Faculty of Music

Instrumental Groups

trombone jazz ensemble

Do you play an instrument? Consider auditioning for a place in one of Western's outstanding musical ensembles: bands, orchestra, jazz ensemble, early music!

Audition Information:

Admission to all Ensembles is by audition.  Auditions are held during the first week following Labour Day, and, if necessary, during the first week of classes. The Ensembles bulletin board on the second floor of the Music Building carries news about Ensembles, including auditions, sign-up sheets, etc.


Auditions will take place in von Kuster Hall, located in the Music Building on: 

All excerpts can be found in the Music Library (on reserve) and online here.

Winds, Brass and Percussion

Dates and Times for Auditions:

The Wind/Brass schedule for both days:

All excerpts can be found in the Music Library (on reserve) and online here.

Instrumental Concert Attire:

Men: Black tuxedo, white shirt, and black bow tie, black dress shoes and black socks. 
Women: Full-length black skirt or black pants, long-sleeved black blouse, and black dress shoes.

First Rehearsals for the 2014-2015 Season:

Symphony Orchestra - Tuesday, Sept. 9: 3:30-5:30 (MB 104)
Wind Ensemble - Wednesday, Sept 10: 3:30-5:30 (MB 104)
Symphonic Band - General meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3:30-5:30, TC101.  First rehearsal Thursday, Sept. 11, same time and room.
Jazz Ensemble - Thursday, Sept. 11: 7:00-9:00 (MB 104)

Ensemble Rehearsals:

Symphony Orchestra - Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:20, MB 104
Wind Ensemble - Monday & Wednesday 3:30-5:20, MB 104
Symphonic Band - Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:20, TC 101
Jazz Ensemble - Tuesday & Thursday 7:00-9:00, TC 101 & MB 104

Other Information:

Students must be able to attend every weekly rehearsal in order to be placed in a ensemble. Instrumental brass, woodwind and percussion players are advised to keep Mon-Thurs 3:30-5:30pm available in their schedules until their ensemble is assigned.

Please note, the audition is one step among several in determining Large Ensemble assignments. Other factors, such as course requirement levels and ensemble assignments in previous years, will also be taken into account. The final decision on assignments rests with the Dean’s Office on the advice of the auditioners.

For more detailed information on large ensemble participation please see the Music Performance Studies Handbook.

For more detailed information on specific ensembles please click here.