Upcoming Auditions


Performance is at the heart of the programs of Music, Theatre and Dance — and sometimes even beyond. Our students in these programs have opportunities to perform with professionals in and outside of the Corcoran to further expand experiences. From roles on-stage and off, you have the chance to share performances and stories with audiences around campus. 

Upcoming Exhibitions & Performances

All GW students are invited to take dance, music and theatre classes and audition for music ensembles, plays and performances. Check out dates and more information about auditions.


Performance is a key area of study in our Bachelor of Arts in Theatre program. However, many students at GW, both enrolled in the program and not, find opportunities to participate and perform for audiences across campus.


Oregon Trail Auditions

Who: All GW students - declared Major/Minor not necessary
What: Auditions for The Oregon Trail
When: Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00PM-10:00PM
Where: Building XX, Blackbox Theatre (Room 202)

Join Guest Director Jenna Place, Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center as the Wagon Leader!

YOU MAY:    

  • One: Travel the trail
  • Two: Learn about the trail
  • Three: See how the trail teaches a woman of today how to survive and thrive like her ancestor.


Waiting in the computer lab for her ride home, Jane plays "The Oregon Trail"  to pass the time. But soon time goes backward, and her ride home is across the country where the world of her ancestors' past becomes a guide for Jane's future.

Auditions are open to the entire GWU community regardless of major or experience, as well as to those who are auditioning for class credit but not to be in the production. Also seeking student STAGE MANAGER and ASSISTANT DIRECTOR!

Email Ann Norton ([email protected]) for more information.

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Fall Dance Concert Auditions

Who: All dancers - declared Major/Minor not necessary
What: Auditions for the 2022 Fall Dance Concert
When: Thursday, September 8 from 7:00PM-9:00PM
Where: Betts Theatre, University Student Center

Come out and audition to work with this semester's student choreographers, faculty artist Giselle Ruzany, and very exciting Guest Artist Anton Ovchinnikov!

Please come in dance clothes and bring your schedule; you will be asked to share your weekly availability upon arrival. This is the best opportunity to get to know the wonderful community that is the GW Dance department!

If you have any questions, email Concert Director Hayley Cutler at [email protected] or Artistic Director Maida Withers at [email protected]. Hope to see you there!


Read more about Music Ensembles


Jazz / Latin Band

Friday, September 2, 2022, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Room  B-120 Phillips --  Walk-in info session 10-11:45, open jam session Noon-2.
For additional info contact [email protected]


Chamber Ensembles

Tuesday August 30 and Wednesday August 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., B-146 Phillips. For additional meeting times and info contact [email protected]


Hip Hop

Thursday, September 1, 2022, 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.,  B-120 Phillips
Interest meeting for musicians, producers and emcees/vocalists


GW University Singers

Wednesday,  Aug 31, 2022 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m., B-120 Phillips Hall
Not audition- and invitation to check us out! Also available by appointment-


GW Strings

Musicians who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass are invited to audition for the GWU Orchestra. Open rehearsal followed by string auditions on Monday Aug 29th at 6:30pm in Phillips Hall. Please see https://tinyurl.com/GWUOrchestraSyllabus for detailed information. There is no formal signup procedure for an audition; simply contact Professor Wood [email protected] to indicate your interest.


GW Woodwind/Brass/Percussion Auditions

All students will be accepted into Symphonic Band after completion of their audition if they choose to enroll.

Wind Ensemble and Orchestra students will be invited to join these groups based on their audition, instrumentation needs, and at the discretion of the Directors.

Open Rehearsals

We will have open rehearsals during our regularly-scheduled rehearsal times for interested students to do some playing and ask questions:

  • Monday, Aug 29 2022: Orchestra (6:30-7:15 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Aug 30 2022: Wind Ensemble (3:45-5:00 p.m.), Symphonic Band (5:10-6:25 p.m.), C-Brass (7:10-8:15 p.m.)


  1. Inform us of your intent:
    1. If interested in the Bands, fill out our Band Information Form. This form will provide us with the information necessary to keep you informed regarding such things as audition logistics, scheduling, and other important news about the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.
    2. If you are auditioning for the Orchestra, contact Professor Wood [email protected]
  2. Schedule your audition by using this Sign-up Genius.
    1. Woodwind/Brass Auditions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, August 31st and September 1st from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. each day. Please note the room locations as they are different for each day.
    2. Percussion auditions will be held Thursday, September 1st from 7:15 pm - 8:30 p.m.
  3. Practice
    1. Audition music can be found at this link.
    2. Students auditioning for Wind Ensemble and Orchestra should perform their chromatic scale across their instruments’ range (instead of what is in the audition music), and have the option to bring an additional short selection of their choosing to further demonstrate their musicianship. (Please note that this is not required.)
    3. Total audition time is around 4-5 minutes
    4. There will be practice rooms open and available in Phillips Hall.
    5. Practice with a metronome: we are listening for good rhythm.
    6. Practice with a tuner: we are listening for good pitch.
    7. Practice with your favorite player in mind: we are listening for beautiful sound

The best advice for auditioning is to “be yourself” and “be prepared”. If you can manage to fulfill both those ideals, you will have a wonderful audition.

  • Never begin your audition with an apology.
  • Demonstrate your ability to communicate musically.
  • Maintain a positive appearance even if you do not play well.
  • Be yourself

GW has a long tradition of serving performers from all musical backgrounds. Members of the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band have a wide range of ability and experience levels. We are interested in meeting players at all levels of experience and ability, even those who have never played an audition before.  There is a place for all students and we will work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your audition.

The goal of an audition is to learn about you as a person and as a performer; it is not intended to be stressful or intimidating. The greatest source of anxiety during auditions is a lack of preparation; if you are prepared, you will be a lot less nervous!

The people hearing your audition genuinely want you to succeed. If you have questions about your excerpts (rhythms, notation, etc.), please feel free to contact the directors; we would be happy to help you.


Audition results, including ensemble and chair assignments, will be emailed after auditions have concluded, by Monday, September 5th.

Band results will also be posted on the band bulletin board.

Other Information

School Instruments

GW maintains an inventory of high-quality instruments for use by students. This is especially useful for performers of the larger (or more expensive) instruments such as tuba, euphonium, and bassoon; however, it is also a great resource for players who relied on high-quality, school-owned instruments while in high school.

Students who need an instrument for auditions should contact Professor Schmitz as soon as possible.  An instrument may be temporarily issued for the audition, and then permanently checked-out to those students after enrollment in one of the concert bands.

The GW Instrument Use Fee/Locker rental is $10 per semester ($20 for the Spring and Fall Semesters) and can be paid either in person by check or online using Colonial Cash. In order to initiate payment fill out this form. Please note, Dining Cash is not the same as Colonial Cash. Colonial Cash can be added/updated by visiting this link.


Band Schedule (for Orchestra, visit the Orchestra Syllabus)

Rehearsal times for Fall 2022 are as follows:

  • Wind EnsembleTR 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Symphonic BandTR 5:10 - 6:25 p.m.
  • C-Brass TR7:10 - 8:15 p.m.

The first full class meetings for GW Bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band) will be Tuesday, September 6th.

The Fall Band concert is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th in Lisner Auditorium.


Band Class Enrollment (for Orchestra, visit the Orchestra Syllabus)

Students participating in our performing ensembles receive one unit of academic credit by enrolling in either 202203_Wind Ensemble_CMUS_1085_10  or 202203_Symphonic Band_CMUS_1083_10.

Additionally, there is a section for each course that allows students with a full academic load to enroll in the ensemble for zero credit. Students that qualify for zero credit courses will be required to pay an $85 fee. It is not necessary to enroll in either course at this time. Once audition results have been announced, members will be given instructions on how to add the class/register.