What is the audition process?
The audition process for the University Wind Ensemble consists of a reading session and an individual audition. The reading session is just like a typical rehearsal where everyone plays together. Everyone who is interested in auditioning is required to attend the reading session. The audition music is distributed at the reading session and is for the student to take to practice for the individual audition. The individual audition is scheduled by each student for a time of their choice. At the individual audition, the student plays the audition excerpt distributed at the reading session and will also play a few short sight-reading etudes.
What should I prepare for the audition?
There is nothing to prepare in advance of the audition. The audition music will be distributed at the reading session. Students will take the music with them to practice for the individual audition. The audition music consists of an excerpt from a piece which we will play at the first concert and a short sight-reading etude.
What is the time commitment?
The University Wind Ensemble rehearses on Mondays from 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm. In addition, each section will schedule a one-hour section rehearsal at a time when everyone in the section is available. Every member of the University Wind Ensemble receives free private lessons. Full ensemble rehearsals, section rehearsals and lessons add up to a total of 4.5 hours per week. Members are also expected to practice outside of rehearsals to prepare the ensemble music. Individual practice time will vary for each member.
When are rehearsals?
The University Wind Ensemble full ensemble rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays from 5:15 to 6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm. In addition, each section will schedule a one-hour section rehearsal at a time when everyone in the section is available. When completing your class schedule, you should not schedule a class during the full rehearsal times (Mondays from 5:15 to 6:30 pm and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6:30 pm).
Every member of the UWE is budgeted to receive an achievement scholarship.
- First year members receive $500
- Second year members receive $750
- Third year members receive $1,000
- Fourth year members receive $2,000
- This schedule is intended to recognize the value of experience in the ensemble
Scholarships are credited to the student's account at the close of the fall semester and at the close of the spring semester.
When and where are concerts typically held?
The UWE typically performs five concerts per year; three in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. Four of the concerts take place on campus. One concert takes place at one of a number of Boston-area universities (Harvard, Boston University or Northeastern University). The UWE also performs annually at the Boston College Arts Festival.
I do not own an instrument. Can I loan one from the Bands Program?
Yes. The Boston College Bands Program maintains an inventory of high-quality instruments that we loan to students who play in our ensembles at no cost. Contact the Bands Office to arrange an instrument loan.
What is the concert attire?
- Plain, black, floor to mid-calf length dress with full or 3⁄4 length sleeves and black shoes OR
- Black top with long or 3⁄4 length sleeves and a black floor to mid-calf skirt OR
- Black top with long or 3/4 length sleeves and black, full-length dress slacks (no black jeans)
- Black shoes and black or neutral hose
Women should ask if they are uncertain about the concert attire they are planning.
- Black tuxedo or black suit with matching jacket and trousers
- White dress shirt (not button down collar) – clean and pressed
- Black socks and black dress shoes
- Black bow tie
- Suspenders are permitted, but must be either black or white