Participation in the Wind Ensemble requires an audition at the start of either the Fall or Spring semesters. All William & Mary students are eligible to audition at the start of the Fall Semester, and once accepted, will be able to register for their respective ensemble(s) on Banner. Sign-ups for audition times will be available one week prior to the start of the Fall semester on the bulletin board outside of the rehearsal hall, Ewell 207.

2016-2017 Audition dates are August 22nd-26th.  Additional audition times with Dr. Marcus may be available upon request (

At your audition, come prepared to perform:

1.    a short, lyrical piece of your choice

2.    excerpts for your instrument posted below (prepare the sections bracketed in red)

3.    sight reading

Chamber Winds Auditions

Students auditioning for the Wind Ensemble who wish to participate in a rich chamber music experience are invited to join the Chamber Winds. This performing ensemble is open to select Wind Ensemble musicians and rehearses on select Fridays from 4:00 – 5:00pm. The Chamber Winds’ repertoire focuses on ensemble music written for fewer than 15 players — including the great chamber works of Strauss, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Mozart, and others.

At the end of the audition period, students will be notified of audition results by email.

The 2016-2017 Audition excerpts are posted below!

Trumpet 1   Trumpet 2   Tuba   Trombone 1   Trombone 2
Bass Trombone   Horn   Baritone (Bass Clef)   Baritone (Treble Clef)
String Bass

Eb Clarinet   Clarinet 1   Clarinet 2   Bass Clarinet   Flute
Piccolo   Oboe   Bassoon   Tenor Sax   Alto Sax   Bari Sax

Xylophone   Snare Drum   Timpani

(percussion: for your audition, choose any and all instruments for which you would like to be considered)