Audition Information

FALL 2021 AUDITION INFORMATION
 

Please either fill out our interest form or subscribe to our Music at UVA email to be sure you will know as soon as the information is finalized.

Many ensembles are waiting to hear about the current audition protocols for UVA (if they will be live, via zoom or a pre-recorded auditions). This audition page will have specific information on each ensemble and how to submit a recording or schedule a live or online audition.  As plans continue to develop, we will update this page with any relevant information, so please be sure to bookmark this page and check back periodically or fill out our interest form or subscribe to our Music at UVA email.

Select the ensemble you are interested in joining.

African Music and Dance Ensemble 

African Music & Dance is not being offered in the Fall of 2021. For more information about this ensemble click here

 

Baroque Orchestra

Fall 2021 update: Auditions will be on Thursday, August 26, between 6:00 and 7:00pm.  A sign-up sheet for individual times will be posted in the Old Cabell lobby a week in advance.  Students should prepare at least 5 minutes of material with contrasting sections, ideally composed prior to 1750, and there may also be a short sight-reading component. Prior experience on period instruments is not necessary.  For questions, contact Prof. David Sariti (djs6k@virginia.edu), and for more information about this ensemble click here.

Bluegrass Workshop

Fall 2021 update: Bluegrass Workshop explores the performance of North American string band music, including bluegrass, old-time, and more. We will cover playing, singing, improvising, recording, and songwriting/arrangement. Students should have basic facility on a string instrument. No other experience is required. The group meets Tuesday evenings. Depending on UVA COVID policy for Fall 2021, the course will meet in-person or with a mixture of in-person and online sessions.  Those interested in enrolling should contact Richard Will

Cavalier Marching Band

WOODWINDS, BRASS, & ELECTRIC BASS

Returning Woodwinds, Brass, and Electric Bass performers do not need to re-audition for the CMB.  Rising first-year students will audition for a position in the Cavalier Marching Band.  If you intend to auditino for the CMB, FILL OUT THIS FORM in order for us to learn about you and your interests!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION VIA RECORDING

  1. Download the Audition packet that corresponds with your instrument (individually linked below)
  2. Record a video of yourself playing Virginia Swing, Cavalier Fanfare, and Cavalier song with this Drumline MP3.  NOTE: Play the Cavalier Song while marking time in place.
  3. Next, without drumline, perform the Good Old Song.
  4. Finally, record a 1-3 minute selection of your choosing that represents your abilities as a player. 
  5. Once these recordings are completed, please compile them into one file, upload to your preferred web-based platform (Google Drive, YouTub, Vimeo, etc.), and share an accessible link with the drictors using this form-CMB AUDITION GOOGLE FORM.

Please complete and submit your CMB recorded audition by Saturday, July 31.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM A LIVE AUDITION

If you prefer an in-person audition in Charlottesville this summer, email bands@virginia.edu with the subject line “Live Audition,” and the Band Directors will respond to schedule your live audition.

FYI: Other than $50 for your marching shoes and white gloves, there are no fees to be a member of the CMB. Your instrument, uniform, uniform cleaning, gameday gear, gameday food all fees for camp and the entire season are covered by the University.

AUDITION PACKETS BY INSTRUMENT

DRUMLINE

If you are ready to audition for the CMB Drumline, FILL OUT THIS FORM. After submitting your information, one of the directors will contact you and set up a Zoom meeting.  PDFs of our audition packets are linked below.  You will be required to play everything while marking time.  Vivian McCoy, one of our drumline instructors, is available to offer you guidance and feedback throughout the summer.  Auditions will occur live at our August Band Camp. The CMB Drumline instrumentation is snare, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbal & mallets (mallets are required to perform on cymbals as well).

FYI: Other than $50 for your marching shoes and white gloves, there are no fees to be a member of the CMB. Your instrument, uniform, uniform cleaning, gameday gear, gameday food all fees for camp and the entire season are covered by the University.

AUDITION PACKETS BY INSTRUMENT

Chamber Ensembles - Brass

Horn Ensemble
Fall 2021 update:  Contact: To be determined.  All French horn players are welcome to participate in the Horn Ensemble. The group receives weekly instruction and will perform once during the semester in a live outdoor setting. Past students have improved both their ensemble and personal performance skills.

Trombone Ensemble
Fall 2021 update: 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
Fall 2021 update: The UVA Trumpet Ensemble, led by Arthur Zanin, welcomes students of all levels from all areas of study at the university. The group meets for weekly coaching sessions with Professor Zanin and presents a performance by the end of each semester. For more information about the ensemble click here.

Chamber Ensembles - Strings & Piano

Fall 2021 update for the Chamber Music Seminar
Students who wish to participate in a chamber ensemble should contact Prof. Carter (acc8v at virginia.edu) to schedule an audition time.  Auditions will be on Monday, August 30th at 7pm and consist of playing one piece (or movement of a piece) of the student's choosing that best demonstrates their ability.  

 

Chamber Ensembles - Woodwind

 

Bassoon Ensemble
Fall 2021 update:  The Rotunda Bassoon Ensemble performs at UVA each year on events such as Making Noise in the Library and Tea Time Recitals.  Additionally, the group performs regularly at places in the community, such as the Crozet Mudhouse, and in area nursing homes through the "Nursing Homes Swing" organization.  This 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 woodwind instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying both making and sharing music!  To audition,  students are expected to prepare two minutes of music on repertoire of their choice, best representing their abilities.  Past participants do not need to reaudition.  For more information click here.  Interested students should contact Elizabeth Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Bassoon at UVA and Principal Bassoon of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

 

Clarinet Ensemble
Fall 2021 Update as of 8/17/21: The Clarinet Ensemble is open to all UVA students. The ensemble rehearses once a week, led by Dr. Jiyeon Choi, and performs at least once a semester. The ensemble studies various repertoire such as original composition for the clarinet ensemble, transcriptions from the orchestra/wind band/jazz literature. To audition, students should prepare 3 minutes of solo piece of their choosing that best demonstrates their abilities. Students who have previous participated in the ensemble do not need to audition. Interested students should contact Dr. Choi (jc8cg@virginia.edu) to set up an audition time.
 

 

 

Double Reed Ensemble
Fall 2021 Update: Double Reed Ensemble provides an opportunity to read and rehearse a variety of double reed chamber pieces. At least one work is selected for in-depth study and performance. The group meets for weekly coaching sessions led by Kelly Peral. Interested students should contact Kelly Peral for further information, including specific audition requirements.

Flute Ensemble
Fall 2021 update:
The UVA Flute Ensemble is composed of talented student musicians from all areas of study. The group rehearses weekly to present a full recital at the end of each semester; these performances include music from all eras and styles in both larger flute ensemble and smaller chamber ensemble formats. To audition for the group, 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 and to set up an audition time. Students who have previous participated in the ensemble do not need to audition. For more information about the Flute Ensemble click here.

Mixed Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
Fall 2021 update: The Mixed Woodwind Chamber Ensemble performs at UVA each year on events, such as Making Noise in the Library and Tea Time Recitals.  Additionally, the groups perform regularly at places in the community, such as the Crozet Mudhouse, and in area nursing homes through the "Nursing Homes Swing" organization.  These ensembles explore, rehearse, and perform woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus is placed on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of woodwind instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying both making and sharing music!  To audition,  students are expected to prepare two minutes of music on repertoire of their choice, best representing their abilities.  Past participants do not need to reaudition.  For more information click here.  Interested students should contact Elizabeth Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Bassoon at UVA and Principal Bassoon of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia.

Chamber Singers

Fall 2021 Auditions take place the first week of class, Aug. 23-29
Audition for UVA's select chamber chorus!  The group performs a wide range of a capella and accompanied repertoire from the Renaissance to George Gershwin, Ben Folds, and Eric Whitacre, and has sung for Philip Glass and the Tallis Scholars. Fill out this interest form to receive audition updates, and sign-ups are available online at: 10to8.com/book/usingers/  (Those interested in Chamber Singers should sign up to audition for The University Singers – see also the University Singers audition listing.) For more information, visit our Website and Facebook for updates.   For additional information on choral auditions, contact Ben Trombetta at bst2zc@virginia.edu 
*At the current time, it is expected UVA choral auditions for Fall 2021 will take place in person – more information will be provided when available. 

 

Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Strings and Percussion – UPDATED August 18
Sign-up sheets for MASKED in-person auditions will be in the Old Cabell Hall lobby beginning at 10am on Saturday, August 21.

Woodwinds and Brass – UPDATED August 18
Due to new UVA Covid-19 masking protocols, auditions will be by submission of a video recording of your instrument’s excerpts.  
Please fill out the form at this link to receive instructions for uploading your recording: form link

To download audition excerpts click on your instrument.
Per UVA COVID-19 guidelines, all members of the Charlottesville Symphony must be vaccinated or demonstrate a medical or religious exemption. 
Those not vaccinated must provide weekly prevalence test results.

Instrument / excerptDayDateTimeRoom
Violin

Tues
Wed

8/24
8/25
6-8pm
6-9pm
113 Old Cabell
B012 Old Cabell
ViolaMon8/236-8:20pm113 Old Cabell
CelloMon8/238:20-10pm113 Old Cabell
BassMon8/236-8:20pm113 Old Cabell
Flute   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
Oboe   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
Clarinet   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
Bassoon   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
Horn   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
Trumpet   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
Trombone   Fill out this form to receive instructions
for uploading your recording.
PercussionWed8/258-10pmB18 Old Cabell

If you are interested in auditioning for the Charlottesville Symphony, please fill out the audition interest form to receive more information.

For more information about this ensemble click here.

For audition guidelines please click here.

 

Concert Band(spring semester only)

Fall 2021 update:  MUEN 2600, Class number: 10545,  Meets: Wednesdays, 6:30–8:45 pm, Hunter Smith Band Building

The University of Virginia Concert Band is a large wind ensemble open to all students at UVA, conducted by Mr. Michael Idzior and Dr. Andrew Koch. Concert Band meets in the Spring Semester only, and performs one concert at the end of the term.  An audition is not required for enrollment, though directors may hold chair placement hearings to determine part assignments.

The Concert Band’s membership is composed of dedicated students from every division and department within the University. Students appreciate the opportunity to practice and perform repertoire from a variety of genres and time periods as an outlet for creativity and expression. Past music selections have included standard band literature, pop music, and concertos with special guest artists. 

For more information on the Concert Band, please contact the directors via email at bands@virginia.edu.

Jazz Ensemble

Fall 2021 update: 

Welcome to the University of Virginia and to the Department of Music! Thank you for your interest in pursuing Jazz at UVA.

The audition for both Jazz Ensemble (extended big band) and the Jazz Chamber Groups (combos) will be held on the first Thursday of classes, at 7:30 PM in room B018 of Old Cabell Hall.

It will be important to attend as we place people into the Jazz Ensemble and the small groups from that audition. It is a great time to meet other people interested in playing jazz at UVA, to meet some of the jazz faculty, and to get acquainted with the inclusive atmosphere fostered by the jazz community here, as a whole.  At UVA we are interested in developing the individual voices of our jazz students.  The Jazz Ensemble follows the Duke Ellington model: the aggregate of distinct musical personalities creates the sound and direction of the whole.  We play music from the entire big band tradition but also explore new music and original compositions/arrangements from within the band.

Just come to the auditions.  no sign-ups.   Callbacks may be required, and we are open to hearing from you if you feel you were not showing your playing in a good light.

The audition is, basically, an open jam session.  Come prepared to play/improvise, (if you wish,) and read. The informal audition will consist of reading through a chart, with others, and improvising over a simple chord progression if you choose to improvise.  (Improvisation skill is not a requirement for membership in the Jazz Ensemble.)  Musicians will be notified of the audition results by the jazz faculty and are assigned to a group based on stated interest and ability. If you can't make the audition or callbacks, or if you have other questions, please call me at 434-531-5252.

Jazz experience is not a requisite for playing jazz at UVa.  The suggested guidelines, below, are there to show some of the skills a progressing jazz student acquires.  But we are open to newbies who can play and want to play!

As the Jazz Ensemble/Performance Director I see my role as assisting each music student to find a solid individual path in music while here; one that will carry that player into the next phases of life with full access to their own musical identity.

 See you soon!

John D'earth
Director of Jazz Performance
University of Virginia
Jed6p@virginia.edu

Suggested Guidelines for the progressing jazz student:

Instrument

Audition

Trumpets, Saxophones, Trombones 

Play one ballad and one bebop tune of your choice.  If you choose to improvise, find a backing track for a blues or a simple standard like Autumn Leaves and blow.  But, if you’d rather play on Giant Steps or Stablemates, have at it!

Piano

Play one ballad and one bebop tune of your choice.  Include some soloing.  Comp, unaccompanied, on a standard of your choice (swing) and a latin tune of your choice. 

Guitar

Be prepared to comp (with and without backing track) and solo (with backing track) on:

1. Blues (preferably a “jazz” blues in Bb or F)
2. Autumn Leaves (or a similar standard)
3. Blue Bossa (or a similar Latin tune)
   (If you can play the melody to your chosen tunes, please do.) 

Bass

Walk and solo on a blues and on a standard, and play on a latin tune, all of your choice.  Melodies welcome!

Drums

Demonstrate swing, latin, and funk feels.  Solo over a song form of your choice.

Non-Standard Instruments

The jazz program will welcome auditions from instruments not necessarily associated with mainstream jazz: gayageum, strings, hand whistle, pedal steel, oboe, french horn, accordian, etc.  

 

 

Jazz Small Groups

Please see Jazz Ensemble listing.  Contact Mike Rosensky at mlr5q@virginia.edu for information about auditioning for the jazz small groups.

Jazz Improvisation

The Jazz Improvisation Workshop requires instructor permission.  Request the class on SIS and feel free to contact the instructor, John D’earth, at jed6p@virginia.edu.
 

Klezmer Ensemble

Fall 2021 Update: The Klezmer Ensemble is not being taught in the fall of 2021.

For more information about this ensemble click here

 

 

Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE)

Fall 2021 Update: 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

Fall 2021 Update:   Contact I-Jen Fang with any questions. For more information about this ensemble click here

Percussion Ensemble

Fall 2021 Update: 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 - All Instruments EXCEPT Piano & Voice

Private Lesson registration InformationPrivate Lesson Faculty
Fall 2021 Update: Instructors may require auditions.  All students taking lessons through the Music Department for the first time must enroll for 2000-level lessons, a credit/no-credit (pass/fail) class that carries either 0.5 or 1 credit. Only students who have successfully auditioned for the 3000-level will be allowed to register for 3000-level study, which is a graded course (2.0 credits). If you have taken at least one semester of lessons with the Music Department and wish to audition for the 3000-level, inform your instructor as soon as possible so that an audition can be arranged before the registration period ends.​

Private Lesson Auditions - PIANO

Classical Piano: Fall 2021 Update:  Placement in private piano lessons is by audition only. Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 28th; please contact John Mayhood (jmayhood@virginia.edu) to schedule an audition and for more information about the program. For the audition, please prepare two contrasting pieces that best represent your current playing. Memorization is optional, but strongly encouraged for advanced players. Students without prior piano experience should consider the Class Piano sequence - MUSI 2302 or 2304 - but may enroll in private lessons on a space-available basis. Biographical listings for all piano faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons.

Jazz and Non-Classical Piano: Fall 2021 Update: Contact TBD.  If you need more informaton about Jazz and non-classical piano lessons please contact John D’earth jed6p@virginia.edu.

Private Lesson Auditions - VOICE

Classical / Musical Theatre Voice: 
Fall 2021 Voice Lesson Auditions:  The University of Virginia Department of Music holds placement auditions for study with members of the Classical / Music Theater Voice Faculty. Vocal auditions are held for placement purposes and are reviewed by members of the Classical/ Music Theater Voice Faculty.  You are welcome to request a particular teacher (space provided on your completed audition form) and we will do our best to honor all such requests. Biographical listings for all voice faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons.

Contact the Vocal Coordinator, Pamela Beasley at pbb2c@virginia.edu to be assigned a ZOOM audition time slot on Monday August 23rd. You will be sent a form to complete and return via e-mail by Friday, August 20th.

Auditions will take place via ZOOM on Monday, August 23rd beginning at 11am

If you are unable to audition on Monday, August 23rd, you may submit a video performance anytime between August 13 and August 22 5:00 pm. Please e-mail your video audition to the Vocal Coordinator, Pamela Beasley at pbb2c@virginia.edu.  In the subject line please put your name and "vocal audition for private voice lessons".

What to prepare for your audition:  You should prepare a selection to sing for the voice faculty. The selection can be an art song, aria, music theater selection, folk song, hymn or anything else you are comfortable singing. Please bring printed music to your audition in the appropriate key.   If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Beasley at pbb2c@virginia.edu

Jazz or primarily Non-Classical Voice: Fall 2021 Update: : No audition is required - contact Stephanie Nakasian at nakasian@virginia.edu to schedule a mutually convienient timeslot for your virtual lessons. Vocalists will use the text "You already know how to sing: Voice lessons - Life lessons" (available at the UVA Bookstore or from Stephanie Nakasian's website).  Once a student has selected their songs for their lessons, they have the choice to accompany themselves on guitar or piano, purchase a commercial track,  or ask Ms. Nakasian to prepare tracks to accompany you. Ms. Nakasian intends to have a virtual voice recital at the end of the semester.  For all details please see Stephanie Nakasian's Fall Voice Lessons.

University Singers

Spring 2021 update:  Auditions for UVA University Singers & Chamber Singers
Sign up at 10to8.com/book/usingers/  

UVA University Singers:

Fall 2021 Auditions take place the first week of class, Aug. 23-29
Audition for UVA's flagship chorus! 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 with the Charlottesville Symphony in front of 20,000 at the UVA Bicentennial Arts Gala, a 2015 international concert tour to Europe, a 2017 performance for the creators of Les Misérables, the 2020 virtual Family Holiday Concert, and more than half a million views online. Fill out this interest form to receive audition updates, and sign-ups are available online at: 10to8.com/book/usingers/   You can also connect with us at: Website / Listen Facebook / Twitter / Instagram  For additional information on choral auditions, contact Ben Trombetta at bst2zc@virginia.edu.  *At the current time, it is expected UVA choral auditions for Fall 2021 will take place in person – more information will be provided when available. 

Wind Ensemble

Fall 2021 Update:   Click HERE for the Wind Ensemble Audition Google Form.

Fall 2021 Wind Ensemble woodwind and brass auditions will be held via submitted video-recordings. To complete your audition, please provide a working link to a YouTube/Vimeo recording as part of completing the Wind Ensemble Audition Google Form by 10 pm on Wednesday, August 25.
 
Percussionists will only audition via live audition, held in the Hunter Smith Band Building on Saturday, August 28, beginning at 1 pm. To identify your interest in a percussion audition, please complete this separate Live Percussion Audition Form.

Woodwind and brass players should prepare no more than 4 minutes of material that showcases both technical and lyrical abilities. New for 2021: there will be no sight-reading component to the Wind Ensemble auditions. Percussionists should prepare a solo or excerpt 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 focus of this ensemble is for students to explore their artistic potential in a collaborative environment. Wind Ensemble members enjoy the opportunity to practice and perform more challenging chamber music and wind band works encompassing a variety of composers, styles, and musical time periods.

The Wind Ensemble performs one concert each semester in Charlottesville, and also enjoys opportunities to tour and perform off-Grounds.  For more information about this ensemble click here.

AFFILIATED GROUPS

Oratorio Society of Virginia

Fall 2021 update:  Dates: Wednesday, September 8 from 7:00-9:30 PM,  Thursday, September 9 from 5:30-7:30 PM

Returning to live rehearsals and performance for the 2021-2022 season, The Oratorio Society of Virginia will hold auditions for new members this fall. When you join The Oratorio Society, you are welcomed as a member of a close-knit, dedicated chorus that has delivered the highest caliber of performance to our community for over 50 years.

The audition process lasts roughly 10 minutes, and consists of: vocalizing to determine your range and best-suited voice part, rhythmic and melodic sight-singing, and a brief prepared piece. You can choose your own prepared piece to sing, or the Music Director will gladly recommend a familiar song for you.

Note: For the safety of our singers and staff, The Oratorio Society will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to audition, rehearse, and perform during the 2021-2022 season. We acknowledge that this will create exclusion for some members of our community, and are committed to regular reviews of this policy throughout the season.

 

 

Virginia Glee Club

Summer 2021 Update:  The Virginia Glee Club, the oldest musical organization on Grounds, is the Tenor-Bass chorus at the University celebrating its 151st season. Conducted by Grammy-award winning Frank Albinder, we offer performance, touring and social opportunities to those tenor and bass singers who wish to continue or expand their musical career via classical and contemporary choral music. This season the Glee Club is excited to announce the creation of the Virginia Glee Club Singer Scholarship open to current and incoming members. Those with a love of singing and good musicianship may inquire about auditions at secretary@virginiagleeclub.org, follow us on social media, and visit http://www.virginiagleeclub.org for more information! 

 

Virginia Women's Chorus

Fall 2021update:  Contact virginiawomenschorus.org  for audition information. Please visit the VWC website for more information. www.virginiawomenschorus.org. The Virginia Women’s Chorus is committed to excellence in the performance of classical, contemporary and diverse music from the challenging choral literature for women’s voices. The Chorus seeks to inspire and enrich others through the choral art form. As it has for 45 seasons, the Chorus fosters a deep sense of connectedness among our singers as we become one voice with the music.

 

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

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