Claire Larson, conductor

Carleton Symphony Band

MUSIC 189 – 1 credit per term, S/CR/NC; Arts Practice

Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays (Full Ensemble) 4:00-5:30PM Shackel Rehearsal Hall M126

Fridays (Full Ensemble) 3:30-5:00PM, Shackel Rehearsal Hall M126

The Carleton Symphony Band performs music from the standard band and wind ensemble repertoire as well as newer compositions representing diverse themes and composers. Recent performances include; transcriptions of Holst’s The Planets and Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as Lake Superior Suite, Temperance and Aurora Borealis. The band presents a formal concert each term and performs at Commencement.

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Pep Band

Pep Band is a volunteer opportunity for student musicians to informally gather, rehearse and perform throughout the year.   Usually 1 rehearsal is requested in advance of a performance.  Students interested in bringing some spirit and festivity to sporting events on campus should feel free to sign up.  The commitment is low and the vibe is casual. Students should be sure to wear their Carleton Band Shirt.  Performances are determined by number of students who are signed up to play. Watch the band website for details and to sign up!


New Student Week Symphony Band Placement

Sunday, Sept. 11, 12:30–3:00 pm  Shackel Hall M126 (Winds, Brass, Percussion)

Placement into the symphony band may be done in person during New Student Week, or by video submission at any time. Sign up for an in-person audition. To arrange a video audition please contact TBD for details. 

Please prepare to perform 4 things:

  • Solo of your choice (any piece of music, may only be an excerpt)
  • Audition excerpts (shown on right)
  • Sightreading
  • Scales: Two octave chromatic scale from the bottom of your range to the top & back down

Auditions usually take about 10 minutes, and we try to make these as informal and “user friendly” as possible.  Still, good preparation always makes for a less-stressful audition experience, so we encourage you to come prepared!