Wind and Percussion

Audition and Ensemble Fellowship Information

Special Scholarship Opportunity for Bassoonists/Oboists/Clarinetists/Trumpets/String Bass:

Are you an entering Freshman (Fall 15) or current Houghton College student who plays bassoon, oboe, trumpet, string bass or clarinet? Are you majoring in something other than music but still want to play in band and/or orchestra? Do you feel God has gifted you in your talents and you should use them?  If this is you and you would like scholarship dollars to play in our ensembles this year, than please email Dr. Davis immediately for more information on how to apply. We need you! 

Fall Audition Information (NEW)

Required audition music is available here (if your instrument isn't up yet, check back in a few days as teachers are submitting excerpts)

All Houghton wind and percussion students must complete a short placement audition. This is just to determine the ability of the ensemble as a whole and is not for chair placement. It does determine placement in chamber ensembles and the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra wind/percussion section. All auditions are held in CFA 214 unless otherwise noted below. The schedule for auditions this fall is below. You will sign up on the sheet outside Ms. LaBarre's office for a 10-minute window during your instrument's time slot. You  do not need to stay for the entire time

Audition Schedule (Changes in Bold)

 Monday 9/1

1:30 PM-3 PM- Percussion in the IRH 

3 PM-4 :20 PM- Clarinets/Bassoons

[ 4:30-5:30 PM is a meeting in IRH for ALL SWE and Phil players]

5:50 PM-7:30 PM- Flutes/Oboes

7:30 PM- 9 PM- Horns/Trumpets/Saxophones

Tuesday 9/2

4:30 PM-6:30 PM- Trombones/Euphoniums/Tuba

Required audition music is available here (if your instrument isn't up yet, check back in a few days as teachers are submitting excerpts). In addition, students will be asked to play scales and sight-read.  Please arrive a few minutes early.  If you have any questions regarding auditions or participation in an instrumental ensemble, please email Professor Janette LaBarre at  We look forward to hearing your audition, meeting you, and having you participate with us this year!  All Houghton students are invited to participate in instrumental music, regardless of major!

  • Music majors who play wind and percussion instruments are to make their schedule available for both the Philharmonia and Symphonic Winds and will be placed in one or both ensembles, based on audition results and the needs of the Greatbatch School of Music.

Special Note Regarding Student Teaching and Auditions

Each fall at Houghton, several instrumentalists are involved in semester-long student teaching activities and are generally unavailable for ensemble participation during this period. According to the musical requirements of the ensemble, when the student teachers return in the spring, they will be seated in the rotation along with the players from the fall. Student teachers are encouraged to continue practicing their primary instruments during the student teaching semester.

Ensemble Fellowship Information

Houghton Ensemble Fellowships are awarded by the Director of Instrumental Activities for excellence in musical achievement and for participation in small- and/or large-ensemble music-making while at Houghton College. These Fellowships are open to all talented instrumental musicians; however, are often reserved for non-music majors. They are available in a limited number and amount and are evaluated and awarded annually, based on ensemble needs. These evaluations take into account current contributions to the program as well as future ability to contribution to the School. Fellowship recipients may also be eligible for other merit-based awards at Houghton College.

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