Ensemble Auditions

VIRTUAL CHOIR AUDITIONS:

In an effort to continue singing during the pandemic, admission to our ensemble will be online. There are two parts to the online choral auditions. Please read the instructions carefully.

Send videos and recordings to Professor Irene Messoloras at imessolo@uci.edu.

  • Submit a short video of yourself singing in the style that features you best (30 seconds - 1 minute). A cappella singing is fine. Choosing a song that demonstrates your range is highly recommended.
  • Record yourself singing the provided warm ups and submit audio files (only for warm ups #1, #2). This will allow the listener a better understanding of your range and quality of your voice.

Be sure to warm up prior to recording. Strive for warm resonant sound in your vocal tone. 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:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eD0XC1iqe29u53EpyIXPZHlTt2-RugD3

Should the candidate pass the first part of the audition, singers will be invited to interview and sight read for Dr. Messoloras.

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VIRTUAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS:

Due to the conditions and restrictions that are in place, the 2020-2021 Jazz Orchestra auditions will be conducted online.

  1. NEW applicants must submit a YouTube video link to the ensemble director, Professor Bobby Rodriguez, at latinjazz@earthlink.net, no later than Friday, October 2.
  2. Continuing students who have already been enrolled in Jazz Orchestra in past years must enroll in the course via Canvas to re-audition.

For questions about repertoire, contact Professor Bobby Rodriguez directly at latinjazz@earthlink.net.

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VIRTUAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS:

Due to the conditions and restrictions that are in place, the 2020-2021 Symphony Orchestra auditions will be conducted online.

  1. Strings will be auditioned on the Tuesday (Sept. 29) of Welcome Week.
  2. Winds, Brass and Percussion will be auditioned on the Wednesday (Sept. 30) of Welcome Week.

All candidates for a position in this year’s orchestra should submit a 10-minute video of their playing.

  • This should include a short solo (this can be a portion of a work for your particular instrument) and at least one of the excerpts listed at the Symphony web page.
  • For the video, please dress in a presentable manner.
  • For repertoire requirements, view Symphony Audition Repertoire.

Instructions for uploading your video performance are as follows:

  • Each candidate is required to contact the orchestra’s TA to setup an audition time for the appropriate audition day. Email symphony@uci.edu.
  • When setting up your audition, each candidate MUST include ALL of the following information:
    • Your instrument
    • Year in school
    • Your major
    • Your telephone number
    • Your email address
    • Your mailing address
    • YouTube link with a statement of what is being played

Audition appointments should be made no later than the Monday (Sept. 28) of Welcome Week. Although you are not required to attend any formal audition session, you may be contacted by email or telephone during your set audition time. This means you should be available for consultation during your assigned audition time.

For questions, contacy symphony@uci.edu.

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VIRTUAL WIND ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS:

Due to the conditions and restrictions that are in place, the 2020-2021 Wind Ensemble auditions will be conducted online.

Instructions:

  1. Upload your video to YouTube as an “unlisted” video, or to another file sharing service such as google drive, dropbox, or box. (Please check to make sure the permissions will allow us to view it!)
  2. Secure the download link that you will send to us via the form below.
  3. When you’re ready to submit your audition, fill out the online application here: https://forms.gle/iZbtG6FgqfJd9yCT8
  4. Submit your audition no later than Friday, October 2.

The video should be done in one continuous take (do not turn camera off in between scales/piece) and should not be more than a few minutes total.

Audition video requirements:

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

For questions about repertoire, contact Professor Kevin McKeown directly at mckeownk@uci.edu.