Audition Information

Select the ensemble you are interested in joining.

African Music and Dance Ensemble 

No previous experience with music or dance is required.  Come to the first day of class (Aug. 27, 5:45pm, OCH 107). For more information about this ensemble click here

 

Baroque Orchestra

Auditions will be on Thursday, August 29, 5:30-7:00 in 113.  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 (ideally composed prior to 1750), and there will also be a short sight-reading component. Contact Prof. David Sariti to audition or with any questions. For more information about this ensemble click here.

Bluegrass Workshop

This course seeks to develop the playing, singing, and improvising skills necessary for the idiomatic performance of bluegrass music and related styles, while also providing an opportunity for discussion of its origins and development.  Appropriate for experienced players working to improve their knowledge or for players versed in other genres to learn new styles. The group meets Tuesdays 7-8pm. Those interested in enrolling should contact Richard Will. For more information about this ensemble click here

Cavalier Marching Band - Auditions in Summer 2019 for the FALL SEMESTER!

If you are interested in joining the Cavalier Marching Band, please fill out the marching band interest form and contact Andrew Koch with any questions.  Every member of the band will schedule a short director meeting during their summer orientation session.  Drumline auditions take place on Saturday, July 20 from 10am-5pm.  Colorguard auditions take place on Sunday, July 21 from 10am-5pm. For more information about this ensemble click here

Chamber Ensembles - Brass

Horn Ensemble
All UVA horn players are welcome to participate in the Horn Ensemble. Interested students should contact Katy Ambrose. 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 copies of the Horn excerpt music please contact Katy Ambrose at mka2j@virginia.edu.  For more information about this ensemble click here

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 Arthur Zanin (ad3zx@virginia.edu). For more information about this ensemble click here

Chamber Ensembles - Strings & Piano

Auditions will be Monday, September 2nd 2019 at 7pm.  Please contact Prof. Adam Carter at acc8v@virginia.edu with any questions or to sign-up for a time. Students should prepare 5 minutes of a solo piece 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. Carter 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 Ensembles - Woodwind

There are several woodwind chamber ensembles at UVA: Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble, Bassoon Ensemble and a Mixed Woodwind Chamber Ensemble.  Some ensembles are not offered every semester, as they depend on availability and interest of students.  Auditions for all woodwind chamber ensembles are concurrent with auditions for the Charlottesville Symphony, unless otherwise arranged with a given instructor.   To audition for a chamber ensemble, students should sign up for a time-slot during the Charlottesville Symphony auditions with the instructor who coaches the chamber ensemble in which they are interested.  They should state their interest in a chamber ensemble during their audition time.  (Only one time slot is necessary for students who wish to audition for both the symphony and a chamber group).  Students should prepare chamber music audition materials as described below.  

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 2019-2020 school year will be arranged individually.  Interested students should contact Elizabeth Roberts with questions.

Clarinet Ensemble
The Clarinet Ensemble is led by Jiyeon Choi. Students interested in clarinet ensemble should contact Professor Choi at jc8cg@virginia.edu

Double Reed Ensemble
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
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. Audition dates for the 2019-2020 school year will be arranged individually.

Mixed Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
Students interested in playing in a mixed woodwind chamber ensemble (e.g., trio, quartet, or quintet) should contact Elizabeth Roberts.

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 Molly Childers 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 24th.
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 Tuesday8/27/196-8pm113 OCH
Violin Wednesday8/28/196-9pmB12 OCH
ViolaMonday8/26/196-8:20pm113 OCH
CelloMonday8/26/198:20-10pm113 OCH
BassMonday8/26/196-8:20pm113 OCH
FluteMonday8/26/191-3pm113 OCH
OboeTuesday8/27/198-9pm113 OCH
ClarinetMonday8/26/193-4pm113 OCH
BassoonMonday8/26/194-5pm113 OCH
HornWednesday8/28/195-8pm107 OCH
TrumpetWednesday8/28/195-8pm107 OCH
TromboneWednesday8/28/195-8pm107 OCH
PercussionWednesday8/28/198-10pmB18 OCH
*Additional audition times may be arranged in case of overflow or unavoidable conflicts.

 

Jazz Ensemble

Instrumental and Vocal Auditions for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

The auditions for both Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combos (small groups) take place on the first Thursday of classes,(8/29/29) at 7:30 pm, in Room B18 of 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

Instrumental and Vocal Auditions for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

The auditions for both Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Combos (small groups) take place on the first Thursday of classes,(8/29/29) at 7:30 pm, in Room B18 of 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

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

Join a dynamic performing ensemble and have an opportunity to study and perform with prominent guest artists.

Klezmer music 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 fall 2019 concert on November 21, 2019 will be Veretski Pass (www.veretskipass.com) from Berkeley, California (Cookie Segelstein, violin; Joshua Horowitz, accordion; Stuart Brotman, bass).

Admission is by instructor permission. Auditions will take place at the first class session on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 pm 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 and other aspects of phasing 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 - All Instruments EXCEPT Piano & Voice

Private Lesson Auditions - PIANO

PIANO (CLASSICAL) - Saturday, August 31st, 2019
New piano students who would like to take private lessons should audition to be placed with the correct instructor.  Please contact John Mayhood at jmayhood@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.  At the audition, you are welcome to request a particular teacher and we will do our best to honor all such requests.  If you have no teacher preference, you will be placed in the most appropriate studio based on your audition.  Biographical listings for all piano faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons. Private lessons are generally only available to students playing at an intermediate level or above.  Beginning students should not request a lesson audition, and should instead consider enrolling in the class piano sequence, MUSI 2302 or 2304.
 
PIANO (JAZZ and NON-CLASSICAL) : Please contact Butch Taylor at butchtaylormusic@gmail.com.

Private Lesson Auditions - VOICE

VOICE : (CLASSICAL/MUSICAL THEATRE VOICE) - Monday, August 26  1:00-5:00
New voice students who would like to take private lessons should audition to be placed with the correct instructor. Please contact Pamela Beasley at pbb2c@virginia.edu to schedule an audition time. Interested students should prepare two contrasting selections. A pianist will be provided and students must bring printed music to the auditions. Memorization is not required but is encouraged. Repertoire for the auditions may include: art songs, arias, musical theater selections, folk songs, or hymn arrangements. On the audition form, students will be given the opportunity to request a particular teacher and subject to scheduling and open teaching slots, we do our best to honor those requests. Biographical listings for all voice faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons. Students of all levels are accepted into Classical/Musical Theater voice lesson study with no pre-requisite voice study required. Basic music reading competency is encouraged.

VOICE: (JAZZ or primarily NON-CLASSICAL VOICE) No Audition Required - contact Stephanie Nakasian at nakasian@virginia.edu.

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 2018 performance of Bernstein's Mass, a performance at the Bicentennial Arts Gala with the Charlottesville Symphony, and a 2019 international concert tour to Canada. Upcoming highlights include a major work performance with the Charlottesville Symphony and the popular Family Weekend and Family Holiday Concerts. Email General Manager Molly Childers 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 Bands@virginia.edu 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

AFFILIATED GROUPS

Oratorio Society of Virginia

The Oratorio Society of Virginia’s fall auditions are scheduled for the evenings of Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th at the Municipal Arts Center in Charlottesville.  More information and sign-ups are available at www.oratoriosociety.org. Questions, please e-mail: tosvachoruschair@gmail.com

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, with no prepared piece necessary–just sign up and show up! Inquire at secretary@virginiagleeclub.org or visit http://www.virginiagleeclub.org for more information! 

Virginia Women's Chorus

Auditions for The Virginia Women's Chorus will be in Old Cabell Hall, August 26th through September 8th. The Chorus is a student-run choral ensemble of undergraduate and graduate women at UVA under the professional direction of Katherine Mitchell. The Chorus performs its signature Candlelight Concerts in December, as well as the Women Against Violence (WAV) benefit concert and a spring concert each year. This spring is the 45th Anniversary Concert, celebrated with alumnae and friends from across the globe. Additionally, the Chorus performs during the Family Weekend Concert, Rotunda Sing, Lighting of the Lawn, and Singfest, as well as other gigs around the University, including performances of the National Anthem. We welcome anyone who is looking for an amazing 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! Voice quality, intonation and a good ear are important. For more information, please visit the Virginia Women’s Chorus website  We look forward to meeting you!

**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