Auditions

Music Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles - Fall 2021
(Note to Students Attending Auditions: The entrance to Jewett and Pendleton West will be the Pendleton West building door accessible from the Academic Quad. All students should have swipe access to this door for the auditions. If you have trouble gaining access with your One Card, please call Campus Police at 781-283-5151 and ask for assistance. Thank you.)

Classical and Early Music Instruction

Accoustic Guitar: Please contact Steve Kirby at skirby2@wellesley.edu with any questions and/or to set up a zoom audition/initial meeting.

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

Classical Bass: Please contact Mark Henry at mhenry@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition.

Classical Bassoon:  Please contact Tracy McGinnis at tmcginni@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Classical Cello:  Audition times TBD in Jewett Arts Center, Room 107. Please contact David Russell at drussell@wellesley.edu for an audition time.

Classical Clarinet:  Please contact Amy Advocat at amyadvocat@gmail.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Classical Flute, Baroque Flute:  Please contact Kathy Boyd at kboyd@wellesley.edu with questions and to schedule an audition time.

Harpsichord:  Please contact Erica Johnson at ej100@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition.

Classical Harp: Please contact Franziska Huhn at huhnfd@gmail.com or fhuhn@wellesley.edu to set-up an audition time.

Classical Oboe: Please contact Kyoko Battaglia at kh100@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Classical Organ: Please contact Erica Johnson at ej100@wellesley.edu with questions and to schedule an audition time.

Classical Piano: Auditions take place on September 6 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Pendleton West, Room 101. To sign up for an audition, please complete the audition form by way of the link. Please contact rhodgkin@wellesley.edu with questions.

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

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

Classical Violin and Viola: Auditions are on September 6 from 4:00 to 6:00pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209.  Please complete the audition form in order for you to sign up for an audition time. Please contact Jane Starkman at jstarkma@wellesley.edu with questions.

Classical and Musical Theater Voice: Auditions are on Monday, September 6 from 10:00a to 12:30p in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209. To sign up for an audition, please visit the auditions sign-up sheet by way of the link.  Please contact Sonja Tengblad at stengbla@wellesley.edu with any questions.

Jazz and World Music Instruction

Jazz Electric and String Bass: Please contact Mark Henry at mhenry@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Drumset and Percussion: Please contact Steve Langone at slangone@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz and Popular Guitar: Please contact Steven Kirby at skirby2@Wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition.

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

Jazz, Pop Voice or Advanced Jazz Group Lessons: Please contact Kris Adams at kadams@wellesley.edu with questions.

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

Jazz Trombone and Low Brass: Please contact Mark Hamilton at mhamilt3@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition.

Jazz Trumpet: Please contact Tom Duprey, at tduprey@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

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

World African Drumming: Please contact Kera Washington at kwashing@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

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 eakahori@wellesley.edu during Orientation or the first week of classes.

 

PREPARING FOR AUDITIONS

Auditions for private instruction take several different forms. Classical voice, classical strings and classical 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!                                                                                     

Classical and Early Music                                                                                        Classical voice, strings, and piano have scheduled auditions during Orientation Week, or during the first week of classes. All other instrument auditions occur during first meeting with the instructor.

Accoustic Guitar: If you are a beginner, consider signing up for the group-acoustic guitar class. Play something from your repertoire, and talk about your short- and long-term goals in playing classical and/or acoustic guitar styles. What would you like to work on and get better at doing?

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

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

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

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

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

Classical Trumpet: Play something from your repertoire, and talk about your short- and long-term goals in playing the trumpet.  What would you like to work on and improve?

Classical 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, vdiaz@wellesley.edu, Jane Starkman, jstarkma@wellesley.edu, or Laura Bossert-King, lbossert@wellesley.edu.

Classical and Musical Theater Voice: Please warm up before you come, and bring along one or two pieces that you enjoy singing and know well. The more contrasting the better! A pianist is provided; so bring a copy of your music for them and one for yourself if necessary. Extra copies can be easily obtained from the music library and there are wonderful people there to help you find anything you may need. Should you not have music prepared, do come and sing anyway! “Happy Birthday” or a song you can sing unaccompanied is just fine. Please complete this questionnaire before you come to your audition.

Jazz and World Music

All students who are interested in performing and/or studying Jazz at Wellesley, should plan to attend BlueJazz auditions, and please fill out this questionnaire and sign up for your audition timeslot. Additionally, please contact the private Jazz and World Instructor with whom you are interested in studying.

Jazz and Popular Music Guitar: If you are a beginner, consider signing up for the group-acoustic guitar class. Play something from your repertoire, and talk about your short- and long-term goals in playing Jazz/Popular/World guitar styles. What would you like to work on and get better doing?

Jazz, Popular Music Voice - Auditions are on Monday, September 6 from 10:00a to 12:30p in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209. Sing something that you enjoy singing and know well. If you don’t know any songs or don’t have a repertoire, you can just sing something like Happy Birthday or any song! To sign up for an audition, please visit the auditions sign-up sheet by way of the link. Please contact Sonja Tengblad at stengbla@wellesley.edu or Kris Adams at kadams@wellesley.edu with any questions.

Jazz Saxophone: Play any piece you are comfortable with, with a preference for Jazz/Popular/ Blues genres.  If possible, please play several scales from memory (1-2 majors, any other) and a Blues scale if you know one. If you have experience with improvisation/soloing, that would be great, but not necessary. Contact Cercie Miller, cmiller@wellesley.edu with any questions.

Jazz Trombone and Low Brass:  Play any piece you are comfortable with, with a preference for Jazz/Popular/Blues genres. Please play any scale you know well as fast as you can up and down the instrument. If you have experience with improvisation/soloing, we would love to hear you, but it's not necessary as we'll teah you! Please contact Mark Hamilton at mhamilt3@wellesley.edu with questions.

Jazz Trumpet: Play something from your repertoire, and talk about your short- and long-term goals in playing the trumpet. What would you like to work on and get better at doing? Please contact Tom Duprey, at tduprey@wellesley.edu with questions.

Jazz Vibraphone: Please contact Rich Greenblatt at rgreenbla@wellesley.edu

Jazz Violin/ViolaPlay a 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!) Please contact Paula Zeitlin at pzeitlin@wellesley.edu with questions or to schedule an audition time.

Auditions for Ensembles

All auditions with specific dates and times require sign up. Sign-up sheets will be available online. See specific ensemble listings for sign-up information.

Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Auditions - Fall 2021: Auditions are on Monday, September 6 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00 to 9:00pm; on Tuesday, September 7 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm, and Wednesday September 8 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  All auditions take place in Pendleton West, Grand Rehearsal Hall, Room 201. Please visit the website for the Orchestra for additional information.

Chamber Music Society Auditions - Fall 2021: Monday September 6 from 4:00 to 7:00pm and Monday, September 13 from 7:30 to 9:30pm.  Both auditions will take place in Jewett Arts Center Auditorium. To sign-up for an audition, please complete the audition form by way of the CMS Fall 2021 Information letter.  If you can't attend on the noted day, please contact David Russell at drussell@wellesley.edu 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!

Choir/Chamber Singers Auditions: Monday, September 6 from 10:00am to 3:30pm in Jewett Arts Center Auditorium, Room 202 and 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Jewett Arts Center, Room 218.  Additional auditions on Tuesday, September 7 from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Pendleton West, Room 101. Please sign-up for an audition time by way of the link and complete the Choir Questionnaire before you audition. Contact the Director Lisa Graham at lgraham1@wellesley.edu with questions.

Collegium Musicum Auditions: Students should attend the first meeting of the group if they are interested. Please contact the Collegium Musicum Director, Laura Jeppesen at ljeppese@wellesley.edu if you have questions.

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 mangelin@wellesley.edu.

Organ Club: Please contact Erica Johnson at ej100@wellesley.edu for more information.

Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program Auditions: Sunday, September 5 in Jewett Arts Center, Room 106. Please fill out the BlueJazz Questionnaire and sign up for your audition time slot here.  The Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program includes BlueJazz Big Band, BlueJazz Strings and BlueJazz Combos.  Jazz auditions are open to any instrumentalist or vocalist. Interested vocalists are encouraged to sign up for both BlueJazz Auditions and Vocal Auditions.  Piano, vibraphone, drumset, acoustic bass, electric bass, bass amp and guitar 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 an iPod or any other digital  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 and World Music Program Coordinator at cmiller@wellesley.edu.

Yanvalou Open Meeting: Yanvalou does not hold auditions but would like to meet you. Please use the following form to let us know you will be attending the first meeting on Thursday, September 9 starting at 5:00pm in Jewett Arts Center Auditorium. Please contact the Director, Kera Washington at kwashing@wellesley.edu with any questions.

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