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/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. 

For Fall 2021, auditions will be done almost entirely by video submissions. Video links must be submitted via the Video Submission Form by September 1 at 11:59pm.

For the video, please fully prepare the first (“Circenses”) and last (“La befana”) movements of Respighi’s Feste Romane (parts available here). For instruments with more than one option, please prepare the 1st part (i.e. 1st violin, 1st flute, 1st trombone, etc.). Videos must be unedited, one-shot takes.

Percussion: Your auditions will be slightly different. Please prepare the timpani parts from the first and last movements as above, but please also prepare one etude on snare drum, and one on marimba or xylophone. If you do not have access to appropriate instruments, please let us know, and we can try and procure access to the percussion studio, if possible by that time. In lieu of that, please be in touch with the Andy, and we’ll figure something out.

Following video submission, you might be asked to give an in-person audition. These would take place on Tuesday Sep. 7 or Wednesday Sep. 8. You will be provided with a link to sign up for a callback if requested. This audition would consist of the following:

- Selections from the previously prepared work as requested by the Music Director

- 3-4 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

- Short sight reading

The whole audition would be approximately 10-12 minutes. Results will be emailed upon completion of the final audition.

First MITSO rehearsal is Thursday September 9, 7:30pm, Kresge Auditorium.

Please direct questions or concerns to MITSO Manager, Andy Wilds at awilds@mit.edu.

 

MIT WIND ENSEMBLE

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

Auditions for new and returning members are by appointment only during the first week pf the semester. MIT and Wellesley College students may take MITWE for 6 units of credit. MIT community members and non-MIT community members also are welcome to audition. If for some reason you are not able to audition the first week of the semester, contact Dr. Harris (fharris@mit.edu) directly to set up a time or to ask any questions.

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 Early Light by Carolyn Bremer. In some cases, you have choices as to which part to prepare (for example, horn 1 or horn 4). Percussionists, there are three excepts (Mallets, Timpani, Snare). Only prepare two of these; your choice as to which two.

  • To hear a recording of Early Light, go here
  • To see/hear an analysis of Early Light, go here

The whole audition will be approximately 15 minutes. Flutists who would like to play piccolo should prepare the piccolo excerpt and oboists who would like to play English horn should prepare the English horn excerpt.

*Note: students who register for an audition will be given access to the 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.

If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with any facet of the audition, have questions about MITWE, need access to an instrument, etc., Dr. Fred Harris (fharris@mit.edu).

Register for MIT Wind Ensemble Audition Here

Register for MITWE Percussion Audition Here

 

 

MIT FESTIVAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE & CMS JAZZ COMBOS

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

*NOTE:  Auditions for the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, CMS Jazz Combos, and 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 new and returning members are by appointment only and will be held the first week of the semester. MIT and Wellesley College students may take MIT FJE for 6 units of credit. MIT community members and non-MIT community members also are welcome to audition. If for some reason you are not able to audition the first week of the semester, contact Dr. Harris (fharris@mit.edu) directly to set up a time or to ask any questions.

There are four parts to the audition, lasting approximately 15 minutes:  

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, Down a Rabbit Hole, 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.).  

  • To hear a recording of Down a Rabbit Hole, go here

If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with any facet of the audition, or have questions about MIT FJE, or need access to an instrument, etc., contact Dr. Harris anytime (fharris@mit.edu).

*Note: students who register for an audition will be given access to the 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.

** 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 MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble/CMS Combo Audition Here

Register for MIT Jazz Percussion Audition Here

 

 

MIT CONCERT CHOIR

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)

New members should attend the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 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 9, 2021 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 Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (Registration Day) at 7pm in N52-199

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

 

GAMELAN GALAK TIKA

There is no formal audition for Gamelan Galak Tika. For participation information, complete the INTEREST FORM and a member of the MTA Events Office will reach out with more information prior to the start of the semester.

 

MIT CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY

Marcus Thompson, Director (bratsche@mit.edu)

A required meeting for new and returning students will take place at 7pm on Registration Day (Tuesday, September 7th) in Killian Hall. Auditions for NEW members will begin immediately after the meeting (7:30pm), also in Killian Hall. Students who participated last semester need not audition, but are still required to attend the 7pm meeting.

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

New Members: Register for Audition Here

Returning Members: Sign Up Here

 

MIT VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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

Auditions for both new and returning members will take place on Thursday, September 9th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in 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 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. 

*Note: returning members only need to sing the second song.  

Register for Audition Here

 

MIT LAPTOP ENSEMBLE

Ian Hattwick, Director (hattwick@mit.edu)

Auditions for all members will take place on Thursday, September 9th, 2021 (first day of class) at 3:30pm in 14W-111 (Killian Hall). No prior experience is required.

 

EMERSON/HARRIS PROGRAM FOR PRIVATE STUDY

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

 

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