Week of Welcome Ensemble Auditions and Studio Placement

ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

CHOIRS | OPERA | DANCE | INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES | JAZZ ENSEMBLES | JAZZ ARTS OREGON COMBOHIP-HOP & POPULAR MUSIC ENSEMBLES

CHOIRS

All UO students are welcome in any of our choirs. We have choirs appropriate for all experience levels, from people who have sung in a choir for many years, to people who would like to join a choir for the first time. 

Please note that Chamber Choir (M/W 2:00-2:50 & T/TH 12:00-1:20) and University Singers (MWF 11:00-11:50) audition in the fall only, and members commit for the entire year. Repertoire Singers (T/TH 3:00-3:50) will accept new members each term.

Auditions

If you are interested in auditioning for choir but did not sign up for an audition during the Week of Welcome, please come to the first day of whichever choir you are interested in joining and we will arrange your audition at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Paul at sjpaul@uoregon.edu.

FIRST DAY OF EACH CHOIR

Chamber Choir: Tuesday, 9/27: 12:00-1:20PM in Room 163
Repertoire Singers: Tuesday, 9/27: 3:00-3:50PM in Room 163
University Singers: Wednesday, 9/28: 11:00-11:50AM in Room 163

Auditions will take place in person in room MUS 163 during Week of Welcome. 

  • Thursday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, September 25, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sign-ups are available online

What to Prepare

Please have one song prepared – it can be an art song, aria, folk song, or musical theater piece. A pianist will be provided for you. You will also be asked to perform brief exercises that assess your range, aural skills, and music literacy level.

Questions

Dr. Sharon J. Paul at sjpaul@uoregon.edu for questions about Chamber Choir or Repertoire Singers
Dr. Melissa Brunkan at mbrunkan@uoregon.edu for questions about University Singers
If you have general questions about the choirs, please feel free to contact either of us!

OPERA

The University Opera Ensemble is open to all members of the university community by audition only. All SOMD music majors must have their studio teacher's permission to participate.

Repertoire for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is planned as follows:

L'Italiana in Algeri by Rossin, February 2023 in Robinson Theater
Cinderella by Rodgers & Hammerstein, April or May 2023 at SOMD
Donor’s Opera Gala, May 2023 at SOMD

Auditions

Auditions will take place in person in Beall Performance Hall during Week of Welcome

Thursday, September 22, 4:30-6:30 pm

Sign-ups are available online

What to Prepare

  • Please prepare two pieces-A Rossini or Donizetti aria in Italian (something that shows your voice can move), and One Musical Theater piece or art song in English.
  • Send Dr. Karen Esquivel PDF copies of your audition music no later than Sept 20, 2022.
  • Bring a headshot & current performance resume to your audition.
  • You will be asked to discuss your previous Opera or Music Theater experience, share a bit about yourself, and ask any questions you might have.  

Questions

Dr. Karen Esquivel at esquivel@uoregon.edu

 

DANCE

Placement is encouraged for anyone taking UO Dance classes. Students from other majors are welcome.

Placement is required if:

  • you would like to start higher than level I in any technique class, or
  • you want to move up a level in any technique class, or
  • you are auditioning for the BFA.

Auditions for the BFA program will be 1 pm - 3pm.

  • BFA candidates must also attend placement 10-noon.
  • Auditions are not required for BA/BS Dance majors, or Dance minors.

Contact Dana Gorman with any questions.

Audition Day Schedule

9:15 – 9:45 am: Check in at the Dance Department, 161 Gerlinger Annex.

10am-noon: Placement Class includes ballet, contemporary and hip hop.

Be prepared to change easily between:

  • soft slippers (no point) or thin cotton socks for ballet;
  • bare feet for contemporary;
  • and shoes for hip hop (clean for studio).

Noon – 1 pm: Lunch break

  • Only BFA candidates return after lunch.

1:00 – 3pm: BFA Audition

  • BFA candidates will perform a 2-3 min solo representing your strongest or favorite style of dance, followed by an interview with the UO Dance faculty. A studio will be available for dancers to prepare their solo performances as needed.

Sign-ups are available online 

Fall 22 UO Dance class schedule:

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

Open to students from all majors. Personnel for the various orchestras, bands, and wind ensembles will be formed from these auditions. Participation in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band require in-person auditions. Participation in Campus Band and Campus Orchestra does not require an audition.

Auditions

Ensemble Auditions for select instruments will take place in person in various rooms in the Music Building during Week of Welcome.

View specific audition details, including sign ups for the following instruments here!

Tuesday, September 20: room MUS 173, 4:30-6:30pm – Percussion
Wednesday, September 21: room MUS 190, 1-2:20pm - Flute
Wednesday, September 21: room MUS 190, 2:30-3:40pm - Clarinet
Wednesday, September 21: room MUS 190, 3:50-5:00pm - Horn
Thursday, September 22: room MUS 190, 1-2pm - Bassoon
Thursday, September 22: room MUS 190, 2-3pm - Oboe
Thursday, September 22: room MUS 190, 3-4:30pm - Saxophone
Friday, September 23: room MUS 190, 12-1:20pm – Euphonium & Tuba
Friday, September 23: room MUS 190, 1:30-2:40pm - Trumpet
Friday, September 23: room MUS 190, 2:50-4:00pm - Trombone

View specific audition details, including sign ups for all string instruments here! 

Saturday, September 24: room MUS 190, 9am-12pm - Cello & Classical Bass
Sunday, September 25: room MUS 190, 12:30-5pm - Violin & Viola

Audition Tips

  • Bring everything you need for a successful audition.
  • Arrive early (i.e., you may need to fill out some paperwork, check for any last-minute announcements or instructions).
  • Please wear professional dress for the audition.
  • Before you enter the room, make sure you complete the audition information sheet located outside your audition room.

Questions

Dr. David Jacobs at djacobs@uoregon.edu for Symphony Orchestra and Campus Orchestra
Dr. Dennis Llinas at dllinas@uoregon.edu for Oregon Wind Ensemble
Dr. Jason Silveira at jsilveir@uoregon.edu for Oregon Wind Symphony
Dr. Eric Wiltshire esw@uoregon.edu for Campus Band

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JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Big Bands, Combos, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Guitar Ensemble Fall Term - Auditions for the UO jazz ensembles are held during Week of Welcome each Fall. A single audition is used to place students in Big Bands, Combos, Latin and Guitar ensembles. Students auditioning for these ensembles in the fall need not re-audition in Winter or Spring terms. 

Winter and Spring Terms – Prior to the beginning of both Winter and Spring terms, Open Chair Auditions are announced to fill ensemble vacancies. Open Chair Auditions are held the term before the vacancies occur during Dead Week. 

Auditions

Auditions will take place in person in room MUS 184 during Week of Welcome.

Wednesday September 21, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jazz Saxophone
Wednesday September 21, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Jazz Piano
Wednesday September 21, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Jazz Drum Set
Thursday September 22, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Jazz Trombone
Thursday September 22, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Jazz Trumpet
Friday September 23, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jazz Bass
Friday September 23, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Jazz Guitar

Follow the link below to access materials needed specifically for each instrumental audition and to sign-up for your individual audition appointment.

Sign-ups are available online

JAZZ ARTS OREGON COMBO

The JazzArts Oregon Combo is a small group of student musicians representing the University of Oregon’s Jazz Studies Program in concerts throughout the region. Ensemble members are chosen annually in a talent-based audition prior to the beginning of each school year. The auditions will be judged by a panel led by the Director of the Jazz Studies Program. 

The Herbert T. Merker Scholarship Endowment

A scholarship fund has generously been established by Herb Merker to support the JazzArts Oregon Combo. Herbert T. Merker Jazz Combo Scholarship recipients will comprise the group for the duration of their award year with each receiving a scholarship of approximately $1000 for the academic year. 

Auditions

Selection of ensemble members for the JazzArts Oregon Combo are based upon an additional live audition held during Week of Welcome. This audition is held in a small group format.

Monday, September 19, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sign-ups are available online

Questions

Prof. Paul Krueger at kreugerp@uoregon.edu

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HIP-HOP & POPULAR MUSIC ENSEMBLES

Auditions will take place in person in room MUS 173 during Week of Welcome. 

Thursday September 22 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (singers will audition from 7:00-8:30 and must sign up for a time slot here; all others will audition from 8:30-10:00)

What to Prepare

  • Singers All singing vocalists should have one popular song prepared to sing, accompanied by a backing track or live/solo accompaniment. Choose a song that shows off your best skills as well as your stylistic tastes. Because singers in these groups must know how to work with a live band, acapella auditions will not be accepted.
  • Instrumentalists and DJs: All instrumentalists and DJs should learn the following two songs for the audition:
  1. “Ain’t No Love” by Jay-Z (MTV Unplugged)
  2. “Cut Chemist Suite” by Ozomatli

Instrumentalists should learn their parts as played on the recordings. If their instrument isn’t on the recording, they should contribute by approximating some musical aspect of the recorded arrangement (sax might play the flute part from “Ain’t No Love,” e.g.). In addition to the two prepared songs, one or more short chord progressions will be taught to instrumentalists by ear in the audition, and instrumentalists will play them back with an assigned groove/style. If you are unable to learn one or both of the assigned songs above, we still want to hear you audition, so please come and at least participate in this ear-learning activity.

  • MCs: MCs should rap at least the first verse from “Ain’t No Love” (see link above). In addition, MCs should prepare at least one 16-bar verse, or two 8-bar verses, of their own creation that it’s possible to perform over one of the songs the instrumentalists must prepare (see above).

Popular Music FAQs

Q: I don’t freestyle/improvise/harmonize/I’ve never played in a band before, should I still audition?
A:
 Yes! These auditions are just to see where you are at right now.

Q: I don’t like hip hop but I like metal/indie/R&B/ska can I audition?
A:
 Yes! Because of the bureaucracy involved in getting classes listed, every popular music ensemble is listed as Hip Hop Ensemble at this moment. However, this doesn’t mean that they exclusively play hip hop. One group does focus on mainly hip hop, and the others are created based on the styles and personalities of other musicians that audition. The more people that audition and want to play a certain style, the more likely we are to be able to put that kind of band together.

Questions

Instructor Sean Peterson at peterso9@uoregon.edu
Program Director Toby Koenigsberg at tobyk@uoregon.edu

 

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STUDIO PLACEMENT AUDITIONS

Studio assignment placement auditions are required for all incoming students in percussion, piano, voice, and guitar who are planning to register for applied lessons (MUP 165 and above). Admitted incoming music students who did not complete an audition previously must audition during Week of Welcome. Click the area below for their specific audition details.

BRASS | PERCUSSION | PIANO | SIGHT SINGINGSTRINGS | VOICE | WOODWINDS | STUDIO GUITAR

BRASS

Please contact Henry Henniger to request an audition.

PERCUSSION

Auditions required for all new & returning students

Studio placement auditions will coincide with ensemble auditions and will take place in person in room MUS 173 during Week of Welcome.

  • Tuesday, September 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

View the complete audition information and sign up, here!

 

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PIANO

Auditions will take place in person in Beall Hall during Week of Welcome. 

  • Friday September 23, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Sign-ups are available online

For details about what to prepare, or general questions, please contact Dr. Grace Ho.

 

SIGHT SINGING 

Auditions will take place in person by appointment in Frohnmayer Music Building Rooms 142 & 150

  • Monday, September 19, 9:00 AM-9:50 AM & 5:00 PM-6:00 PM

MANDATORY for all new Music Graduate Students.

GRADUATES: Sign-ups are available by clicking here.

STRINGS: VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO AND DOUBLE BASS

Please contact Dr. Leslie Straka to request an audition.

VOICE: ADMITTED MAJORS

Auditions required for BMME Choral, BM Voice, BA/BS Applied Study: Voice, MM Voice, MM Choral Conducting, DMA Voice

Auditions will take place in person in Beall Hall during Week of Welcome.

  • Thursday September 22, 12:00 pm. -  3:00 p.m

For details about what to prepare, or general questions, please contact Dr. Craig Phillips.

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WOODWINDS (NON-SAX)

Auditions required for non-Music majors who wish to register for applied lessons (clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone)

Auditions will take place in person in room MUS 178 during Week of Welcome.

  • Friday September 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m

Please contact Dr. Idit Shner to request an audition.

STUDIO GUITAR

Auditions required for Popular Music majors who wish to register for applied lessons in studio guitar.

Auditions will take place in person in room MUS 148 during Week of Welcome. 

  • Friday September 23, 3:30-6 p.m.

For details about what to prepare, contact instructor Avery Scanlon ascanlo2@uoregon.edu.

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