excerpts and sign up links will be posted below as soon as they are available.

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 2018 Audition Excerpts

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Mvmt 1: mm 206-225 (the solo)
Mvmt 2: mm 50-61
Mvmt 3: mm 47-52 AND mm 87-108
Mvmt 4: mm 22-46 AND mm 259-278

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Contact Dr. Patrick Smith for more information.

The excerpts below may be found at imslp.org. Note transpositions.

  • Brahms Symphony no 1, first horn, mvmt 2, mm 91-105
  • Brahms Symphony no. 1, first horn, mvmt 4, mm 28-60
  • Shostakovich Symphony no. 5, first horn, mvmt 2, rehearsal 54-57

Low Brass:
For trombone, euphonium, or tuba audition excerpts contact Dr. Ross Walter.


  • Xylophone: Colas Breugnon: Rehearsal 9-12 / Reh. 57-end (two excerpts)
  • Snare Drum: Capriccio Espagnol: mvt. III, letter I to K
  • Tambourine: Trepak: letter C to the end
  • Timpani: Brahms Symphony No. 1: mvt. I, measures 1-9 / mvt. 4, piu allegro to the end (two excerpts)