Auditions

Music Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles - Fall 2014

Students: Please make sure you take the Music Theory Placement Evaluation. The date, time and location TBD.

Baroque Violin/Viola:  Please contact Jane Starkman at xtyl@comcast.net with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Cello:  Date, time and place TBD.

Clarinet:  Please contact Kathy Matasy at kmatasy@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Flute:  Date, time and place TBD. Please contact Suzanne Stumpf at sstumpf@wellesley.edu with any questions.

Guitar and Lute: Please contact Glorianne Collver-Jacobson gcollver@wellesley.edu to arrange an audition/initial meeting time if you are interested in taking Private Lessons (99, 199, & 299). For those interested in guitar group lessons, there will be an Informational Meeting - Date, time and place TBD. For both private and group lessons, please be sure to sign-up on the sign-up sheets posted outside the music office during Orientation week and contact the instructor by email at gcollver@wellesley.edu.

Harp:  Please contact Ina Zdorovetchi at izdorove@wellesley.edu; 617-515-4082 to set-up an audition time.

Jazz Piano:  Please contact Doug Johnson at djohnso1@wellesley.edu, if you have questions or to schedule an audition time.

Jazz, Pop Voice:  Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet posted outside the Music office during Orientation week.  More information will be provided in the next couple of months.

Jazz Saxophone:  Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet, which will be posted outside the Music office during Orientation week. More information will be provided in the next couple of months.

Jazz Violin and Viola:  Please contact Cercie Miller, cmiller@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Oboe:  Please contact Jane Harrison at jharrison1951@gmail.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Organ:  Date, time and place of audition will be posted closer to Orientation week.

Piano:  Date, time and place of audition will be posted closer to Orientation week.

Trombone:  Please contact Gabe Langfur at gabelangfur@gmail.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Viola da Gamba:  Please contact Laura Jeppesen at ljeppese@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Violin and Viola:  Date, time and place of audition will be posted closer to Orientation week.

Voice (classical & musical theater):  Date, time and place of audition will be posted closer to Orientation week.

All other instruments: Students who have completed the Music Theory Placement evaluation and indicated a desire to take private or group lessons on an instrument not listed above will be contacted by the instructor for that instrument during the first week of class. If this does not occur or you have questions, contact Marion Dry, Director of the Music Performance Program by email: mdry@wellesley.edu.

Preparing for Auditions

Auditions for private instruction take several different forms. Voice, strings, and piano have scheduled auditions during Orientation Week or during the first week of classes. All other instrumental auditions occur during a “first meeting” with the instructor. Listed below are requirements for some instruments/voice. If your instrument or style is not listed, it is safe to assume you should prepare to play two short excerpts or pieces in contrasting styles. Auditions are intended to be relaxed and pleasant!

Bassoon:
199 - All major scales in two octaves.
A study of the difficulty of Milde Scale Studies or Vaulet Studies.
Slow and fast solo movements of the difficulty of Vivaldi’s Concerto in F Major.

299 - Chromatic scale covering the entire range up to high D, major and minor scales three octaves, the range of the instrument.
A study of the difficulty of Milde Concert studies
Fast and slow movements of the difficulty of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto or Weber’s Andante and Rondo, or Weber’s Concerto.

Flute:
Please prepare two contrasting movements (time periods and styles) and bring a list of completed repertoire and etudes/studies.

Jazz Violin/Viola:
Play any two- or three-octave scale, and a piece in any style (classical, fiddle, rock, world, etc.) that you know well. Students with improvisation experience may play a blues or jazz standard of their choice.  (Improvisation experience is welcome but not necessary!)   Questions? Please contact Paula Zeitlin, pzeitlin@wellesley.edu

Piano:
Prepare to perform two or more pieces of intermediate to advanced difficulty from different style periods (i.e. baroque, classical, romantic, modern).

Oboe :
You will be asked to play scales, Barret or Ferling Etude, and two movements of a solo piece.

Strings:
Perform a scale plus a set of arpeggios and two contrasting pieces, usually one fast and one slow.

Trombone:  Please prepare two contrasing pieces.

Violin and Viola:
Prepare 2 contrasting pieces and a scale with arpeggio's. Please play your best or favorite piece. For beginners who have nothing prepared, sign-up for an audition and visit to introduce yourself and express your wishes. If you have additional questions, please contact Laura Bossert at Bossert-King@wellesley.edu.

Voice :
Singers should prepare 3-5 minutes of music maximum, preferably something you like and know well. An accompanist will be provided, so please bring a copy of the music you will sing for the pianist, if you wish accompaniment. You are also welcome to sing unaccompanied or to accompany yourself, if you prefer. There will also be a questionnaire asking about your musical background and interests, so please come a few minutes early (and bring a pen!) to complete that before your audition.

Auditions for Ensembles

All auditions with specific dates and times require sign up. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the Music Department Office in Jewett, near the Auditorium.

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Auditions: Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.  Fall 2013 auditions on the Wellesley College campus will commence on Monday, September 2 from 12:00-6:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 218. Please visit the calendar for the Orchestra for additional information. *For the audition, prepare two contrasting selections  - a half a page to a page of each. We recommend you include a first movement of a classical sonata or concerto. If you arrive without music, prepare a scale of your choice in as many octaves as your technique permits.

Choir/Chamber Singers Auditions: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, August 31 - September 2 from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209.

Chamber Music Society Auditions: Additional Audition time on Tuesday, September 10 from 7:00-9:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 107. Please sign-up on the sign-up sheet outside the Music Dept. office, Jewett 205. Chamber Music Society is comprised of as many as 20 different small groups of all instrumental and vocal combinations.  If you are interested and have just arrived on campus or have never participated before, please sign up for an audition.  Auditions will be held for all instrument and voice types.  Please bring two contrasting pieces and be prepared to do some brief sight-reading.  We hope you will join us!

Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program Auditions:  Date, time and location TBD. The Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program includes BlueJazz Big Band, BlueJazz Strings and BlueJazz Combos. Jazz auditions are open to any interested instrumentalist or vocalist. (Vocalists are encouraged to sign-up for both Jazz Auditions and Vocal Auditions.)  Piano, drumset, acoustic bass, electric bass and bass amp, and electric guitar amp will be provided for those students who need them. Prepare any piece you feel shows your musicality best, and that you are comfortable playing. A jazz or blues piece is preferred but not required. You can play unaccompanied, or with a CD or ipod accompaniment. If you have experience with improvisation, we'd like to hear you improvise!  However, the ability to improvise is not required. Please prepare at least one major and one minor scale. Optional: Sight-read a jazz chart and play a blues scale.

If you have questions, please contact Cercie Miller, Jazz-World Music Program Coordinator at cmiller@wellesley.edu.

Yanvalou Open Meeting: Yanvalou does not hold auditions. If you are interested, please attend the first meeting or contact the Director, Kera Washington at sistahdrum@aol.com.

Collegium Auditions: Please contact Tom Zajac at tzajac@wellesley.edu to schedule an audition time and place.

For information regarding specific ensembles, please see the Ensembles page.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department of Music
Jewett Arts Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481


Tel: 781.283.2077 
Fax: 781.283.3687

 


Claire Fontijn
Chair
cfontijn@wellesley.edu
781.283.2072

 

Marion Dry
Director of the Music Performance Program
mdry@wellesley.edu
781.283.2977

 

Magdalen Christian
Music Program Coordinator
mchristi@wellesley.edu
781.283.2077

 

Isabel Fine
Concert Manager
isabel.fine@wellesley.edu
781.283.2028