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Ensemble Auditions

Bassist, seated behind piano and music stands playing.

Ensemble-Specific Audition Info

Choirs

For Campus Choir, Concert Choir, Glee Club, Oriana Singers, University Choir, and Essence of Joy

Sunday, August 21, 12:30PM-4:00PM; Monday, August 22 to Thursday, August  25, 9:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 4:00PM

All choral activities (auditions, rehearsals and performances) will be in-person.

All students interested in registering for a choir are required to audition.  Students audition for all choirs and are placed in ensembles that best match their skills and availability.

The audition includes sight-singing, ear tests and simple vocalizes to determine range and voice part.  It is not necessary to prepare a piece.
Auditions will be in Room 106, Music Building I.
Watch “An Inside Look: Penn State Choir Auditions” to get a sense of the audition experience.

The online sign-up form and audition form must be completed prior to your audition.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Christopher Kiver, Director of Choral Activities at cak27@psu.edu

 


For Vocal Dimensions:

Auditions will be by appointment during the first week of classes in August. Please email Dr. Kathryn Hylton at kjh6093@psu.edu to arrange an audition date and time. The audition includes sight-singing, aural skills exercises, range testing, and an a cappella performance of a verse and chorus of a jazz standard or pop tune of the singer’s choice.

Concert Bands

Auditions for Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and Symphonic Band (SB) will be held Monday and Tuesday August 22 and 23rd. All auditions will be blind and in-person at the School of Music and will consist of excerpts from the audition packet and sightreading.

 

 

There is no audition for Concert Band. Those interested in playing in this ensemble should register for MUSIC 82 (T/R 4:35-5:50 at the Blue Band Building).

For questions, please contact Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin at tmitchellspradlin@psu.edu.

Jazz Ensembles

Audition Guidelines for Jazz Ensembles (big band and small jazz ensembles)

Penn State Fall 2022

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25 between 5 – 10 pm in room 128, Music Building I.

All students interested in registering for a jazz ensemble are required to audition. Students are placed in ensembles that best match their skills and availability. Those requiring significant assistance with fundamentals may not be placed in an ensemble. Stronger players may be placed in lower-level ensembles based on availability and lower-level players are not placed in higher level ensembles based on availability.

Rhythm section players will be asked to sign up in small bands comprised of bass, drums, and harmonic instruments whenever possible. All others will play individually and will have the backing track accompaniment listed on the ‘Audition Guidelines for Jazz Ensemble Placement’ document found on our OneDrive folder.

The ONLINE AUDITION FORM must be completed prior to your audition.

Audition music and a very important ‘Audition Guidelines for Jazz Ensemble Placement’ document can be found on a OneDrive folder, linked below:

Link to Audition Materials

SIGN UP

Please sign up for your audition time on the jazz bulletin board outside the jazz office on the first floor of Music Building II. The sign-up sheet will be posted on the first day of classes.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Joshua Davis, Director of Jazz at joshuadavis@psu.edu.

 

Opera Theatre

Program and Audition Information

Please contact Dr. Ted Christopher for information.

Orchestras

For Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras

Auditions are required for students interested in participating in the Philharmonic (Music 77/507) and/or Chamber Orchestras (Music 76/508) and are open to all University Park campus students.
Auditions take place the first week of classes each semester and the requirements are as follows:
Fall semester: please prepare two contrasting pieces from two different composers and two different music periods. In addition, you maybe asked to sight-read and excerpt from the standard orchestral repertoire.
Spring semester: A list of excerpts to be prepared for the audition will be provided at the end of the Fall semester.
Please sign-up for an audition time during your instrument slots on the orchestra board by room 104 in music building II.
*Note that Chamber Orchestra is offered only in the Fall

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Gerardo Edelstein, Director of Orchestral Studies at gfe1@psu.edu


For Campus Orchestra

Auditions are required for students interested in participating in the Campus Orchestra (Music 100) and are open to all University Park campus students.

Auditions take place the first week of classes each semester and you are asked to prepare two contrasting pieces from different composers and music periods.

In addition you will be asked to sight-read an excerpt from the standard orchestral repertoire.
Please sign-up for an audition time during your instrument slots on the orchestra board by room 104 in music building II.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Santiago Jolly (spj5491@psu.ed) and/or Tomas Gracia (tfg5305@psu.edu).

For Early Music Ensemble:

While there is no audition required for Early Music Ensemble, it does require permission of the instructor. Please contact Professor James Lyon at jpl5@psu.edu if you are interested in joining the ensemble.