Auditions

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Adam Boyles, Director (akboyles@mit.edu)

Auditions for new members will be held by appointment only on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Returning members do not need to audition.

Please fill out the online Audition Form here to request 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 sight reading excerpt may also be given.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

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

 

 

WIND ENSEMBLE

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

Auditions for new members are by appointment only. Returning members do not need to audition.

Please fill out the online Audition Form here to request an audition.

There are three parts to the audition:

1. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

2. Sight-reading.

3. 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.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

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

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 for new members are by appointment only. Returning members do not need to audition.

Please fill out the online Audition Form here to request an audition.

There are three parts to the audition:  

1. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

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

3. 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.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

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

** 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 so

 

CONCERT CHOIR

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

New members should attend the first rehearsal on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm in Killian Hall. Auditions will be held for new members at the conclusion of the first rehearsal. Please fill out the online Audition Form here prior to auditions.

Audition Format: Octet auditions of music just rehearsed.

 

 

CHAMBER CHORUS

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

Solo auditions will be held during the first class meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 9:30am - 11:00am in 14W-111. Please fill out the online Audition Form here prior to auditions.

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

 

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. 

Auditions for NEW MEMBERS only will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2018 (first day of class) at 7pm in N52-199.

Returning members need not re-audition.  Questions please email - pjtang@mit.edu.

 

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA

Directed by Christine Southworth. 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 will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 7PM – 10PM in N52-199 (World Music Room). Please contact Christine Southworth (southsea@mit.edu), attend first meeting/rehearsal, and/or pre-register for 21M450. Questions? Contact southsea@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 (Monday, February 4, 2019) 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

Laura Grille-Jaye, Coach (lauragrilljaye@gmail.com)

Audition date TBD.

Students 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 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 20, 2019 here. Auditions will be scheduled during the first week of classes in the Fall 2019 Semester.