Ensemble Auditions

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



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

  • Strings auditions are 9:00am - 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • Winds, Brass & Percussion auditions are 9:00am - 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Appointments Required.      

  • To prepare for your audition, view Audition Repertoire and the Syllabus.
  • There is no accompaniment for Symphony auditions.
  • Auditions take place in MM 220. Warmup space is provided.

Contact symphony@uci.edu with questions.



Submit an audition video via this Google form by Monday, September 27th, 2021: 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.

Contact Professor Kevin McKeown with questions.



Music 164: OPERA

Opera auditions are held during Welcome Week, each year.

  • Auditions will be held on Friday, September 24th 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 "The Impresario" by Mozart.

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.

Contact Professor Darryl Taylor with questions.




Appointments Required. Signup Here


  • Choose a style that features you best. A cappella singing is fine. 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.
  • Warm Up Exercises: The first few warm ups will focus on your upper register.
    • Warm Up #1: on the vowel “NEE”- five note descending pattern.
    • Warm Up #2: on the vowel “NAH”- three note ascending, hold on top, and same notes on the descent.
    • Warm Up #3: on the vowel “NAH”- five note descending pattern focusing on the lower register
    • Warm Up #5: on the vowel “ NEE- EH- AH” (Notes 1-2 sing Nee, notes 3-4 sing EH, notes 5 and down- the vowel AH)

Warm Up materials are available at:


Singers should be prepared to sight read for Dr. Messoloras.

There is no accompaniment for Chamber Singers auditions.

Contact Professor Irene Messoloras with questions.




Open auditions are held at the first class session. No appointments necessary. Check the Schedule of Classes for day, time and location.


  • Students should have knowledge of Jazz and standard Jazz repertoire, and must be able to read music.

There is no accompaniment for Jazz Orchestra auditions.

Contact Professor Bobby Rodriguez with questions.