Ensemble Auditions

Ensembles are open to all members of the Brandeis community by audition, as are vocal private lessons and instrumental private lessons.

To schedule an audition time, students are asked to contact the ensemble/private lesson directors and/or follow the instructions below.

Fall 2021 Auditions

Contact: Professor Neal Hampton

Auditions will take place August 24-26. Please visit the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra website for more information and to schedule your audition!

Location: Slosberg 212

Contact: Professor Joshua Gordon

Informal auditions will take place during the first class on Thursday, August 26 at 2 p.m. Sign up for a slot here! If you cannot make this time, please contact Professor Gordon for an appointment.

Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Contact: Professor Robert Duff

Choral auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Slosberg Recital Hall. To join either choir, please sign up for a fall 2021 vocal hearing here! 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. 

Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Contact: Professor Sarah Mead

New and returning EME members are invited to attend the Early Music Ensemble Open House on Tuesday, August 31 at 4 p.m. where they can: meet the instruments, the players, and the director; learn about the ensemble; and schedule an informal audition. (The ensemble will NOT meet on Thursday, August 26.)

Can't make it to the Open House? Email Sarah Mead with questions and to set up a time to meet.

Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Contact: Ben Paulding, director

Any interested students can check out the first class of the semester on Monday, August 30 at 4 p.m. All are welcome!

Location: Slosberg Recital Hall 


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, August 31 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 Recital Hall

Contact: Professor Bob Nieske

Sign up will be available in the lobby of the Slosberg Music Center at the start of the semester. Visit the jazz ensemble page for a full list of audition requirements.

Location: Slosberg 235

Contact: Tom Souza, conductor

Auditions will take place on Monday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. Sign up will be available in the lobby of the Slosberg Music Center at the start of the semester.

Location: Slosberg Recital Hall


What to Bring to Campus

Visit the webpages of the ensembles you plan to participate in for details about concert attire. For example, in the orchestra, 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.