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Auditions

Auditions

Auditions for entry into a musical ensemble within the School of Music vary according to a variety of factors that can change on a semester by semester basis. Read below to find out the latest information on the musical ensembles you are interested in joining.

Rehearsal Times

Chamber Choir - Tuesday/Thursday - 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Glee Club - Monday/Thursday - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

If you have any questions regarding Chamber Choir or Glee Club, please email Dr. Jerry Ulrich.

Chorale - Monday/Wednesday - 5:00pm - 6:15pm

If you have any questions regarding Chorale, please email Dr. Nathan Frank.

Jazz Ensemble - Tuesday/Thursday - 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Jazz Combos - Tuesday/Thursday - 5:00pm - 6:15pm

If you have any questions regarding Jazz Ensembles or Jazz Combos, please e-mail Dr. Chip Crotts.

Concert Band- Tuesday/Thursday - 3:30pm - 4:45pm

Symphonic Band- Tuesday/Thursday - 5:00pm - 6:15pm

If you have any questions regarding Concert Band or Symphonic Band, please e-mail Prof. Diden.

For Fall 2020, orchestra is offered as:

String Orchestra (hybrid)- Monday/Wednesday - 11:00am - 12:15pm

Chamber Groups (remote)- Monday/Wednesday – 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Please scroll down to see audition requirements. If you have any questions, please e-mail Dr. Ting.

Percussion Ensemble - 2:25pm - 3:15pm

If you have any questions regarding Percussion Ensemble, please e-mail Chris Moore.

Rock & Pop Ensemble - Tuesday/Thursday - 9:30am - 10:45am OR 2.5 hours scheduled meetings, weekends or evenings (with instructor permission)

If you have any questions regarding Rock & Pop Ensemble, please e-mail Nat Condit-Schultz.

Treble Choir - Tuesday/Thursday - 6:30pm - 7:45pm

If you have any questions regarding Treble Choir, please email Prof. Brittney Boykin.

Audition Guidelines

Choose the ensemble (or ensembles) that you are interested in below to learn more about the basic guidelines and standards that will be expected at the audition.

The information below is ONLY for 20F Tech Ensemble under safety, health and social distancing rules.

 

Auditions:

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester Tech Ensemble will be held during the first class (Tuesday August 18 between 12:30-1:45pm). This will be an online open-book type of survey/questionnaire for you to fill out. Once the time is up, I will stop accepting answers.

You will be asked your past experience as a musician and music technologist, the ability to identify several different genres, and hearing/discussing the music in meaningful way. You don't have to be an excellent vocalist/instrumentalist, but I do expect you to have some experience and basic understanding of musical terms, theory and history.

You are welcome to send me any video/audio of your musical output (performing an instrument, singing, recording and mixing, creating something with GarageBand, etc) by the end of Tuesday August 18, but this is not required.

What is the teaching mode?

This course is offered as a synchronous remote class. 

Do we need to be available during the designated class hour?

Yes. You are expected to be at (at least half of) the designated class time (T/TH 12:30-1:45pm. In addition to lecture and discussion, this hour is also for group project discussion and others. There will be times when you can complete a certain tasks to be turned in later, but please expect to be there for at least half of the time.

What will we learn this semester?

We will be focusing on two areas for this semester:

a) Creating online musical contents that target the online community (aka not just a live concert streamed, but really design the content towards the viewers -- like film). We will do case studies, discussion with industry professionals, etc. By the end of the class each group will come up with an "online concert."

b) The "ensemble" component will be an open-instrumentation performance. We will look at some ready literature made by various composers, have discussions with composers, and create a piece for the class to perform.

What equipment will we need?

You need something to record yourself or others, but this can be as easy as your smart phone. We will see if we can arrange equipment checkout with the department, but this is not guaranteed. You do not need any expensive microphone, mixer, etc. if you don't already own one.

What software will we need?

The school has license for the following programs: Finale, SoundTrap, Jamulus, Live, and Adobe Suite (premiere is a powerful video editing program). You do not need anything other than these ones, but you will need something to notate the music (doesn't have to be traditional notation) and to edit the videos.

 

Please contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions.

As the most inclusive ensemble, the Chorale is open to all members of the Georgia Tech community, whether you are a student, faculty or staff member. No audition is required to join!

Vocal placement  is contingent upon one’s individual vocal Fach, a method of classifying singers according to the range, weight, and timbre of their voice.

All students are encouraged to attend ‘Choir Kickoff Evening,’ on Monday, August 17. More information one each of the ensembles will be provided at that time.

 

Auditions for the Jazz Ensemble & Combos are held at the beginning of each academic semester and sign up sheets can be found on the doors of WV 163/171. The requirements for the general audition are as follows:

1. 1-2 minutes of a prepared jazz piece (solo/transcription/tune) (Rhythm section players will be asked to play in different styles and/or demonstrate a basic blues progression)

2. Short sight-reading (from a standard big band arrangement)

3. Improvisation over a standard Blues (NOT REQUIRED)

(RHYTHM SECTION: drumset, piano, bass and guitar amps will be provided.)

 

The Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Orchestral Winds auditions will take place the first Tuesday of classes each semester. 

Winds will be required to play prepared piece(s), 3 chromatically adjacent major scales, and the chromatic scale for the practical range of their instrument.

Contact Professor Diden if you have questions about these requirements. You may sign up for an audition time the week before classes begin. Sign-up sheets are posted on the first floor band board in the Couch Building.

All students MUST sign up for the appropriate Concert Band, Symphonic Band or Orchestra class after auditions have been completed.

20F Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm

 

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester will be held through Video Submission. Online participation form is now open, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Monday August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm. Please scroll down to "Audition Materials" to view rules and materials.

 


The information below is ONLY for 20F ensemble orchestra strings audition under safety, health and social distancing rules.

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester will be held through Video Submission. Online participation form is now open, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Monday August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm. Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Tuesday August 18, 2020. The number of admitted students will be based on the audition results AND the number of students each classroom can accommodate as approved by GT. The first class meeting is on Wednesday August 19, 2020. More information will be sent to you with the audition results.

Student can choose to audition for either:

  • MUSI 3611 – SO (CRN 87141) – String orchestra (M/W 11:00-12:15) – hybrid class
  • MUSI 3611 – CO (CRN 87871) – Chamber groups such as string quartets (M/W 12:30-1:45) – remote class

Please read the 20F Orchestra FAQ before you contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions about these requirements. Scroll down for audition materials and rules.

Auditions take place the first week of each semester for placement in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and the Percussion Ensembles.

While there is no set prepared music, each student will be asked to demonstrate their proficiency on as many or a few standard instruments that they feel comfortable. (snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, drum set, ethnic percussion)

If a student is not assigned to their preferred ensemble, they will be eligible to participate in another ensemble based on the results of the audition.

Consideration will be taken into account for schedule conflicts.

Vocal placement  is contingent upon one’s individual vocal Fach, a method of classifying singers according to the range, weight, and timbre of their voice.

All students are encouraged to attend ‘Choir Kickoff Evening,’ on Monday, August 17. More information one each of the ensembles will be provided at that time.

Auditions will be held August 18th and 20th, from 8:00am - 12:00pm, in the School of Music recording studio (Couch B04). Ten minute slots will be scheduled beginning in early August. The ensemble is primarily geared towards guitarists, bassists, keyboard/piano players, drummers, and singers. However, other instrumentalists are free to audition on their instrument. The ensemble is also (potentially) open to live sound engineers and artists who play other “pop-music technology”: turntables, Ableton Live, etc.

For auditions, drumset, keyboard, microphones, guitar/bass amps, and all cables will be provided. Otherwise, bring your instrument (guitar, bass, sax, etc.), and tune your instrument before hand!

Auditioners should learn and be prepared to play/sing one of the following songs for their audition:

  • Guitarists
    • Back In Black (AC/DC)
    • Californication (the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    • Enter Sandman (Metallica)—or Master Of Puppets
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel)
    • Sunday Morning (No Doubt)
    • When I Come Around (Green Day)
  • Bassists
    • Californication (the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    • Longview (Green Day)
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • Money (Pink Floyd)
    • Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
    • Sunday Morning (No Doubt)
    • This Love (Maroon 5)
  • Keyboards/Piano
    • Let It Be (the Beatles)
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • Money (Pink Floyd)
    • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
    • Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
    • This Love (Maroon 5)
  • Drummers
    • Longview (Green Day)
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • Californication (the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    • Let It Be (the Beatles)
    • Money (Pink Floyd)
    • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  • Vocalists
    • Any of the above
  • Other instruments
    • Any example of your instrument used in “rock” or “pop” music.

Pick the song which you think best showcases your talents.

Vocal placement in Chamber Choir is based upon an audition and issue of ‘Permit to Register.’ The audition includes sight-singing, tonal memory, and vocalizing. 

To request an audition or learn more about this choir, please contact the Chamber Choir officers.

 

As the most inclusive ensemble, the Chorale is open to all members of the Georgia Tech community, whether you are a student, faculty or staff member. No audition is required to join!

Vocal placement  is contingent upon one’s individual vocal Fach, a method of classifying singers according to the range, weight, and timbre of their voice.

All students are encouraged to attend ‘Choir Kickoff Evening,’ on Monday, August 17. More information one each of the ensembles will be provided at that time.

 

Auditions for the Jazz Ensemble & Combos are held at the beginning of each academic semester and sign up sheets can be found on the doors of WV 163/171. The requirements for the general audition are as follows:

1. 1-2 minutes of a prepared jazz piece (solo/transcription/tune) (Rhythm section players will be asked to play in different styles and/or demonstrate a basic blues progression)

2. Short sight-reading (from a standard big band arrangement)

3. Improvisation over a standard Blues (NOT REQUIRED)

(RHYTHM SECTION: drumset, piano, bass and guitar amps will be provided.)

 

The Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Orchestral Winds auditions will take place the first Tuesday of classes each semester. 

Winds will be required to play prepared piece(s), 3 chromatically adjacent major scales, and the chromatic scale for the practical range of their instrument.

Contact Professor Diden if you have questions about these requirements. You may sign up for an audition time the week before classes begin. Sign-up sheets are posted on the first floor band board in the Couch Building.

All students MUST sign up for the appropriate Concert Band, Symphonic Band or Orchestra class after auditions have been completed.

20F Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm

 

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester will be held through Video Submission. Online participation form is now open, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Monday August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm. Please scroll down to "Audition Materials" to view rules and materials.

 


The information below is ONLY for 20F ensemble orchestra strings audition under safety, health and social distancing rules.

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester will be held through Video Submission. Online participation form is now open, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Monday August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm. Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Tuesday August 18, 2020. The number of admitted students will be based on the audition results AND the number of students each classroom can accommodate as approved by GT. The first class meeting is on Wednesday August 19, 2020. More information will be sent to you with the audition results.

Student can choose to audition for either:

  • MUSI 3611 – SO (CRN 87141) – String orchestra (M/W 11:00-12:15) – hybrid class
  • MUSI 3611 – CO (CRN 87871) – Chamber groups such as string quartets (M/W 12:30-1:45) – remote class

Please read the 20F Orchestra FAQ before you contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions about these requirements. Scroll down for audition materials and rules.

Auditions take place the first week of each semester for placement in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and the Percussion Ensembles.

While there is no set prepared music, each student will be asked to demonstrate their proficiency on as many or a few standard instruments that they feel comfortable. (snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, drum set, ethnic percussion)

If a student is not assigned to their preferred ensemble, they will be eligible to participate in another ensemble based on the results of the audition.

Consideration will be taken into account for schedule conflicts.

Vocal placement  is contingent upon one’s individual vocal Fach, a method of classifying singers according to the range, weight, and timbre of their voice.

All students are encouraged to attend ‘Choir Kickoff Evening,’ on Monday, August 17. More information one each of the ensembles will be provided at that time.

Auditions will be held August 18th and 20th, from 8:00am - 12:00pm, in the School of Music recording studio (Couch B04). Ten minute slots will be scheduled beginning in early August. The ensemble is primarily geared towards guitarists, bassists, keyboard/piano players, drummers, and singers. However, other instrumentalists are free to audition on their instrument. The ensemble is also (potentially) open to live sound engineers and artists who play other “pop-music technology”: turntables, Ableton Live, etc.

For auditions, drumset, keyboard, microphones, guitar/bass amps, and all cables will be provided. Otherwise, bring your instrument (guitar, bass, sax, etc.), and tune your instrument before hand!

Auditioners should learn and be prepared to play/sing one of the following songs for their audition:

  • Guitarists
    • Back In Black (AC/DC)
    • Californication (the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    • Enter Sandman (Metallica)—or Master Of Puppets
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel)
    • Sunday Morning (No Doubt)
    • When I Come Around (Green Day)
  • Bassists
    • Californication (the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    • Longview (Green Day)
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • Money (Pink Floyd)
    • Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
    • Sunday Morning (No Doubt)
    • This Love (Maroon 5)
  • Keyboards/Piano
    • Let It Be (the Beatles)
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • Money (Pink Floyd)
    • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
    • Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
    • This Love (Maroon 5)
  • Drummers
    • Longview (Green Day)
    • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
    • Californication (the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    • Let It Be (the Beatles)
    • Money (Pink Floyd)
    • Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  • Vocalists
    • Any of the above
  • Other instruments
    • Any example of your instrument used in “rock” or “pop” music.

Pick the song which you think best showcases your talents.

Audition Materials

Choose the ensemble (or ensembles) that you are interested in below to get the materials you need to be properly prepared at your audition.

20F Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020, 11:59pm

 

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester will be held through Video Submission. Online participation form is now open, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Monday August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Tuesday August 18, 2020. The number of admitted students will be based on the audition results AND the number of students each classroom can accommodate as approved by GT.

The first class meeting is on Wednesday August 19, 2020. More information will be sent to you with the audition results.

Student can choose to audition for either:

  • MUSI 3611 - SO (CRN 87141) - Small/string orchestra (M/W 11:00-12:15)
  • MUSI 3611 - CO (CRN 87871) - Chamber groups such as string quartets (M/W 12:30-1:45)

Please register for the correct ensemble accordingly after the audition. The ensemble placement is final and cannot be appealed. You can NOT audition for both settings as we want to make sure that the most people will have an opportunity to participate under social distancing rules.

Contact Professor Chaowen Ting (cting@gatech.edu) if you have questions about these requirements. All students are encouraged to sign up for the class first and then take the audition.

 


Audition Materials

  • You only need to play the sections between the brackets.
  • You are free to choose any three excerpts out of provided ones that best represent your level and ability. Excerpt(s) outside of approved sections will NOT be admitted.
  • If you audition for small/string orchestra and are not admitted, you might be assigned to a Chamber Group according to your audition results and scheduling availability.

Small/String Orchestra Audition Materials

20F-SO-Violin

20F-SO-Viola

20F-SO-Cello

20F-SO-Bass

Chamber Group Audition Materials

20F-Chamber-Violin

20F-Chamber-Viola

20F-Chamber-Cello


Video Requirements

You should submit FOUR separate videos of:

  1. ONE scale of your choice (3 octaves, either major or minor, no arpeggio)
  2. THREE prepared excerpts according to the ensemble you are audition for.
  • Videos should be unedited and without cut.
  • You can upload the videos to any platform of your choice (YouTube, vimeo, google drive, etc.) with no password restriction. You can list your videos as unlisted if you do not want them public. Any video inaccessible for the jury will results in eliminating the student from the audition process.
  • Video must show the full person at all times at an angle that clearly and fully demonstrates the position of the instrument and bow.
  • Picture must remain stationary without panning, fade-in/out, close-up techniques, or use of multiple cameras.
  • At the beginning of your video, please state clearly:
    • Your name, major, and year
    • The number, title and composer of the excerpt that you will be playing
    • For Chamber Group Auditions – This speaking section will demonstrate your personality so we can better place you with a group, so please represent yourself well.

Sheet music and audition materials for Winds and Concert ensembles can be found at this link.

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