The School of Music has a wide range of performance opportunities through our many ensembles and areas of study. From the traditional to the experimental, there are a multitude of ways for you to express yourself musically at LSU.
Each area follows a unique audition process outlined on this page. If you require any accessibility accommodations for audition materials, or have other questions about the audition process, the appropriate contact information is listed alongside each area.
The information on this page was last updated January 15, 2024.
Winds & Percussion
Wind and percussion students interested in participating in concert ensembles at LSU audition at the start each semester during specified time blocks. Auditions are open to non-music majors.
The ensembles requiring auditions by wind and percussion players include:
- LSU Wind Ensemble (MUS 4251)
- LSU Symphonic Winds (MUS 4254)
- LSU Symphonic Band* (MUS 4252)
- LSU Symphony Orchestra (MUS 4261)
****Music majors auditioning for only the LSU Symphonic Band must prepare ALL audition excerpts for their audition. Non-music majors auditioning for this group may select a single excerpt from the given options.***
***Students looking to participate in the LSU Tiger Marching Band audition through a separate process. Please visit this page to learn more.***
Process for Winds & Percussion
Spring 2024 auditions for wind and percussion students will be held on Sunday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 16 in the Tiger Band Hall.
- Wind auditions will take place in the Staff Room, with warm-up and practice space available in the Rehearsal Hall.
- Percussion auditions will take place in the Rehearsal Hall, with warm-up and practice space available in the Library.
Please fill out the following form before you arrive to the auditions to inform us of any potential class conflicts.
Wind & Percussion Audition Excerpts
If you require accessibility-related accommodations for audition music, or have other audition questions, please contact the Department of Bands by calling (225) 578-2384 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the wind and percussion auditions, please contact the LSU Department of Bands.
The Orchestral Studies Area conducts string instrumentalist auditions at the start of each school year.
Those who are already participating in the LSU Symphony Orchestra for Fall 2023 do not need to re-audition for the Spring 2024 semester. Any new string players wishing to join LSU Symphony Orchestra or LSU Concert Orchestra should contact Scott Terrell for more information on how to participate.
Students interested in participating in choral ensembles at LSU will audition during specified time blocks at the start of each semester. These choral hearings are also open to non-music majors. No formal experience or special music training is required to participate in a choral ensemble at LSU.
All students receive a single semester hour credit for participation in each LSU choir. Each chorus presents 1 to 4 performances each semester, depending on the exact layout of the academic calendar.
The ensembles available in the choral area include:
- A Cappella Choir (SATB) (MUS 4236)
- Chorale (SSAA) (MUS 4233)
- Tiger Glee Club (TTBB) (MUS 4232)
- Gospel Choir (SATB) (MUS 4230)
Process for Choirs
Choral hearings for Spring 2024 have concluded. Please check back next summer for Fall 2024 hearing information.
For questions about choral hearings, please contact Trey Davis.
For questions about the LSU Gospel Choir, please contact Laurence Hebert.
For questions about the LSU A Cappella Choir, please contact Alissa Rowe.
The Jazz Studies Area conducts auditions at the start of each school year.
Those who are already participating in jazz ensembles for Fall 2023 do not need to re-audition for the Spring 2024 semester. Any new wind, string, or percussion players wishing to join a jazz performing group should contact Doug Stone for more information on how to participate.