No. You only apply for admission to MIT. Once admitted all MIT students are welcome to take classes and audition for membership in the performance ensembles.
No. Only the most advanced performers who are interested in continuing their music while at MIT, whether for credit or not, should send in an electronic music supplement for assessment by the music faculty. Only the top-rated classical, jazz, world music and composition supplements are considered in the admissions process. Supplements provide the admissions committee additional evidence of a student's achievements. However, a music supplement without an 'exceptional' rating, has no impact on an applicant's chances of admissions to MIT.
No. You don't have to major or minor in music to take classes or participate in performance ensembles. The majority of our students are not music majors. There are many performers who choose to take music to fulfill their Humanities Concentration, or as a Music Minor or Major. But there are no pre-requisites for membership in our ensembles other than an audition. Ensembles are open to all MIT students, including graduate students.
While the faculty will make every effort to include as many students as possible, they try to select the strongest singers and instrumentalists that audition. Incoming students tend to have had strong musical experiences in high school, and in many cases, private instruction. However, all students with a serious interest in music performance should audition to find out if there are any opportunities available for them in a given ensemble for the upcoming semester.
All audition information and requirements are posted in the Performance section of this site. Most auditions are by appointment. The basic requirement for instrumentalists is to perform one or two short pieces that best demonstrate musical and technical ability. You may also be asked to sight-read and play scales. For new students, auditions start at the end of August and continue during the first week of classes. Most auditions are by appointment but some take place at the first scheduled class meeting of the group.
Yes. MIT Music Section ensembles are co-curricular, which means that the student may register for subject credit or not. Rehearsal attendance and performance expectations are the same whether you are participating in an ensemble for credit or not.
Chamber Chorus, T/Th, 9:30-11am
Concert Choir, T/Th, 7-9:30pm
Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE), T/Th, 5-7pm
Chamber Music Society, One hour per week by appointment
Symphony Orchestra (MITSO), T/Th, 7:30-10pm
Wind Ensemble (MITWE), M/W, 7:30-10pm
Rambax (African Drumming Ensemble), T, 7-9:30pm
Gamelan Galak Tika (Balinese Gamelan), M/W, 7:30-9:30 pm
MITSO, FJE and MITWE usually perform twice per semester, Chamber Chorus, Concert Choir, Rambax, Gamelan Galak Tika and the Chamber Music Society ensembles usually perform one concert per semester.
Yes, via the Emerson program you may audition for a scholarship to study with some of the finest teachers in the Boston area. The deadline for application is August 15. For Emerson program application details, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instruments: We strongly encourage students to bring their own instruments to MIT. However, a small collection of MIT-owned wind, brass, percussion and string basses is available for rent to students in our performing ensembles.
Instrument lockers: Lockers are only available on a first-come, first-served basis to students in our music performance ensembles. The instruments and lockers are signed-out by the Concerts Office. To schedule and appointment, call (617) 253-2826, email email@example.com or stop by the Concerts Office, 4-243.
Practice rooms: There is a suite of eight individual practice rooms on the second floor of Building 4. They are available on a 24-hour basis to all students participating in music performance subjects, as well as to music majors. In addition, there are six music classrooms on the first and third floors of Building 4. Piano scholarship students and students in Chamber Music Society are granted access to these rooms for practice, when not in use for classes. All of the classrooms have grand pianos; one classroom also has a harpsichord. For access, go to the Music Office, Rm. 4-246.
The Music and Theater Arts Office staff is here to help, call us at 617-253-3210; 617-253-2826, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by our offices, MIT Rm. 4-243 & Rm. 4-246.