Fall 2018 Audition Information

Auditions happen the first week of classes.  See specifics below.

African Music and Dance Ensemble - NOT BEING TAUGHT IN THE FALL SEMESTER! 

Students interested in African Music and Dance Ensemble should enroll in the course (MUEN 2690, MUEN 3690, or MUEN 4690, depending on student seniority in the ensemble). No previous experience with music or dance is required.  Prerequisites: By audition on the first day of class. For more information about this ensemble click here

Baroque Orchestra

Auditions will be Thursday, August 30th from 5:00-7:00pm.  A sign-up sheet for auditions will be posted in the lobby of Old Cabell the week prior. Students are expected to prepare 5 minutes of material with contrasting sections. Audition pieces should ideally have been composed prior to 1750. Contact Prof. David Sariti to audition or with any questions. For more information about this ensemble click here

Bluegrass Workshop

Contact Richard Will before the first class meeting for more information. For more information about this ensemble click here

Cavalier Marching Band - AUDITIONS ONLY IN FALL SEMESTER!

If you are interested in joining the Cavalier Marching Band, please fill out the marching band interest form and be sure to visit the CMB website. Contact William Pease with any questions or email bands@virginia.edu.  Every member of the band will schedule a short director meeting during the summer before their first year.  Most members will choose to do this during their orientation, but other arrangements can be made if needed.  Colorguard and percussion students will have auditions at our late summer pre-camp. For more information about this ensemble click here

Chamber Ensembles

Auditions will be Thursday, August 30th from 5:00 - 7:00pm in OCH 113.  A sign-up sheet for auditions will be posted the week prior. Contact Prof. David Sariti at djs6k@virginia.edu with any questions. Students should prepare 5 minutes of a solo (of their choosing) that best demonstrates their abilities.  Students who have played in chamber groups in past semesters may not need to re-audition, but should contact Prof. Sariti with their intention to enroll.  Specific requests for groups or coaches can be made, but can't be guaranteed.  Students should wait for placement information before registering under the coach's section. For more information about this ensemble click here

Chamber Singers

Audition for UVA's chamber chorus, performing a cappella and accompanied music. The group performs a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to Gershwin and Whitacre, and has sung for Philip Glass and the Tallis Scholars. Sign-ups will be available in the lobby of Old Cabell Hall the first week of classes - those interested in Chamber Singers should sign up to audition for The University Singers. (See the University Singers listing.) Email General Manager Katie Schneider with any questions. Fill out this interest form to receive audition updates, and check out our website and Facebook for updates.

Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia - AUDITIONS ONLY IN FALL SEMESTER!

Audition times are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up sheets will be in Old Cabell Hall Lobby beginning at 10am on Saturday, August 25th.
If you are interested in auditioning for the Charlottesville Symphony, please fill out the audition interest form to receive more information and reminders. For more information about this ensemble click here

For audition guidelines please click here.

To download audition excerpts click on your instrument.

InstrumentDayDateTimePlace
Violin TuesdayAugust 286:00-8:00pmOCH 113
Violin WednesdayAugust 296:00-9:00pmOCH B012
Viola MondayAugust 276:00-8:20pmOCH 113
Cello MondayAugust 278:20-10:00pmOCH 113
Bass MondayAugust 276:00-8:20pmOCH 113
Flute MondayAugust 27

1:00-3:00pm

OCH 113
Oboe TuesdayAugust 288:00-9:00pmOCH 113
Clarinet MondayAugust 273:00-4:00pmOCH 113
Bassoon TuesdayAugust 285:00-6:00pmOCH 113
Horn WednesdayAugust 295:00-8:00pmOCH 107
Trumpet WednesdayAugust 295:00-8:00pmOCH 107
Trombone WednesdayAugust 295:00-8:00pmOCH 107
Percussion WednesdayAugust 298:00-10:00pmOCH B018
*Additional audition times may be arranged in case of overflow or unavoidable conflicts.

 

Flute Ensemble

Students are expected to prepare two minutes of music on repertoire of their choice, best representing their ability. Interested students should contact Kelly Sulick with any questions. Audition dates for the 2018-2019 school year will be arranged individually.

Horn Ensemble

All UVA horn players are welcome to participate in the Horn Ensemble. The group receives weekly instruction and performs at least once each semester.
Students explore a variety of music genres and work to improve both ensemble and personal performance skills. For more information about this ensemble click here

Jazz Ensemble AUDITIONS ONLY IN FALL SEMESTER!

Instrumental and Vocal Auditions for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

The auditions for both Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combos (small groups) are on the first day of class (Thursday, 8/30 at 7:30pm in B18 Old Cabell Hall).

This is a large and slightly informal group audition run on the principal of an organized jam session.  Students will read some charts and jam on tunes with rotating rhythm sections and soloists.  (One does not have to improvise to be in the Jazz Ensemble.)

The purpose of the audition is multi-fold: to sign up and obtain contact information for all students interested in playing jazz at UVA, to hear new players and place them appropriately in the various performance groups, to greet returning musicians, and to have us all meet each other as members of UVA’s jazz cohort.  There are many official and unofficial playing opportunities available here at UVA, and signing up at this group audition is the first step toward taking one’s place in UVA’s rich jazz community.  

Vocalists interested in singing jazz with the Small Groups, the Jazz Ensemble, and/or the newly formed Vocal Jazz Group should come to this audition as well and sign the register.  

All returning members of combos or the Jazz Ensemble should appear at this audition. 

Callbacks may be required. Students may indicate their interest in either the big band or smaller jazz groups at the time of the audition. The audition is open and won't require a prepared piece; students will read through some charts as a group and will be asked to improvise if they want to solo.  If you can't make the audition or callbacks (especially if you are a returning member), or if you have questions please write the jazz performance faculty at jazzfaculty@virginia.edu. Participation is by instructor permission for all Jazz groups. For more information about the Jazz Ensemble click here.

Spring Semester - Students interested in joining a group in the spring can contact John D'earth, to let the faculty know of their interest and see if there are any slots open.

Jazz Small Groups - AUDITIONS ONLY IN FALL SEMESTER!

Instrumental and Vocal Auditions for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

The auditions for both Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combos (small groups) are on the first day of class (Thursday, 8/30 at 7:30pm in B18 Old Cabell Hall).

This is a large and slightly informal group audition run on the principal of an organized jam session.  Students will read some charts and jam on tunes with rotating rhythm sections and soloists.  (One does not have to improvise to be in the Jazz Ensemble.)

The purpose of the audition is multi-fold: to sign up and obtain contact information for all students interested in playing jazz at UVA, to hear new players and place them appropriately in the various performance groups, to greet returning musicians, and to have us all meet each other as members of UVA’s jazz cohort.  There are many official and unofficial playing opportunities available here at UVA, and signing up at this group audition is the first step toward taking one’s place in UVA’s rich jazz community.  

Vocalists interested in singing jazz with the Small Groups, the Jazz Ensemble, and/or the newly formed Vocal Jazz Group should come to this audition as well and sign the register.  

All returning members of combos or the Jazz Ensemble should appear at this audition. 

Callbacks may be required. Students may indicate their interest in either the big band or smaller jazz groups at the time of the audition. The audition is open and won't require a prepared piece; students will read through some charts as a group and will be asked to improvise if they want to solo.  If you can't make the audition or callbacks (especially if you are a returning member), or if you have questions please write the jazz performance faculty at jazzfaculty@virginia.edu. Participation is by instructor permission for all Jazz groups. For more information about the Jazz Ensemble click here.

Spring Semester - Students interested in joining a group in the spring can contact John D'earth, to let the faculty know of their interest and see if there are any slots open.

Jazz Improvisation

If you have questions about Jazz Improvisation feel free to contact John D'earth at 434-295-2704

Klezmer Ensemble

Klezmer was brought to North America by immigrants around the turn of the twentieth century. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place in America and beyond, bringing the music far from its roots in medieval Europe and Jewish ritual and into the sphere of mainstream culture. The Klezmer Ensemble at UVA performs at the end of each semester, often supplemented by performances at community events.

Besides working with world-renowned klezmer musician Joel Rubin (Associate Professor and Director of Music Performance), the ensemble is coached by and plays together every spring with acclaimed guest artists. This year’s guests for the spring concert will be the Strauss/Warschauer Duo from Brooklyn, NY (http://www.klezmerduo.com).

Admission is by instructor permission. Auditions will take place at the first class session on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 7:30-9:30 in Old Cabell Room 113 or by appointment. No prior knowledge of or experience with klezmer music is necessary. The only prerequisite is an intermediate to advanced level on an instrument and an open mind. You do not have to have previously learned or worked by ear. The ensemble always has written lead sheets with melodies and chords, although working by ear is encouraged.

Students can audition with any manner of piece to show their ability. This music was passed on orally from generation to generation, and many of the ornaments which are so integral to the klezmer sound can only be approximated by Western staff notation – not to mention the patterns of improvised variation which are the cornerstone of the style. The following instruments are sought: violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba (and other low brass), percussion (drum set, xylophone), piano, and accordion, although others will also be considered. Please contact Joel Rubin with any questions. For more information about this ensemble click here

Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE)

Students interested in the Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE) should enroll in the course, MUSI 4600. For more information about this ensemble click here

New Music Ensemble

No preparation required, simply show up to the first class meeting with an open mind, some knowledge of modern composers, and the ability to play an instrument or sing. Contact I-Jen Fang with any questions. For more information about this ensemble click here

Percussion Ensemble

Contact I-Jen Fang before the first class meeting to schedule an audition. The nature of the audition, types of music to be prepared, time, date, etc. will be discussed via e-mail. For more information about this ensemble click here

Private Lesson Auditions (Piano & Voice)

New piano and voice students who would like to take private lessons should audition to be placed with the correct instructor.

Piano Lesson Auditions - Sunday, September 2nd, 1:00-6:00pm in OCH 113 (by appointment)
Students should contact John Mayhood at jfm3nd@virginia.edu to schedule an audition time. Students should plan to perform two contrasting pieces. Memorization is optional but encouraged, especially for those playing at an advanced level. Students will be placed in the most appropriate studio based on their auditions. Listings for all UVA piano faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons.  Pianists interested in Jazz Piano should contact Butch Taylor at butchtaylormusic@gmail.com  Beginning students should consider enrolling in MUSI 2302 or 2304 since private piano lessons are generally not available to beginning students. Please email John Mayhood with any questions. Information on private lessons.

VOICE LESSON AUDITIONS

Classical Voice - Monday, August 27, 1:00-4:00pm in OCH 107 (by appointment)
Students should prepare a selection to sing for the voice faculty. The selection can be an art song, aria, musical theater selection, folk song, hymn or anything students are comfortable singing. An accompanist will be provided and students should bring printed music to the auditions. If a student has a second contrasting selection to offer, we will often hear that as well, though this is not required. Sign up for a time slot to audition by contacting Vocal Coordinator, Pamela Beasley at pbb2c@virginia.edu. Students will be placed in the most appropriate studio based on their auditions.

Jazz or primarily non-classical voice -  No Audition Required - contact Stephanie Nakasian at nakasian@virginia.edu.

Listings for all UVA voice faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons.

Technosonics: Digital Music and Sound Art Composition

Students interested in Technosonics should enroll in the course, MUSI 2350. Students will also need to enroll in a requisite discussion section. For more information, please visit the Technosonics website

Trombone Ensemble

Interested students should contact Nathaniel Lee. The Trombone Ensemble is comprised of talented musicians from all schools within the University of Virginia. The group meets once a week and performs original works, popular transcriptions, arrangements and student compositions. The Trombone Ensemble will perform one concert per semester and will hold additional optional performances throughout the UVa and Charlottesville community. For more information about this ensemble click here

Trumpet Ensemble

The Trumpet Ensemble welcomes students from all majors and is led by trumpet faculty Rachel Duncan. For more information about this ensemble click here
 

University Singers

Audition for UVA's flagship chorus! Sign-ups will be available in the lobby of Old Cabell Hall, and auditions will take place the first week of classes. No prepared piece is required. Auditions are used to determine vocal range and quality, as well as sight-singing ability. Recent highlights include a performance at the Bicentennial Arts Gala with the Charlottesville Symphony, a 2015 international concert tour to Europe, and a 2017 performance for the creators of Les Misérables. Upcoming highlights include a performance of the Bernstein Mass, a spring concert tour, and the popular Family Weekend and Family Holiday Concerts. Email General Manager Katie Schneider with any questions. If you are interested in auditioning for the University Singers, please fill out this interest form to receive more information and reminders. In the meantime, feel free to connect with us: Website / Listen / About Us / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Wind Ensemble

Contact Bill Pease to schedule an audition time. Woodwind and brass players should prepare no more than 4 minutes of material that showcases both technical and lyrical ability. A sightreading segment will also be provided. Percussion players should prepare a solo or exerpt for snare drum and/or mallet percussion. A sightreading segment will be given at the audition. Students may choose to audition on both snare and mallets but are not required to do so and may choose to audition on only one instrument. The Wind Ensemble performs one concert each semester in Charlottesville, with literature ranging from pops to contemporary to traditional band masterworks. The group also tours the mid-Atlantic every spring. For more information about this ensemble click here

Woodwind Chamber Ensembles

There are several woodwind chamber ensembles at UVA:  Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble, and Bassoon Ensemble.  Some ensembles are not offered every semester as they depend on the availability and interest of students.  Auditions for the ensembles are coordinated by the instructor of each respective group.  For more information about auditions please click here

Flute Ensemble

Students are expected to prepare two minutes of music on repertoire of their choice, best representing their ability. Interested students should contact Kelly Sulick with any questions. Audition dates for the 2018-2019 school year will be arranged individually.

Bassoon Ensemble

The Bassoon Ensemble explores, rehearses, and performs woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus is placed on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of the bassoon, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! Students are expected to prepare two minutes of music on repertoire of their choice, best representing their abilities.  Audition dates for the 2018-2019 school year will be arranged individually.  Interested students should contact Elizabeth Roberts with questions.  

 

AFFILIATED GROUPS

Oratorio Society of Virginia

The Oratorio Society of Virginia’s fall auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th at the Municipal Arts Center.  More information and sign-ups are available at www.oratoriosociety.org.

Virginia Glee Club

Audition for the greatest part of your college career! A fraternity of talent conducted by Grammy-award winning Frank Albinder, we offer any male with a desire to sing a chance to continue or expand their musical career via classical and contemporary music. Auditions are low-stress: no prepared piece necessary–just sign up and show up! Inquire at gleeclub-vicepresident@virginia.edu for more information! For more information visit http://www.virginiagleeclub.org.

Virginia Women's Chorus

Auditions for Women's Chorus will be in Old Cabell Hall from August 29th through September 9th. We are a student-run choral ensemble of about 40 undergraduate and graduate women at UVA. We perform at numerous events around the Charlottesville community like Rotunda Sing and SingFest. Several of our own concerts include our Candlelight Christmas Concert and Women Against Violence Benefit Concert. We welcome anyone who is looking for a fantastic group of women to celebrate the beauty of music and sisterhood! No prepared piece is required and sight-singing does not make or break an audition! For more information, please visit the Virginia Women's Chorus website. 

**During auditions please give practice room priority to those students who are preparing for auditions.**

Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu