Music Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles - Fall 2019

Sign-up sheets for auditions will be posted on the table in the Foyer, outside the Music Office, Jewett Arts Center, Room 205 by noon on Wednesday, August 28.  The Music Information Session will be later that day from 4:45-5:45p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.


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

Bassoon:  Please contact Tracy McGinnis at with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Cello:  Auditions in Jewett Arts Center, Room 107. Please contact David Russell at for an audition time.

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

Flute, Baroque Flute:  Please contact Kathy Boyd at with questions and to schedule an audition time.

Harpsichord:  Please contact Daniel Ryan at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Guitar and Lute: Please contact Glorianne Collver-Jacobson 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 a Guitar Group Lesson Information Meeting on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209For 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

Harp: Please contact Franziska Huhn at or to set-up an audition time.

Jazz and String Bass: Please contact Mark Henry at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Drumset, Percussion: Please contact Steve Langone at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Flute: Please contact Lance Martin at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Guitar: Please contact Steven Kirby at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Piano: Please contact Russell Hoffmann at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz, Pop Voice: Please contact Kris Adams at with questions.

Jazz Saxophone: Sign-up sheet will be posted regarding auditions.  Please contact Cercie Miller at with questions.

Jazz Trombone: Please contact Mark Hamilton at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Trumpet: Please contact Tom Duprey, at or by phone at 508-284-4347 with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Jazz Violin and Viola: Please contact Paula Zeitlin, with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Oboe: Please contact Kyoko Battaglia at with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Organ: Please contact Erica Johnson at with questions and to schedule an audition time.

Piano:  Auditions take place on Monday, September 2 from 12:00p to 3:00p in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209Please register for a performance time on the sign-up sheet outside the Music office, Jewett 205 starting at noon on Wednesday, August 28.

Trombone: Please contact Gabe Langfur at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Viola da Gamba: Please contact Laura Jeppesen at with questions or to schedule an audition.

Violin and Viola: Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00 to 8:30pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209. Please sign up for an audition using the sign-up sheet available outside the Music office, Jewett Arts Center, Room 205 starting Wednesday, August 28 at 12:00pm.

Voice (classical & musical theater): Auditions are on Friday, August 30 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209. Please see information below regarding how to prepare for the audition.

All other instruments: Students who have a desire to take private or group lessons on an instrument not listed above should contact Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program at during Orientation or the first week of classes.

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.

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,

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.

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:
Please prepare a piece to play for us. 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 Gabriela Diaz,, Jane Starkman,, or Laura Bossert-King,

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 - Fall 2019: Sunday, September 1 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and on Monday, September 2 from 3;30pm to 6:00pm in Pendleton West, Grand Rehearsal Hall, Room 201. Please visit the website for the Orchestra for additional information.

Choir/Chamber Singers Auditions:  Saturday, August 31, 10:00am to 2:00pm in Pendleton West, Room 201; Sunday, September 1, 10:00am to 5:15pm in Pendleton West, Room 101; Monday, September 2, 10:00am to 3:00pm in Pendleton West, Room 201 and 3:00-4:00pm in Pendleton West, Room 101. Please sign up for an audition time by way of the Choir Auditions schedule. Contact the Director Lisa Graham at with questions.

Chamber Music Society Auditions: Monday, September 2 from 4:00pm-8:00pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room 107.  Please sign-up for an audition time on the sign-up sheets outside the Music Dept. office, Jewett Arts Center, Room 205. If you can't attend on the noted day, please contact David Russell at regarding additional times. 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!

Guild of Carillonneurs: Applications for membership in the Guild are available the first week of classes through the Guild. Please send questions to Margaret Angelini at or

Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program Auditions:  Friday, August 30 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room-106. To sign up for an audition, please click here.  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 will be provided for those students who need them. Prepare any piece you feel shows your musicality best. A jazz or blues piece is preferred but not required. If you do not have a jazz or blues piece prepared, play anything you are comfortable playing! You can play unaccompanied, or with a CD or ipod accompaniment. If you have experience with improvisation, we'd like to hear you improvise. If not, the ability to improvise is not required. Play two scales of your choice. Optional: Sightread a jazz chart and play a blues scale.

If you have questions, please contact Cercie Miller, Jazz-World Music Program Coordinator at

Yanvalou Open Meeting: Yanvalou does not hold auditions. If you are interested, please attend the first meeting on Thursday, September 5 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Jewett Arts Center Auditorium. Please contact the Director, Kera Washington at with questions.

Collegium Auditions: Students should attend meetings on Monday, September 9 and Monday, September 16 to audition.  Please contact Andrew Arceci at regarding the start time of those meetings.

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