Auditions

Audition Information for Music Ensembles and Private Lessons • Fall 2016

Auditions are available for all Brandeis music ensembles and private lessons. Students are asked to contact the ensemble director and/or follow the instructions below to schedule a time.

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
Contact: Professor Neal Hampton

New Member Auditions: Wednesday, 8/24, 5 - 9 p.m.
Returning Member Auditions: Thursday, 8/25, 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Slosberg 235

Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Slosberg lobby or email Professor Neal Hampton to schedule a time.

First Rehearsal: Thursday, 9/8

Chamber Singers and University Chorus
Contact: Professor Robert Duff

To join either choir, please click here to sign up for Fall 2016 Voice Placement. Voice Placements for choirs are quick (10 minutes) and simple. We will help guide you through a simple process and discuss any previous singing experience you may have. You don’t need to prepare anything!

Wind Ensemble
Contact: Tom Souza, conductor

Jazz Ensemble
Contact: Professor Bob Nieske

Auditions: Friday, 9/2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Slosberg 235

Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Slosberg lobby or email Professor Bob Nieske to schedule a time.

Early Music Ensemble (EME)
Contact: Professor Sarah Mead

Improv Collective
Contact: Tom Hall, director

Any interested students who want to check out the class can come to the first class of the semester which will be Tuesday, 8/30 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

Chamber Music
Contact: Professor Judith Eissenberg

Informal auditions will take place during the first class on Thursday, 8/25 at 2 p.m.
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana
Contact: Ben Paulding, director

Any interested students can check out the first class of the semester on Monday, 8/29 at 5 p.m. All are welcome!
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall 


Private Lessons: Instrumental
• Piano: contact Evan Hirsch
• All Other Instrumentalists: contact Professor Bob Nieske
–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 for majors; $700 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 
Contact: Professor Robert Duff
Thank you for your interest in pursuing private lessons in voice at Brandeis. The Music Department has three gifted professional singers who teach voice: Jason McStoots, Kristen Watson and Pamela Wolfe.

Ten lessons are offered each semester, and this is a great way to develop your vocal instrument. If you participate in voice lessons and a voice studio, there is a co-requisite of participating in a Brandeis University ensemble. For a list of ensembles please click here.

Voice Lesson Audition Requirements

1. Please come with a prepared work of your choosing. This can be a classical work, a piece from musical theater, a hymn tune or folk song.

2. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time, warmed up and ready to sing.

To sign up for voice lessons, please do the following:

1. Contact Professor Robert Duff to schedule a time.

2. Register on Sage for MUS 112 by 10/11. In order to do so, you will need a consent code. Consent codes can be obtained by emailing rduff@brandeis.edu

Please note that final enrollment and acceptance into a voice studio is contingent upon successful completion of a voice lesson audition.

If you have specific questions about voice lessons please contact Professor Robert Duff at rduff@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; $700 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.