Auditions

Complete Audition List

Symphony Orchestra | Wind Ensemble | Jazz Groups | Concert Choir | Chamber Chorus | RAMBAX | Gamelan Galak Tika | Chamber Music Society | Vocal Jazz Ensemble | Laptop Ensemble | Emerson Program

 

MIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Adam Boyles, Director (akboyles@mit.edu)

Note: Auditions are now closed for Fall 2020. Please check back for audition information prior to the Spring semester.

The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds auditions, by appointment, in the fall and spring. MIT and Wellesley students may take MITSO for 6 units of credit. All local students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition.

For Fall 2020, auditions will be done entirely by video submissions. Your video should include the following:

1. A three-minute example of a piece of your choosing (an excerpt from a longer work, an etude, anything is fine). 

2. Please choose and prepare any 2 pages of the 4th movement from Beethoven Symphony no. 9. available here:

https://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.9%2C_Op.125_(Beethoven%2C_Ludwig_van)

I’m looking to see how well you independently prepare a new piece. All matters of interpretation are up to you.

If your instrument does not participate in Beethoven 9 (i.e. Tuba, Saxes, Piano, Harp), then please prepare a second, short work of your choosing.

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

Please use the form at this link to submit your video link before August 25, 11:59pm. Please contact MITSO Manager Andy Wilds (awilds@mit.edu) with any questions.

 

MIT WIND ENSEMBLE

Dr. Frederick Harris, Music Director (fharris@mit.edu)

MIT community members and non-MIT community members also are welcome to audition. MIT and Wellesley College students may take MITWE for 6 units of credit.

NEW students auditioning for MITWE will do a Zoom audition w/ Fred Harris

The first MITWE Rehearsal is Wednesday, September 2, but auditions are ongoing. Please contact Fred Harris at fharris@mit.edu to arrange an audition.

The Zoom audition will include:

  1. A three-minute example of a piece of your choosing (excerpts from a longer work, an etude, etc.) demonstrating—if possible—slow and legato playing, and faster, articulated playing.
  2. Excerpt from the piece Firefly
    1. Parts to Firefly  here.  Sample recording of Firefly here.
    2. Prepare the given pages (trumpet players can choose between 1st and 2nd parts).
  3. Brief sight-reading

*If none of the available audition times work for you or if you would like to audition before Aug. 19th, contact Dr. Harris (fharris@mit.edu) directly to set up a time.  

 

RETURNING MITWE students: Submit a video audition

Your video should include:

  1. A three-minute example of a piece of your choosing (excerpts from a longer work, an etude, etc.) demonstrating—if possible—slow and legato playing, and faster, articulated playing.
  2. Excerpt from the piece Firefly by Ryan George. Please prepare the given excerpts
  3. Upload the video before August 26, 11:59 p.m (link below)

 

** 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.

 

*PERCUSSIONISTS: Whether you are a returning MITWE member or a NEW student, it’s ONLY necessary for you to prepare a three-minute example of your playing. As most of you won’t have access to a mallet instrument or to timpani, it is fine to only play snare drum. However, if you have older videos/audio examples playing those instruments, please feel free to share those with me.

For NEW percussion students, in the Zoom audition I will ask you to play some basic rudiments and some rhythmic sight-reading in addition to the three-minute playing example of your choice.

 

If you have questions about the ensemble, concerts, or audition requirements, contact Fred Harris at fharris@mit.edu If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with the virtual audition, submitting materials, needing access to an instrument, etc., contact David Stevens at davidms@mit.edu.

 

NEW STUDENTS REGISTER FOR AUDITION HERE

RETURNING STUDENTS SUBMIT MATERIALS HERE

 

 

MIT 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.

All MIT saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section instrumentalists, as well as ANY other instrumentalists or vocalists with interest, are encourage to audition. Local students, MIT community members and alumni, and non-MIT community members also are welcome to audition.

MIT and Wellesley College students may take FJE or CMS Jazz Combos for 6 units of credit.

 

RETURNING MIT CMS Jazz Combo students do NOT need to re-audition for 20-21 AY

However, they should contact  Keala Kaumeheiwa at kaumeheiwa@comcast.net by August 26 regarding their intention to continue.

RETURNING MIT FJE students will submit a video audition

Your video should include:

  1. A three-minute example of a piece of your choosing of two short stylistically contrasting pieces (a ballad and a swing/bebop composition for example). You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate improvisation.
  2. Prepare the given excerpt from the piece Wyrgly by Maria Schneider.
    1. Parts to Wyrgly  here.  Sample recording of Wyrgly here.
    2. You may choose any part you wish (i.e. Trumpet 1, 2, 3, etc.)
  3. Upload the video before August 26, 11:59 p.m.

 

NEW students auditioning for MIT FJE will do a Zoom audition w/ Fred Harris

Auditions will be 12 minutes, live over Zoom. They will be held August 19, 20, 21, & 24. 

The Zoom audition will include:

  1. A three-minute example of a piece of your choosing of two short stylistically contrasting pieces (a ballad and a swing/bebop composition for example). You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate improvisation.
  2.  Prepare the given excerpt from the piece Wyrgly by Maria Schneider.
    1. Parts to Wyrgly  here.  Sample recording of Wyrgly here.
    2. You may choose any part you wish (i.e. Trumpet 1, 2, 3, etc.)
    3. NOTE:If you are ONLY interested in CMS Jazz Combos, the Wyrgly excerpt is optional.
  3. Brief sight-reading.  

(Bassist, Guitarist, and Drummers may be asked to demonstrate basic swing and funk/latin grooves/chord progressions)

*If none of the available audition times work for you or if you would like to audition before Aug. 19th, contact Dr. Harris (fharris@mit.edu) directly to set up a time.  

*If access to instruments (particularly in the case of rhythm section players) is problematic for you to audition, you may share older video/audio examples of your playing. 

 

If you have questions about the ensemble, concerts, or audition requirements, contact Fred Harris at fharris@mit.edu If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with the virtual audition, submitting materials, needing access to an instrument, etc., contact David Stevens at davidms@mit.edu.

 

NEW STUDENTS REGISTER FOR JAZZ AUDITIONS HERE

RETURNING STUDENTS SUBMIT VIDEOS HERE

 

MIT CONCERT CHOIR

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

AUDITIONS will be held on Wed., Sept. 2 from 7-9:30 pm on ZOOM.  Students should sign up for an individual audition (including returning members).  The first half hour will be an informational session for all returning and prospective members, with individual auditions beginning at 7:30pm.  The Audition will consist of:

  1. Testing of vocal range
  2. Recalling simple melodic patterns
  3. If the student has some experience with sight reading, they will be asked to sight read a simple major or minor melody
  4. If the student has a solo song prepared (folk song, musical theater song, or art song) a recording of that song may be submitted to Bill Cutter before Sept. 2.

REGISTER FOR AUDITIONS HERE

Note: If you are unable to register for an audition, please plan to come to the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd from 7-7:30pm at the following link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/94517441983

MIT CHAMBER CHORUS

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

Chamber Chorus will be combined with Concert Choir for the 2020-21 academic year. Please see the Concert Choir requirements above for audition information.

 

RAMBAX MIT, SENEGALESE DRUM ENSEMBLE

Directed by Lamine Touré (lamine@mit.edu) with the faculty advisor, Patricia Tang (pjtang@mit.edu). Drums provided; no previous drumming experience necessary. 

Students interested in Rambax should attend first class meeting on Thursday, September 3 (5:30-7pm or 8-9:30pm). Email faculty advisor, Patty Tang, at pjtang@mit.edu for more information.

 

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA

There is no formal audition for Gamelan Galak Tika. For participation information, contact Evan Ziporyn - zipo@mit.edu

 

MIT CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Marcus Thompson, Director (bratsche@mit.edu)

Chamber Music Society auditions are now closed for Fall 2020. Please check back in January for spring auditions information.

Auditions for new members will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, August 12th. Please prepare two solo pieces of contrasting styles, as well as a short excerpt provided to you 24 hours prior to the audition.

Returning members do not need to audition, but are asked to attend a Zoom informational session on Monday, August 10th at 8:00pm. Please use the link below to sign up for placement and receive a link to the info session.

New Members: Register for an Audition Here

Returning Members: Sign Up for Placement Here
Note: If the form says there are no available dates, try clicking on "Choose Appointment" at the top of the page.

 

MIT VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Laura Grill Jaye, Coach (lauragrilljaye@gmail.com)

RETURNING MIT VJE members will submit an audio recording. They are required to learn “Old Devil Moon” by Lane/Harburg.  Students should record themselves singing the full melody in the key of their choice. The performance should be a cappella but in rhythm.  Send an mp3 or wav file to lauragrilljaye@gmail.com by August 26, 11:59 p.m.

NEW students auditioning for MIT  VJE will do a Zoom audition w/ Laura Grill Jaye

Auditions will be 15 minutes, live over Zoom. They will be held August 24 & 25. 

Auditioning singers are expected to prepare two songs of contrasting styles.  One song must be "Smile" by Chaplin/Parsons/Turner. Many people have recorded this song, but Nat King Cole's is easy to find online if you're learning by ear.  The second song can be from any genre and should showcase your voice.  Please sing “Smile” a cappella.  Accompaniment is optional for the other song.

*If none of the available audition times work for you, contact Laura Grill Jaye to set up a time.  

*If you wish to audition earlier than Aug. 24, you may contact Laura Grill Jaye to set up a time.

If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with any facet of the audition, questions about MIT VJE, contact Laura Grill Jaye. 

Register for Audition Here

 

MIT LAPTOP ENSEMBLE

Ian Hattwick, Director (hattwick@mit.edu)

Auditions will be held by video interview. Email the director to set an appointment. No prior experience is required.

Register for Audition Here

 

EMERSON PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE STUDY

Emerson Auditions are now closed for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please see the Emerson Program page for complete audition information. Use the links below to register for an audition:

Emerson Jazz

Emerson Piano

Emerson Strings

Emerson Voice

Emerson Winds

Note: If the form says there are no available dates, try clicking on "Choose Appointment" at the top of the page.