Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

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.

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Ensemble Placement Preparation Day

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00am-12:00pm Room UMC-A311

Open to all students, this is an opportunity to go through the blind audition process to help you better prepare for the auditions the following week. Applied faculty may be available to offer specific feedback on audition excerpts. We greatly encourage incoming students to attend this preliminary session.

To attend, please RSVP to

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Brass & Woodwinds

All students enrolled for Fall 2016 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

Woodwinds: Wednesday, August 17, Room UMC-A311

  • 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

Brass: Thursday, August 18, Room UMC-A311

  • Trumpet: 9:00am-10:30am
  • Horn: 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Trombone & Bass Trombone: 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Euphonium: 2:00pm-2:30pm
  • Tuba: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Orchestra, Brass and Winds call-backs: Friday, August 19, Room UMC-A311

  • All: 11:30am-12:30pm
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.pdf
Trombone ep-trombone.pdf
Bass Trombone ep-bass-trombone.pdf
Euphonium ep-euphonium.pdf
Tuba ep-tuba.pdf
Rob Frear
Woodwinds Bassoon ep-bassoon.pdf
Clarinet ep-clarinet.pdf
Flute ep-flute.pdf
Oboe ep-oboe.pdf
Saxophone ep-saxophone.pdf
John Barcellona

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Strings Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2016 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/USQ 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.

Additionally, there is a second orchestra (mostly for non-majors) that rehearses one day per week in the evenings. Some majors who do not make the cut for the Symphony Orchestra may be rotated into this ensemble for a semester in order to receive their large ensemble credit. Music majors who play in this group can also gain leadership experience in principal seats.

For the audition the following is required:

  • Solo piece about 3 min. (sonata, concerto excerpt, etude)
  • Orchestral repertoire based on the supplied excerpts (always choose the upper line on divisi when there is a choice)
  • Chamber music repertoire (USQ and principal excerpts to be considered for leadership)
  • Sight-reading

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

A Note from Professor Simeonov

Dear Strings,

The audition list is quite challenging but so is the orchestra repertoire for the season. Please listen, count, practice, and perfect all of the relevant excerpts. About two weeks to ten days before the audition, I will tell you exactly which passages we will ask for.

Those of you auditioning for principal positions and/or the University String Quartet should prepare the appropriate excerpts in addition to the regular audition. You will get to perform the Principal/USQ repertoire as a call-back, on the evening of the audition day.

I will schedule mock auditions starting the first week of August. Many of you will be preparing for AYS, Debut, and YASO auditions as well.

Right now, it may feel like you have "all summer" to prepare. In order to represent yourselves and your studios appropriately, you must start working on the repertoire today.

Please let me know if I can be of help.

Good luck!

Have a great rest of the summer,

Moni Simeonov


Johannes Müller-Stosch
Director of Orchestral Studies

Audition Sign-ups, Date, and Times

Audition Date: Sunday, August 21, 1:00pm in Room UMC-A311 (orchestra rehearsal hall)

Everyone MUST audition on Sunday. Results will be posted on Monday, August 22 prior to 1:00pm where music will be handed out. Rehearsals start on Wednesday, August 24 at 1:00pm.

Miscellaneous information

Dress Code for Orchestra Performances

Women will need a black (ankle-length) skirt or dress (no pants or jeans) plus a black top with long or 3/4-length sleeves. For men: a black coat with tails, white bow tie, and white vest or white cummerbund, black pants and dress shoes.

Concert Dates for the 2016/17 Season

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

  • Friday, September 16
  • Friday, October 14
  • Friday, November 18
  • Friday, February 3
  • Friday, March 3
  • Opera: April 7-9 (four performances)
  • Celebrating Music: Sat, May 6
  • Music/Game Conference: Sat, May 13

Beach Orchestra (predominantly non-major)

  • Monday, December 5
  • Friday, May 5

Chamber Music

  • String Chamber: Wednesday, November 9
  • University String Quartet: Thursday, November 10
  • Collegium Musicum: Monday, November 14
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Instrument Repertoire Area Director
Principal and University String Quartet


Moni Simeonov


Moni Simeonov


Moni Simeonov


Moni Simeonov
Double Bass


Moni Simeonov

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Percussion Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2016 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

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

Audition Times

Friday, August 19, Room UMC-A503

  • 8:00am-11:00am
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
Snare Drum
  1. Atkatz: Solo #5 (for Rolf) from Tributes for Snare Drum
  2. Mvt. I, Lt. Kije Suite—Prokofiev
Ted Atkatz
Xylophone Overture to Porgy and Bess—Gershwin Ted Atkatz
Glockenspiel The Magic Flute—Mozart Ted Atkatz
Tambourine España—Chabrier Ted Atkatz
Bass Drum The Rite of Spring—Stravinsky Ted Atkatz
  1. The Rite of Spring—Stravinsky
  2. Symphony #5—Tchaikovsky
Ted Atkatz

IMSLP Excerpts Downloads

Percussion orchestral excerpts may be available for download on the IMSLP website. Search by composer name for best results.

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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. All singers invited to Chamber Choir call-backs must attend on Friday, August 19, from 6:00-9:00pm.

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 1. Emailed requests for audition times will be accepted on a first come, first served basis after that time by sending a request to

Audition Times

Chamber Choir

  • Wednesday-Friday, August 17-19. Times on Dr. Talberg's door, UMC-A508.

University Choir

  • Wednesday-Friday, August 17-19 & the first day of school for students who cannot make the audition the week before. Times on Dr. Talberg's door, UMC-A508.

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-magnum-mysterium.pdf
Jonathan Talberg
University Choir Prepare 32 bars of any accompanied classical, musical theater, or folk song. Jonathan Talberg
Men’s and Women’s Choruses Be prepared to sing anything you’d like; an accompanist will be provided. Jonathan Talberg
’49er Chorus No audition required. Jonathan Talberg

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Opera Institute Auditions

Audition Times

Saturday, August 20 from 1-5pm in the Daniel Recital Hall
Tuesday, August 23 from 3-5pm (call-backs only)

The Audition Sign-up Sheet will be available on Monday, August 15, and will be located on the OPERA CALL BOARD outside the Choral / Vocal office, UMC-A501 (opposite Dr. Talberg’s office).

Anyone not in last year’s Opera Class: Unless we have already worked together in coaching repertoire, please also sign up for a brief (20 min.) visit with Dr. Anglin in UMC-A519. These sessions will take place on Wednesday-Friday, August 17-19. This is just a chance to get to know each other beyond the audition; we can chat, work on some music—whatever seems right!

For any further questions please email Dr. Anglin

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

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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. You may also request an audition time by emailing Christine Guter

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Guter at

Audition Times

Wednesday, August 17 from 1-6pm in Room UMC-A504
Thursday, August 18 from 1-6pm in Room UMC-A504

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Vocal Jazz ep-vocal-jazz.pdf Christine Guter

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Jazz Ensemble Placement

Jazz Info TBA.

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