Ensemble Auditions

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.

*NB. Ensembles 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: Yue Deng
Date & Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Requirements: TBA

Concert Band
Director: Angela Schroeder 
Date & Time: TBA 
Location: TBA
Requirements: A prepared short solo piece or study, and sight-reading.

Concerto Competition 
Coordinator: Guillaume Tardif
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20th, 3:30pm 
Location: Convocation Hall

Candidates must register by sending an email to Dr. Guillaume Tardif, Coordinator ( by the end of the day Oct. 3 with the following information:

1) Name, instrument (or voice type), year, program and phone number
2) Repertoire to be played: title, movements, orchestration if available (assuming a work normally played with orchestra or wind ensemble/concert band), and timings
3) Name of piano collaborator. Lengthy tuttis and/or orchestral passages should be appropriately abridged (max. c. 20 minutes per candidate).
4) Any limitations with regard to scheduling on October 20th, 2015 for yourself or your collaborator
 A draft schedule will be distributed on Oct. 4th
 Kindly cc: your applied instructor and both Petar Dundjerski ( and Dr. Angela Schroeder ( at the time of registration

Concert Choir
Director: Rob Curtis
Date & Time: August 31, 10am to 5:00pm; Sept. 1st, 10am to 5:00pm
Location: FAB 3-47
Requirements: Auditionees are not required to prepare any material in advance of the audition.
The audition will consist of a series of vocal exercises and ear tests.

Concert Choir audition sign-up link:

Conducting Class Ensemble/Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble 
Director: Leonard Ratzlaff
Date & Time: This ensemble will be offered again in 2015-2016
Location: TBA
Requirements: TBA

Contempo New Music Ensemble
Director: Andriy Talpash
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2:00-5:00pm 
Location: Studio 2-7
Requirements: A prepared 3-4 minute piece/excerpt, preferably composed after 1925

Free Improvisation Ensemble*
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, held on the first Monday of term at 7:00 pm in Studio 27, FAB.

Graduate Recital Choir
Director: Leonard Ratzlaff
Date & Time: This ensemble will be offered again in 2015-2016.
Location: TBA
Requirements: TBA

Guitar Ensemble*
Director: Carl Lotsberg
Date & Time: Call 780.953.5883
Location: Contact Mr. Lotsberg
1. Play a short solo piece representative of your present general ability in technique and musicianship.
2. Play selected two- and three-octave scales in the common "guitar keys" i.e. Major: C, G, D, A, E and Minor: A, E, D, B.
3. Sight-reading of selected guitar ensemble excerpts.
4. Short discussion.

Indian Music Ensemble*
Director: Sharmila Mathur
NB. IME will be held during the Winter 2015 term. Please contact the ensemble director for more information. 
Date & Time: TBA
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: No audition is required, but all interested students must attend the first class.

Jazz Band 
Director: Raymond Baril 
Date & Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Requirements: A jazz selection of your choice, technical skills, and sight-reading.

Madrigal Singers*
Director: Leonard Ratzlaff
Date and Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30-31, 10am-4pm

Please sign up for auditions here:

NB: All audition slots are to be 10 minutes in length, only.

Location: FAB 3-41
 Please prepare a vocal selection of your choice. Remember to bring an extra score for the provided accompanist. The audition will also include sight reading and vocalizing. (Excerpts to be provided)

Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble*
Director: Michael Frishkopf
NB. The next MENAME course offering will be in Fall 2015.
Date & Time: First class in Sept.
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: No audition is required, but all interested students must attend the first class in September.

Opera Workshop
Directors: Elizabeth Turnbull (stage direction); Shannon Hiebert (musical direction); Prof. John Tessier (coordinator)
Date & Time: class time, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:50. Auditions to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1st and Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.  Auditions are by sign up sheet only.
Location: FAB 1-29
Requirements: Auditionees must have vocal ability and be able to read music. Singers should come to the audition with a memorized song to perform. They must also provide a copy of their music for the accompanist. The audition song should be an opera aria (preferred), but if you don't have an aria prepared, please bring a song in either English, French, Italian or German.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Director: Angela Schroeder
Date & Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Requirements: A prepared movement of a sonata or concerto, and sight-reading
*Auditions will take approximately 7 minutes. No accompanist required.

University Symphony Orchestra (Strings)*
Coordinator: Petar Dundjerski
Date & Time: TBA
Location: FAB 3-46 -- Please note: audition requests for USO Strings will only be accepted online by e-mailing Petar Dundjerski ( No sign-up sheet will be posted.
String Requirements:
-a piece of student's own choosing (no accompaniment)
-required excerpt that can be obtained by emailing Petar.

Harp Requirements:
- A short (ca. 5') solo piece of your choice

University Symphony Orchestra
 (Winds and Percussion)
Coordinator: Angela Schroeder
Date & Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Requirements: A prepared movement of a sonata or concerto, and sight-reading

West African Music Ensemble*
Director: Robert Kpogo
Date & Time: First class in Sept.
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: TBA