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Large Ensemble Horn Audition Repertoire


Fall 2018 Large Ensemble Horn Audition Repertoire

IU Orchestral Horn Placement Audition Procedure

In mid-August, Students will sign up for an audition time by emailing the Associate Instructor Layne Anspach ( before the end of Friday, August 17th. In your email to Layne, please include your availability on Tuesday, August 21st between 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

Audition performances are anonymous. 

Professors Clevenger, Nelsen, and Seraphinoff will be seated in the room either with their backs to the performers or with a screen in front of them. When the audition proctor calls his or her number, each student will play the entire selected repertoire.  Repertoire for the auditions will be chosen by the horn faculty before the audition and will be shared with everyone at the same time.

Audition Guidlines:

If this is your first ‘screened’ audition, here are a few good guidelines to keep in mind: 

  • You can use your own music, or the music that will be on the stand.  If you use your own music, make sure you perform only what is asked for.
  • Perform the music in the same order as on the provided music.
  • If you need to ask a question, get the proctor's attention (silently, by waving), and they will come over to you.  Whisper the question to that person, and they will either answer it for you, or ask the audition panel your question.
Scoring Rubric:

Each performer will earn a score out of 100 from each of the 3 faculty members. After all of the performances are finished, the scores will be tallied using a rank point system.  

Here is the math that decides your ranking:  

Let’s say 40 people audition…

  • All faculty members give each perfromer a different score from 1-100 (no ties) according to their own "scale." Beacuse a score of 10 could conceivably wipe out a score of 90, and vice versa, we use a rank system so each faculty member gives the same amount of "points" to the final decision.
  • Each professor puts their list in order from highest to lowest score.
  • The highest ranked performer gets 40 points, 2nd place gets 39, and so on.  Each faculty memeber gives 40 rank points to their highest ranked performer, 39 to the second highest, 38 to 3rd, and so on. **
  • All rank points given are totaled for each anoymous candidate.

**The highest ranked performer is given 40 points rather than 1 point in an effort to have fewer ties at the top ranks. In the event of a tie, the three professors refer to their notes on the two performers, and discuss strengths of each until a decision can be made about which performer will be given 1 point more than the other.  Since it’s a tie, the comparison is usually very close, but essential so as to calculate a fair ranked list of ranks from 1 to 40.


  • Whoever teaches the top-ranked student decides where that student is seated.  Then, the next-highest-ranking student is placed by their teacher and so on.
  • The point at which the student is seated is determined by the final rank of their performances. The higher the rank, the sooner the student gets seated, and the greater selection of seats are available to the teacher who is placing them.
  • The type of seat the student receives is firstly dependent on what seats are still available when their seating time comes.  Other than that, the student's seating is entirely up to their teacher, according to their knowledge of where the student needs to sit, what repertoire they need to be playing, etc.
  • The teachers continue down the list until each student is seated.

This “draft-pick style” system makes all the students earn their permanent seat through performing well (or not) while still getting seated according to the wisdom of their teacher. Our approach is to inspire any student to earn any chair available through good preparation and good horn playing, regardless of their degree program or age.  Everything you do in the practice room comes out your bell in performance, and as performers, you must live by what comes out your bell.  This audition system was made to help mould this reality into your performance training.

The horn faculty reserves the right to change a student’s permanent seating assignment at any time, for musical or personal reasons having to do with the school’s goals of good orchestral conduct and performance.  This can only be done when agreement has been reached within the horn faculty about the reasons for the change.

Have great performances, and remember…we want you to play well!

Prospective Students

Click on Admissions at left for Audition Requirements into the Jacobs School of Music Brass Program.