The College of Arts and Architecture

Ensemble Auditions

Choirs

For Concert Choir, Glee Club, Oriana Singers, Essence of Joy, and University Choir

Sunday, August 19; 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Monday, August 20 - Thursday, August 24; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00-4:00 p.m.

You do not need to prepare anything in advance. Your vocal range will be tested, and your sightsinging and tonal memory skills will be assessed. Sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside of 106 Music Building I. All auditions will take place in 106 Music Building I.

There will be call-backs for Concert Choir and Essence of Joy. If called back, you will be notified at the first audition regarding date and time.



Opera Theatre: Please access Opera Theatre Auditions.


Bands

For Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band:

Tuesday, August 21 - Friday, August 25

An audition is required. Prepare to play four-five minutes of music of your choice (solo, etude, excerpts, or whatever you feel best demonstrates your performing ability) and to sightread. It is recommended that you prepare two contrasting selections, one lyrical and expressive, the other more technical and virtuosic.

Please go to the bulletin board outside of 103 Music Building II to sign up for an audition time. All auditions will take place in 103 Music Building II.

Note: Those who audition for Symphonic Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band but who are not placed in one of these ensembles are invited and encouraged to participate in Concert Band.


For Concert Band:

There is no audition. Please attend the first class meeting of Music 82 (MW 7:00-8:15) in the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building with your instrument for a group music reading session. Auditions will be held throughout the first week of classes. Please sign up for an audition at the end of the first class meeting.



Orchestras

For Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 25

Auditions are required. Students are asked to prepare two contrasting pieces from two different compositions/composers. In addition, you will be asked to sightread a standard orchestral excerpt.

Please sign up for an audition time outside of 104 Music Building II. All auditions will take place in 104 Music Building II.


For Campus Orchestra

Auditions for all instruments will take place the first week of classes. Sign up for a time on the bulletin board outside of 104 Music Building II. Please prepare two contrasting pieces of your choice.


Jazz Bands and Combos

January 7 and 8, 2019

audition for all big bands, jazz combos, etc.... Tell your friends to come and join us in the Spring.

For Centre Dimensions, Inner Dimensions, Outer Dimensions, and Combos

All auditions occur in 128 Music Building II.
Monday, January 7
6:30 p.m.

ALL Rhythm section players (big bands and combos) 

Horn players (combos only)

Tuesday, January 8 (Big Bands) 
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.        Saxophones
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.        Trumpets
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.        Trombones


All auditions occur in 128 Music Building II.

Rhythm Section Players: For big band and combo auditions, students should be able demonstrate good characteristic style for comping (piano, guitar, vibes), walking (bass), and time-keeping (drum set) in a variety of different types of jazz (e.g. swing, bossa nova, ballad, etc.). Students will be asked to perform/sight read standards (as a group), as well as improvise in these styles. Please bring a Real Book (if you have one) and prepare the following: 

Blue Bossa  (bossa nova)
Now's The Time or  Billy's Bounce ( med swing blues)
Body and Soul, In a Sentimental Mood, Misty  ( ballad)


Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones: For big band auditions, horn players will be asked to sight read a section from a standard big band chart both individually and in like-instrument groups. Also, each horn player will be asked to interpret (sight read) part of a ballad. Saxes may be asked to perform on multiple instruments (e.g. alto and tenor) in addition to being asked about potential doubles (flute, clarinet, etc.)

For combo auditions, horn players will be asked to perform (sight read) standards from the Real Book with a rhythm section, as well as improvise in a variety of styles. Please bring a Real Book if you have one.  
     

Combos will be formed by the directors in an effort place together students with similar and complementary ability and experience.