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Ensemble Auditions

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

  • See University Orchestra audition requirements below

Concert Band

Joe Lill, Director

There are no auditions for Concert Band. If you would like to join simply arrive to the first rehearsal on Tuesday at 3:30 pm during the first week of class in Hamming Hall. Arrive with your instrument, if you have one. If you need an instrument, please contact Dr. Joe Lill at (773) 244-5634.

Gospel Choir and Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble

Helen Hudgens, Co-Director
Stephen Kelly, Co-Director

There are no auditions for the Gospel Choir, however, an audition is required for participation in the Gospel Choir Touring Ensemble. If you'd like to join either ensemble, simply arrive to the first rehearsal on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Anderson Chapel during the first week of class. 

Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo

Joe Lill, Director

Auditions are required. To audition simply arrive to the first rehearsal on Monday at 3:30 pm during the first week of class in Hamming Hall.

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. 

Opera

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. 

University Orchestra

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.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Joe Lill, Coordinator

Worship Teams

Steve Kelly, Coordinator

Auditions for Worship Teams take place in the spring of each year. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Stephen Kelly directly for audition requirements.