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.
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.
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.
In addition to the repertoire listed for your instrument, prepare to perform all of the articulation and phrase studies from the table below.
Woodwinds: Wednesday, August 17, Room UMC-A311
Brass: Thursday, August 18, Room UMC-A311
Trombone & Bass Trombone: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Orchestra Winds call-backs: Friday, August 19, Room UMC-A311
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday-Friday, August 17-19. Times on Dr. Talberg's door, UMC-A508.
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).
No audition required as it is open to all memebers of the University Community
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!
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 email@example.com.