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.

*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 1-29 or Convocation Hall

Further Information: No Auditions Required, but attendance at the Orientation on September 5, 12:00-1:00pm, FAB Studio 2-7 will be very helpful 

Concert Band
Director: Daryl Price
Dates & Times:

  • Tues. Sept. 4: 5:00 - 6:20pm
  • Thurs. Sept. 6: 5:00 - 9:00pm
  • Fri. Sept. 7: 4:30 - 8:00pm
  • Sat. Sept. 8: 9:30am - 2:00pm

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: 
Tues. Nov. 6, 2018
Requirements: Information regarding eligibility, registration, and other details may be found on the Concerto Competition page.

Concert Choir
Director: Dr. Sara Brooks
Dates & Times:
  • Thurs. Aug. 30, 10:00-12:30, 2:30-4:30
  • Tues. Sept. 4, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: FAB 3-47
Requirements: Auditioning students will be asked to sing some vocal exercises (given by the instructor) as well as rhythmic and melodic sight reading excerpts. Please sign up for auditions using this Google Spreadsheet.

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

Contempo New Music Ensemble
Director: Andriy Talpash
Date & Time: TBA 
Location: TBA
Requirements: A prepared 3-4 minute piece/excerpt, preferably composed after 1925

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: Tues. Sept. 4, 2018, 6:30pm
Location: FAB Studio 2-7
Requirements: Sing a scale or a song 

Madrigal Singers*
Director: Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff
Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4, 10 am - 12 noon; 1 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1 pm - 4 pm; 6 pm - 9 pm 

Location: FAB 3-41

  • Students are asked to bring a prepared song (aria, art song, folk song) to sing. An accompanist will be available.
  • A short quick study choral piece will be posted on Friday, August 31, both on the door of 3-41 as well as a pdf online through the Madrigal Singers Facebook site, for students to pick up and learn their part, to sing at the audition.
  • The audition may also include a vocal range test, and some ear tests.
  • Please sign up for auditions using this Google Spreadsheet.

Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble*
Director: Michael Frishkopf
Date & Time: Offered winter term 2018
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: There is no audition for this ensemble. 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)
Audition Dates: 

  • Tues. Sept. 4th 2018, 3:30-6:30
  • Thurs. Sept. 6th 2018, 3:30-5:30

Auditions Sign Up: A sign up sheet for OW auditions will be on the Voice Area Bulletin Board, on the third floor of FAB around the corner from 3-35.
Requirements: Sing for memory ONE of the following: opera aria, classical broadway song, art song in English/French/German/Italian. Pianist is provided. 

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Director: Angela Schroeder
Dates & Times:

  • Tues. Sept. 4: 11:30am - 2:30pm
  • Wed. Sept. 5: 10:05am - 12:00pm
  • Thurs. Sept. 6: 12:30 - 2:30pm
  • Fri. Sept. 7: 10:05am -12:00pm

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
Dates & Times:

  • Tues. Sept. 5 from 1:00 - 5:00 in FAB 2-7
  • Wed. Sept. 6 from 3:00 - 7:00 in FAB 1-23

Audition Requirements: full details and excerpts for all instruments may be found on the USO Facebook Page. 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). 

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