Auditions

Complete Audition List

MIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Evan Ziporyn, Acting Director for 2019-20 Academic Year (zipo@mit.edu)
Adam Boyles, Director 

Auditions for new and returning members will be held by appointment only during the first week in September. 

 

Audition Requirements

There are three parts to the audition:

1. Prepare a piece of your choosing, 3 minutes maximum (you may select an excerpt from a longer work).

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 will also be given.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

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

Register for Symphony Orchestra Audition Here

Register for Percussion-Symphony Orchestra Audition Here

 

 

MIT WIND ENSEMBLE

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

Auditions for new and returnign members are by appointment only during the first week in September. 

 

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 two pieces. In some cases, you have choices as to which part to prepare (solo clarinet or clarinet 2, trumpet 1 or 2, etc.). Recordings of pieces are included in the dropbox folder.

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.

Register for Wind Ensemble Audition Here

Register for Percussion-Wind Ensemble Audition 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.

Auditions for new and returning members are by appointment only. 

 

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 what exactly you need.

4. Prepare the posted piece, When In Moscow, by Golovnev, appropriate to your instrument here.  You will be asked to play excerpts from this piece. In some cases, you have choices as to which part to prepare (trumpet 1 or 2, trombone 1 or 3, etc.).  Guitar and Vibraphone players use the piano part as is feasible for you (i.e. focus on the top line of the part if you wish).

Recording of When In Moscow is here.
 

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 soloing in both swing and funk/Latin styles at a medium tempo will be part of our audition.

Register for Festival Jazz Audition Here

Register for CMS Jazz Audition Here

Register for Percussion-Jazz Audition Here

 

MIT CONCERT CHOIR

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

New members should attend the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm at 26-100. Auditions will be held for new members at the conclusion of the first rehearsal. 

Audition Format: Octet auditions of music just rehearsed.

Register for Audition Here

 

MIT CHAMBER CHORUS

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

Solo auditions will be held during the first class meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00am - 11:00am in Killian Hall. 

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

Register for Audition Here

 

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 Thursday, September 5, 2019 (first day of class) at 7pm in N52-199.

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

Register for Audition here

 

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)

Meeting for new and returning students and auditions for NEW members will take place at 7 PM, Registration Day (Tuesday, September 3, 2019) in Killian Hall. Students who participated last semester need not audition. 

Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and sightreading.

Register for Audition Here

 

MIT VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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

Auditions for both new and returning members will take place on Thursday, September 5th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in Building 4-162.

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.  

Register for Audition Here

 

MIT LAPTOP ENSEMBLE

Ian Hattwick, Director (hattwick@mit.edu)

Auditions for all members will take place on Thursday, September 5, 2019 (first day of class) at 2pm in 14W-111 in Killian Hall. No prior experience is required.

Register for Audition Here

 

EMERSON PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE STUDY

For audition information, visit:  http://mta.mit.edu/music/performance/emerson-program
Register by August 20, 2019 for the following: 

Emerson Jazz

Emerson Piano

Emerson Strings

Emerson Voice

Emerson Winds