Audition Information

SPRING 2021 AUDITION INFORMATION
 

Auditions will take place online. Ensembles will either require that an audio or video recording be submitted, or the ensemble director will hold live auditions via Zoom or similar platform. This audition page will have specific information on each ensemble and how to submit a recording or schedule an 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.

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. 

Select the ensemble you are interested in joining.

African Music and Dance Ensemble 

 Not being offered in the Spring of 2021. For more information about this ensemble click here

 

Baroque Orchestra

Spring 2021 update: The Baroque Orchestra group will meet in-person, and prior experience on period instruments is not necessary. Students interested in auditioning should contact Prof. David Sariti (djs6k@virginia.edu) by Feb. 1 to set up an audition time (auditions will be via Zoom).  Be prepared to play at least 5 minutes of material with contrasting sections, ideally composed prior to 1750. There may also be a short sight-reading component. For more information about this ensemble click here.

Bluegrass Workshop

Spring 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. In Spring 2021, the course will mix in-person and online sessions.  Those interested in enrolling should contact Richard Will

Cavalier Marching Band - Auditions in Summer 2020 for the FALL SEMESTER!

Information and sign-up forms for the Cavalier Marching Band can be found on their website.   

Chamber Ensembles - Brass

Horn Ensemble
Spring 2021 update: All French horn players are welcome to participate in the Horn Ensemble. The group receives weekly instruction and will perform once during the Spring 2021 semester in a live outdoor setting. Past students have improved both their ensemble and personal performance skills. Interested horn players may contact Katy Ambrose at mka2j@virginia.edu.

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 UVA Trumpet Ensemble, led by Arthur Zanin, is not meeting this semester due to COVID regulations For more information about the ensemble click here.

Chamber Ensembles - Strings & Piano

Spring 2021 update for the Chamber Music Seminar
Students who wish to participate in the string chamber music seminar, including pianists, should contact Prof. Sender before February 1st.  For students participating for the first time, an audition recording must be submitted by email to Prof. Sender (dls8kb@virginia.edu) by February 1st. Recording should be 2-5 minutes in length and should demonstrate your skill and ability level.  Video recording preferred, but audio is also acceptable.  Contact Prof. Sender with any questions. 

 

Chamber Ensembles - Woodwind

 

Bassoon Ensemble
Spring 2021 update:  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! For the 2020-2021 academic year, enrolled members will work with the instructor to design appropriate projects.  Possibilities include: recording chamber music works to share with schools and/or retirement homes; score study and listening; developing ear training and musicianship skills as they relate to ensemble playing; and offering virtual programs for area students who play bassoon and are enrolled in band programs.  Musicians who are interested in bassoon ensemble are expected to select and prepare two minutes of music that best represents their abilities.  Audition dates for the 2020-2021 school year will be arranged individually and will occur virtually.  Interested students should contact Elizabeth Roberts .

Clarinet Ensemble
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 and e-mail to clarinetauditions@collab.its.virginia.edu. Students who have previous participated in the ensemble do not need to audition.  Students who have questions please contact Dr. Choi (jc8cg@virginia.edu) . Note on size of audition submissions:  Collab limits e-mail attachments to 250mg or less. If your audition excerpt is 250mg or larger, you can upload your audition to youtube, set the viewing permissions so we will be able to view your piece, and send that link to clarinetauditions@collab.its.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
Spring 2021update: 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 2020-2021 school year will be arranged individually.  For more information about the Flute Ensemble click here.

Mixed Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
Spring 2021 update: The Mixed Woodwind Chamber Ensemble (e.g., trio, quartet, or quintet, based on student interest and availability) 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 instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! For the 2020-2021 academic year, enrolled members will work with the instructor to design appropriate projects.  Possibilities include: recording chamber music works to share with schools and/or retirement homes; score study and listening; developing ear training and musicianship skills as they relate to ensemble playing; and offering virtual programs for area students who are enrolled in band programs.  Musicians who are interested in the mixed woodwind chamber ensemble are expected to select and prepare two minutes of music that best represents their abilities.  Audition dates for the 2020-2021 school year will be arranged individually and will occur virtually.  Interested students should contact Elizabeth Roberts.

Chamber Singers

Spring 2021 Auditions for UVA University Singers & Chamber Singers
Online auditions – Sign up at 10to8.com/book/usingers/   

Friday 1/29               1-3 pm
Tuesday 2/2             6:30-8 pm
Wednesday 2/3        7:30-9 pm
Thursday 2/4            7-8:30 pm

UVA Chamber Singers:

Auditions take place Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in an online format
Audition for UVA's chamber chorus, performing a cappella and accompanied music. The group performs a wide range of 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.)  Special opportunities/plans will be in place for the Spring 2021 semester.   For more information, visit our Website and Facebook for updates.

 

Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

Spring 2021 update: If you are interested in auditioning for the Charlottesville Symphony, please fill out the audition interest form to receive more information and how to submit your video auditions.

The deadline for auditioning for the Spring Semester is midnight, January 26, 2021.

For more information about this ensemble click here.

For audition guidelines please click here.

To download audition excerpts click on your instrument.

 

Instrument excerpt
Violin excerpt
Viola excerpt
Cello excerpt
Bass excerpt
Flute excerpt
Oboe excerpt
Clarinet excerpt
Bassoon excerpt
Horn excerpt
Trumpet excerpt
Trombone excerpt
Percussion excerpt
*There will also be symphony auditions in January..

 

Jazz Ensemble

Spring 2021 update:  The UVA Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Chamber Groups will hold individual auditions, for all students interested in performing in a jazz group at UVA in the Spring of 2021.   (returning members should contact their ensemble director from last semester about whether they need to re-audition before signing up for an audition time)

The UVA Jazz Singers will also be continuing into the spring. 

Contact John D’earth at jed6p@virginia.edu for information about auditioning for the Jazz Ensemble or the UVA Jazz Singers.

Contact Mike Rosensky at mlr5q@virginia.edu for information about auditioning for the jazz small groups.

Spring 2021 will see a continuation of our Infernal Resilience recording project.  Read about it on the Music Dept. website and go to virginiajazz.org to hear recordings of the big band and the small groups from the fall semester.  Read about the mission.  We are recruiting players of instruments not usually associated with a big band and we need all horns, especially saxophones.

These auditions are geared toward discovering your strengths as a player.  Rusty chops or lack of experience in jazz, or lack of confidence in improvising (each possibly exacerbated by an unprecedented health crisis) are familiar to us all.  We, who lead the jazz performance program at UVA, want the jazz audition to be an opportunity to grow further as a musician, and not necessarily to prove prowess.  The more advanced jazz students, those already here and those about to make themselves known to us, form the core of our jazz leadership.  We are all learning together and learning from each other.  If you are interested, take the audition.  We have room for many voices.  (Go to the music dept. website for information about the jazz projects planned for continuation of the our work in the fall semester.) 

Audition Guidelines:

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

Spring 2021 update: Admission is by instructor permission. Due to Covid-19, auditions for Spring 2021 will be held online. Please submit an audio or video recording of up to 5 minutes in length (any style that you feel represents you best) by Friday, February 5, 2021 to klezmerauditions@collab.its.virginia.edu or arrange for an in person Zoom audition with joelerubin@virginia.edu.

Rehearsals will take place on Zoom on Fridays from 12-2 pm, beginning on Feb. 5, 2021. We will be working with our guests, Svetlana Kundish (voice) and Patrick Farrell (accordion, piano, arrangements, compositions)

(https://www.pattysounds.com/sveta-kundish--patrick-farrell.html) from Berlin to prepare a recording and videos for our end of the semester project (in lieu of a live concert).

This music was passed on orally from generation to generation, and many of the ornaments and other aspects of phrasing 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. There will therefore be an emphasis on learning by ear as much as possible. Sheet music with basic melodies and harmonies for each piece will be provided.

The following instruments are sought: violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, flute, saxophone (tenor, alto), trumpet, trombone, tuba (and other low brass), percussion (drum set, xylophone), piano, and accordion, although others will also be considered.

No previous knowledge of or experience with klezmer music is required! Instrumentalists of intermediate to advanced level should consider trying this ensemble. You do not have to have previously learned or worked by ear. Students can audition with any manner of piece to show their ability.

Please contact Joel Rubin with any questions: joelerubin@virginia.edu.

For more information about this ensemble click here

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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

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

Percussion Ensemble

Spring 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
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: For Fall 2020 we are not holding formal auditions for private lessons in classical piano. Instead, please contact John Mayhood at jmayhood@virginia.edu to discuss the program and placement with one of our teachers. Biographical listings for all piano faculty can be found at http://music.virginia.edu/faculty/lessons. Beginning students should not request a lesson audition, and should instead consider enrolling in the class piano sequence, MUSI 2302 or 2304.

Jazz and Non-Classical Piano: For Jazz and non-classical piano lessons please contact Butch Taylor at butchtaylormusic@gmail.com or John D’earth jed6p@virginia.edu.

Private Lesson Auditions - VOICE

Classical / Musical Theatre Voice:  Placement Interviews for study with members of the Classical/Music Theater Voice Faculty will be held on Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021 beginning at 4:30 pm via Zoom. If you are interested, contact Vocal Coordinator, Pamela Beasley at pbb2c@virginia.edu in order to be assigned a time slot. You will then receive a form to complete and return via email by Feb.1, 2021.   You 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 else you are comfortable singing. You may choose to sing with an accompaniment track or acapella.  If for any reason you are unable to join us on Feb. 2 but are interested in private lesson study, you may submit a video performance to the Vocal Coordinator for consideration by the voice faculty anytime between Jan.  25 and Feb. 1.  You are welcome to request a particular teacher (space provided on your completed 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.

Jazz or primarily Non-Classical Voice: 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
Online auditions – Sign up at 10to8.com/book/usingers/   

Friday 1/29               1-3 pm
Tuesday 2/2             6:30-8 pm
Wednesday 2/3        7:30-9 pm
Thursday 2/4            7-8:30 pm

UVA University Singers:
Fall 2020 Auditions take place Jan. 29-Feb. 5 in an online format

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. Special opportunities/plans will be in place for the Spring 2021 semester. 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

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 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 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

Spring 2021 update:  Auditions will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, 7:00-8:30 PM

Brief Description: Despite gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, The Oratorio Society will continue working in the digital space this season. Join our chorus and become a member of a close-knit group, dedicated to providing excellent, joyful music to our community.  Questions, please e-mail: tosvachoruschair@gmail.com

 

Virginia Glee Club

Spring 2021update:  The Virginia Glee Club is a fraternity of talent celebrating its 150th season at the University. 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 choral music. Due to continued Covid-19 restrictions, this spring the Glee Club will offer virtual opportunities to sing and opportunities to be a part of a longstanding tradition of brotherhood as we plan for our future tour. Auditions will be held February 5 and 6. Those with a love of singing and good musicianship may inquire at secretary@virginiagleeclub.org or visit http://www.virginiagleeclub.org for more information! 

 

Virginia Women's Chorus

Spring 2021update:  Virginia Women’s Chorus auditions will take place online February 10-21. They are not stressful and no prepared music is necessary. Sight singing is not critical, but an excellent ear and intonation are. Please visit the Vdubz’ website for more information. www.virginiawomenschorus.org. Rehearsals will take place in person—with strict protocols in place—and online this semester.

Other info:

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.

We have secured a private, outdoor location that is ideal for spacing and rehearsing. Members will never be required to attend an in-person rehearsal and will always have access to streamed rehearsals. Safety is our primary concern, and we are grateful to the UVA Parents Fund for their financial support in securing proper PPE.

We will be producing a virtual #5thWAV (Women Against Violence) benefit concert on April 17. For more information about our #5thWAV concert please see our concert and events tab (https://www.virginiawomenschorus.org/events).

Additionally, we will be producing a CD with fun, accessible music. The repertoire for this semester is lighter, and is mostly a cappella. Pop, folk, gospel, and traditional genres will be included. The Chorus is known for its versatility in both music and community, and this semester will be no different.

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. While there are severe limitations during this pandemic, our intention is to continue producing excellent music while fostering a unique and diverse community of young adults.

 

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

Address

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

Email: music@virginia.edu