Ensemble Auditions

Department of Music ensembles are open to all UCI students. Auditions are required for all except Concert Choir. Some ensembles require appointments.



Auditions for the UCI Symphony Orchestra take place during Welcome Week, each year.


Please see https://music.arts.uci.edu/symphony/audition-repertoire for repertoire and signup information.


Symphony Orchestra meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:50pm.

Contact Dr. Geoffrey Pope at geoffrey.pope@uci.edu with questions.




Submit an audition video via this Google form by Monday, September 26th. Submit Here

Attend the first class session (check the Schedule of Classes for day, time, and location). The first half of the class will be a rehearsal for those who submitted video auditions. The second half of the class will be open auditions for anyone who did not submit an audition video.


  • The following concert major scales: Bb, Eb, C, F
  • A short prepared piece or etude.

There is no accompaniment for Wind Ensemble auditions.


Wind Ensemble meets on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:50pm.

Contact Professor Kevin McKeown with questions.




No audition required. Open to all UCI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.


Concert Choir meets on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:50pm.

Contact Professor Irene Messoloras with questions or visit the UCI Concert Choir webpage. .



Music 164: OPERA

Opera auditions are held during Week 1, each year.

  • Auditions will be held on Friday, September 30th from 4:00 - 7:00pm, in Winifred Smith Hall (WSH 180)
  • Signup at the 1st floor bulletin board in the Music & Media Bldg, across from MM 111

This year's opera is Gianni Schicchi, by Puccini.

Accompaniment is provided.


You should be prepared to sing three contrasting songs or arias, as follows:

  • Three of the four following style periods should be represented: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st century.
  • At least one piece, but no more than two pieces, should be sung in English.
  • At least one piece should be sung in one of the following foreign languages: Italian, French, German, or Spanish.


Opera Workshop meets on Fridays from 4:00pm - 6:50pm.

Contact Professor Darryl Taylor with questions.




Audition Required. Signup Here

Auditions take place throughout Welcome Week and Week 1. Check our Welcome Week Schedule for days, times, and locations.


  • Choose a style that features you best. Choosing a song that demonstrates your range is highly recommended.
  • Be sure to warm up prior to your audition. Strive for warm resonant sound in your vocal tone.

Singers should be prepared to sight read for Dr. Messoloras. There is no accompaniment for Chamber Singers auditions.

Chamber Singers meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm - 5:20pm.

Contact Professor Irene Messoloras with questions.



Music 176, 182 and 178: JAZZ COMBOS and JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Please see the Jazz Ensembles page for more information about how to audition for Music 176 (Jazz Ensemble), Music 182 (Advanced Jazz Ensemble) and Music 178 (Jazz Orchestra).