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SOMe Festival2017 SOMe Festival

Libby Gardner Concert Hall - March 9, 2017 7:30pm 

By popular demand, the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications to the second annual School of Music Ensemble (SOMe) Festival. From jazz combos to string quartets, Broadway numbers to original compositions--this event is for everyone! This is a celebration of the broad and diverse talents of our students--we hope to showcase these talents at this student-organized extravaganza, while building a strong collaborative community within our student body.


Step 1) Read all the Festival Rules & Requirements carefully to see if you meet the eligibility requirements. 

Step 2) Organize an ensemble and elect one representative from your group to complete the entry form. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Step 3) Record your audition and upload it to a site that can be easily accessed by our jurors (e.g. YouTube, Google Drive, etc.) and email it to no later than Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:59pm (see Recorded Audition for details).


Please read the following rules and requirements prior to completing the application. Entry forms must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Friday, February 17, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any questions about the SOMe Festival or the application process should be forwarded to Student Advisory Committee at

Entry (Applications due February 17)

  • Applicants must submit a completed entry form by Friday, February 17, 2017 AND an audio recording (see "Recorded Audition" for details) of their piece by Friday, February 24, 2017 to qualify for the festival.
  • There is NO entry fee; participation is FREE.
  • Entries must be submitted online (entry form)—hard copies will not be accepted.
  • There is ONE entry form per ensemble. Each individual performer is not required to complete the application--there will be a page of the entry form dedicated to collecting the names of each member of your ensemble.
  • Each ensemble should select someone to be a group representative who will complete the entry form and be in charge of communicating with festival coordinators.


  • All U of U students currently enrolled in a course or ensemble within the School of Music are invited and encouraged to apply.
  • Faculty, and anyone who is not currently a student of the School of Music, will NOT be eligible to apply. High school students will not be permitted to audition. This is for School of Music students only.
  • Ensembles may consist of 3 to 10 performers (instrumentalists and/or vocalists). Individuals may audition with as many ensembles as he/she desires. Exceptions to this rule can be made, so if you have any questions about your ensemble’s eligibility, please contact the Student Advisory Committee at
  • Solo works will NOT be permitted. The goal of this event is to engage with your fellow music students and build community through collaboration; therefore, ensembles must consist of three or more performers.
  • Works should be 4 to 8 minutes in duration.
  • Works may vary in genre. From chamber music to original compositions, and jazz combos to Broadway musical numbers—we want to engage with ALL students in the School of Music.
  • Questions regarding eligibility or appropriate repertoire selections should be forwarded to the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) at

Recorded Audition (Due February 24, 2017)

  • If you are unable to submit your recorded audition by the February 24th deadline, you may email a URL link for your recording to no later than March 1st; however, groups are still required to complete the entry form by the original February 17th deadline.
  • This year, ensembles are NOT required to have their audition ready by the application deadline. There will be a part of the entry form where you can submit your audition, but if you are not ready to submit your audition by the application due date (February 17), you may email a link to your recorded audition to no later than Friday, February 24 at 11:59pm.
  • Record your ensemble's piece in its entirety (as you intend to perform it in the live Festival concert); however, please note that the judges might not listen to your entire recording. Works should be 4 to 8 minutes in duration.
  • As sound quality is of extreme importance, it is recommended that you use a high quality audio recording device to record your audition (equipment is available for students to check out from the McKay Library Circulation Desk).
  • Please upload your audio/video recording to a site that can be easily accessed (YouTube, Google Drive, etc.) and please be sure that the privacy settings will allow judges to access your file. 
  • The recorded audition must be performed by the same players who would appear in the live event.
  • Ensembles will be notified by email no later than Monday, March 3, 2017 of the decisions made by the judges.
  • The jury will be comprised of SAC officers and faculty. The jurors will listen for the following in your recorded audition: musical interpretation, ensemble communication, tempi and dynamics, rhythm and intonation, and artistic expression.
  • ALL applicants, regardless if they advance to the live performance, will receive a FREE T-SHIRT commemorating the event as well as comments from the faculty jurors.

The Festival Performance

  • Six to nine ensembles will be selected to advance from the auditions to perform in the Festival on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30pm in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.
  • This event will be free and open to the public.
  • Groups will NOT have on-stage rehearsal time prior to the performance.
  • Festival attire is casual. All participants should wear the Festival T-shirts during the event.
  • There will be a "People's Choice Award" for the group with the most engaging performance. The winning ensemble will receive one $50 gift card for The Pie Pizzeria. The winner will be selected by audience votes, so INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

Is this a competition?”   No. Think of it more as a concert featuring the “best of the School of Music.” Student ensembles will compete for the opportunity to perform in this extravaganza for their peers. It is a night for School of Music students to set aside classwork and other responsibilities to come together as a community and celebrate excellence in our school. We want to showcase the talents of our students in a non-judging, collaborative environment.

"Who is this festival for?" Any U of U student currently enrolled in a course or ensemble in the School of Music is welcome and encouraged to audition! This is organized BY the students, FOR the students.

"Is this for soloists?" No! The mission of the SAC is to unify the student body and promote collaboration and camaraderie within the School of Music; therefore, this event is only for groups/ensembles (any genre, voice type, or instrument) of 3 to 10 performers.

"What genre is this for?" Any genre of collaborative music!! From chamber music to jazz combos, opera quartets to early music consorts, and original compositions to guitar ensembles: we hope to engage students from ALL departments within the School of Music.

"Is there an entry fee?" No! This event is 100% free to performers and audience members.

"Why should I audition?" In addition to building community and camaraderie within the School of Music, ALL participants will receive a free School of Music T-Shirt just for auditioning! Audition recordings will be reviewed by faculty judges and all participants will also be given feedback from the jurors. Six to nine winning ensembles will get to perform in Libby Gardner Concert Hall on March 9, 2017. All performing ensembles will receive a free recording of the concert.

"What is SAC?" Student Advisory Committees (SACs) are student groups established within each department of the University to promote communication and interaction among students, faculty, staff, and administration.



All questions about the SOMe Festival should be forwarded to the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) at For more information about the SAC or the SOMe Festival, please visit our website.


Undergraduate SAC chair
Kaitlyn Seymour

Graduate SAC chair
Claudia Restrepo

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Last Updated: 10/16/17