Auditions for Ensembles & Competitions

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.

Information on Department of Music's two annual performance competitions, the Concerto Competition and the Alberta Baroque Music Society Scholarship in Music scholarship competition can be found here.

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Chamber Music

Coordinator: Allison Balcetis (balcetis@ualberta.ca); coaches vary based on instrumentation

Auditions: There are no auditions.  Students are placed with others of similar abilities, in consultation with your private lesson instructor.  Students wishing to take part in Chamber Music classes may try to form their own ensembles, but many will be formed by the coordinator and private instructors based on appropriate repertoire available and the skill level of those involved.  Admission will be based on availability of teaching resources and viability of ensemble combinations.

Other course information: Bachelor of Music (B.Mus Performance) students are given priority.  It is possible, though rare, for first or second year students to participate due to the load of your course schedules in those years.  Students will be notified of their status in the course prior to the add/drop deadline. Students intending to take part in Chamber Music must be prepared to clear M-W-F from 12:00-1:00 pm. Despite how it appears in your Bear Tracks schedule, we meet every Wednesday at noon and then you will meet twice more each week with your ensemble at a time of your choosing.  

Please make every effort to register for chamber music prior to our first orientation meeting, Wednesday September 7th at noon in Studio 2-7.


Concert Band

Director: Daryl Price
Requirements: All students interested in participating in U of A Instrumental Ensembles are required to audition in order to be placed in an ensemble. There are three large instrumental ensembles - Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.

You will have 5 minutes to play two contrasting sections from pieces that will show the best of your technical and musical/lyrical abilities on your instrument(s). You will also be given a short sight reading excerpt to play as well. 

Auditions will take place during the first week of classes, from August 31 to September 3. Note that rehearsals will begin the 2nd week of classes based on audition results, which will be emailed to you. Please sign up for a time here.


Concerto Competition

Coordinator: Dr. Guillaume Tardif
Date & Time:
October 28, 2022
Requirements: Information regarding eligibility, registration, and other details may be found on the Competitions page. 


Concert Choir & Madrigal Singers

Directors: Dr. Timothy Shantz (Madrigal Singers) and Dr. Adam Robertson (Concert Choir)
Dates, Times & Locations:
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022 (9:00am-5:00pm), Fine Arts Building 3-46
  • Friday, September 2, 2022 (12:00-5:00pm)Fine Arts Building 3-46
  • Saturday, September 3, 2022 (10:00am-5:00pm)Fine Arts Building 1-29
Sign-up for a time here:
https://calendly.com/tshantz/madrigal-singers-concert-choir-auditions-2022
Audition Requirements:
You will also be asked to perform a series of vocal exercises as well as sing-backs and a short sight-reading excerpt.

The audition will be the same for Madrigal Singers and/or Concert Choir.
CONCERT CHOIR REHEARSAL TIMES Fall & Winter Term:
  • M (13:00-13:50 & 17:00-17:50)
  • W (13:00-13:50)
  • F (13:00-13:50)
MADRIGAL SINGERS REHEARSAL TIMES Fall & Winter Term:
  • M (18:00-18:50)
  • T (12:30-13:50)
  • R (12:30-13:50)

 

Conducting Class Ensemble/Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble

Director: Timothy Shantz
Further Information: please contact director, above

 


Experimental Improvisation Ensemble (XImE)

Directors: TBD
Date & Time: TBD

Indian Music Ensemble

Director: Sharmila Mathur
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 6 at 6.30 pm
Location: FAB 2-7
Audition Requirements:  Basic aptitute and interest in learning Indian Music


Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble 

Director: Michael Frishkopf
Date & Time: Thursday, January 5, 6:30-9:30 PM (Winter term)
Location: FAB 2-7
Audition Requirements: None; this is a meeting for consent only. Meeting for consent will entail individual singing, clapping, and listening exercises, for just a few minutes. You are also required to fill out this form by Dec 30, 2022.


Opera Workshop

Directors: Shannon Hiebert (Director, Coordinator); John Tessier (Coordinator)
Regular Class Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 (via Zoom)
Audition Times: By appointment. Please contact course director, Shannon Hiebert at hiebert1@ualberta.ca to arrange a live, online audition time.  
Audition Requirements: Sing, for memory, one opera aria (any language), operetta aria (any language) or art song (any language) AND speak, from memory, 1 monologue (in English).


Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Director: Angela Schroeder
Requirements: All students interested in participating in U of A Instrumental Ensembles are required to audition in order to be placed in an ensemble. There are three large instrumental ensembles - Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.

You will have 5 minutes to play two contrasting sections from pieces that will show the best of your technical and musical/lyrical abilities on your instrument(s). You will also be given a short sight reading excerpt to play as well. 

Auditions will take place during the first week of classes, from August 31 to September 3. Note that rehearsals will begin the 2nd week of classes based on audition results, which will be emailed to you. Please sign up for a time here.


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).

Requirements: All students interested in participating in U of A Instrumental Ensembles are required to audition in order to be placed in an ensemble. There are three large instrumental ensembles - Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.

Auditions will be submitted online. Record yourself playing the specified audition material (see below) in a single take and upload to the USO String Audition Form. A recording made using your smartphone or computer webcam will suffice. Audition submissions are due by August 30th, at midnight. Please fill out the audition registration form found below.

String Audition Requirements: Two contrasting sections from pieces that highlight your technical and musical abilities. Please video record two different pieces (as opposed to two contrasting sections from a single piece of music). The total length of the recording should not exceed 7 minutes. Use the best audio recording that you are able to muster and place yourself in the shot so that you are clearly visible. Record your audition in a single take and use the USO String Audition Form link below to upload your recording. Deadline for your submission is August 30th, at midnight.

USO String Audition Form 


West African Music Ensemble 

Director: Robert Kpogo
Date & Time: Winter 2023 TBD
Requirements: TBD