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) Auditionees are required to prepare the entirety of Sibelius Symphony no. 5. String parts can be downloaded here, and players are expected to follow the given bowing. All other parts can be downloaded here.

Please prepare first/principal parts only (1st violin, 1st clarinet, etc), and where there is a divisi option, please take the top part.

Any instruments not featured in the symphony may prepare a short solo of your choosing. Percussionists will be expected to prepare the Sibelius (timpani), plus a short solo on another percussion instrument of your choice.

With the Sibelius, auditionees will be expected to have an educated opinion as to the tempi and flow of any given section without having to ask the conductor. Hitting an exact metronome mark is not the point, but being within the ballpark of generally accepted tempi is desired.

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.

Audition Requirements: Chromatic scale the full range of your instrument, as you are able, brief sight-reading (focusing on rhythmic reading ability), and a brief solo piece or etude of your choice that best demonstrates your musicianship and ability. Your choice should include passages that are slow and lyrical and ones that demonstrate your technical facility.
 
Percussionists Note: You are encouraged (but not required) to audition on at least two of the three major percussion instruments (timpani, mallet instruments, snare drum). Timpani auditions will include basic tuning, snare drum auditions will include basic rudiments, and mallet auditions will include scales.

 

FESTIVAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE & CMS JAZZ COMBOS

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.

Audition Requirements: Woodwinds and Brass: Chromatic scale the full range of your instrument, brief sight-reading (focusing on rhythmic reading and various jazz styles), and a brief solo jazz style piece of your choice. Two short contrasting pieces are preferable (a ballad and a swing/bebop composition for example). You are encouraged to demonstrate your improvisational ability at the audition but it is not a requirement. Accompaniment for Blues in Bb will be provided. If you need play back equipment for recorded accompaniments, please note this in advance on your audition form.

Rhythm Section (Piano/Vibes/Guitar): Sight-reading of basic chord changes and a solo piece of your choice demonstrating melodic playing. You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate your improvisational ability.  Guitar and bass players should provide their own amps if necessary, if not possible, please inform the Concerts Office as soon as possible.

Bass: Sight-reading of basic swing and funk/Latin charts and chord changes and a solo piece of your choice demonstrating melodic playing. You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate your improvisational ability.

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.

 

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

Co-directed by Patricia Tang (pjtang@mit.edu) and artist Lamine Toure. Drums provided; no previous drumming experience necessary. Rambax auditions will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016 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. Questions? Email pjtang@mit.edu.

 

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA

Please contact: Evan Ziporyn, zipo@mit.edu, for information.

 

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. 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.