concert choir

Ensemble Audition Requirements

NOTE:  All students, including returning students, who wish to participate in ensembles MUST audition at the designated times.

Sign up for a placement audition.

Flute Choir

  • Sight reading to discern comfort level with four flats and four sharps as well as to check for solid rhythm in 6/8 and cut time
  • Scales / arpeggios to determine technical level
  • Part of a prepared piece to check for tone, expression, and intonation

Jazz Band

       Brass & Woodwinds

  • Two scales of your choice, selected from all major keys, up and down eighth notes (quarter note = 120)
  • One prepared piece of your choice in any style; at least 32 measures in length
  •  Sight reading standard big band jazz repertoire

       Piano, Guitar, and Bass

  • One prepared piece of your choice in any style; at least 32 measures in length
  • Sight reading standard big band jazz repertoire

       Drums

  •  Play in various jazz related styles to demonstrate knowledge of style and technique
  • Establish a “groove” tempo for at least 16 measures in the following styles: medium swing, up tempo swing, straight eighth ballad, samba, latin salsa, rock, funk/fusion
  •  Sight reading standard big band repertoire

Jazz Combos

  • Play one ballad and one medium-uptempo piece
  • Sight reading of melody and/or improvisation transcription
  • For pianists and guitarists: also demonstrate chord playing and comping
  • For bassists: play a bass line over chord changes
  •  For drummers: play grooves for at least 16 bars in various jazz styles
  • For singers: sing one piece of your choice, jazz or pop

Symphony Orchestra

  • One prepared work of your choice that showcases your abilities
  •  Sight reading of proposed repertoire

Wind Ensemble

  •  One prepared piece of your choice that showcases your abilities
  •  Sight reading of proposed repertoire

Chamber and Concert Choirs

  • A callback audition required for Chamber Choir
  • A piece of your choice (bring music) or “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
  • Vocalization (to assess voice range and quality)
  • Aural and reading skills evaluation

Chamber Music

  • One prepared work of your choice that showcases your abilities
  •  Sight reading of proposed repertoire