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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 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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

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

Orchestras

Concert Orchestra - MUSI 3611 CO (Tuesday / Thursday 9:30-10:45) 

Symphony Orchestra -MUSI 3611 SO (Tuesday / Thursday 12:30-1:45) 

Please scroll down to see audition requirements. If you have any questions, please find more info about orchestras, including repertoire, schedule, and guidelines on the orchestra website (click for link) before contacting 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

Scroll down below to see audition guidelines and materials.

Email Professor Diden (Benjamin.diden@music.gatech.edu) 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.

Fall 2021 Orchestra Strings Auditions
Video Submission Deadline: Thursday August 19 at 23:59


Course Offering for 21F:

Concert Orchestra - MUSI 3611 CO (Tuesday / Thursday 9:30-10:45) 

Symphony Orchestra -MUSI 3611 SO (Tuesday / Thursday 12:30-1:45) 

Audition materials will be posted on July 15. If you have any questions, please first check the orchestra website before e-mailing Dr. Ting.

 

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.

Fall 2021 Orchestra Strings Auditions


Course Offering for 21F:

Concert Orchestra - MUSI 3611 CO (Tuesday / Thursday 9:30-10:45) 

Symphony Orchestra -MUSI 3611 SO (Tuesday / Thursday 12:30-1:45)

 

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.

21F Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: Thursday August 19, 2021 at 11:59pm

In Fall 2021, we will offer two full orchestras. Student MUST pass the audition to be admitted into either ensemble. Auditions for the Fall 2021 semester will be held through Video Submission. If you have any questions, please first check the orchestra website before e-mailing Dr. Ting.

 

All students must fill out the online registration form and submit your video materials by Thursday August 19th, 2021 at 11:59pm.

  • Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Monday August 23rd, 2021.
  • The first class meeting is on Tuesday August 24th in West Village Rm 175. Please bring your instruments, as we will start rehearsal right away.

Student can choose to audition for either:

  1. MUSI 3611 CO: Concert Orchestra (T/Th 9:30-10:45)
  2. MUSI 3611 SO: Symphony Orchestra (T/Th 12:30-1:45)
  • You can NOT audition for both ensembles.
  • Please register for the correct ensemble accordingly after the audition.
  • The audition results and ensemble placement are final and cannot be appealed.
  • If you audition for GTSO and did not pass, you might be admitted into CO depending on audition results and musician numbers.

Contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions. All students are encouraged to sign up for the class first and then take the audition.

 


Click on the link below to download the prepared piece for each instrument.

You need to prepare ALL excerpts listed for the ensemble. (NO free choices) Please submit FIVE separate videos of prepared excerpts.
  • You only need to prepare the audition excerpts for the ensemble that you are auditioning for.
  • You only need to play the sections between the brackets. Excerpt(s) outside of approved sections will NOT be admitted.
  • If you are auditioning for GTSO concertmaster, you must ALSO play the concertmaster excerpts in addition to the violin excerpts.

21F Orchestra String Audition Materials:

GTSO (Symphony Orchestra) Excerpts:

21F-SO-Bass

21F-SO-Cello

21F-SO-Concertmaster

21F-SO-Viola

21F-SO-Violin

 

CO (Concert Orchestra) Excerpts:

21F-CO-Bass

21F-CO-Cello

21F-CO-Viola

21F-CO-Violin

 


Video Requirements

  • 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.

 


  • How to Prepare for the Orchestral Excerpts

    First or all, what matters is to show that you can learn a certain passage through practice. At the audition, the most important thing is to play the right notes, with the right rhythm, in a steady tempo with correct articulations in the style of the composer/genre/era.

     

    A few things might be helpful for your preparation:

  • All the excerpts are taken from the pieces that we are performing in the following semester. You can find the complete concert schedule here. Listening to the pieces on YouTube or iTune will give you a great idea of tempo, style, etc.
  • It's always better to play everything nice and slow, rather than playing fast but sloppy, or even worse changing the tempo all the time.
  • Pay attention to key signatures, key changes (if any), and accidentals.
  • Metronome is your best friend when practicing. (If you don't have one, there are a lot of free apps!) Don't slow down because there are more notes or because the passage is difficult, and don't speed up when you have melodies. Keep it steady.
  • Once you've managed the basic parts---pitch and rhythm, bring it up to the performance tempo. It's always nice to add the following to your performance: articulation, and the right style.

 

 

Audition materials for Fall 2021 are available at this link. By the time you submit your audition materials, please fill out the ensemble availability form.

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