Auditions

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Adam Boyles, Director (akboyles@mit.edu)

Auditions are by appointment only and are held the first week of September. Please fill out the online Audition Registration Form here to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Requirements:

There are three parts to the audition:

1) Prepare a piece of your choosing, 3 minutes maximum.

2) You will be asked for the memorized execution of scales in any key, selected from Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, or Harmonic Minor. You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo.

3) A short sightreading excerpt may also be given.

*Emphasis in the audition is balanced toward execution of good fundamentals over virtuosity*

 

WIND ENSEMBLE

Frederick Harris, Director (fharris@mit.edu)

Auditions are by appointment only and are held the first week of September.

Please fill out the online Audition Form here to sign up for an audition time.

There are four parts to the audition:

1. Prepare all movements of the Hindemith Symphony in Bb.  Parts can be downloaded here: http://mit.edu/jscales/Public/2017%20Audition%20Music/Wind%20Ensemble%20...

Clarinetists, Trumpeters, Hornists, and Trombonists may choose which part (i.e. 1st, 2nd, etc.) to prepare from the options posted.  At the audition, Dr. Harris may ask to hear you play from anywhere in any or all of the movements.

PERCUSSIONISTS:  Prepare ONLY Bernstein’s “Slava,” for this portion of the audition.  Choose either the timpani part, snare drum part, or xylophone part. You may play more than one instrument if you wish. Dr. Harris will select short excerpts from the piece for you to play.

2. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

3. Sight-reading.

4. Two short contrasting sections of a solo(s) or etude(s) that demonstrate your musicianship. Your choices should include passages that are slow and lyrical and ones that demonstrate your technical facility.  PERCUSSIONISTS NOTE: For this portion of the audition you are encouraged (but not required) to play at least two of the three major percussion instruments (timpani, mallet instrument, snare drum). Timpani auditions will include basic tuning, snare drum auditions will include basic rudiments, and mallet auditions will include scales.

If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with any facet of the audition, contact Dr. Harris at fharris@mit.edu

NOTE:  Flute players who play piccolo are welcome to play a short piccolo passage from a piece or solo or etude.

 

FESTIVAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE & CMS JAZZ COMBOS
*Auditions for the Festival Jazz Ensemble, CMS Jazz Combos and Emerson Jazz Program are all combined into one audition.

Frederick Harris, Director (fharris@mit.edu)

Auditions are by appointment only and are held the first week of September.

Please fill out the online Audition Registration Form here to sign up for an audition time.

There are four parts to the audition:  

1. Prepare Don Menza’s “Groove Blues.”  Parts can be downloaded here: http://mit.edu/jscales/Public/2017%20Audition%20Music/Jazz%20Ensemble%20...

Trumpets and Trombones may choose which part (i.e. 1st, 2nd, etc.) to prepare from the options posted. In the audition Dr. Harris will select short excerpts from the piece for you to play. Vibes should use the guitar part.

2. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

3. Sight-reading. Rhythm Section players (Piano/Vibes/Guitar/Bass/Drums) see the NOTE for you regarding this portion of the audition.

4. Two short stylistically contrasting pieces (a ballad and a swing/bebop composition for example). You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate your improvisational ability. Piano accompaniment for Bb Blues will be provided. If you need playback equipment for recorded accompaniments, please note this request in your audition form.

NOTE for Rhythm Section players:
Piano/Vibes/Guitar:  Sight-reading of basic chord changes will be part of your audition.  Guitar and bass players should provide their own amps.  If that is not possible, please inform the Events Office in advance of your audition day.

Bass:  Sight-reading of basic swing and funk/Latin charts and chord changes will be part of your audition.

Drum set:  Sight-reading of basic swing and Latin/funk charts and performance of four/eight bars of time followed by four/eight bars of soloing in both swing and funk/Latin styles at a medium tempo will be part of our audition.

 

CONCERT CHOIR

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

Auditions for new members: 7-9:30 PM, the Wednesday following Registration Day, in Room 26-100. Please fill out the online Audition Registration Form here.

Audition Format: Octet auditions of music just rehearsed.

 

CHAMBER CHORUS

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

Auditions for new members: 9:00-11 AM, the Thursday following Registration Day, in Killian Hall (14W-111). Please fill out the online Audition Registration Form here to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Requirements: One solo piece of your choice and sight-reading.

 

RAMBAX MIT, SENEGALESE DRUM ENSEMBLE

Directed by Lamine Touré (lamine@mit.edu) with faculty advisor, Patricia Tang (pjtang@mit.edu). Drums provided; no previous drumming experience necessary. Rambax auditions will take place on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 7-10pm.  New members will audition at 7 or 8pm (be sure to preregister for 21M.460 to be slotted into an audition time.)  Returning members will audition at 9pm. If accepted into the ensemble, members will be assigned to either the beginner group (MT 7-8:30pm) or advanced group (MR 8:30-10pm) for the remainder of the semester.  Questions? Email pjtang@mit.edu.

 

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA

Directed by Leslie Tilley. There is no formal audition for Gamelan Galak Tika, all experience levels are welcome. No previous experience with gamelan or notated music necessary; instruments provided. First meeting/rehearsal Wednesday, Sept 6, 2017, 7pm N52-199. Please contact Leslie Tilley (tilley@mit.edu), attend first meeting/rehearsal, and/or pre-register for 21M450. Questions? Contact tilley@mit.edu.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Marcus Thompson, Director (bratsche@mit.edu)

Meeting for new and returning students and auditions for NEW members will take place at 7 PM, Registration Day (both semesters) in Killian Hall (14W-111). Students who participated last semester need not audition. All students must fill out the online CMS Audition Registration Form here AND attend the meeting on Registration Day.

Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and sightreading.

 

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Auditions will take place on Registration Day from 5-8 PM in Room 4-158. 

Audition Requirements: Students are expected to prepare two songs of contrasting styles, one of which should be a Jazz Standard.  Both selections must be performed from memory.  Improvisation is encouraged but not required.  The use of an accompanist is also encouraged, but not provided.Please fill out the online CMS Audition Registration Form here to sign up for an audition time.

 

EMERSON PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE STUDY

For audition information, visit:  http://mta.mit.edu/music/performance/emerson-program
Apply by August 21 here. Auditions will be scheduled during the first week of classes.