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 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.
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.
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 22, Room UMC-A311
Brass: Friday, August 24, Room UMC-A311
Bass Trombone 5:15-5:45
Orchestra, Brass and Winds call-backs: Saturday, August 25, Room UMC-A311
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will need to choose from one of these tunes (play-along provided or bring your own accompaniment):
Take The A Train
26-2 or Confirmation
Blues or Rhythm Changes head of your choice
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.