The College of Arts and Architecture

Ensemble Auditions

Choirs

For Concert Choir, Glee Club, Oriana Singers, and University Choir

Monday, January 8 - Wednesday, January 10; 9:30 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.

For Essence of Joy

There are no openings for the spring 2018 semester.


Opera Theatre: Please access Opera Theatre Auditions.


Bands

For Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band:

Tuesday, January 9 - Friday, January 12, 2018

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 audition for Concert Band.


For Concert Band:

All interested in participating in Concert Band should attend the first class meeting of Music 82 (MW 7:00-8:15) in the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building on January 8 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 on January 8.



Orchestras

For Philharmonic Orchestra

Monday, January 8 - Friday, January 12, 2018

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

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

Monday, January 8, 2018

  • 6:30 p.m.          Rhythm section (big bands and combos), horns (combos only)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

  • 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/sightread 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
  • one of the following blues: Now's The Time OR Billy's Bounce
  • one of the following ballads:  Body and Soul, In a Sentimental Mood, OR Misty.

Saxophones, Trumpets, and Trombones: For big band auditions, horn players will be asked to sightread a section from a standard big band chart both individually and in like-instrument groups. Also, each horn player will be asked to interpret (sightread) 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 (sightread) 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.