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Ensemble Placement Auditions

The Bob Cole Conservatory features 12 major performance ensembles and over 20 chamber ensembles. All students must audition for placement. The auditions are highly competitive; students are expected to practice all excerpts and other requested material to the best of their ability. For guidance preparing the audition, contact your area director.

**If you are a Prospective Student looking for audition information for admission into the Bob Cole Conservatory, please visit the Prospective Students Page and follow the instructions there.

Brass & Woodwinds

All students enrolled for Fall 2015 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

Brass and Woodwind students have blind auditions, meaning the adjucators will not know who is auditioning. Arrive 5 minutes before auditions for your instrument are scheduled to begin (see table below). For example, oboe players must arrive by 7:55am. Audition order will be determined by a random drawing.

Bring your audition material with you into the room. While in the room do not speak or you will be asked to leave and audition at a later time. A graduate student will proctor the audition; you may whisper to them if necessary.

Articulation Studies

In addition to the repertoire listed for your instrument, prepare to perform all of the articulation and phrase studies from the table below.

Audition Times

Brass: Wednesday, August 19, Room UMC-A311

  • Horn: 1:00pm
  • Trombone & Bass Trombone: 3:00pm
  • Tuba & Euphonium: 5:00pm
  • Trumpet: 6:30pm

Woodwinds: Thursday, August 20, Room UMC-A311 **Note Date Change**

  • Oboe: 8:00am-9:00am
  • Bassoon: 9:00am-10:00am
  • Flute: 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Clarinet: 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Saxophone: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Instrument Repertoire Area Director
Articulation &
Phrase Studies
Articulation ep-articulation.pdf
Phrase Studies ep-phrase-studies.pdf
Brass Trumpet ep-trumpet.pdf
Horn ep-horn-revised.pdf
Trombone ep-trombone.pdf
Bass Trombone ep-bass-trombone.pdf
Euphonium ep-euphonium.pdf
Tuba ep-tuba.pdf
Rob Frear rob.frear@csulb.edu
Woodwinds Bassoon ep-bassoon.pdf
Clarinet ep-clarinet.pdf
Flute ep-flute.pdf
Oboe ep-oboe.pdf
Saxophone ep-saxophone.pdf
John Barcellona john.barcellona@csulb.edu

Strings Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2015 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

Incoming new students as well as all returning students must play an audition. Orchestra seating will be based on this audition. If you are not familiar with some of the repertoire, please make sure you listen to the pieces and know how they go. Every year there are a few students who play excerpts at either half or 2x the tempo—a clear indication for insufficient preparation.

If you are interested in chamber music (violin, viola, cello) please prepare all excerpts. Those competing for the University String Quartet (you will receive a stipend each semester) need to prepare the chamber excerpts at a very high level.

Not everyone wanting to enroll in chamber music will be able to. There is limited enrollment—based on audition.

For the audition the following is required:

  1. Solo piece about 3 min. (sonata, concerto excerpt, etude)
  2. Orchestral repertoire (always choose upper line on divisi)
  3. Chamber music repertoire (if applicable)
  4. Sight-reading

Sheet music is organized via instrument and can be downloaded from the table below. Follow the instructions for repertoire for your instrument.

Instructions for Repertoire

Violin I

Prepare all of the following excerpts and one additional solo piece of your choice. Sheet music can be downloaded in the table below:

  1. Mahler 4, First Movement, First violin part
    • Two before 17 through the first note of two after 18
    • One before 23 through seven after 23
  2. Rossini Overture, First violin part
    • Third beat of letter A to first note of second bar before B
    • Allegro Vivace for ten bars
  3. Schubert 5th, First violin part, First movement
    • Letter F to first note of G
  4. Verdi Requiem, First violin part
    • Sanctus
    • Bar 85 to 111

Violin II (With instructor's permission)

Prepare all of the following excerpts and one additional solo piece of your choice. Sheet music can be downloaded in the table below:

  1. Mahler 4, First Movement, Second violin part
    • Seven before 2 to 3
    • Three after 11 to two after 12
  2. Rossini Overture, First violin part
    • Third beat of letter A to first note of second bar before B
    • Allegro Vivace for ten bars
  3. Schubert 5th, Second violin part, First movement
    • Letter F to first note of G
  4. Verdi Requiem, Second violin part
    • Sanctus
    • Bar 46 to 74

Viola

Prepare all of the following excerpts and one additional solo piece of your choice. Sheet music can be downloaded in the table below:

  1. Mahler
    • Rehearsal 18 to the first bar of Rehearsal 20
  2. Rachmaninoff
    • opening 5 bars
    • pick up to 47 until 48
    • 2 bars before 50 until 11 bars after 51
  3. Schubert
    • I.—Rehearsal E to measure 164
    • II.—Rehearsal D to F
  4. Verdi
    • Dies irae—Measures 15-39
    • Sanctus—Measures 50-78
    • Agnus Dei—opening to measure 45

Cello

Prepare all of the following excerpts and one additional solo piece of your choice. Sheet music can be downloaded in the table below:

  1. Mahler Symphony 4—first page (beginning through 14 after rehearsal number 3)
  2. Rossini Overture to Barber of Seville—Piu mosso (after Letter K) to the end
  3. Rachminoff Symphony 2: Adagio—4 measures before Rehearsal number 51 through 10 measures after rehearsal 51 (prepare both divisi lines)
  4. Verdi Requiem: Offertorio—first 29 measures

Double Bass

Prepare all of the following excerpts and one additional solo piece of your choice. Sheet music can be downloaded in the table below:

  1. Rossini Overture to Barber of Seville
    • 17 after C to 11 before E
    • 9 after F to H
  2. Shostakovich 10
    • 93-98
    • 164-166

University String Quartet

Prepare the following excerpt for your instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello). Sheet music can be downloaded in the table below:

  1. Debussy String Quartet—Violin, Viola, Cello
    • First Movement—Beginning to 13 after 1

Audition Sign-ups, Date, and Times

Audition Date: Sunday, August 23 beginning at 1pm in Room UMC-A311 (orchestra rehearsal hall)

String students must sign up for a specific audition time using the following links:

Everyone MUST audition on Sunday. We'll begin orchestra on Monday at 1 PM.

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Instrument Repertoire Area Director
Violin I

ep-violin-i.pdf

Moni Simeonov simeon.simeonov@aya.yale.edu
Violin II

ep-violin-ii.pdf

Moni Simeonov simeon.simeonov@aya.yale.edu
Viola

ep-viola.pdf

Moni Simeonov simeon.simeonov@aya.yale.edu
Cello

ep-cello.pdf

Moni Simeonov simeon.simeonov@aya.yale.edu
Double Bass

ep-bass.pdf

Moni Simeonov simeon.simeonov@aya.yale.edu
University String Quartet

ep-usq.pdf

Moni Simeonov simeon.simeonov@aya.yale.edu

Percussion Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2015 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

Sign-up sheets will be located on Professor Atkatz's door, Room UMC-A518.

Audition Times

Monday, August 24, Room UMC-A503

  • Specific Times TBA
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Instrument Repertoire Area Director
Marimba One movement of J.S. Bach, solo of choice, from Cello Suites, Violin Sonatas and Partitas, or Lute Suites Ted Atkatz ted.atkatz@csulb.edu
Snare Drum
  1. Etude #1 from Twelve Etudes for Snare Drum—Jacques Delecluse
  2. Lt. Kije Suite—Prokofiev
  3. Scheherezade, Mvt. IV—Rimsky-Korsakov
Ted Atkatz ted.atkatz@csulb.edu
Xylophone Overture to Porgy and Bess—Gershwin Ted Atkatz ted.atkatz@csulb.edu
Timpani Symphony #9, Mvt. I—Beethoven Ted Atkatz ted.atkatz@csulb.edu

Choral Ensemble Placement

Auditioning for the Chamber Choir, the Opera Institute, and Pacific Standard Time requires significant preparation; you will need to work for many weeks ahead of the auditions if you want to be in our top ensembles.

Chamber Choir Requirements

To audition for the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, you must prepare a classical solo, 2-3 minutes in length, and the two pieces available in the table below. On the Runestad, you need only prepare the first 80 bars. On the Verdi, please prepare the entire movement. All singers invited to Chamber Choir callbacks must attend on Friday, August 21, from 7-9:30 PM.

University Choir Requirements

For University Choir, please prepare 32 bars of any accompanied classical, musical theater, or folk song. You will be asked to sight-read and to demonstrate your pitch memory. Those who audition for Chamber Choir will automatically be considered for University Choir.

Choral Audition Sign-Up Sheets

There will be audition sign-up sheets posted on Dr. Talberg's office door, UMC-A508, as of Monday, August 3. Emailed requests for audition times will be accepted on a first come, first served basis after that time by sending a request to csulbcvo@gmail.com.

Audition Times

Chamber Choir

  • Wednesday-Friday, August 19-21; Times TBA.

University Choir

  • Wednesday-Friday, August 19-21; & the first day of school for students who cannot make the audition the week before. Times TBA.

Men’s and Women’s Choruses

  • The First and Second Weeks of school. Simply come to class on Monday night (and bring a friend).

’49er Chorus

  • No audition required as it is open to all memebers of the University Community
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Chamber Choir Voice ep-alleluia.pdf
ep-dies-irae.pdf
Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu
University Choir Prepare 32 bars of any accompanied classical, musical theater, or folk song. Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu
Men’s and Women’s Choruses Be prepared to sing anything you’d like; an accompanist will be provided. Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu
’49er Chorus No audition required. Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu

Opera Institute Auditions

For those of you auditioning for one of the two sections of class for the Bob Cole Conservatory Opera Institute, an audition sign-up sheet will be available on Monday, August 17 and will be located on the Opera Call Board outside the Choral office, located across from Dr. Talberg's Office, Room UMC-A508.

Anyone not in last year’s Opera Class: unless you have already worked with Dr. Anglin coaching repertoire, please also sign up for a brief (1/2 hour) chat / working session in UMC-A519. These sessions will take place on Wednesday-Friday, August 19-21. Feel free to contact Dr. Anglin with any questions about opera at david.anglin@csulb.edu.

Audition Times

Saturday, August 22 from 1-5pm in the Daniel Recital Hall
Tuesday, August 25 from 3-5pm (call-backs only)

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Opera Institute

Please be prepared to sing two things from memory. One selection must be an aria. One selection must be in a language other than English.

Operatic repertoire is preferable but Art Song and Musical Theatre are okay if you are new to opera.

David Anglin david.anglin@csulb.edu

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Placement

Our Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Pacific Standard Time and Jazz & Tonic, are highly-select 12-voice ensembles open to all music and non-music majors at the University. You must download all audition information (under "Repertoire" in the table below), print it, fill it out, and bring it with you to your audition.

Vocal jazz audition sign-up sheets are posted on the Jazz Studies bulletin board, across from the large ensemble rehearsal rooms beginning August 10. You may also request an audition time by emailing Vocal Jazz Graduate Teaching Assistant, Loren Battley at lorenbattley@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Guter at christine.guter@csulb.edu.

Audition Times

Wednesday, August 19 from 1-6pm in Room UMC-A504
Thursday, August 20 from 1-6pm in Room UMC-A504

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Vocal Jazz ep-vocal-jazz.pdf Christine Guter christine.guter@csulb.edu

Jazz Ensemble Placement

Jazz students audition the week before each Fall Semester and are placed in a jazz ensemble based on the merit of their audition. Ensemble Placement Audition information is posted on the Jazz Studies bulletin board across from the Jazz Rehearsal Room, UMC-A307, the first week of August.

For Vocal Jazz auditions, please see the Vocal Jazz section above.

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Jazz Please see pp. 14-15 of the Jazz Studies Handbook for audition requirements and repertoire. Jeff Jarvis jeff.jarvis@csulb.edu

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