Music Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles - Fall 2013
Students: Please make sure you take the Music Theory Placement Evaluation given at 8:00-9:00a.m. and 4:00-5:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center Auditorium on Wednesday, August 28.
Baroque Violin/Viola: Please contact Jane Starkman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Cello: Monday, September 2 from 9:00a.m.-12:30p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 107
Clarinet: Please contact Kathy Matasy at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Flute: Auditions will be held on Tuesday September 3 from 12:30-5:00p.m. in Pendleton West 220. Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet outside the Music Office. Please contact Suzanne Stumpf at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Guitar and Lute: Please contact Glorianne Collver-Jacobson email@example.com 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 on Saturday, September 7 from 5:30 to 6:30p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 218. For both private and group lessons, please be sure to sign-up on the sign-up sheets posted outside the music office and contact the instructor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harp: Please contact Ina Zdorovetchi at email@example.com; 617-515-4082 to set-up an audition time.
Jazz Piano: Please contact Doug Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 outside the Music office beginning Tuesday afternoon, August 27.
Jazz Saxophone: Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet outside the Music office beginning Tuesday afternoon, August 27.
Jazz Violin and Viola: Please contact Cercie Miller, email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Oboe: Please contact Jane Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Piano: Friday, August 30 from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209.
Trombone: Please contact Gabe Langfur at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Viola da Gamba: Please contact Laura Jeppesen at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Violin and Viola: Violin - Friday, August 30 from 4:00-6:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 106 and Viola - Friday, August 30 from 6:00-7:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 106
Voice (classical & musical theater): Friday, August 30 from 2:00-5:15p.m. in Pendleton West, Room 220. Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet outside the Music Office by noon on Friday, Aug. 30.
All other instruments: Students who have completed the Music Theory Placement test 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: email@example.com.
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!
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.
Please prepare two contrasting movements (time periods and styles) and bring a list of completed repertoire and etudes/studies.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare to perform two or more pieces of intermediate to advanced difficulty from different style periods (i.e. baroque, classical, romantic, modern).
You will be asked to play scales, Barret or Ferling Etude, and two movements of a solo piece.
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.
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: Monday, September 2 from 12:00-3:00p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 106. 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 email@example.com.
Yanvalou Open Meeting: Yanvalou does not hold auditions. If you are interested, please attend the first meeting or contact the Director, Kera Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collegium Auditions: Please contact Tom Zajac at email@example.com to schedule an audition time and place.
For information regarding specific ensembles, please see the Ensembles page.