Music ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors, and some groups require auditions. Any student interested in auditioning for an ensemble should sign up in Hanson Hall for auditions to be held during the first week of classes. Some audition requirements are listed below; for more information, please contact the listed director or coordinator, or the School of Music office.
Chamber Music Ensembles
Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, Director
- See University Orchestra audition requirements below
Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo
Joe Lill, Director
Auditions are required and will take place during the group's first rehearsal of the year.
Sight-reading is a big component, as everyone will rehearse with the band, and students may be asked to improvise over a 12-bar F Blues. Improvisation is not mandatory for Jazz Ensemble, but it is for students interested in Jazz Combo placement.
Nyela Basney, Director
University Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers
Julia Davids, Director
Auditions are required and will take place in Anderson Chapel during the first week of the academic year. Please sign up for an audition time (sign-up sheet in Hanson Hall, 1A).
Students must sing ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ (in any key, unaccompanied), vocalize to demonstrate range, echo back a musical pattern, and sight-read. Students interested in Chamber Choir should indicate that at their audition.
Tom Zelle, Director
Auditions are required and are five to seven minutes in length. They will take place in Hanson Hall Room 23 during the first week of the school year. Sign-up sheets will be available in Wilson Hall.
Prepare one solo piece of your choosing and the appropriate excerpts below.
- Brass: trumpet, horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium (bass clef),
euphonium (treble clef), alto saxophone
- Percussion: percussion, snare drum, cymbals, timpani, xylophone
- Strings: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp
- Woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
- Pianists: Prepare two contrasting movements; sight reading will be also be required.
Pianists should contact Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Joe Lill, Coordinator
Steve Kelly, Coordinator