Ensemble Auditions

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Orchestra Auditions Information

Auditions for the BYU orchestras, as well as all auditioned ensembles in the School of Music, are administered by the private studio teachers for each instrument. In other words, trumpet players audition for the trumpet teacher, Professor Jason Bergman, clarinets for the clarinet teacher, Professor Jaren Hinckley, etc. Auditions are the first day or two of classes, and each of the studio instructors will have sign-up sheets on their doors. If you need help finding the right studio instructor for your instrument, please check with the secretaries in C-550 HFAC.

After the auditions are complete, ensemble placement will be posted in order for rehearsals to begin the second week of school. The only exceptions to this procedure are the University Orchestra and the University String Orchestra, which are non-audition ensembles in which participation is determined through regular online registration. If you are unable to register because the section for your instrument is full, attend the first scheduled class to see if there is space for you to be added.

Updated for 2021-2022 School Year

Violin Orchestra Auditions

BYU-School of Music

Monday August 30, 2021

Music Majors-Audition Information

  • All majors are required to take this audition.
  • Please prepare a 5-minute excerpt of a movement of a solo piece of your choice that shows off your best qualities as a musician and violinist.
  • If you are a music major you need to prepare the following excerpt in addition to your solo piece (Click the link to download the pdf). If you would like to audition for concertmaster please also download this pdf file and prepare the excerpt for the audition.

Non-Majors-Audition Information

  • This audition is open to any current BYU student.
  • Please prepare a 3-minute excerpt of a movement of a solo piece of your choice that shows off your best qualities as a musician and violinist

NON-MAJORS ONLY, link to sign up to audition for the BYU Symphony Orchestra

FYI

  • This is the violin audition for the entire school year (Fall 2021 through Winter 2022). Occasionally there are openings for winter semester only, and these are filled on a case by case basis.
  • If you would like to receive more information about the BYU Violin Area, please contact the violin faculty.

Thank you for your interest. We are looking forward to hearing your audition!

Sincerely,

The BYU Violin Faculty
Monte Belknap
Alexander Woods
LeeAnn Morgan

Auditions

 
Friday,  September 8, 2017
9:00 AM — 3:00 PM
E-545 HFAC
  • This audition is open to any current BYU student.
  • Majors are required to take this audition.
 

There are 12 spots in the BYU Philharmonic and 12 spots in the BYU Symphony.

Auditions for Chamber Orchestra will be soon after (possibly that same week) and are open only to members of the Philharmonic.

 What to Expect

  1. The auditions will be 10 minutes long. Please prepare two pieces of your choice, in contrasting styles, about three minutes of each. Suitable pieces include concertos, sonatas and suites from the standard viola repertoire. Please also prepare two contrasting standard orchestral excerpts. There will be sight-reading.
  2. The sign-up sheet will be posted outside Dr. Bigelow’s door, E-545 HFAC, during the first week of school.

FYI

This is the viola orchestra audition for the entire year, not just for the current semester, although sometimes there are openings winter semester.

If you would like to obtain more information about the BYU Viola Area, please contact:

Dr. Claudine Bigelow

E-545 HFAC
801-422-1315
claudine_bigelow@byu.edu

Thanks for your interest. I am eager to hear and meet you.

Warmly,
Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Professor of Viola

 Auditions

Video Recorded Auditions(Through YouTube) Due Monday, August 30, 2021  No Live Auditions
  • This audition is open to any current BYU student.
  • All majors are required to take this audition.
  • Only majors (Performance, Education, Composition, Commercial Music, Bachelor of Arts)
    who need this class for degree program credit will be considered for the Philharmonic.
  • Non-majors will be considered only for the Symphony Orchestra.
 

Auditions for the Chamber Orchestra will be soon after the Philharmonic Orchestra is organized and are open only to members of the Philharmonic.

What to Expect

For music majors auditioning for the BYU Symphony and Philharmonic:

  1. Upload video to YouTube. Email the like to michelle_kesler@byu.edu.
  2. Begin your video recording by stating your email address, your full name, your major (Performance, Education, Composition, Commercial Music, Bachelor of Arts), your year (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student), and your course number (260R, 360R, 460R, 660R)
  3. Try to film yourself from approximately the waist up, with the top of your head near the top of the frame.
  4. Don’t stand too close to your recording device (phone, computer, tablet, external microphone) as the sound may be garbled.
  5. For philharmonic audition:
    • Stravinsky Firebird Suite:
      • Danse Infernale, rehearsal 31-35
      • Berceuse, rehearsal 3-6
      • Finale, rehearsal 19-20
    • Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite:
      • Child Juliet, 8 measures before rehearsal 17-18
      • Death of Juliet, 2 measures after rehearsal 46-48
  6. For BYU Symphony:
    • Play THREE MINUTES of a solo piece of your choice that you feel best represents how you play.

FYI

  • The fall semester will be unlike any previous semester for both the Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra. We currently do not know what the format will be for ensembles in the fall. The schedule and format will be subject to change at any moment.
  • This is the cello audition for the entire year, not just for the current semester, although sometimes there are openings for winter semester.

If you would like to get more information about the BYU Cello Studio, please contact Professor Kesler:
E-539 HFAC
801-422-6353
michelle_kesler@byu.edu

or

scottthomaslesser@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest! Hope to see and hear you at the audition!

Auditions will be held during the first two days of the semester. Outside of Prof. Hansen’s office (E378) there will be a sign-up sheet posted to select a time to audition. Prepare 3-4 minutes of repertoire that shows off your technical skill to its highest. Excerpts for the sight-reading will be provided.

Percussion materials and instructions can be found here. Contact Dr. Matt Coleman at matt_coleman@byu.edu if you have additional questions.

Band Audition Information

Audition for the BYU concert bands, as well as all auditioned ensembles in the School of  Music, are administered by the studio professors for each instrument. Most auditions consist of scales, sight-reading, and prepared pieces.

Due to COVID-19, many faculty members have adjusted their auditions to be held virtually or by appointment only. See list of instruments below for more information.

Individuals interested in joining BYU Bands must complete an Intent to audition form. Click here to find the form and more information about marching and concert bands. 

Contact Dr. April Clayton at april_clayton@byu.edu to receive more information.

Contact Dr. Jaren Hinckley at clarinet@byu.edu to receive more information.

Wednesday, September 1st
First Come First Served
10-1 in E-221 Ray Smith Office
Bring a short excerpt prepared piece not more than 3 minutes.
Be prepared to sight read and play scales.

Oboe positions available in the concert bands are filled by oboe music majors and only in rare situations would a position be available to a non-major. However, University Orchestra (and for winter semester, Bands) is open to non-music majors.

Contact Dr. Chris Smith at christian_smith@byu.edu to receive more information.

Updated for 2021-2022 School Year

Click here to view horn audition material.

Auditions will be held August 30th. Sign up for an audition time at room E-460. Contact Professor Brian Blanchard brian_blanchard@byu.edu with questions.

Find audition instruction and materials here. Contact Dr. Jason Bergman (jason.bergman@byu.edu) with questions.

Audition materials for trombone can be found at http://kimballtrombone.com/byu-trombones/fall-2020-ensemble-auditions/. Auditions will be held remotely during the first days of classes.

Contact Professor Bryce at dan_bryce@byu.edu for the materials and instructions for submitting an audition.

Percussion materials and instructions can be found here. Contact Dr. Matt Coleman at matt_coleman@byu.edu if you have additional questions.

Choir Audition Information

Please click here for all choir audition information.

Jazz Audition Info

Instrumental Auditions

Jazz Groups – Fall 2021

This semester, the following ensembles will be meeting:

Big Bands: Synthesis, Jazz Ensemble, & Jazz Lab Band 

Jazz Legacy Band (tradition and early swing focus) 

Combos: Mainstream Jazz and Commercial Music 

Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Syncopation

 

 

Audition Info and Start Dates

Auditions will happen during the first three days of the semester.  Results will be emailed by Friday, September 3 at 5:00 pm.  All the ensembles will begin meeting in person at their normal scheduled times on September 7 or 8, respectively.  More information will be provided by the directors and coaches after audition results are posted. See the following details for your instrument:

  • When & Where – Monday, August 30, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in E251. Plan to attend the entire audition, which will likely last more than two hours and may go as late as 6:00 pm. Bring homework or something to study. 
  • Complete the Audition Form – Prior to the audition, provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on the following google doc:   

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Xa1xIf1dzrv4XloCceiXJFI4Zy0SQi9yuuU2GbxQ0o/edit?usp=sharing  

  • Audition Materials – You will do individual and group auditions. Bring a short etude or transcription of your own choosing. Be prepared to sight read and improvise on materials we will provide. After all have played individually, you will play in a section audition.

Contact Dr. Ray Smith for saxophone questions (ray_smith@byu.edu )

  • When & Where: Wednesday, September 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, at Dr. Kimball’s office (E465 HFAC)
  • Audition Form – Prior to the audition, provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on the following google doc:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aRq78e1gqyGe7lept1RiyDfqxPBzytACpASXqyvdCvI/edit?usp=sharing 
  • Audition Materials – Prepared music posted on Dr. Kimball’s door (E465 HFAC), plus sight reading and optional improvisation.
  • Contact Dr. Kimball with any questions (will_kimball@byu.edu; E-465 HFAC).  
  • Syncopation is the vocal jazz ensemble for BYU.  It consists of 8 to 12 vocalists and a rhythm section who perform a challenging and varied repertoire of jazz, blues, and pop music, emphasizing close vocal harmonies and improvisation.   
  • Vocal spots in big bands, Jazz Legacy, and combos are also available. 
  • When & Where – Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1, in-person in room A-244 HFAC. 
  • Sign Up: Sign up for an audition time, and provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info, on the following google doc:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YroV1xDtooH75-3yckBNLsP_3uvn0e6i3XqRCikCZgE/edit?usp=sharing
  • Audition Materials – Sing a jazz swing standard of your choice, a cappella.  You will also be asked to sight sing and improvise.    
  • Contact Professor Hayley Kirkland with any questions (hayleykirkland@byu.edu).
  • When & Where – Wednesday, September 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 in E251 HFAC. 
  • Audition Form – Prior to the audition, provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on the following google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jDEZQ2bVLBdXpEHZTLvuu3ZK1E50QjRqg2FF1r1bVwo/edit?usp=sharing
  • Audition Materials – For your audition, you will play selections with the rhythm section.  You will be asked to play the melody, comp the chords, and improvise a solo on the standard bossa nova tune Little Boat, and you will be asked to sight read.  
  • Contact Dr. Bromley with any questions (kbromley@byu.edu).
  • When & Where: Please attend both the individual and sectional auditions!
    • Round 1 – Individual Audition with Professor Steve Erickson on Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 8:00 to 10:00 am or 11:00 to 2:00 pm.  Please text your name and preferred audition time to 240-355-7790
      • Or submit a video, due by 11pm on Tuesday 31Aug. Upload your video to YouTube, and provide the link to your video on the Audition Form. Please be sure that the status of your video is either unlisted or public, so that it can be accessed
    • Round 2 – Rhythm Section Audition – Wednesday, September 1 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in E251 HFAC
  • Audition Form – Prior to the audition, provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on the following google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AT3ZGjr3NPy7qb3PawAl5NTnXI9qzDZsmGjm40xO8ew/edit?usp=sharing
  • Audition Materials – For both live individual auditions and videos, Pianist will play the melody, comp the chords, and improvise a solo for the bossa nova tune Little Boat by Roberto Menescal, and another tune of your choice.  Demonstrate all three elements along with a backing track (iReal Pro, Aebersold, YouTube, etc.) or a ticking metronome.  In the sectional audition you will also be asked to sight read.
  • Contact Professor Steve Erickson with any questions (snlerickson@verizon.net).
  • When & Where – Wednesday, September 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 in E251 HFAC.
  • Audition Form – Prior to the audition, provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on the following google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d_u7hbkDL7ap29JabVoXc1PSUMTCPUU5hnUq_Ils_Tk/edit?usp=sharing
  • Audition Materials – For your audition, you will play selections with the rhythm section.  You will be asked to play the melody, comp the chords, and improvise a solo on the standard bossa nova tune Little Boat, and you will be asked to sight read.
  • Contact Professor Eric Hansen with any questions (bass@byu.edu).
  • When & Where – Please attend both the individual and sectional auditions!
    • Round 1 – In Person in E251, August 30 and 31.  Sign up for a time on Dr. Bastian’s office door (E281 HFAC).
    • Round 2 – Wednesday, September 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 in E251 HFAC.  This is the rhythm section audition and it will last 1 to 2 hours.
  • Audition Form – Prior to the audition, provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info on the following google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e8YzUSIqvtElEquKlFBdpPqb3iRJ9ZyMsduxgRWndPo/edit?usp=sharing
  • Audition Materials – During the individual audition you will demonstrate the following grooves: medium swing, up tempo swing, mambo, samba, funk, and pop.  You will also be asked to Trade 4’s in swing time, alternating between playing time and improvising a solo.  In a medium swing feel, you will play part or all of The Dayley Dash by Jay Lawrence (sheet music will be provided).  For the sectional audition you will play the bossa nova tune Little Boat with the rhythm section and do some sight reading.
  • Contact Dr. Bastian (darren.bastian@byu.edu) and Dr. Coleman (matt_coleman@byu.edu) with any questions. 

Syncopation Vocalist Auditions

Syncopation is the vocal jazz ensemble for BYU. It consists of eight to twelve vocalists and a three-piece rhythm section who perform a challenging and varied repertoire of jazz, blues and pop music, emphasizing close vocal harmonies and improvisation.

Vocal spots for big bands and combos are also available.

When & Where – Tuesday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 1, in-person HFAC room A-244

Sign Up: Sign up for an audition time, and provide all the requested information about which ensembles you are auditioning for, your time availability, and your contact info, on the following google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YroV1xDtooH75-3yckBNLsP_3uvn0e6i3XqRCikCZgE/edit?usp=sharing

AUDITIONS

Audition Materials – Sing a jazz swing standard of your choice, a cappella. You will also be asked to sight sing and improvise.

Contact Professor Hayley Kirkland with any questions (hayleykirkland@byu.edu).

Please be prepared to perform a song a cappella that you think would show off your voice. A jazz standard is preferred but not necessary. I am looking primarily for style, intonation, healthy technique, presence, and feel.

I will have you improvise over a 12-bar blues. If you’ve never done any jazz improv, don’t worry! Just come with an open mind, and open ears. I am not looking for perfection, I’m looking for good instincts, good rhythm, creativity, and willingness to experiment. If you do have experience with improvisation, this can be your place to shine. Show me what you can do!

Sight-Singing is a crucial skill for all members of Syncopation, but I fully expect that some members will be better sight-singers than others. Here’s what to expect: You will be given three 4-bar melodies that increase in difficulty. All members of Syncopation should be able to read numbers 1 and hopefully 2 with little to no mistakes. These first two melodies will be diatonic (no accidentals), and will have simple rhythms. Individuals who can demonstrate exceptional reading skills by singing numbers 3 well, will show that they could be valuable members of the group, even if they are less strong with some of the other parts of the audition.

I am looking for singers who are prepared, professional, and composed, individuals who have a good attitude and will be able to work well on a team.

By this point I should have a good idea of your voice and abilities but I may ask to hear your range, hear straight tone singing (without vibrato), and/or hear how you hold your part on a scale while I sing a 2nd above or below you.

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