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
Date & Time: Sept. 6 at 12:00
Location: FAB 2-7 
Further Information: Students should attend this orientation to be introduced to the syllabus and there their chamber ensembles will be finalized as a decision among the chamber music coordinator and primary instructors.

Concert Band
Director: Daryl Price
Dates & Times:

  • Sept. 7 - 5:00 - 9:00pm
  • Sept. 8 - 4:30 - 9:00pm
  • Sept. 9 -  9:30 - 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
Guillaume Tardif
Date & Time: Tues. Nov. 7, 2017, starting at 5:00pm
Location: Convocation Hall
Requirements: Information regarding eligibility, registration, and other details may be found on this posting (PDF).
Registration: Register via email to by 11:59pm on Sept. 24, 2017

Concert Choir
Director: Rob Curtis
Dates & Times: Tues. Sept. 5th, 9:00am-noon, 1:00-2:40, 3:00-4:00
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. Please sign up for Concert Choir auditions using this Google Docs 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.

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
Date & Time: Sept. 5th, 6:30pm
Location: FAB Studio 2-7
Requirements: Sing a scale or a song

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
Dates & Times: Tues. Sept. 5th, 10:00am - noon, 1:00 - 4:00; Wed., Sept. 6, 1:00 - 5:00pm.

Please sign up for auditions using this Google Docs Spreadsheet.

NB: All audition slots are to be 10 minutes in length, only.
Location: FAB 3-41
Requirements: 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
Date & Time: Offered winter term 2018
Location: FAB 2-7
Requirements: No audition is required, but all interested students must attend the first class of the term in January.

Opera Workshop
Directors: Elizabeth Turnbull (stage direction); Shannon Hiebert (musical direction); Prof. John Tessier (coordinator)
Date & Time: Wed., Sept. 6th (returning students) and Mon., Sept. 11, 2017 (new students). 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.
Location: FAB 1-29
Requirements: Sing for memory ONE of the following: opera aria, classical broadway song, art song in English/French/German/Italian. Accompanist is provided.
Additional Information: Opera Workshop is looking at performing Chabrier's L'étoile as our main production this year. Students who are interested in researching this opera and investigating what roles might suit them can find the music in the public domain on IMSLP.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Director: Angela Schroeder
Dates & Times:

  • Sept. 5 - 9:30 - 2:30  SWE/USO
  • Sept. 6 - 9:30 - 3:30 SWE/USO
  • Sept. 7 - 5:00 - 9:00 Concert Band
  • Sept. 8 - 9:30 - 11:30 SWE
  • Sept. 8 - 4:30 - 9:00 Concert Band
  • Sept. 9 -  9:30 - 2:00 Concert Band

Location: Auditions will take place in FAB 1-23 (or another location will be posted there)
Requirements: A prepared movement of a sonata or concerto, and sight-reading. Auditions will take approximately 7 minutes. No accompanist required. 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 

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