Audition Information for Music Ensembles and Private Lessons • Fall 2017

Ensembles and private lessons are open to all members of the Brandeis community by audition! To schedule an audition time, students are asked to contact the ensemble and private lesson directors and/or follow the instructions below. For more information about the ensembles, click on the links to their web pages.

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
Contact: Professor Neal Hampton

Orchestra auditions will take place on Wednesday, 8/30, 6:30-10 p.m. and Thursday, 8/31, 5-9 p.m. Please go to calendly.com/bwo to sign up for a slot!
Location: Slosberg 235

Chamber Singers and University Chorus
Contact: Professor Robert Duff

Choral auditions will take place Tuesday, 8/29 - Thursday, 8/31. To join either choir, please click here to sign up for the 2017 Brandeis University Vocal Hearings. Vocal hearings are informal, and consist of (1) testing range of voice, (2) testing your ear for pitch replication, and (3) reading a short work together.  No prepared work is required.

Wind Ensemble
Contact: Tom Souza, conductor

Auditions will take place Tuesday, 9/5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sign up for an available slot in the Slosberg Music Center lobby (bulletin board located outside of room 210).
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Jazz Ensemble 
Contact: Professor Bob Nieske

Auditions will take place Friday, 9/1 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sign up for an available slot in the Slosberg Music Center lobby (bulletin board located outside of room 210).
Location: Slosberg 235

Early Music Ensemble (EME)
Contact: Professor Sarah Mead

Join us for the Early Music Ensemble Open House on Wednesday, 8/30 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. where you can learn about the ensemble and the instruments, and sign up for a placement interview.
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

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, 9/5 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, 8/31 at 2 p.m. If you cannot make this time, please contact Prof Eissenberg for an appointment.
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 Wednesday, 8/30 at 5 p.m. All are welcome!
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall 


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  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 online or by calling (800) 348-5003.

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.

What to Prepare for Instrumental Lesson Auditions  

In general, you should prepare a brief selection of a piece that demonstrates your musical and technical ability. It's good to include a selection from a first movement of a classical sonata or concerto, or any medium - 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. You may also improvise if auditioning for jazz lessons, but improvising is not a requirement.

How to Register for Instrumental Lessons

A consent code is required for registration in private instrumental lessons (MUS 111). Complete the Private Instrumental Lesson Info and Agreement Form and email it (or deliver it) to the appropriate professor as indicated on the form.  The deadline for registration is Sept. 13th.

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.

How to Register for Voice Lessons

1. Click here to sign up for the 2017 Voice lesson auditions. Auditions will take place on Friday, 9/1.

2. A consent code is required for registration in private voice lessons (MUS 112). Complete the Private Voice Lesson Info and Agreement Form and email it (or deliver it) to Professor Robert Duff at rduff@brandeis.edu. The deadline for registration is Sept. 13th.

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.