Music Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles - Fall 2020
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: Audition times TBD 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.
Harpsichord: Please contact Erica Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Classical Guitar and Lute: Please contact Glorianne Collver-Jacobson email@example.com with any questions and/or to set up a zoom audition/initial meeting.
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 Guitar: Please contact Steven Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Piano: Please contact Russell Hoffmann at email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz, Pop Voice or Advanced Jazz Group Lessons: Please contact Kris Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Jazz Saxophone: Sign-up sheet will be posted regarding auditions. Please contact Cercie Miller at email@example.com with questions.
Jazz Trombone: Please contact Mark Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition.
Jazz Violin and Viola: Please contact Paula Zeitlin, email@example.com with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Oboe: Please contact Kyoko Battaglia at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule an audition time.
Organ: Please contact Erica Johnson at email@example.com with questions and to schedule an audition time.
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.
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!
Bassoon: Please prepare two contrasting movements (time periods and styles) and bring a list of completed repertoire and etudes/studies.
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, email@example.com
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 contrasting 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.
Voice: Singers should prepare 3-5 minutes maximum of music, 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 2020: Audition times TBD in Pendleton West, Grand Rehearsal Hall, Room 201. Please visit the website for the Orchestra for additional information.
Chamber Music Society Auditions - August 30 from 5:00 to 9:00pm: To sign-up for an audition, please complete the audition form by way of the link. If you can't attend on the noted day, please contact David Russell at email@example.com 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!
Collegium Auditions: Students should attend the first meeting of the group if they are interested. Please contact the Collegium Musicum Director 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organ Club: Please contact Erica Johnson at email@example.com for more information.
Wellesley BlueJazz Ensemble Program Auditions: Date and time of the Auditions TBD 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yanvalou Open Meeting: Yanvalou does not hold auditions. If you are interested in joining, please attend the first meeting. Please contact the Director, Kera Washington at email@example.com with questions.
For information regarding specific ensembles, please see the Ensembles web page.