Music

Ensemble Auditions

Please note that this page is currently being updated as new information becomes available. If information on your ensemble is not up to date, please check back soon! (08/13/2019)

Ensembles are open to all U of A students, including non-Music students. Interested students may register in the ensemble(s) of their choice prior to auditioning, however, students are strongly advised to ensure that their registration matches the ensemble in which they are participating by or before the registration and Add/Drop deadlines. Please contact your academic advisor to help confirm your registration.

For audition requirements or information on performance course content, please visit the ensemble web page or contact the ensemble coordinator directly.

Uniform dress may be required for ensemble performances and a nominal "caution fee" to cover the cost of music lost during the year may be charged.

*N.B. Ensemble courses marked with an asterisk (*) will not have a sign-up sheet outside of FAB 1-13. Auditions will be held on the first class in September and/or it is the responsibility of the student to contact the ensemble coordinator personally to book a time.


Chamber Music*
Coordinator: Allison Balcetis, coordinator; coaches vary based on instrumentation
Dates, Times and Locations:

  • Vocal Ensembles: Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm, FAB Studio 2-7
  • Non-Vocal Ensembles: Fridays 12:00-1:00pm; FAB 3-46 and 1-29; plus an individually scheduled rehearsal and coaching

Audition Requirements: ONLY wind, percussion, and string instruments.  Everyone else may disregard.  Small solo selection, no accompaniment is necessary, maximum 5 minutes, happening on August 29th.

Orientation for all participants, auditioning and non-auditioning: Wednesday September 4th at noon, Room Studio 2-7


Concert Band
Director: Daryl Price
Dates & Times:

  • 2019-20 TBD

Location: FAB 1-23
Requirements: A prepared short solo piece or study, and sight-reading. Please sign up for auditions using this Google Docs Spreadsheet.


Concerto Competition
Coordinator: Dr. Guillaume Tardif
Date & Time: 
2019 TBD
Requirements: Information regarding eligibility, registration, and other details may be found on the Concerto Competition page.


Concert Choir & Madrigal Singers
Directors: Dr. Timothy Shantz (Madrigal Singers) and Dr. Adam Robertson (Concert Choir)
Dates & Times:
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 11:30am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: FAB 3-49
Audition Requirements:
  • Please prepare your vocal part using a neutral syllable "eg. lah, loo, nah, no, dah, do" (no German please) in the following Bach chorale from the end of the motet "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" BWV 226. No song or aria is required. Link to Bach excerpt: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13OfLfjizI2ye-A_LJLzQio_Hi-LSgVJi/view. You will also be asked to perform a series of vocal exercises as well as sing-backs and a short sight-reading excerpt.

Sign-Up: The audition will be the same for Madrigal Singers and/or Concert Choir. Please sign-up for your 12-minute audition here: sign-up.com


Conducting Class Ensemble/Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble 
Director: Timothy Shantz
Further Information: please contact director, above


Experimental Improvisation Ensemble (XImE)
Directors: Mark Hannesson, Scott Smallwood
Date & Time: Contact the directors
Location: Contact the directors
Requirements: No audition is required. Instead, all interested in participating in this ensemble are asked to attend the first rehearsal/class, held on Mon. Sept. 11 at 7:00pm in Studio 27, FAB.

Indian Music Ensemble*
Director: Sharmila Mathur
Date & Time:  Tuesday, September 3rd 2019 at 6.30 pm
Location: FAB Studio 2-7
Requirements: Sing a scale or a song 


Madrigal Singers & Concert Choir
Directors: Dr. Timothy Shantz (Madrigal Singers) and Dr. Adam Robertson (Concert Choir)
Dates & Times:
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 11:30am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: FAB 3-49
Audition Requirements:
  • Please prepare your vocal part using a neutral syllable "eg. lah, loo, nah, no, dah, do" (no German please) in the following Bach chorale from the end of the motet "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" BWV 226. No song or aria is required. Link to Bach excerpt: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13OfLfjizI2ye-A_LJLzQio_Hi-LSgVJi/view. You will also be asked to perform a series of vocal exercises as well as sing-backs and a short sight-reading excerpt.

Sign-Up: The audition will be the same for Madrigal Singers and/or Concert Choir. Please sign-up for your 12-minute audition here: sign-up.com

 

Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble*
Director: Michael Frishkopf
Date & Time: Offered winter term 2020
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: Auditions will take place on the first day of class; no instrument is required (but if students do play an instrument they can bring it along). With permission from the instructor, the course is available to all students at the University of Alberta and to the general Edmonton community (via Open Studies). The ability to read music, musical training, performance experience, or talent is not required. Students can sing, bring any instrument for consideration (most of them will work fine), or perform percussion (provided). Students must come to the meeting for consent in Studio 27 (FAB 2-7) on first day of class, or else receive consent from the instructor by email. 


Opera Workshop
Directors: Shannon Hiebert (Director, Coordinator); John Tessier (Coordinator)
Regular Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 (FAB 1-29)
Dates & Times:

  • August 29, 2019 4:00 - 6:30 pm (FAB 1-29)
  • September 3, 2019 4:50 - 6:30 pm (FAB 1-29)

Requirements: Sing, for memory, ONE of the following: opera aria, musical theatre selection, art song in English/French/German/Italian. Pianist is provided. Please sign up for auditions using this Sign Up Link.


Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Director: Angela Schroeder
Dates & Times:

  • 2019-20 TBD

Location: FAB 1-23
Requirements: A prepared short solo piece or study, and sight-reading. Please sign up for auditions using this Google Docs Spreadsheet.


University Symphony Orchestra*
Coordinator: Petar Dundjerski
Auditions: Please note that wind and percussion auditions are run in conjunction with Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) auditions. To audition for USO as a wind or percussion player, please sign up for a SWE audition (details above). 
String Audition Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, September 3, 1400-1700, in FAB 2-7
  • Wednesday, September 4, 1500-1800, in FAB 1-23
  • To book an audition time please contact Meijun Chen at meijun@ualberta.ca

String Audition Requirements: Three Requirements: excerpts (required), sight reading (required), and a piece of your own choosing (optional)

Violin:

Viola:

Cello:

Bass: 


West African Music Ensemble*
Director: Robert Kpogo
Date & Time: 2019-20 TBD
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: TBA