Music Department

Performance

ENSEMBLE AUDITION INFORMATION
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Chamber Chorus

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)
Auditions for new members: 9:00-11am, the Tuesday following Labor Day, in Killian Hall (14W-111). Sign up for auditions on the bulletin board of the Concerts Office, Rm. 4-243.
Audition Requirements: One solo piece of your choice and sight-reading.

Chamber Music Society

Marcus Thompson, Director (bratsche@mit.edu)
Sign up for new and returning students and auditions for NEW members: 7pm, Registration Day (both semesters) in Killian Hall (Rm. 14W-111). Students who participated last semester need not audition, but do need to sign up.
Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and sight-reading.

Concert Choir

William Cutter, Director (cutcomp@mit.edu)
Auditions for new members: 7-9:30pm, the Wednesday following Registration Day, in Rm. 4-270.
Audition Format: Octet auditions of music just rehearsed.

Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE)

Frederick Harris, Director (fharris@mit.edu)
Auditions are by appointment only and begin the last week of August. See Vanessa Gardner in the Concerts Office, Rm. 4-243 or email vgardner@mit.edu to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Requirements:

Woodwinds and Brass: Chromatic scale the full range of your instrument, brief sight-reading (focusing on rhythmic reading and various jazz styles), and a brief solo jazz piece of your choice. You are encouraged to demonstrate your improvisational ability at the audition but it is not a requirement. Accompaniment for Blues in Bb or F will be provided.

Rhythm Section (Piano/Vibes/Guitar): Sight-reading of basic chord changes and a solo piece of your choice demonstrating melodic playing. You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate your improvisational ability.

Bass: Sight-reading of basic swing and funk/Latin charts and chord changes and a solo piece of your choice demonstrating melodic playing. You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate your improvisational ability.

Drumset: Sight-reading of basic swing and Latin/funk charts and performance of four/eight bars of time followed by four/eight bars of soloing in both swing and funk/Latin styles at a medium tempo.

Rambax MIT Senegalese drumming ensemble

Co-directed by Patricia Tang (pjtang@mit.edu) and Affiliated Artist Lamine Toure. Drums provided; no previous drumming experience necessary. To audition, please attend the first class meeting on the Monday following Registration Day, 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Endicott World Music Room, N52-199.

Symphony Orchestra (MITSO)

Adam Boyles, Director (akboyles@mit.edu)
Auditions are by appointment only. Please fill out the audition request form at: http://tinyurl.com/MITauditions or Visit the Concerts Office, Rm. 4-243 to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Requirements: One work of your choice, not to exceed 4 minutes in length. Any solo concerto/etude/etc, but no orchestral excerpts.
Scales (Major, Natural/Harmonic/Melodic Minor, Chromatic) and sight-reading.

Wind Ensemble (MITWE)

Frederick Harris, Director (fharris@mit.edu)
Auditions are by appointment only and begin the last week of August. See Vanessa Gardner in the Concerts Office, Rm. 4-243 or email vgardner@mit.edu to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Requirements: Chromatic scale the full range of your instrument as you are able, brief sight-reading (focusing on rhythmic reading ability), and a brief solo piece or etude of your choice which best demonstrates your musicianship and overall ability. Your choice should include passages that are slow and lyrical and ones that demonstrate your technical facility.

Percussionists Note: You are encouraged (but not required) to audition on at least two of the three major percussion instruments (timpani, mallet instruments, snare drum). Timpani auditions will include basic tuning, snare drum auditions will include basic rudiments, and mallet auditions will include scales.

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