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*Please note, all audition procedures/requirements published on these pages are for the

Music Department orchestras, bands and choirs.

 

For information related to jazz ensemble auditions, please contact Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Professor Marc Stasio: marc.stasio@rutgers.edu

Percussionists, please contact Percussion Graduate Assistant, Dan Monte: monted3@gmail.com

Who is eligible to participate in Music Department bands and orchestras?

Any Rutgers University student can audition for the Music Department Large Ensembles.

Music Majors: All woodwind, brass and string majors are required to audition for placement in one of the large-ensembles. Wind, brass an percussion majors audition for placement at the beginning of each semester. String majors audition for placement at the beginning of fall semester only.

Non- Music Majors: If you are a non-music major, you may audition for placement in any Music Department ensemble. Non-music majors who aren’t interested in auditioning for Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Rutgers Wind Ensemble or Chamber Music, please see the “Non-Music Majors” page for alternate audition requirements & procedures. Non-music majors who are interested in auditioning for Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble or Chamber Music, please follow the audition procedures for Music Majors.

 

When do large-ensemble band and orchestra auditions take place?

Music Department Large-Ensemble auditions take place twice an academic year, the first week of both fall and spring semester.  Auditions are held during normally scheduled ensemble rehearsal times. Please see the page Audition Schedule for details such as audition dates, times and locations. Please see the page Sign-Up to register and sign-up for an audition time slot.

Tuesday January 21st, 2020 – Thursday January 23rd, 2020

* String auditions take place once an academic year, fall semester. 

What happens in my audition?

All large-ensemble auditions are “blind,” meaning they will be held behind a screen so that auditionees remain anonymous to the adjudicating panel. The adjudicating panel is made up of Music Department performance faculty and conducting faculty.

Auditions time slots are 8 minutes in length and the auditionee will be asked to play approximately 6-8 minutes of music.

Auditions are held in 2 rounds. Round 1 audition results determine if a student receives a “call back” for Round 2 auditions. Round 1 auditions determine which ensemble students have been assigned. Round 2 auditions determine rotating part assignments for the semester for Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and principal seat assignments for all other large-ensembles.

Round 1 audition will require the auditionee to play through a selection of the required prepared excerpts and 1 sight-reading excerpt. These selections will be determined by the determined by the adjudication panel and posted the day-of the audition. For audition repertoire requirements see the page Audition Repertoire.

Round 2 auditions will require the auditionee to play through a selection of the required prepared excerpts. These selections will be determined by the determined by the adjudication panel and posted the day-of the audition. For audition repertoire requirements see the page Audition Repertoire.

The audition committee may stop you at any point or move you on to a different excerpt. Audition
comments will be available upon request after the auditions for your benefit.

 

When are band and orchestra audition results posted?

Round 1 audition results: All students who auditioned in Round 1 will be emailed no later than 11pm Wednesday January 22nd to be notified if they have advanced to Round 2 auditions. If the auditionee has been invited to Round 2 auditions, their email will contain a link with the sign-up.

Final audition results: Audition Rosters will be posted to will be posted on the page Ensemble Rosters  on Friday January 24th. Part assignments will be posted on the page Ensemble Rosters on Friday January 31st.


Who is eligible to participate in Music Department choral ensembles?

ALL CHORAL ENSEMBLES ARE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

When do choral auditions take place?

Auditions for the Fall semester 2019 will take place during the first week of classes in Mortensen Hall on Douglass Campus, next to Nicholas Auditorium.

Tuesday September 3rd, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:30 PM
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Wednesday September 4th, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:30 PM
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Thursday September 5th, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:30 PM
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Friday September 6th, 2019
10:00 AM- 12:30 PM
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

You do not need to sign up for a time – just come to one of the audition times posted on the page Audition Schedule.

Teaching assistants and choir officers will be available to assist you with scheduling conflicts.

 

What happens in my audition?

Students auditioning are being considered for the choral program as a whole. Students will be placed in a choir based off their performance in the audition. The audition itself usually takes about 6 or 7 minutes. Students are not required to bring prepared material to the choral auditions. You will be asked to sing a few easy exercises to help the directors determine your voice part. A brief pitch-matching exercise will be given to you and you will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday.” Directors of all four vocal ensembles at Mason Gross attend the auditions, so you only need to sing once.

 

For further information regarding choral auditions please contact Dr. Patrick Gardner at pgardner@mgsa.rutgers.edu


When do opera auditions take place?

Tuesday Sept 10th, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Nicholas Music Center Stage

 

What happens in my audition?

Audition Repertoire: Please prepare one aria or segment from Tales of Hoffmann or one aria or art song in French. If auditionee does not have French repertoire, any song or aria in English is also acceptable.

 

For further information regarding opera auditions please contact Professor Eduardo Chama at echama@mgsa.rutgers.edu