FOR Majors and Non-Majors

Placement Information Fall 2017.pdf
Includes private applied music lessons and music theory (for majors who did not already take the theory placement test)

Symphony Orchestra

Audition excerpts required. See links below for instructions and orchestral excerpts.

Bass.pdfDouble Bass

Brass, Woodwind and Percussion members are selected and seated based on the concert band auditions - see excerpts below.  Instrumentation is determined by repertoire. Harp and piano positions are selected by the respective teachers in consultation with Dr. Joiner.

woodwinds, brass, percussion

No audition required. Marching band members arrive early for pre-season camp. Read more: Paladin Regiment Marching Band.

Audition excerpts required. If you would like to be considered for membership in the fall concert band (Symphonic Winds) or the Furman Symphony Orchestra, see instructions and required *excerpts.

1. This audition is open to all Furman Students.
2. This audition is required for all wind and percussion scholarship students.
3. This audition is required for all intended or declared music majors.
4. Questions?  Email the teacher.

Your audition will consist of the *excerpts posted below and a brief sight-reading passage. No Scales!

Flute,   Mon Aug 21
Clarinets,  Mon Aug
Oboe,  Mon Aug 21

Bassoon,  Mon Aug 21
Saxophones, Mon Aug 21

Trumpet, Tue Aug 22
Horn, Tue Aug 22
Trombone, Tue Aug 22
Euphonium, Tue Aug 22
Tuba, Tue Aug 22

Percussion, Wed Aug 23

A double bass player and pianist will also be selected based on faculty recommendation and student interest.

Sign-up sheets will be posted in August. The audition will take place behind a screen.  Dr. Hicken and members of the Wind and Percussion Faculty will adjudicate. Symphonic Winds personnel will be established for the fall term based upon the results of this audition.This audition is not to be confused with the brief audition that takes place for freshman during Band Camp.

Personnel Decisions will be based upon the following criteria:
  >The results of the audition.
  >Your past experience and performance in the ensemble program.
  >The educational value for you as an individual.
  >Your availability (academic schedule.)

  >Instrumentation requirements for each concert.


Audition excerpts required. Prior improvisation experience NOT required! Our jazz auditions are designed to be a low-key way for us to accurately assess your experience level as a jazz musician. Even if LITTLE or NO experience in jazz, please feel free to apply/audition. We will do our very best to include everyone we can in our program!

JazzInfo2017Fall.pdfJazz Info and Instructions 2017Fall
Alto and Bari Saxo
Tenor Saxo
RhythmSection.pdfRhythm Section (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums)

Choral Ensembles

All students wishing to sing in a choral ensemble must audition, but, no excerpts are required! Your audition is primarily vocalization to determine range and tone. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside Daniel Music studio 111. Complete the app above to receive more info.

  • Sunday or Monday, August 20 and 21, from 7-9pm -or-
  • Tuesday August 22 from 3:30-6pm
You will be placed in the Singers or Chorale based on your audition, prior experience and voice part. Instrumentalists fulfilling their music education choral requirement should also audition in the fall.

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