Auditions

The Brandeis University Music Ensembles
Placement Auditions • Fall 2013

Placement auditions for the Brandeis Music Ensembles are listed below. All students must sign-up for placement auditions. Sign-up sheets for all ensembles and private lessons are posted in Slosberg Music Center, on the audition bulletin board just inside the main entrance.

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
Wednesday 8/28, 12:00-4:00 p.m. 
Thursday 8/29, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: Slosberg 235
Professor Neal Hampton: hampton@brandeis.edu

University Chorus, Chamber Choir
Tuesday 8/27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (for students new to UChor/ChChoir)
Wednesday 8/28, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (for students new to UChor/ChChoir)
Tuesday 9/3, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (for students returning to UChor/ChChoir)
Wednesday 9/4, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (for students returning to UChor/ChChoir)
Location: Slosberg 210
Professor James Olesen: olesen@brandeis.edu

The Brandeis Wind Ensemble
Thursday 8/29, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall
Tom Souza, conductor: tsouza@brandeis.edu

The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday 9/4, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall
Professor Bob Nieske: nieske@brandeis.edu

Early Music Ensemble (EME)
New EME members: email Sarah Mead to set up a 15 minute audition/interview for 9/3 or 9/4
Returning EME members: email Sarah about your instrumental and/or vocal goals for the semester.
Professor Sarah Mead: mead@brandeis.edu

The Brandeis Improv Collective
Any interested students who want to check out the class can come to the first class of the semester which will be Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Attendance at this first Introductory class is required for students who are new to the ensemble–returning students are welcome, but your attendance is not required. In this class, I will give an overview of the work we will be doing, and establish the foundations for the semester's exploration.
Location: Slosberg 212 
Tom Hall, director: tomhall@freeimprovisation.com

Chamber Music
Anyone interested in joining MUS 116: Chamber Music is invited to attend an informational meeting during the first class meeting Thursday, August 29th, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Instruments are not needed for the the first class meeting. Returning students need not attend the first class meeting. 
Location: Slosberg 212
Professor Mark Berger: mberger@brandeis.edu

Private Instruction: Instrumental
•Piano: contact Evan Hirsch: ehirsch@brandeis.edu
•All Other Instrumentalists: Friday, September 6, 12:00-4:00 p.m. 
Location: Slosberg 235
Contact profesor Bob Nieske: nieske@brandeis.edu
–This is an experiential learning course. Offered on a credit/no-credit grading basis. Yields two credits (one semester half-course credit). Placement auditions will be held at the start of the semester. Students registering for MUS 111a must also register for a departmental Ensemble (MUS 80a,b – 87a,b or 116a,b); 111a may NOT be taken alone. Students may petition to substitute one semester of a professionally directed non-university ensemble for their university Ensemble co-requisite. A maximum of four course credits will be allowed for all enrollments in Ensemble (MUS 80a,b – 87a,b) alone or Private Instructions and Ensemble together. Successful completion of MUS 111a,b may be applied only once toward the requirements for the major or minor in music. Course may be taken as a noncredit activity by registering in the XC section. Studio fee: $250 fee for majors; $650 for non-majors. Instrumentalists will take ten one-hour, private lessons per semester in the field of early music, jazz, or classical music while participating in a departmental ensemble. A ten minute jury is required in second semester.

Private Lessons: Vocal
Monday, September 9, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
(Students returning to MUS 112 need not audition) 
Location: Slosberg 234
Professor James Olesen: olesen@brandeis.edu
–This is an experiential learning course. Offered on a credit/no-credit grading basis. Yields two credits (one semester half-course credit). Placement auditions will be held at the start of the semester. Students registering for MUS 112a must also register for a departmental Ensemble (MUS 80a,b – 87a,b or 116a,b); 112a may NOT be taken alone. Students may petition to substitute one semester of a professionally directed non-university ensemble for their university Ensemble co-requisite. A maximum of four course credits will be allowed for all enrollments in Ensemble (MUS 80a,b – 87a,b) alone or Private Instructions and Ensemble together. Successful completion of MUS 112a,b may be applied only once toward the requirements for the major or minor in music. Course may be taken as a noncredit activity by registering in the XC section. Studio fee: $250 fee for majors; $650 for non-majors. Voice students will take ten one-hour, private lessons per semester. Fundamental skills of breathing, resonating, and relaxing will be taught along with repertory appropriate to the individual student. A ten-minute jury is required in second semester.

Ensembles are open to all members of the Brandeis community!  For more information on the ensembles, visit their web pages.

What to Prepare

In general, you should prepare a brief selection of a piece that demonstrates your musical and technical ability. You may also improvise if auditioning for Jazz Ensemble, but improvising is not a requirement of that group.

It is good to include a selection from a first movement of a classical sonata or concerto, or any medium to fast tempo piece that shows your ability to play in a steady tempo. If you arrive without music, prepare a scale of your choice in as many octaves as your technique permits you to play steadily and in tune.

What to Bring to Campus

Visit the Web pages of the ensembles you plan to participate in for details about concert attire. In the orchestra (for example), men perform in tuxedos and women in black concert dress.

If you plan to take lessons or to participate in an instrumental ensemble, bring a metronome.

Wind players participating in orchestra must own an electronic tuner such as the Korg CA-30, or one that produces musical tones in addition to indicating the pitch of the note you are playing. They can be ordered by online or by calling (800) 348-5003.