Clarinet symphony band performing on stageComprised of approximately 65 students who have attained an exceptional level of proficiency on their instruments, the Ball State University Symphony Band is the second auditioned ensemble in the band program. The ensemble is primarily comprised of music majors, although talented students from additional academic disciplines are also represented. The group is committed to the highest musical standards and performs traditional repertoire as well as contemporary works written for the wind band medium.

Performance Benefits

  • involvement in world premier performances
  • regular interaction with outstanding guest conductors, artists and composers from throughout the United States
  • performing in three or more concerts per semester
  • appearances at state and regional music events

Acclaimed Performances

  • 2014 Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 2014 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) North Central Division Conference “Chosen Gems” Ensemble
  • 2012 IMEA Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Class Information

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  • Monday: 6 - 7:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2 - 3:15 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2 - 3:15 p.m.



Music Instruction Building, room 152


Course Numbers

  • MUSC 140 Sec. 1C Symphony Band (0 Credit)
  • MUSC 340 Sec. 1C Symphony Band (1 Credit)

Caroline Hand


Caroline Hand
associate director of bands and assistant professor of music performance


Ensemble Placement Audition Procedures and Schedule for Winds and Percussion


  • You will audition one time for band and orchestra placement.
  • Sign up for an audition time outside your applied professor’s office. Contact 765-285-9178 for additional information.
  • You can download audition excerpts after July 9, 2018 by clicking on your instrument below. They are also available in the Ensembles Office (MI-136) or from your applied professor. If there is no link below, contact your applied professor.
  • If you have a conflict with your assigned audition time, please contact your applied professor and Dr. Caneva prior to your scheduled time.
  • Make-up auditions will be the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 21. Please see your applied faculty member to schedule a make-up audition time. The sign-up sheet listing times available for make-up auditions will be on the Ensembles Office window (MI 136).
  • Please be on time to your audition. Missing your audition may result in not being assigned to a major designated ensemble or a lower group.
  • All music majors must audition for an ensemble.


Sign-up Location

Audition Location

Audition Time

Trumpets (Dr. Campbell) MI-206 Sursa Hall Sat. Aug. 18, 2:00-5:00pm
Horns (Prof. Berger) MI- 205 Sursa Hall Sat. Aug. 18, 6:00-9:00pm
Saxophones (Dr. Bogert) MU-203 Sursa Hall Sun. Aug. 19, 12:30-2:30pm
Flutes (Dr. Watanabe) MI-208 Sursa Hall Sun. Aug. 19, 3:00-5:15pm
Clarinets (Dr. Crawford) MI-134 Sursa Hall Sun. Aug. 19, 6:30-9:00pm
Bassoons (Dr. Sweger) MI-125 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 8:00am-9:30am
Oboes (Dr. Kozenko) MI-132 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 9:30-10:45am
Trombones (Dr. Van Hof) MI-207 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 11:00-1:00pm
Tuba/Euphonium (Prof. Lyon) MI-204 Sursa Hall Mon. Aug. 20, 2:00-4:30pm
Percussion (Prof. Dembar) MU-9 MI-152 Mon. Aug. 20, 6:00-9:30pm

Graduate Program in Wind Conducting

wind band symphony performing on stage

The graduate program in wind band conducting is a small and selective program that prepares students to effectively function in academic and professional settings. Ball State offers  a master of music with a major in conducting and the doctor of arts in music with a primary emphasis in conducting. Graduate assistantships and yearly stipends are available for students in these programs.