Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble Winter 2020

Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble - Auditions

Audition Sign-Ups

New Students
Sunday, September 12: 1–6 pm; 7:30–9 pm

New Sign-Up

Auditions for new wind, brass, percussion, harp, piano and double bass students are 15 minutes long and will be heard on Sun, Sep 12 by DCWE director Dr. Messier and DSO director Mr. Ciabatti. Auditions on Sep 12 can qualify for both the DCWE and DSO. 

Returning Students
Audition slots for returning DCWE members are 10 minutes long and will be heard by Dr. Messier on Monday, Sep 13.

Returning Sign-Up

Audition Requirements

  • One solo selection or study etude of your choice that best displays your current playing ability: 4-6 minutes of music.
  • Sight-reading.
  • Assigned excerpts for your instrument (DSO interest only)
  • Percussionists: please prepare samples of your playing on at least two instruments highlighting your strongest skills in the percussion section. Contact directors with concerns over instrument access. 

Decisions regarding membership are made within a context defined by the following factors

  • The level of preparation the player shows at the audition.
  • The relationship between the auditioning player's current level of ability (as displayed in their audition) and the current median technical level of the DSO/DCWE players.
  • The particular skill set required to successfully manage the part(s) for which the player is auditioning.
  • The player's deportment during their audition.
  • The current personnel needs of the ensemble.

Need an instrument? Please contact Dr. Messier via email for assistance in this area.

Audition Excerpts

Bass Trombone Bass Bassoon and Contrabassoon Cello Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Flute and Piccolo Harp Horn Oboe and English Horn Percussions Piano Tenor Trombone Timpani Trumpet Tuba Viola Violin