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.

The whole audition will be pproximately 10-12 minutes.

*Emphasis is balanced toward execution of good fundamentals over virtuosity*

 

WIND ENSEMBLE

Dr. Frederick Harris, Music 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 the selected movements of the Sinfonietta by Ingolf Dahl. Parts can be downloaded here.

 

At the audition, Dr. Harris will ask to hear you play phrases from anywhere in the selected Sinfonietta movements.

 

Trumpeters, Hornists, and Trombonists may choose which part (i.e. 1st, 2nd, etc.) to prepare from the options posted.  

Percussionists, for this portion of the audition, will prepare the attached short etudes here. Choose two of the three short pieces. You may play all three if you wish. 

2. Chromatic scale through your entire range. 

3. Sight-reading.

4. Two short contrasting sections of any solo(s) or etude(s) of your choice 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

If for some reason you are not able to audition the first week of September but are interested in participating in the MIT Wind Ensemble, contact Dr. Harris.

 

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

Oboe players who play English Horn are welcome to play a short English Horn passage from any piece or solo or etude.

 

 

FESTIVAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE & CMS JAZZ COMBOS

Dr. Frederick Harris, Music Director, Festival Jazz Ensemble, and Administrator for MTA Jazz Performance (fharris@mit.edu)
 

*NOTE:  Auditions for the Festival Jazz Ensemble, CMS Jazz Combos, and Emerson Jazz Program are all combined into one audition. Your interests in any or all of these opportunities are covered by ONE jazz audition. 

Auditions are by appointment only and are held the first week of September. (List days?)

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 “Low Down” by Thad Jones and “Ya” by Miguel Zenon.   Parts can be downloaded here.

Study recordings are here
 

Trumpets and Trombones may choose which part (i.e. 1st, 2nd, etc.) to prepare from the options posted. “Ya” has only one trumpet part option. Vibes should use the guitar parts for both pieces.

In the audition, Dr. Harris will select short excerpts from the pieces for you to play. 

2. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

3. Sight-reading. Rhythm Section players (Piano/Vibes/Guitar/Bass/Drums) **see note below

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. Please provide your own recorded accompaniments if possible. If you need playback equipment for recorded accompaniments, please note this request in your audition form and what exactly you need.

** 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 times and dates are TBD.  If accepted into the ensemble, members will be assigned to either the beginner group or advanced group 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 TBD. 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. 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 TBD.

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.