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Audition Prep Days



The Department of Music at Limestone College is proud to announce our annual AUDITION PREPARATORY DAYS for those seeking assistance and guidance for auditions of ANY variety. This Fall we are offering two SATURDAYS of preparation:
  • NOV. 18th – BRASS
  • DEC. 2nd – WOODWIND


BrassWoodwind Itinerary Registration Clinicians



On Saturday, November 18th, our applied brass faculty will be available to assist trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas prepare for upcoming auditions. BRASSATURDAY will feature Dr. Brian Winegardner, Adjunct Professor of Trumpet and Director of the Brass Ensemble, and Professor Eric Henson, Adjunct Professor of Low Brass and Director of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.


On Saturday, December 2nd, our applied woodwind faculty will enrich your preparations for upcoming auditions. WOODWINDAY will feature Dr. Lauren Watkins, Adjunct Professor of Flute, and Dr. Chip Hill, Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Woodwind Ensemble.


The itinerary will follow the general outline presented below.

10:00 am – Registration

10:30 am – Introductions & Discussions

11:00 am – Divide for Master Classes

11:30 am – Audition Preparation (How to prepare)

12:00 pm – Mock Auditions

12:30 pm – Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm – Recap of Auditions & Final Thoughts

1:30 pm – End of Day!

A Chick-fil-A box lunch w/ bottled water will be included with every registration. It is recommended that everyone brings a toothbrush and paste to cleanse post lunch just in case there is more to do!

The dress is casual, but remember this is preparation for auditions, so if your upcoming auditions require a more formal dress, it is recommended that your “dress for the job you want” – but it is NOT required in any way.

Parking is located in the “Carroll Lot” next to the Carroll Fine Arts Building. Using the Campus Map, it is the lot directly next to building marked “4” (Carroll Fine Arts Building). On Saturday, you can park there without fear of a ticket.



For those wanting to participate, there are two ways to register:

  1. PRE-REGISTRATION – complete the online form HERE and bring $ 15.00 check* or cash on the selected Audition Prep Day, or
  2. ON-SITE REGISTRATION for $ 20.00. If you are choosing this option, please come at 10:00 am on the preferred Audition Prep Day to complete the form.

*All Checks should be made out to The Bands at Limestone College



Professor Eric Henson, Adjunct Professor of Low Brass and Director of the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, a native of Hendersonville, NC is in demand as a performer and teacher from Delaware to Georgia.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Western Carolina University, and a master’s in Trombone Performance from the University of Maryland.  He currently holds Principal Bass Trombonist positions with Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta, GA, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Spartanburg, SC, and the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC.  He also appears frequently with other fine orchestras throughout the Carolinas, including the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh and the Greenville Symphony.  In 2015, Henson was invited to participate in the prestigious Professors’ Choir at the Southeast Trombone Symposium at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, where he performed alongside other renown educators from colleges and universities throughout the country. 

Henson has served as the Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Limestone College since 2011.  In the fall of 2013, he founded the college’s Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, which will be performing at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Prior to his time at Limestone, he held the same position at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD and served as interim director of bands at Annapolis Area Christian School, all while maintaining a private studio of fifteen students in the Washington D.C. Area.

From 2008 until 2015, Henson held the position of Bass Trombonist with The King’s Brass.  During his seven years with the group, he performed in forty of the fifty states and toured internationally in the Bahamas, Curacao, Aruba, and South Korea.  Henson played nearly one thousand concerts with the King’s Brass and recorded four albums on the Summit record label. He also arranged Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” for the group, which was performed and recorded in 2014.

In the Fall of 2015, Eric began his doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Brad Edwards.

Professional Accomplishments

  • Director of Bands, East Rutherford High School, Forest City NC (2006-2007)
  • Instructional Brass Staff, Carolina Crown (2007)
  • Bass Trombonist, Capitol Wind Symphony, Washington D.C. (2009-2010)
  • Guest Clinician, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga Brass Day (2014)
  • Member, International Trombone Association
  • Member, International Tuba Euphonium Association
  • Member, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Harry H. "Chip" Hill, Jr., is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and holds degrees in music from Georgia State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hill is currently a Professor of Music at Limestone College where he has taught since 1985. He also served as the clarinet teacher for the South Carolina Governor¹s School for the Arts and Humanities from 2001-2007.

As an artist, Dr. Hill has served as the principal clarinetist of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra since 1985. He is also the founder, coordinator, and principal clarinetist of the Arbor Wind Trio. He has performed with orchestras throughout the southeastern United States and has performed with numerous artists including Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Dinah Shore, Shirley Jones, Tony Bennett, Billy Taylor, and Midori. His clarinet playing has been featured in television commercials for the Lincoln Mercury Corporation and the Ingle¹s Grocery chain.

Since 1997, Dr. Hill has spent four weeks each summer on the clarinet faculty at the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, IN and has spent two summers doing the same in London and Winchester, England. In August of 2010, he taught master classes at SIAS International University in Xinzheng, People's Republic of China where he was also featured as the guest soloist in the first International Music Festival at SIAS. In 2013 he was guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Hunan Province in Changsha, People¹s Republic of China.

Dr. Hill is currently a member of the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship, where he also serves as the Chairman on the Board of Directors. Other memberships include the International Clarinet Association and the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators.

Dr. Hill conducts frequent clinics and master classes for various music programs throughout the southeastern United States. He is a volunteer music minister at his church, and a volunteer assistant scoutmaster for Troop 1 in Spartanburg, SC. He resides in Gaffney, SC with his wife Karen, also a clarinetist and educator, and their three sons.

Professional Accomplishments 

  • Principal clarinet with Asheville Symphony Orchestra
  • Second clarinet with Spartanburg Philharmonic
  • Clarinet Faculty with the MasterWorks Festival
  • Board Chairman for the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship

Since returning to her home state of South Carolina, Dr. Lauren Watkins maintains a versatile career as an educator, performer, and clinician.  Inspired by diverse musical experiences, her innovative pursuits as a member of the flute and percussion duo, flusSion, have led to experiential performances, masterclasses, and summer camps around the United States.

Dr. Watkins has received prizes in several national competitions including the Myrna Brown Artist Competition, Byron Hester Flute Competition, Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition, and the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition. She has performed community concerts with the fellowship-winning ensemble, Sound of 5, appeared as a soloist with orchestras, performed recitals at flute festivals, and presented a Spotlight Concert at Piccolo Spoleto with flusSion. Recently appointed Second Flute with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA), Lauren also performs as Principal Flute with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra (SC). She has appeared in concert with the SC Philharmonic Orchestra, Palmetto Opera Orchestra, and the Long Bay Symphony (SC).

Dedicated to creating community through music education, Dr. Watkins currently serves on the faculty of Newberry College and Limestone College, and she has taught at the University of South Carolina Aiken and the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory at USC. In addition to maintaining a diverse private studio, she directs Flute Loops, Columbia’s adult community flute ensemble. She has been a summer program instructor for Trustus Theater and frequently presents masterclasses and guest clinics to flute students across the state of South Carolina. Lauren currently serves on the board of the SC Flute Society and is past president of both the Carolina Flute Guild at USC and the Central Ohio Flute Association.

As an advocate for community engagement in higher education, Dr. Watkins presented at the 2017 College Music Outreach Network (C'MON) Symposium and was featured as a "Big Idea" presenter at the 2016 College Music Society Summit on 21st-century music school design. Her presentations directly draw on her doctoral research that assists applied studio teachers interested in creating and implementing community-based performance programs.

Dr. Watkins is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from The Ohio State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina where she served as graduate teaching assistant for the flute studio. She is blessed to experience continual learning and growth under the instruction of her musical mentors Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley, Jim Walker, Katherine Borst Jones, Patricia George, Mark Thomas, and Dr. Caroline Ulrich.

​​  An active orchestral performer, Dr. Brian Winegardner currently holds the position of Second/Associate Principal Trumpet with three orchestras - the Knoxville Symphony (Knoxville, TN), Symphony Orchestra Augusta (Augusta, GA), and the South Carolina Philharmonic (Columbia, SC). In the past, he has also been a trumpet section member of the Charlotte Symphony (Charlotte, NC), the Miami Symphony (Miami, FL), and the Saginaw Bay Symphony (Saginaw, MI). Additionally, he has performed with and been on the substitute list for many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Seattle Symphony, New World Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Orlando Philharmonic, and Florida Grand Opera. His performance credits include recordings with Equilibrium Records and he has participated in performances with musicians such as Helmuth Rilling, Keith Lockhart, Giancarlo Guerrero, Arturo Sandoval, Tim Morrison, Sam Pilafian, Ben Folds, Natalie Cole, and Kenny G.

As a recipient of the prestigious University Fellowship which included a substantial stipend and full tuition remission, Dr. Winegardner was awarded his DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His dissertation, “A Performer’s Guide to Concertos for Trumpet and Orchestra by Lowell Liebermann and John Williams,” has been downloaded over 6,000 times by readers across the globe. His studies at the University of Miami also included a Cognate in Musicology, serving as a teaching assistant for several Musicology courses, and coaching an undergraduate brass quintet. Prior to this, he was awarded a Master of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance, a Master of Music Degree in Chamber Music, a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Honors in Trumpet Performance, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction in History from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers have included Craig Morris, William Campbell, and Jean Moorhead Libs. He has had additional studies with James Wilt, Robert Sullivan, Mark Hughes, Mark Niehaus, Mark Schubert, and John Rommel.

Dr. Winegardner is a member of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and has been a first place winner of the organization's Mock Orchestral Audition Competition.  He serves as a music and recording reviewer for ITG and his reviews have been published over twenty times in ITG’s quarterly journals.  He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Brian and his wife Julia, an orchestra teacher at Piedmont International Baccalaureate Middle School, live in Charlotte, N.C. In addition to his orchestral and teaching commitments, he frequently performs in the Charlotte area as a freelance musician with, among others, the Charlotte Symphony, Carolina Brass (of Charlotte), Da Capo Brass Quintet, Central Piedmont Community College, and Myers Park Methodist Church.