Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble performs at President Crawford inauguration in Millett Hall
As seen from within the ensemble, the conductor lifts his hand to give a cue. Bassoonists are visible in front.
 The Wind Ensemble onstage at Hall Auditorium

The Miami University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the fifty finest wind and percussion performers on campus. Utilizing the player pool concept, the ensemble performs traditional wind band literature, chamber music, and new works entering the repertoire. True to the spirit of an outstanding liberal arts university, the ensemble is open to students of all disciplines by audition each semester.

For more information about the Wind Ensemble, contact Gary A. Speck, director, speckga@MiamiOH.edu

Wind Ensemble Audition Instructions for Fall 2020

Dr. Averbach and Mr. Speck send the following message regarding the coming semester:

We are taking the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk to students and faculty this semester. Based upon our best judgment at this point, here is how we will operate in Fall 2020:

  • The Symphony Orchestra will include only strings; the Wind Ensemble, winds and percussion. Both ensembles will focus on repertoire that can be rehearsed in our spaces while still following distancing guidelines, probably involving 6-20 players.
  • You will receive information about the protocols we will be operating under, including the use of masks, traffic flow into and out of rooms, and cleaning surfaces. We're aware this decision could have ramifications, especially regarding class registration. We will address them going forward.
  • In order to allow the conductors to plan adequately, we kindly request that audition excerpts be sent for evaluation no later than August 10, 2020.
  • Wind players should address questions to Professor Speck at speckga@miamioh.edu. When you send your audition, please indicate if you are in Marching Band (MUMB) this semester, Fall 2020.

Recording the Excerpts

  • Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Fall 2020. Find your instrument within the set and download the excerpts to prepare. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.
  • Wind Audition Excerpts »
  • Use whatever device you have or are comfortable with; the important issue is that you make sure it is in a common format, preferably mp4 or mov.
  • Upload the video to your Google drive and share it with me. Alternatively, you could upload the video to YouTube and send me the link. To keep the video private, make it “unlisted.” (Unless you want the entire internet to hear your performance.)
  • You may stop the device in between excerpts, but each excerpt must be in one “take.” All the scales should be a single “take” also. If you do the excerpts in order, you don’t have to announce them.
  • Metronome marks are given in most cases, but it is better to be under the mark--accurately and musically--than to sound hurried.

Scales

The first thing on each video should be you performing these scales. All pitches are YOUR pitches, NOT concert pitch. If you are accustomed to doing scales full range rather than “tonic to tonic,” please do so.

  • Flute: Ab Major, 2 octaves, slurred; A major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Oboe: D Major, 2 octaves, slurred; Ab major, 1 octave, tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Clarinet: E Major, 3 octaves, slurred; Ab major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Bassoon: C Major, 3 octaves (if possible), slurred; A major, 3 octaves (if possible) tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Saxophone: F Major, 2 octaves, slurred; Bb major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Horn: Ab Major, 2 octaves, slurred; G major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Trumpet: Ab Major, 2 octaves, slurred; Bb major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Trombone: A Major, 2 octaves, slurred; E major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Euphonium: Ab Major, 2 octaves, slurred; G major, 2 octaves tongued; full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice
  • Tuba: F Major, 2 octaves, slurred; Bb major, 2 octaves tongued (if you can do either of these scales 3 octaves, please do so); full-range chromatic scale, articulation of your choice