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2021-22 ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

 

University Choirs

There are three choirs offered for credit. All groups are open to any student at DePauw regardless of major – you do not have to study music to join!

Two ensembles require an audition to join:

  • Chamber Singers Mixed Group (M/W/Th from 4 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.) 
  • Women’s Chorus (M/W/Th from 5 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.)

One ensemble that is non-auditioned:

  • Festival Choir Community Group (Tuesdays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.) Everyone is welcome regardless of singing experience, no audition needed! Just come to the first rehearsal on Aug. 31, 7 p.m. in Green Center, Kresge Auditorium.

Auditions for Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus will be held in GCPA 0112 on:

  • Monday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (for CLA musicians only)

Please sign up for an audition online (make sure to scroll to Aug 23/24/25 in your calendar to find the available time slots) and prepare a piece of your choice a piece of your choice that you think presents your voice in the best possible way. It can be of any style or genre. Accompanists will be provided; please bring a copy of music for them to play from. 

For music majors who plan to take choir to fulfill their large ensemble requirements: 

  • Please audition either on Aug. 23 or Aug. 24 (do not audition on Aug. 25). You can indicate your preferred ensemble but will be assigned to one of the two groups based on your audition and needs of the ensembles. 

If you have any questions or would like to audition but none of the time slots work for you please contact ericschmidt@depauw.edu.

 

DEPAUW SYMPHONIC BAND

The DePauw Symphonic Band is a curricular, non-auditioned band that provides maximum enjoyment with limited performance demands for students who wish to continue to perform in a large concert ensemble as part of their collegiate educational experience. Auditions are not required, but are optional for chair placements and part assignments (these take place after our first rehearsal). The only prerequisite is prior experience on a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument (or string bass). Be sure to add MUS 181 Symphonic Band to your Fall semester schedule.  Instruments are available to Symphonic Band musicians to borrow through the School of Music. To request an instrument, complete this form.

NOTE: All School of Music instrumental majors, as well as College of Liberal Arts students receiving Music Performance Awards, cannot declare the Symphonic Band as their major ensemble, but must, instead, seek placement in an auditioned ensemble (University Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra),  They may, however, elect to participate in the Symphonic Band (as a second large ensemble) on a secondary instrument.

Any questions? Contact Professor Craig Paré, Director of University Bands, at cpare@depauw.edu.

 

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE ENROLLMENT 

(University Band, University Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble)

This year, the School of Music Large Instrumental Ensembles will feature a rotational system, with the primary goal of allowing a more cross-ensemble experience for all instrumental students.

Note: Symphonic Band, our curricular, non-auditioned band, is not included in this rotational system.

ROTATIONAL SYSTEM OVERVIEW:

  • Every two-three weeks, one major ensemble will be designated the primary ensemble (University Orchestra, University Band, Jazz Ensemble). Student musicians will be rotated into that ensemble to rehearse then perform with that group.
  • All woodwind, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard students will be placed into the pool of musicians from which the rotation is selected. String players will be considered for the rotation when appropriate.
  • Instrumentation and number of musicians needed will be determined by the requirements of the repertoire to be studied and performed.
  • The primary ensemble will rehearse five days per week from 4:00-5:30 pm, then present a performance at the end of the rotation.
  • Student musicians not rotated into the primary ensemble will rehearse with their "home" ensemble. 
  • During the weeks when an ensemble is not in the primary ensemble rotation, it will meet 3 hours per week. There will be no Friday rehearsal when an ensemble is not in rotation. Typically, the University Band will meet 1.5 hours Tuesday/Thursday, Jazz Ensemble will meet 1.5 hours Tuesday/Thursday, and Orchestra will meet 1 hour Monday/Wednesday/Thursday.

AUDITIONS:

Returning woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, and keyboard students (in the SOM and CLA) do NOT audition for placement in a “home” ensemble.  Ensemble directors will place returning students in “home” ensembles.

Auditions for first-year woodwind, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard students that must participate in instrumental ensembles (music majors and CLA Honor Performance Award participants) will be held together during Orientation Week.  Each musician should select a “home” ensemble for which to audition.  All major instrumental ensemble directors, Craig Paré (Bands), Steven Snyder (Jazz Ensemble) and Orcenith Smith (Orchestra) will sit on a panel to hear all students auditioning.

All string players (regardless of year in school) will audition for Professor Smith.

Audition registration for woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, and keyboard is here

Audition registration for string students: Contact Professor Orcenith Smith.

AUDITION PROCESS:

  • Select a one-page solo or etude that you are familiar with and have performed in the past (solo or etude; only needs to be 2-3 minutes long).  Plan to demonstrate your best technical and expressive musicianship.
  • Select ONE of the three large ensembles you will audition for as your “home” ensemble. Download and prepare that ensemble’s packet of excerpts.
  • Sight-reading will be a part of the audition.
  • OPTIONAL for University Band and University Orchestra; REQUIRED for Jazz Ensemble: Improvisation is encouraged, but not required. If you wish to improvise for your audition, decide on one of these two options: 

1.) Choose a piece from this list, and use either the link for accompaniment or you may elect to have live piano accompaniment provided.

2.) Choose something else to improvise on that you like to play. General suggestions are pieces that come from the repertoire of standard songs known as the Great American Songbook, or a piece that has been recorded by a well-known jazz artist. Please bring a lead sheet for the panel during your audition. You can choose to bring your own accompaniment (YouTube link or other recorded accompaniment) or play with a pianist we provide.

Any questions on improvisation should be directed to Professor Steve Snyder: stevensnyder@depauw.edu

For students needing an instrument, University-owned instruments may be available for your use. To immediately request an instrument, complete this form.

DePauw Jazz Ensemble

Follow the Audition Process stated above as you prepare your music.

All instruments except for piano:

Piano:

All sheet music is available by clicking here.

Improvisation is required for Jazz Ensemble.

 1.) Choose a piece from this list, and use either the link for accompaniment or you may elect to have live piano accompaniment provided.

2.) Choose something else to improvise on that you like to play. General suggestions are pieces that come from the repertoire of standard songs known as the Great American Songbook, or a piece that has been recorded by a well-known jazz artist. Please bring a lead sheet for the panel during your audition. You can choose to bring your own accompaniment (YouTube link or other recorded accompaniment) or play with a pianist we provide.

 

DePauw University Band

Follow the Audition Process stated above as you prepare your music. 

Excerpts are labeled with beginnings and endings, and tempo indications (you’ll note that the selected passages are bracketed with BLUE marker).  Find and listen to an exemplary recording of each piece for tempi and style (contact Professor Craig Paré if you’d like some suggested recordings to reference). Then, prepare all excerpts completely on your instrument for your audition.  Any specific effects or accessories needed for a part (mutes, specialty sticks or mallets, etc.) must be used in the performance of your part.

Any questions?  Feel free to contact Professor Craig Paré at cpare@depauw.edu.

 

DePauw University Orchestra

Follow the Audition Process stated above as you prepare your music. 

Auditions for 2021-2022 are divided into different groupings of students:

  • Incoming first-year woodwind, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard students please follow the guidelines above under AUDITION PROCESS
  • All String Students: There will be auditions for all string players. Please prepare for your audition as noted above in the general explanation about Instrumental Ensemble Enrollment Audition Process. There are potentially four different parts of the audition. 

Audition materials can be found at the link below.  In those Orchestra materials, if there are multiple passages for your instrument, you are responsible for all of the passages and will be expected to play them all at the audition. 

All sheet music is available by clicking here.

Contact Professor Orcenith Smith (osmith@depauw.edu) with any questions.