Complete Audition List

Symphony Orchestra | Wind Ensemble | Jazz Ensembles | Concert Choir | Chamber Chorus | RAMBAX | Gamelan Galak Tika | Chamber Music Society | Vocal Jazz Ensemble | Laptop Ensemble | Emerson/Harris Program for Private Study

 

MIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Adam Boyles, Director (akboyles@mit.edu)

The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds auditions in both fall and spring. MIT and Wellesley students may take MITSO for 6 units of credit, but one need not take MITSO for credit to fully participate. All local students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition. 

Please read the following carefully as there are two ways to audition.

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For potential new orchestra members:

Auditions will be in person September 6th and 7th. You will be asked the following:
 
- A solo of your choosing (concerto, etude, etc.) to be no longer than 2 minutes. Pick the spot which shows off your fundamental skills the best.
 
- 4-5 scales of the MD's choosing (to be chosen from all major, harmonic minor, natural minor, melodic minor, chromatic). You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo. Do not schedule an audition if you don’t know your scales - I take these very seriously.
 
- Short sight reading(s), mostly focusing on rhythm.
 
The whole audition is approximately 10-12 minutes. 

 
First MITSO rehearsal is Thursday September 8, 7:30pm, Kresge Auditorium.
 
New Winds/Strings Players: Register for a MITSO Audition Here

New Percussionists: Register for a MITSO Audition Here

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For members of MITSO in 2021-2022:

- Prepare the entirety of Bartok’s BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE, and be ready to execute any section. Parts are still on Canvas. You will be expected to be close to tempi where printed, and reasonably interpret tempi where a metronome mark is not specified. Strings, please do the bowings. For everyone, audition on the 1st part of your instrument.

- Please submit this interest form, prior to September 2 at 4pm that you will be submitting an audition video. On Sunday September 4, I will send you an email with the sections I’d like you to perform. These are to be filmed in one continuous take skipping many bars of rest but counting exactly just a few beats of rest in any given passage. Your video must be submitted by Monday September 5 at 11:59pm.

 

MIT WIND ENSEMBLE

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

Auditions for Fall 2022 participation in MIT Wind Ensemble (21M.426) are Sept. 1-9. Auditions are also held Spring 2023 but students are encouraged to audition in the fall for participation for the full AY.  Accepted students may take MITWE for credit (6 units) but may also participate not for credit.  MITWE is comprised of MIT undergraduate and graduate students but all local college students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition.  The audition will take approximately 15 minutes.  Pianists, string bassists, and harpists interested in participating in MITWE should contact Dr. Harris. 

First MITWE rehearsal of the Fall semester will be Monday, September 12, 7:00-9:30pm, Kresge Auditorium.

 

WIND PLAYERS: Register for MITWE Audition Here

PERCUSSIONISTS: Register for MITWE Audition Here

 

There are four 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.

4.  Prepare the posted pieces appropriate to your instrument here. You will be asked to play excerpts from these pieces. 

Woodwinds: Lincolnshire Posy (Mvt. 4)  

Sample recording here

NOTE:  Clarinets may choose either Clar. 1 or Clar. 2

Flutists also interested in piccolo should prepare the piccolo part. Oboists also interested in English Horn should prepare English Horn part. 

Brass:  First Suite in Eb (Mvts. 1 & 3).  

Sample recording here

NOTE:  Trumpets may choose either Cornet 1 or Cornet 2; Horns may choose either Horn 1 or Horn 2;  Trombones may choose any part

Percussion:  Prepare at least two of the following:

Timpani:  First Suite in Eb (Mvts. 1 & 3)

Sample recording here

Snare Drum:  Knomery   

Sample recording here

NOTE:  You may prepare either page 1 or page 2

Xylophone:  Knomery   

Sample recording here

NOTE:  Prepare ms. 49-65 & ms. 138-171

 

If you have any questions regarding audition sign-ups or need access to an instrument, contact Jacob Means (jmeans@mit.edu).  If you have any questions about auditions/MITWE in general, contact Dr. Fred Harris (fharris@mit.edu).

 

 

MIT FESTIVAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE & CMS JAZZ COMBOS

Dr. Frederick Harris, Music Director, MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Jazz Performance Coordinator, and Emerson/Harris Jazz Advisor, (fharris@mit.edu)

NOTE:  Auditions for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, CMS Jazz Combos, and the Emerson/Harris 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 Fall 2022 participation in MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (21M.442) are Sept. 1-9. Auditions are also held Spring 2023 but students are encouraged to audition in the fall for participation for the full AY.  Accepted students may take MIT FJE for credit (6 units) but may also participate not for credit.  MIT FJE is comprised of MIT undergraduate and graduate students but all local college students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition.  The audition will take approximately 15 minutes.  While the typical instrumentation of the MIT FJE comprises saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and full rhythm section, other interested instrumentalists are welcome to audition.

 

First MIT FJE rehearsal of the Fall semester will be Tuesday, September 13, 5:15-7:15pm, Killian Hall.

 

REGISTER FOR MIT FJE (non-percussion) AUDITION here

REGISTER FOR MIT FJE (percussion) AUDITION here

 

There are four 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 describe what exactly you need.

4.  Prepare the posted piece, Groove Merchant (for saxophones, trumpets, trombones) and Blue Yonder (for rhythm section), appropriate to your instrument here.  You will be asked to play excerpts from the piece for your instrument.  In some cases, you have choices as to which part to prepare (trumpet 1 or 2, trombone 1 or 3, etc.).  

Groove Merchant sample recordings here (studio recording) and here (live recording)

Blue Yonder sample recording here

** 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:  Please use the "percussion" Audition link to sign up. 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.

If you have any questions regarding audition sign-ups or need access to an instrument, contact Jacob Means (jmeans@mit.edu).  If you have any questions about auditions/MITWE in general, contact Dr. Fred Harris (fharris@mit.edu)

Note: students who register for an audition will be given access to the MTA 4-260 practice room suite during the week leading up to auditions. You will receive an email from the Events Office with more information at that time. Percussionists will be given access to the Kresge Percussion Studio.

 

 

 

MIT CONCERT CHOIR

Dr. Andrew Clark, Interim Director (agclark@g.harvard.edu)

Interested singers should attend the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 7th from 7-10pm in 26-100. During the first 45 minutes of this meeting we will all learn an excerpt from the choral music we’ll be performing.  This excerpt will be used as the audition music and you will be asked to sing it in an octet. Please register to audition using the link below (returning Choir members do not need to audition, but should still plan to attend the class).

Register for Audition Here

 

 

MIT CHAMBER CHORUS

Dr. Andrew Clark, Interim Director (agclark@g.harvard.edu)

Solo auditions will be held on Thursday, September 8th from 9:00am - 12:00pm in Killian Hall. 

Audition Requirements: One solo art song, folk song, or musical theater piece with piano accompaniment. (Pianist is provided). You will also be asked to sight read.

All interested singers (including returning Chamber Chorus members) must register for a 6-minute audition time slot using the link below:

Register to Audition Here

 

 

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. 

New members should register for 21M.460 and attend the first beginner class meeting on Monday, September 12th at 7pm in N52-199.

Questions please email - pjtang@mit.edu.

 

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA

There is no formal audition for Gamelan Galak Tika. For participation information, please reach out to Gusti Komin (komin@mit.edu) directly.

 

MIT CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Marcus Thompson, Director (bratsche@mit.edu), Natalie Lin Douglas (lindoug@mit.edu), Co-Director

A required meeting for new and returning students will take place at 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 6th in Killian Hall. Auditions for NEW members will begin immediately after the meeting (6pm), also in Killian Hall. Students who participated last academic year (2021-22) need not audition, but are still required to attend the 5:30pm meeting with the CMS faculty to discuss pre-formed groups, repertoire preferences, etc. Returning members must also fill out the form below.

Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and a prepared excerpt that will be provided a day before the audition. Each audition will last approximately 6 minutes.

Audition registrations will close on Tuesday, September 6th at 9am. Please use the links below to sign up before then.

New Members: Please Sign Up Here

Returning Members: Please Sign Up Here

Read answers to MIT CMS FAQs Here

 

MIT VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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

Students are expected to prepare two songs of contrasting styles.  One song must be "Smile" by Chaplin/Parsons/Turner to be sung a cappella. Many people have recorded this song, but Nat King Cole's version is easy to find online if you're learning by ear.  The second song can be from any genre and should showcase your voice. It is fine to use accompaniment for the second song. 

**Returning students should re-audition with one jazz standard of their choice. They do not need to sing "Smile". 

If you have unavoidable scheduling conflicts with the available times at the link below, please contact Laura Grill Jaye to set up an alternate audition time.

Register to Audition for MIT VJE

*For vocal jazz students auditioning for the Emerson/Harris program: the E/HP Jazz audition and the VJE audition are separate. You must audition for each of them separately if you intend to participate in both.

 

MIT LAPTOP ENSEMBLE

Ian Hattwick, Director (hattwick@mit.edu)

Admission to the ensemble is by approval of the director following the first day of class, no audition required. The first day of class is Thursday, September 8th from 3:30-5pm in W16-RRA.

 

EMERSON/HARRIS PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE STUDY

Please see the Emerson/Harris Program page for complete audition information. 

*Please note that auditions for Emerson/Harris are only available in the fall. 

 

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