Music Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles - Fall 2018
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 29. The Music Information Session will be later that day from 4:30-5:30p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.
Baroque Violin/Viola: Please contact Jane Starkman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Bassoon: Please contact Tracy McGinnis at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Cello: Auditions in Jewett Arts Center, Room 107. Please contact David Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition time.
Clarinet: Please contact Kathy Matasy at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Flute, Baroque Flute: Auditions in Jewett Arts Center, Room 218 on Saturday, September 1 from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Please sign up for a time on the sign-up sheet available outside the music office, Jewett Arts Center, Room 205, during Orientation week. Please contact Kathy Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Harpsichord: Please contact Daniel Ryan at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition.
Guitar and Lute: Please contact Glorianne Collver-Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30p.m. in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209. 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 email@example.com.
Jazz and String Bass: Please contact Mark Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Drumset, Percussion: Please contact Steve Langone at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Flute: Please contact Lance Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Guitar: Please contact Steven Kirby at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Piano: Please contact Russell Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz, Pop Voice: Sign-up sheet will be posted regarding auditions. Please contact Kris Adams at email@example.com with questions.
Jazz Saxophone: Sign-up sheet will be posted regarding auditions. Please contact Cercie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Jazz Trombone: Please contact Mark Hamilton at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Trumpet: Please contact Tom Duprey, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-284-4347 with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Jazz Violin and Viola: Please contact Paula Zeitlin, 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.
Organ: Please contact Helen Ward Mannix at email@example.com with questions and to schedule an audition time.
Piano: Auditions take place on Monday, September 3 from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. in Pendleton West, Room 101. Please register for a performance time on the sign-up sheet outside the Music office, Jewett 205 starting at noon on Thursday, August 30.
Trombone: Please contact Gabe Langfur at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Viola da Gamba: Please contact Laura Jeppesen at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition.
Violin and Viola: Auditions are scheduled for Friday, August 31 from 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. 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 Thursday, August 29 at 12:00pm.
Voice (classical & musical theater): Auditions are on Sunday, September 2 from 11:00a.m to 1:30p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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, email@example.com
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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jane Starkman, email@example.com, or Laura Bossert-King, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2018: Monday, September 3 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm in Pendleton West, Grand Rehearsal Hall, Room 201 and Tuesday, September 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 in Jewett Arts Center, Room 209. Please visit the website for the Orchestra for additional information.
Choir/Chamber Singers Auditions: Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 from 10a.m. to 6:00p.m. in the Grand Rehearsal Hall, Pendleton West, Room 201. Please sign up for an audition time by way of the Choir Auditions schedule. Contact the Director Lisa Graham at email@example.com with questions.
Chamber Music Society Auditions: Monday, September 3 from 4:00 to 8:00p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program Auditions: Friday, August 31 from 10:00 to 3:00p.m. 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 email@example.com.
Yanvalou Open Meeting: Yanvalou does not hold auditions. If you are interested, please attend the first meeting on Tuesday, September 5 in Pendleton West, Room 201. Please contact the Director, Kera Washington at Kera.Washington@gmail.com with questions.
Collegium Auditions: Monday, September 10 and Monday, September 17 from 6:00-9:00p.m. in the Sargeant Music Salon, Pendleton West, Room 101. Sign-up sheets for audition timeslots on those two days will be available at noon on Wednesday, August 29 outside of Jewett Arts Center Auditorium. Feel free to contact Andrew if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding specific ensembles, please see the Ensembles page.