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 Wilson Hall for auditions to be held during the first week of fall classes. Some audition requirements are listed below; for more information, please contact the listed director or coordinator, or the Music Department office at 773-244-5630. If you are interested in auditioning for the spring semester, please contact the ensemble director listed below.
Chamber Music Ensembles
- See University Orchestra audition requirements below
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 3:35 pm during the first week of fall classes 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
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 fall classes.
Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo
Joe Lill, Director
Auditions are required. To audition simply arrive to the first rehearsal on Monday at 3:35 pm during the first week of fall classes 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.
Nyela Basney, Director
University Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers
Julia Davids, Director
Auditions are required and will take place in Anderson Chapel on Monday and Tuesday from 2:30-6:00pm during first week of fall classes. Please sign up for an audition time. The sign-up sheet will be posted in Wilson Hall.
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 Wilson Hall, Room 24 on Tuesday during the first week of fall classes. Please sign up for an audition time. The sign-up sheet will be posted in Wilson Hall.
Prepare one solo piece of your choosing and the appropriate excerpts below.
- Brass: trumpet, horn, trombone
- Percussion: percussion
- Strings: violin, viola, cello, bass, harp
- Woodwinds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon
- Pianists: Prepare two contrasting movements; sight reading will be also be required.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Joe Lill, Coordinator
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.