All ensembles in the Glenn Korff School of Music are open to any UNL student. Some require an audition for membership, others do not. Some meet every semester, others do not. This page will help you navigate the system to design the ensemble experience that is best for you.
Things to know before you jump in
- When you find an ensemble that appeals to you, first check the schedule of classes to see if it fits in your schedule.
- All ensembles require registration for one credit hour in every semester of participation. For music majors and minors the rules surrounding registration can be pretty confusing. Check with your advisor and the Large Ensemble Policy to be sure you are enrolling in a way that syncs with your degree requirements. For non-music majors and minors, ensembles are likely to count as electives. Check with your advisor if you have questions.
- For ensembles that require an audition, the auditions take place in a predictable pattern. Auditions for Fall Semester ensembles take place in August just before classes begin. Auditions for Spring Semester ensembles take place in December, typically during the last week of classes. The exception to this pattern is the Cornhusker Marching Band. There are two rounds to its audition: the first is in May, and the second is in August. To learn the specific dates of any audition find the appropriate ensemble heading below.
- Auditions take place in Westbrook Music Building. The specific room(s) will be listed along with any other instructions you need, including: what music to prepare, where to sign up for a time, and how the results will be communicated. To learn this information find the appropriate ensemble heading below.
CORNHUSKER MARCHING BAND
BIG RED EXPRESS PEP BANDS
INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT ENSEMBLES
- Campus Band (spring semester only) and Campus Orchestra (fall and spring semester, strings only) do not require an audition. Simply register for the class as you would any other.
- Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band share an audition process. This can be a little confusing but it all works out in the end. First choose the category: strings or winds/percussion.
All music majors and minors enrolled in applied lessons on a wind or percussion instrument must audition for, and be placed in, a large jazz or concert ensemble. Information pertaining to the jazz ensembles is provided above. All music majors and minors who are not interested in, or eligible for, participation in the jazz program must follow the steps outlined below.
Non-music majors and minors are welcomed and encouraged to audition as well.
- Step 2: all music majors and minors participate in the First Round. Audition music and studio-specific instructions for this First Round are available for download below or from the studio faculty. Results of the First Round audition will be communicated by each applied instructor to all auditionees within 24 hours following the audition. For students placed in Symphony Orchestra the audition process is complete at this point. Enroll in the course.
- Step 3: woodwind/brass/percussion players not assigned to Symphony Orchestra will participate in the Second Round to determine placement in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble. Students will report with their instrument to Westbrook Room 132 at 2:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2023. The choice of time is up to each student according to their availability. The two sessions will be identical; each student should select one.
In the Second Round students will have an opportunity, as a group, to try some of the games and exercises that are unique to the Wind Ensemble. Professors Falcone and Barber will determine each student's interest in, and readiness for, the different bands at this time. The roster for Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be communicated to all auditionees by Dr. Barber within 24 hours following the Second Round. At this point students should enroll in the appropriate band.
Each applied studio has its own routine for the First Round. To download the First Round information and materials for your instrument, click on the appropriate link below. If there is no link below, contact the studio professor directly. There are no materials to prepare for the Second Round.
- Flute: First Round materials for Spring 2024: Friday, December 1 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in room 132 WMB. Download the Flute audition repertoire.
- Oboe: First Round materials for Spring 2024: Monday, December 4 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in room 105 WMB. Download the Oboe audition music.
- Bassoon: First Round auditions for Spring 2024 TBD. Download the Bassoon audition music.
- Clarinet: First Round auditions for Spring 2024: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in room 104 WMB. Download the Clarinet audition music.
- Saxophone: First Round: music majors will audition for quartet placement with Dr. Haar. Music majors and non-majors will then proceed to the Second Round.
- Trumpet: First Round materials for Spring 2024: Monday, December 4 following French Horn auditions at approximately 5:30 PM in room 114 WMB. Note: the audition time was updated on November 28th. Download the Trumpet audition music.
- French Horn: First Round materials for Spring 2024: Monday, December 4 at 5:00 PM in room 114 WMB. Note: the audition time was updated on November 28th. Download the French Horn audition music.
- Trombone: First Round auditions for Spring 2024: Audition date, time, and location TBD. Download the Trombone audition music.
- Euphonium: First Round materials for Spring 2024 TBD
- Tuba: First Round materials for Spring 2024 TBD
- Percussion: First Round auditions for Spring 2024: Wednesday, December 6 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in room 132 WMB. Contact Dr. Matt Rush if you need a different audition time. Alternate audition appointments must be prior to December 6. Download the Percussion audition music.
All music majors and minors enrolled in applied lessons on a string instrument must audition for Symphony Orchestra.
Non-music majors and minors are welcomed and encouraged to audition. Audition materials and information are posted below.
Please arrive at the beginning of your instrument's audition period to sign up for an audition slot.
- Violin: Monday, January 22 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in room 130 WMB. Download the Violin audition music.
- Viola: Monday, January 22 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM in room 130 WMB. Download the Viola audition music.
- Cello: Monday, January 22 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in room 130 WMB. Download the Cello audition music.
- Double Bass: Monday, January 22 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM in room 130 WMB. Download the Double Bass audition music.
- Harp: TBD