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Fall 2021 Ensemble Auditions

UNC Ensembles are open to students of all majors. Click on the links below to find more information about the audition requirements and to schedule an audition for the Fall 2021 semester. 

Auditioned Ensembles

  • UNC Symphony Orchestra
  • Jazz Combos
  • Lab Bands I, II, III, IV & V
  • Vocal Jazz Ensembles
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Women's Glee
  • Opera 
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble

Non-Auditioned Ensembles

  • Alternative Styles
  • Chamber Music (based on area)
  • Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • Marching Band
  • World Music Ensemble
  • Early Music Ensemble (Email Dr. Fulks for Instructor Approval)
  • Campus String Orchestra
  • University Singers

 

To make changes to your scheduled audition, log in to the online scheduling portal.


Woodwinds & Brass

Auditions for Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble & UNC Symphony Orchestra Winds

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Audition Dates

Woodwinds - Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Brass - Thursday, August 26, 2021

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Audition Location

Campus Commons Performance Hall

 

Audition Requirements

  •  The audition time slots are for 10 minutes each, and the repertoire will be a combination of material determined by both the applied teachers and the Director of Bands. Be sure to check with your studio teacher regarding the audition material.
  • If you are wanting to be considered for Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Symphony Orchestra, you MUST play the required audition material below. If only for Concert Band, your own material will suffice.

Contact Wesley.Broadnax@unco.edu for questions.

 

Woodwinds

PiccoloFLUTE
Flute students who are auditioning for orchestra are to prepare the following excerpts IN ADDITION to the band excerpts:
  • Debussy- Prélude to the Afternoon of a Faun - opening solo (m. 1 to 4)
  • Mendelssohn- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo (2 before P to the end)
  • Beethoven- Symphony No. 3, mvt. IV (4 before B to m. 200)
  • Piccolo: Ippolitov-Ivanov- Caucasian Sketches (8 before A to B)


ClarinetBASS CLARINETOBOEBASSOONALTO SAXOPHONETENOR SAXOPHONEBARI SAXOPHONE

Brass

TRUMPETHORNTENOR TROMBONEIn addition to the band excerpts, tenor trombonists should prepare additional excerpts from the solo or orchestral repertoire that demonstrate your range and lyrical playing. Etude excerpts will also be accepted

BASS TROMBONEIn addition to the band excerpts, bass trombonists should prepare additional excerpts from the solo or orchestral repertoire that demonstrate your range and lyrical playing. Etude excerpts will also be accepted

EUPHONIUM (BASS CLEF)TUBA


Percussion

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Audition Date

August 24, 2021, 10:00am - 1:00pm

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Audition Location

Frasier 51

Audition Requirements

  • Perform a solo, etude or orchestral excerpt on snare drum, mallets, and timpani
  • Instruments will be provided
  • Please be early to your scheduled audition and mainting social distancing at all times
  • All students interested in playing percussion in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and the UNC Symphony Orchestra must audition
  • Only students not enrolled in the percussion studio will need to audition for Percussion Ensemble

Piano

Please contact Professor Edward Rothmel regarding piano auditions.


UNC Symphony Orchestra Strings

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Audition Dates

Monday, August 23, 2021

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Audition Location

Frasier  13

Audition Requirements

UNC string auditions will be held all day on Monday August 23 in Frasier Hall 13, the studio of Russell Guyver, Director of Orchestras. The audition will determine your participation in either the UNC Symphony Orchestra or the UNC Campus String Orchestra and will inform seating and choices of repertoire. An online sign-up sheet will be available by early August and you are asked to choose a time that doesn’t conflict with your class schedule. Auditions will be scheduled in 10 minute slots.

  • Violin

    Violin

    • 3-octave Scales: E Major, G Melodic Minor. Tempo as marked
    • Excerpt from Mozart Symphony No. 39
    • Ca. 2-minute excerpt from a solo piece of your choice

    Download Materials

  • Viola

    Viola

    • 3-octave Scales: D Major, F Melodic Minor
    • Excerpt from Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
    • Ca. 2-minute excerpt from a solo piece of your choice

    Download Materials

  • Cello

    Cello

    • 3-octave Scales: B Major, G Melodic Minor
    • Excerpt from Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
    • Ca. 2-minute excerpt from a solo piece of your choice

    Download Materials

  • Double Bass

    Double Bass

    • 3-octave Scales: F Major, E Melodic Minor
    • Excerpt from Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
    • Ca. 2-minute excerpt from a solo piece of your choice

    Download Materials


UNC Choirs

See below for important information regarding choral auditions.

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Audition Dates

August 23 - 26, 2021

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Audition Location

Frasier Hall 255 & CC Rehearsal Hall

Audition Materials and Information

Audition Material
  1. You do not need to bring music to the audition.
  2. Auditionees will be asked to sing a familiar tune (“My Country Tis of Thee” or “Amazing Grace” -your choice) and vocalize on scales and arpeggios. 
  3. Sight-reading and some tonal memory recall will also be requested. 
Selecting the Correct Audition Type
  1. All incoming undergrad soprano/alto voices should audition with Ms. Kirsten Carpenter Ortman/ Ms. Hanna Wo (Frasier 256/255).
  2. All incoming undergrad tenor/bass voices should audition with Dr. Jill Burgett (Frasier 122 E).
  3. All incoming graduate S/A/T/B voices should audition with Dr. Jill Burgett (Frasier 122 E).
  4. Returning Women’s Glee/Men’s Glee students wishing to audition for the Concert Choir or Chamber Choir should audition with Dr. Burgett (Frasier 122E).
  5. Returning members of the Concert Choir or Chamber Choir may enroll in Concert Choir with no re-audition.
  6. Important! All new and returning members of Chamber Choir will need to audition or re-audition. This will allow us to get it back down to a Chamber Choir size. Please also audition with Dr. Burgett (Frasier 122E).
Notes
  • Men’s Glee has been temporarily suspended for the 2021-22 school year, and will resume during the 2022/23 academic year, thus, all men will be placed in Chamber, Concert, or University Singers. These will all count as your MMO. We will attempt to program some men’s rep in the Concert Choir and the University Singers to maintain our Men’s Choral tradition during this year.
  • Important! As stated above, all new and returning members of Chamber Choir will need to audition or re-audition.
  • There is no audition required for University Singers, MUS 282. Register for the class through URSA and attend the first rehearsal. 
  • Based on your audition, you will be placed in the appropriate choir. Students wishing to “pre-register” register for a specific ensemble may do so prior to auditions but may need to change to their assigned choir afterwards. Students may also delay registering for an ensemble until auditions are completed on the Friday of the first week of classes.  
  • Acceptance into a choir carries with it the expectation of participation in both the fall and spring semesters. Exceptions to this would be student teaching or mid-year graduation.

For more information, contact Dr. Jill Burgett at Jill.Burgett@unco.edu


 Opera

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Audition Date

August 23, 2021 3:35pm - 8:45pm

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Audition Location

Frasier 90

Audition Requirements

Two arias or songs, one of which should be in English.


Instrumental Jazz

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Audition Submission Deadlines

Priority Deadline: August 18 by 11:59pm

(REQUIRED FOR JAZZ MAJORS, others encouraged to submit by this time)

Final Deadline: August 23 by 4:00pm

(for all other UNC Students)

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Audition Location

Online Submission

Instrumental Jazz Audition Information

  • Instrumental Jazz Ensembles

    Instrumental Jazz Ensembles

    Lab Bands (big bands)
    • Meet MW or MWF 11:15-12:05 or MW or MWF 1:25-2:15
    • Directors: Lab I- Dana Landry, Lab II- Jim White, Lab III- Shawn Williams
    Bop Shop (focused instruction and practice on standard jazz repertoire and styles):
    • Meets MW 1:25-2:15
    Funk/Soul Band
    • Meets MW 1:25-2:15
    Small Groups (jazz combos)
    • Meet together for Combo Forum Wednesdays 12:20-1:10*
      • this can be waived if your instrumental studio class meets at this time
    • Rehearsal time: organized around members’ schedules- 75 minutes once a week*

    *Vanguard and Birdland meet Tuesdays at 11:00-12:15

  • Audition Checklist

    Audition Checklist

    1. Review the Audition information
    2. Download the Audition Materials
    3. record the Prepared Piece
    4. record the Melody/Improv or Drum Styles & Form Study
      • (if you are choosing to, or are required to, include this)
    5. Submit Audition Submission Form & Upload your audio files

    Initial evaluations will be done in a “behind-the-screen” fashion where the evaluators see no identifying information. No video recordings, and please do not speak or identify yourself during your audition recordings.

    If you have any questions about the audition components, submission, or etc. or have any problems completing or submitting the audition, please reach out to erik.applegate@unco.edu or to any other jazz faculty member.

  • Audition Components

    Audition Components

    1) Prepared Piece (required for all auditions)

    There are audition etudes for Alto, Tenor and Bari Sax; Lead and Section Trumpet; Lead, Section, and Bass Trombone; Guitar; Piano; Bass; and Drums. Etudes for the saxophones also include short excerpts for woodwind doubles (these are optional, but please include them if you play these instruments). Saxophonists who wish to be considered on a second (or third) saxophone may submit multiple auditions by completing and submitting a full audition for each instrument separately. Trumpet and Trombone players who wish to be considered for section positions in addition to lead and/or bass chairs may submit a full audition for each instrument separately.

    2) Melody/Improv (for all but drums; drums please see below)

    Required for jazz studies majors and for anyone auditioning for small ensembles (combos). Optional for those who are only auditioning for Large Ensembles (Big Bands, etc.). However, if you are comfortable including this, please do so.

    Select one of these songs:

    • Moment’s Notice (Aebersold vol 38)
    • On Green Dolphin Street (Aebersold vol 34- in Eb, has a 4-bar intro)
    • Stablemates (Aebersold vol 14)
    • Bb Rhythm Changes (Aebersold vol 65 “Oleo”)
    • (Play any melody of your choice: Moose the Mooch, Oleo, etc.)
    • F Blues (Aebersold vol 42)

    Play-along tracks are located in the folder with the audition etudes

    • Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones
      •  Performwith one of the backing tracks provided, play the melody, then solo for 3-4 choruses, then begin the melody again (it is not necessary to play the melody in full after your solo).
    • Piano and Guitar
      • Perform with one of the backing tracks provided, play the melody, then comp for one chorus, then play a solo for 2-3 choruses, then begin the melody again (it is not necessary to play the melody in full after your solo). Please try to remove the piano part from the backing track (on Aebersold tracks, this is done using a balance or pan feature- on Mac OS, this is in System Preferences-Sound-Output).
    • Bass
      • Perform with one of the backing tracks provided, play the melody, then walk for one chorus, then play a solo for 2-3 choruses, then begin the melody again (it is not necessary to play the melody in full after your solo). Please try to remove the bass part from the backing track (on Aebersold tracks, this is done using a balance or pan feature- on Mac OS, this is in System Preferences-Sound-Output).
    2) Drums: Styles and Form Study (Required for all drum auditions)

    Record these on (or edit and compile onto) one audio track

    • Styles: Demonstrate the following styles, alternating 8 bars of time followed by 8 bars of solo. Please play each exchange through 4xs, for a total of 64 bars.
      • Up-tempo swing---half note = 120 bpm 

      • Samba---half note = 100 bpm
      • 3/4 jazz waltz--- quarter note = 180 bpm
      • 4/4 swing---tempo-quarter note = 130 bpm

        (Please only trade “4’s” on this one for a total of 32 bars)

    • Form Study:
      • Consider the following tune form, which consists of 10 bars up-tempo Latin feel followed by 8 bars swing. This 18-bar sequence equals 1 chorus.
      • Play 1 chorus of time, followed by a chorus of solo and continue trading this format for a total of 4 choruses. Play at half note = 110 bpm.
      • Please use a metronome to get tempos for each of the above, but please do not play with it when performing the audition. We want to hear your time. Thanks! We look forward to hearing YOU!
    3) Complete Audition Submission Form and Upload Audio Files

 


Vocal Jazz

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Audition Date

August 23-25, 2021 

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Audition Location

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  • Audition Information

    Audition Instructions

    All audition info is available on this web page, including links to the audition material, audition sign up, and a survey. The survey needs to be completed prior to the audition. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, please feel free to email me at marion.powers@unco.edu.

  • Audition Repertoire

    Audition Repertoire

    1) Performance of a prepared swing tune of your choice.
    • The tempo should range between 110-150
    • You are welcome to bring an accompanist or sing with a track or iRealPro. You only need to sing through the tune once. Improv is optional.
    • Some suggestions if you need: All of Me, Autumn Leaves, Almost Like Being In Love, On The Sunny Side of the Street, Lullaby of Birdland, There is No Greater Love, etc.
    • You are also welcome to improvise over a blues instead of your chosen tune. Again this is optional -improv is not required to be in an ensemble.
    2) Sing an excerpt from and with a vocal ensemble recording.
    • Download the Audition Materials
    • Please choose a voice part and learn it. You will be expected to sing along with the recordings during your audition time. You may audition more than one voice part.
    • Like Someone In Love: Learn m 1-23
    • Groovin’ Hard: m41(E)- 55
    • I am looking for ability to learn your part and blend with the voices on the recording.
    3) I will vocalize you to check your range.
    • I will see how low and high you can sing- so make sure you’ve warm up all parts of your voice
    4) Sing a chromatic scale.
    • You can choose your starting pitch- make sure the scale is in a comfortable part of your range overall. You will play your first and last notes on the piano.
  • Ensemble Meeting Times & Dates

    Ensemble Meeting Times & Dates

    • Verve: CC1321- T/Th @11-12:15 *Please note the time change for this ensemble.
    • Vocal Lab: CC1321: T/Th @2-3:15
    • NoCoVo: CC1321: T/Th @3:30-4:45
    IMPORTANT DATES- these are mandatory depending on which group you are in.
    • UNC Jazz Ensemble Concert: 11/9/21
    • Ensemble Concert Dress rehearsals: 11/9 2-3:45 on the main stage in Campus Commons