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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.

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Ensemble Placement Preparation Day

Wednesday, August 1, 9:00am-2:00pm 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 in the following weeks. 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 jermie.arnold@csulb.edu

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Brass & Woodwinds

All students enrolled for Fall 2018 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 below). For example, oboe players must arrive by 12:55pm. 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 22, Room UMC-A311

  • Oboe: 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Bassoon: 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Flute: 3:00pm-4:30pm
  • Clarinet: 5:00pm-6:30pm
  • Saxophone: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Brass: Friday, August 24, Room UMC-A311

  • Tuba 12:30-1:00
  • Euphonium 1:00-1:30
  • Trumpet 1:30-3:00
  • Horn 3:00-4:00
  • Trombone 4:00-5:15
  • Bass Trombone 5:15-5:45

Orchestra, Brass and Winds call-backs: Saturday, August 25, Room UMC-A311

  • All: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Instrument Repertoire Area Director
Articulation &
Phrase Studies
Articulation ep-articulation.pdf
Phrase Studies ep-phrase-studies.pdf
Brass **Note—These are current despite any dates on sheet music:
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 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
Jermie Arnold jermie.arnold@csulb.edu

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Percussion Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2018 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

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

Audition Times

Saturday, August 25, Room UMC-A503

  • 9:00am-12:00pm

IMSLP Excerpts Downloads

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

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Strings Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2018 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

Orchestra String Seating auditions Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 at 1 PM.

Please email johannes.stosch@csulb.edu for information.

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Choral Ensemble Placement

Participation in the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, the CSULB University Choir and Bel Canto is by audition only.

All current CSULB students are welcome to join the SATB Forty-Niner Chorus or Cantus, our Tenor/Bass ensemble, without auditioning.

Audition Times and Signups

Wednesday-Friday, August 22, 23, & 24 in the Frank Pooler Choir Room, UMC-A301.

  • You must sign up online ahead of time.

Choir Audition Signups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0544acaa2ea5fc1-csulb

Chamber Choir Requirements

Note: The Chamber Choir has a mandatory retreat from September 27-29, 2018, **please DO NOT audition unless you have these days available.

To audition for the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, please prepare the following:

  • 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition).
  • Silence and Music—Vaughan Williams and Cum sancto spiritu—Vivaldi (see table below for downloads)
  • You will also be expected to sight-read in the audition.

Mandatory CALL BACKS will take place at 7:00pm on Friday, August 24, 2018 in the Frank Pooler Choir Room, UMC-A301.

University Choir and Bel Canto Requirements

Note: The University Choir has a mandatory retreat on September 22, 2018, **please DO NOT audition unless you have this day available.

To audition for the University Choir and Bel Canto, please prepare the following:

  • 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition).
  • You will be expected to sight-read in the audition.
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Ensemble Director
Chamber Choir Vaughan Williams: ep-silence-and-music.pdf
Vivaldi: ep-cum-sancto-spiritu.pdf
—and also prepare 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition).
Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu
University Choir Prepare 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition). Joshua Palkki josh.palkki@csulb.edu
Bel Canto Prepare 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition). Matthew Lyon Hazzard lyonhazzard@gmail.com
Cantus No audition required. Amanda Mitton pianoplayer84@gmail.com
Forty-Niner Chorus No audition required. Brian Dokko briandokko@gmail.com

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Opera Institute Auditions

Audition Times

Saturday, August 25 from 12:00pm-5:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.
Call-back auditions will occur on Tuesday, August 28 from 3:00pm-5:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.

The Audition Sign-up Sheet will be available on Monday, August 21, and will be located on the OPERA CALL BOARD outside the Choral / Vocal office, UMC-A501 (opposite Dr. Talberg’s office).

To 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-A518). These sessions will take place on Wednesday-Friday August 22-24. This is just a chance to get to know each other beyond the audition; we can chat, work on some music—whatever seems right!

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Opera Institute

Please be prepared to sing two selections 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

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Vocal Jazz Ensemble Placement

Participation in any CSULB Vocal Jazz Ensemble is by audition only. You must download all audition information (under "Ensemble Placement Repertoire" in the table below), print it, fill it out, and bring it with you to your audition.

Audition Times and Signups

Wednesday & Thursday, August 22 & 23 from 1:00-6:00pm in room UMC-A504.

  • You must sign up online ahead of time.

Vocal Jazz Audition Signups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba5a622a0f58-csulb2

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

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

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Jazz Ensemble Placement

Jazz students audition the week before each Fall Semester and are placed in a Jazz Performance Ensemble based on the merit of their audition. Ensemble Placement Audition information is available in the Jazz Studies Handbook in the table below.

Please sign up for an audition time using this link:
https://doodle.com/poll/hh9synn4b3uffgky.

For Vocal Jazz auditions, please see the Vocal Jazz section above. If you are planning to audition for Jazz Combos but will not be participating in any of the large Jazz Performance Ensembles, please see the Jazz Combo Placement section below.

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Jazz Please see pp. 16-18 of the Jazz Studies Handbook for audition requirements and repertoire. Jeff Jarvis jeff.jarvis@csulb.edu

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Jazz Combo Placement

For those who would like to participate in Jazz Combos but are not taking a Big Band audition, extra slots on a third day will be provided (August 22).

If you already have a Big Band audition slot scheduled, or will be scheduling one, you need NOT attend a Wednesday audition as your Big Band audition will also cover combo placements. There will be no evening group auditions this year. Results will be posted by the first day of classes (August 27) on the Jazz Studies Bulletin Board.

NOTE: The first combo meeting (mandatory for all participants) will be Thursday, August 30 at 7:00PM in UMC-A307 (Jazz Room), and will cover details and procedures of the combo program. Those not in attendance may be removed from their assigned group, so be sure to mark this date in your calendar!

How To Audition

If you are looking to participate solely in combos but not big bands, please print the audition sheet and review the tune list in the "Ensemble Placement Repertoire" table below.

Then sign up online using the audition sign up page here (no account registration is required): https://doodle.com/poll/atp2xp5pevbgdg4h

What To Bring To Your Audition

  • Your completed audition form below
  • Sheet music for repertoire below, if needed
  • Play-along for tunes not listed in the repertoire on a CD or media player (aux cable provided)
  • Instrument (drum hardware, piano, and bass/keyboard amp provided)
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Jazz Combos Audition Form: ep-jazz-combos.pdf

Repertoire:
  1. You will need to choose from one of these tunes (play-along provided or bring your own accompaniment):
    • Satin Doll
    • Take The A Train
    • Donna Lee
    • Stablemates
    • Invitation
    • Ceora
    • Joy Spring
    • 26-2 or Confirmation
    • Blues or Rhythm Changes head of your choice
  2. Another tune of your choice in a contrasting style and tempo (please provide your own accompaniment). This can be another tune from the above list providing it is different in style and tempo from the first tune.
Jimmy Emerzian jimmy.emerzian@csulb.edu

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