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Ensemble Auditions and Studio Placement

Fall 2017 Audition Dates

To schedule an audition time please click on the link to the right (Sign Up for an Audition!). If you have additional questions about ensemble auditions please call the School of Music at 801-581-6762.
Note that you don't have to be a music major to audition for and play in School of Music ensembles!

If you are interested in becoming a music major please contact Mary Ann Dresher.

Audition Requirements

  • Choirs (University of Utah Chamber Choir, A Cappella Choir)
    • 5-minute audition
    • One Classical or Musical Theater selection of your choice
    • Vocalization
    • Candidate provides piano accompanist
  • Choirs (University of Utah Women’s Choir)
    • No audition required
    • Please contact Dr. Jessica Nápoles for information.
  • Classical Guitar Ensemble
    • 15-minute audition
    • One prepared classical guitar piece. Use of sheet music permitted. Provide copy of score.
    • Sight-reading from classical guitar chamber music and single-line melody, accompaniment and multi-textured parts.
  • Early Music Ensemble
    • No audition required
  • Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Jazz Combos
    • Jazz Requirements:

      1. Excerpt @ quarter note = 200.
      2. Blues melody of students' choice and improvisation (except drummers).
      3. Sight-reading.
      4. Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate the following styles:
        1. Slow, medium, and fast swing
        2. Bossa nova, samba
        3. Funk
        4. 5/4 straight 8th

    • Further information and details are provided in each audition packet.
    • Optional parts are provided for students auditioning on lead trumpet, lead trombone, and bass trombone.
    • Woodwind players are provided with optional clarinet and flute parts.
    • Improvisation is not mandatory, but highly encouraged.
  • Jazz Guitar Ensembles
    • Sightreading (single note lines and chord symbols)
    • Major and minor scales (ascending/descending, two octaves)
    • Melody and improvisation on a jazz standard
    • Optional: Prepared chord melody
  • Piano
    • 10-minute audition
    • Two classical pieces of contrasting style and period. Memorization is required. No pop, rock or jazz
  • Orchestra (strings)
    • All music majors, non- and returrning Utah Philharmonia members:
      • Prepare one minute selection of choice
      • Prepare excerpts linked below:
        • Violin
        • Viola
        • Cello
        • Bass
        • Harp--Please contact Dr. Cathy Clayton for information
    • Non-music majors wishing to audition for University Campus Symphony only:
      • Prepare solo of choice
      • Prepare only the excerpts from the first two pages
  • Wind Ensemble and Orchestra for Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion
  • Symphonic Band
    • No audition required
    • Please contact Professor Scott Hagen (fall semester) or Professor Jared Rawlings (spring semester) for information.
  • Percussion Ensemble
    • ?? audition requirements??
    • link to music?
  • Utah Marching Band
    • 5-10-minute audition
    • Piece of choice, representative of best abilities
  • Utah Drumline
  • Mount Olympus and O. C. Tanner Honors String Quartets
    • 10-minute audition
    • Solo piece of choice
    • Prepare excerpts below from the Schubert String Quartet.
  • Voice
    • 5-minute audition
    • One prepared piece , to be sung from memory. The piece must not be pop or rock. Please bring copies of the music for the judges.

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Last Updated: 4/25/17