Ensemble Auditions

This page contains information pertinent to the following ensembles:

CHORAL
JAZZ
OPERA
BRASS, WOODWIND, and PERCUSSION AUDITIONS
STRING AUDITIONS

 
Below is the brass, percussion, string, and woodwind audition schedule. Individual auditions will be held during these days/times, and ensembles will be formed from these auditions:
 

    Wednesday, September 20

10 AM - 1:30 PM

Percussion

Rm. 190

    Thursday, September 21

8 AM - 10 AM

Clarinet

Rm. 140

10:20 AM - 11:14 AM

Oboe

Rm. 140

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Bassoon

Rm. 140

1:45 PM - 3 PM

Trumpet

Rm. 163

3:20 PM - 5:20 PM

Saxophone

Rm. 140

    Friday, September 22

8 AM - 10 AM

Euphonium and Tuba

Rm. 190

10:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Horn

Rm. 190

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Trombone

Rm. 173

3 PM - 4:15 PM Flute

Rm. 167

     Saturday, September 23

9 AM - 5 PM

Strings

Rm. 190

CHORAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

University of Oregon choirs are open to students from all majors.

Please note that Chamber Choir and University Singers audition in the fall only, and members commit for the entire year. Repertoire Singers and Women’s Choir will accept new members each term.

 

Auditions for Chamber Choir, Repertoire Singers, University Singers, and Women’s Choir will begin on Wednesday, September 20, and continue through the first three days of classes. After a brief 10-minute audition, we will be able to let you know which choir might be the best fit for you in our program.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE

Please have one song prepared - it may be an art song, aria, folk song, or musical theater piece. A pianist will be provided for you. (If no song is prepared, you may sing a familiar tune such as Silent Night.) You will also be asked to perform brief exercises that assess your range, aural skills, and music literacy level.

 

HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION

By Monday, September 18, a sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board outside Room 165 (the Choral Library) in the MarAbel B. Frohnmayer Music Building.

 

     Below are the scheduled choir audition days/times:

DATE

TIME

ROOM

Wednesday, September 20

2 PM - 5:30 PM

167

Friday, September 22

10 AM - 4 PM

163

Saturday, September 23

1 PM - 5 PM

163

 

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about Chamber Choir, Repertoire Singers, or University Singers, please contact Sharon J. Paul.

 

UNIVERSITY OPERA ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

The University Opera Ensemble is open to all members of the university community by audition only.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE (All Students)

Please prepare two opera arias of your choice; the two must be in contrasting styles and languages; one must be in Italian and memorized.

 

HOW TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION

Approximately one week before auditions, sign-up sheets will be posted outside Room 268. To participate in Opera Workshop, music majors must be at the MUP 300-level in voice studies (i.e., junior level or above) and have permission from your Voice Studio Teacher. Non-music majors do not need for permission from UO faculty or a specific voice studio level, but a letter of recommendation from a previous voice teacher is required.


    Below is the scheduled Opera Ensemble audition day/time:

DATE

TIME

ROOM

Friday, September 22

1 PM - 3 PM

Beall Hall

    

ON YOUR AUDITION DAY

1. Prepare two opera arias of your choice; the two must be in contrasting styles and languages; one must be in Italian and memorized.

2. Bring a clean copy of your arias for the pianist. Tempo markings would be a great idea. A pianist will be provided. If possible, please leave copies of your music at the reception desk for Karen Esquivel on Monday or Tuesday of Week of Welcome.

3. Bring a headshot and résumé.

4. Please dress professionally for audition.

5. Arrive early (i.e., you will need to fill out some paperwork, check for any last-minute announcements or instructions).

6. Before you enter the room, make sure you complete the audition information sheet located outside the audition room.

QUESTIONS
If you have any general audition questions, you may direct your question to:
UO Opera Ensemble: Dr. Karen Esquivel

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STRING AUDITIONS

Open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions.

 

SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – MUSIC MAJORS

1. Prepare a two-minute excerpt from a standard solo work or etude.

2. Audition excerpts 

3. Sight-reading: You may be asked to sight-read a piece during your audition.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – NON-MAJORS

  • For UOSO, please prepare the same materials as music majors (see above). Campus Orchestra is available without an audition. More information. 

 

ON YOUR AUDITION DAY

1. Bring everything you need for a successful audition.

2. Arrive early (i.e., you may need to fill out some paperwork, check for any last-minute announcements or instructions).


3. Please wear professional dress for audition.


4. Before you enter the room, make sure you complete the audition information sheet located outside your audition room.

 

SOME PREPARATION TIPS

1. Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece. Try to hear the entire ensemble in your head and understand the context of the excerpt.


2. Try to play beyond the notes. Of course technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.


3. Practice sight-reading. Make it fun by reading duets with a partner.


4. Although easier said than done, try not to be nervous.  We want you to be successful.

QUESTIONS
Dr. David Jacobs. If you have questions about a required prepared work, studio faculty contact information may be found in the SOMD Faculty Pages. General information about the orchestra including audition information is available at uosymphony.com

BRASS, WOODWINDS, and PERCUSSION AUDITIONS

Open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions.

 

SCHEDULE AND AUDITION
Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Saxophone: SIGN UP
Euphonium, Tuba, Horn, Trombone, Flute: SIGN UP
Percussion: SIGN UP

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – MUSIC MAJORS

1. Prepare two one-minute excerpts of contrasting styles.

2. Audition excerpts

3. Sight-reading: You may be asked to sight-read a piece during your audition.

 

WHAT TO PREPARE – NON-MUSIC MAJORS

For Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, please prepare the same material as music majors. Campus Band is available without an audition.

 

ON YOUR AUDITION DAY

1. Bring everything you need for a successful audition.

2. Arrive early (i.e., you may need to fill out some paperwork, check for any last-minute announcements or instructions).


3. Please wear professional dress for audition.


4. Before you enter the room, make sure you complete the audition information sheet located outside your audition room.

 

SOME PREPARATION TIPS

1. Listen to recordings of the pieces for your excerpts. Make sure you understand the style, tempo, and aesthetic of each piece. Try to hear the entire ensemble in your head and understand the context of the excerpt.


2. Try to play beyond the notes. Of course technical clarity, good rhythm, and intonation of paramount importance, but making profound music will go a long way in impressing the committee.


3. Practice sight-reading. Make it fun by reading duets with a partner.


4. Although easier said than done, try not to be nervous.  We want you to be successful.

 

QUESTIONS

Dr. Rodney Dorsey If you have questions about a required prepared work, studio faculty contact information may be found in the SOMD Faculty Pages.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Fall Term - Auditions for the UO jazz ensembles are held during the week PRIOR to the first full week of classes each Fall term. These auditions are used to place students in both big bands and combos. Students auditioning for ensembles in the fall need not re-audition in Winter or Spring terms. See the Jazz Calendar for specific dates.

Winter and Spring Terms – Prior to the beginning of both Winter and Spring terms, Open Chair Auditions are announced to fill ensemble vacancies. Open Chair Auditions are held the term before the vacancies occur during Dead Week. See the Jazz Calendar for specific dates.

Instrumental Audition Format 
(Big Bands, Combos, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble) – Jazz ensemble auditions for instrumentalists include the following:

a) sight-reading – of notated lines and chord symbols (where appropriate)

b) improvisation – all auditioners are asked to improvise over a blues. You may be asked to improvise over additional jazz standards if you wish to occupy a jazz chair in one of the big bands or to perform in a combo.
c) optional prepared jazz etudes/transcriptions - although not required, you may perform a short (2 minute max) solo excerpt
d) drummers – in addition to sight-reading of ensemble music, drummers are asked to demonstrate basic beats for common jazz styles (swing, latin, funk, etc.)

 

Below is the jazz ensembles scheduled days/times:
 

    Wednesday, September 20

9 AM - 1 PM

Jazz Saxophone

Rm. 184

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Jazz Drum Set

Rm. 184

    Thursday, September 21

1 PM - 3:30 PM

Jazz Trombone

Rm. 184

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Jazz Trumpet

Rm. 184

7 PM - 9 PM

Jazz Piano

Rm. 184

    Friday, September 22

10 AM - 1 PM

Jazz Bass

Rm. 184

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Jazz Guitar

Rm. 184

JAZZArts Oregon Combo

The JazzArts Oregon Combo is a small group of student musicians representing the University of Oregon’s Jazz Studies Program in concerts throughout the region.  Ensemble members are chosen annually in a musical, talent based audition prior to the beginning of each school year.  The auditions will be judged by a panel led by the Director of the Jazz Studies Program.

 

The Herbert T. Merker Scholarship Endowment:

A scholarship fund has generously been established by Herb Merker to support the JazzArts Oregon Combo.  Herbert T. Merker Jazz Combo Scholarship recipients will comprise the group for the duration of their award year with each receiving a scholarship of app. $1000 for the academic year.

 

Auditions

Auditions for the JazzArts Oregon Combo will be held during the Week of Welcome.  This year’s auditions will be held in room 184 of the UO Music Building.  Auditions must be scheduled through the Director of Jazz Studies in advance of the audition date.  To do so, send an email with your name, address, phone, and student ID# to: Steve Owen

 

Auditions are held in a group setting with all performers present.
Monday, Sept. 18 | room 184

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Audition Repertoire

1. You are asked to have the following pieces prepared for the audition:  Just Friends (in Concert G), Moment’s Notice (in Concert Eb), Au Privave (in Concert F)
2. You are asked to bring lead sheets (3 copies of each) for two additional pieces of your choosing to perform…an up tempo piece and a ballad.
3. In addition to concertizing, students in JazzArts Oregon are expected to contribute arrangements for the ensemble to perform.  You are asked to supply the panel with two representative scores of your work for small group at the start of the audition.

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