Music Building

All UNCG music majors are responsible for knowing all of this information. Click on the appropriate tab and review all the posted items.

You must sign up for an audition time and prepare properly for your placement audition for UNCG large ensembles. For instrumental ensembles, this audition is for Fall placement only. Another audition in December will determine ensemble placements for the Spring semester.

While the auditions are required of music majors and most music minors, these ensembles are open to all students at UNCG, regardless of major.

•  Undergraduate students should enroll at the 300 level for ensembles.
•  Graduate students should enroll at the 600 level for ensembles.

Read all information carefully. Everything you need to know is here.

Audition Schedule and Requirements

CHORAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

 Contact InformationAudition Date, Time, and LocationAudition Materials and Resources

All music majors and minors must submit an audition.

Also University students wanting to be
placed in Chamber Singers, University
Chorale, or Coro di Belle Voce must
submit an audition

Dr. Welborn Young
weyoung@uncg.edu

Dr. Carole Ott Coelho
cjott@uncg.edu

Dr. Brett Nolker
dbnolker@uncg.edu

Submitted Online
via Video Recording
See Requirements Below

Excerpts
Solo excerpt (art song/aria/folk
song/spiritual/etc.) of between
one and two minutes in length
of yourself singing a solo
a cappella
(without accompaniment)


Requirements for ALL music students (BM, BME, BA, and Minors):

  1. Prepare a solo excerpt (art song/aria/folk song/spiritual/etc.) of between one and two minutes in length of yourself singing a solo a cappella (without accompaniment). The excerpt should show “where you live” vocally in choral ensemble singing, i.e. range, expression, and musicianship.
  2. Complete your audition by making a video recording of yourself, uploading it to YouTube marked “unlisted”, and providing the link with your form by August 1st.
    • Video can be made with any video recording device.
    • Entire recording must take place on the same day and be unedited.
    • Camera must face the singer.
    • Instructions:
      •  Introduce yourself and the title/composer of the excerpt you prepared.
      •  Sing your excerpt a cappella.
    • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes.
    • Upload to YouTube and set video as Unlisted.
    • Include the link with your audition form.
    • All videos must be submitted by August 1st.
  3. Submit the online Choral Ensembles Audition Form.
    All students majoring or minoring in music are required to audition for choral ensemble placement. Even if you have already scheduled Spartan Voices, you should plan to audition. Sometimes, freshmen or transfer music majors and minors do not understand that the “beginning of school” audition is expected of them. Plan to audition.

Requirements for non-music students:

You must audition for membership in Chamber Singers, University Chorale, and Coro di Belle Voce. You do not have to be a music major. Participants in the Spartan Voices are not required to audition for membership unless you are a music major or minor.


Ensembles

Chamber Singers
Welborn Young, conductor
ENS 388-01 | ENS 688-01 (1 credit)
TR (12:30 – 1:45 pm), F (1:00 – 1:50 pm)
Tew Recital Hall
Membership by audition

University Chorale
Carole Ott Coelho, conductor
ENS 382-01 | ENS 682-01 (1 credit)
TR (12:30 – 1:45 pm), F (1:00 – 1:50 pm)
Music 110
Membership by audition

Spartan Voices 
Brett Nolker, conductor
ENS 380-01 | ENS 680-01 (1 credit)
ENS 381-01 | ENS 681-01 (1 credit)
TR (12:30 – 1:45 pm)
Organ Hall
Music majors and minors must audition

Coro di Belle Voce
Welborn Young, conductor
ENS 378-01 | ENS 678-01 (1 credit)
MWF (11:00 – 11:50 am)
Organ Recital Hall
Membership by audition

Additional Information

REGISTERING FOR CREDIT

For now, don’t worry about whether you are properly registered for the Choral ensemble until after the audition results and assignments are posted. There will be time to complete an Add/Drop. In fact, you may have other schedule changes to make at that time.



Audition Schedule and Requirements

MEMBERSHIP

You must audition for membership in Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and the Small Jazz Combos. You do not have to be a music major.

MUSIC MAJORS AND MINORS

All students majoring or minoring in music are required to audition for ensemble placement. Sometimes, freshmen or transfer music majors and minors do not understand that the “beginning of school” audition is expected of them. Plan to audition.

REQUIREMENTS

A sign-up sheet will be posted on the door to Room 313 (Prof. Eby’s office) a week prior to the audition. Jazz Ensemble auditions will consist of the following:

  • sight-reading of medium swing jazz piece and ballad
  • scales and arpeggios to hear one’s sound and range
  • bassists, pianists, and guitarists will be asked to do sight-reading accompanying
  • improvisation on F blues (optional)

Instrument(s)Contact InformationAudition Date, Time, and Location

All Instruments (except Drums)

Prof. Chad Eby
ceeby@uncg.edu

Saturday, August 14
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Music 313

Drum Set

Prof. Chad Eby
ceeby@uncg.edu

Wednesday, August 18
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Music 111


Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble I
Chad Eby, director
ENS 395-01 | ENS 695-01 (1 credit)
MTWR (12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Music 111

Jazz Ensemble II
Thomas Heflin, director
ENS 396-01 | ENS 696-01 (1 credit)
MWF (11:00 – 11:50 am)
Music 111

Small Jazz Ensembles
Greg Hyslop, director
ENS 348-02 | ENS 648-02 (1 credit)

Instructions

MEMBERSHIP

All music majors and minors are required to audition, and placements in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, University Band, and Sinfonia will be determined by the audition. These ensembles are open to all university students through the formal audition process. 

Students who are not music majors and wish to participate in the University Band should click here for more information.

Membership in Sinfonia does not require an audition for non-music majors.

MUSIC MAJORS

Music majors studying privately for 2 or more credits and/or receiving a music scholarship are required to audition and participate. Music minors are also expected to audition as applicable. If you are a new student and have pre-registered for University Band, you should still plan to audition for placement.

AUDITION SCHEDULE AND PROCESS

Auditions will take place in person prior to the start of fall classes, between August 12–15. Click Audition Schedule and Requirements to see the specific schedule for your instrument and access the PDF of audition requirements. When you are ready to sign up for your audition time, click Audition Information Form and Sign Up. Complete the online form and click “Next,” then follow the instructions to select your specific audition time. Once you are in the correct calendar, you will need to advance through it to find the day and block of times for your instrument—check it carefully. You must be logged into your iSpartan account to complete this process. Please sign up for the earliest available time slot.

LARGE ENSEMBLE PREFERENCE — WINDS and PERCUSSION

In the online form you will state your preferences for ensemble placement on the Information Form discussed above. Every attempt will be made to fairly consider student requests. Students receiving School of Music scholarships or graduate assistantships are occasionally required to participate in a particular ensemble as a part of that agreement. Final ensemble placements are determined through consultation between the performance faculty and conductors.

REGISTERING FOR CREDIT

After the audition results and assignments are posted, make sure you are registered for the correct ensemble and course number (300 level for undergraduates, 600 level for graduates).

FIRST MEETINGS OF ALL ENSEMBLES

Audition results will be posted at the beginning of the first week of classes. The first meetings of all UNCG bands and orchestras will occur during the week of August 17. Look for more information from the conductor of the ensemble to which you are assigned.

AUDITION ADVICE

While these are very basic things, please keep the following in mind:

There are two elements in music which are completely objective to the listener, namely rhythm and intonation. Good rhythm and intonation must be the foundation of your preparation. Subjective areas may include tone quality and color, interpretation, and articulation choices.

Dynamics are vital elements of music but are subject to interpretation. The character of the music that you are portraying will dictate the proper volume and the direction of the phrases.

As you make your choices for tempo and phrasing, use the metronome to help establish a desired tempo. Refer to recordings as possible and use a metronome creatively to help form an interpretation.

Recording your audition materials is extremely helpful. The opportunity to objectively listen for rhythmic continuity, intonation, tempo choices, interpretation, and sound is extremely valuable in monitoring your progress.

Audition Schedule and Requirements

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS   |   Fall 2021

Instrument Contact Information Audition Date, Time, and Location Audition Materials
Flute Dr. Erika Boysen
elboysen@uncg.edu
Thursday, August 12
2:00–5:00 PM, Music 111
Flute Audition Packet (PDF)
Oboe Dr. Ashley Barret
mabarret@uncg.edu
Friday, August 13
1:00–2:30 PM, Music 111
Oboe Audition Packet (PDF)
Bassoon Dr. Michael Burns
mjburns@uncg.edu
Friday, August 13
3:00–3:30 PM, Music 111
Bassoon Audition Packet (PDF)
Clarinet Dr. Anthony Taylor
a_taylo2@uncg.edu
Dr. Andy Hudson
hudsonad@uncg.edu
Friday, August 13
12:30–5:00 PM, Music 110
Clarinet Audition Packet (PDF)
Saxophone Dr. Steven Stusek
scstusek@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 15
4:30–6:30PM, Music 111
Saxophone Audition Packet (PDF)
Horn Dr. Abigail Pack
alpack@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 14
6:30–9:30 PM, Music 111
Horn Audition Packet (PDF)
Trumpet Dr. Garrett Klein
glklein@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 15
4:30–7:30 PM, Music 110
Trumpet Audition Packet (PDF)
Trombone Dr. Randy Kohlenberg
rbkohlen@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 15
1:00–3:30 PM, Music 111
Trombone Audition Packet (PDF)
Euphonium
and Tuba
Dr. Justin Worley
jkworley@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 14
6:30–8:30 PM, Music 110
Euphonium Audition Packet (PDF)
Tuba Audition Packet (PDF)
Percussion Dr. Eric Willie
ejwillie@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 14
8:30 AM–12:00 PM, Music 146
Percussion Audition Packet (PDF)
Violin Prof. Marjorie Bagley
mhbagley@uncg.edu
Dr. Fabián López
f_lopez@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 14
1:00–3:30 PM, Music 111
Violin Audition Packet (PDF)
Viola Dr. Scott Rawls
viola_studio@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 14
4:00–5:45 PM, Music 111
Viola Audition Packet (PDF)
Cello Dr. Alexander Ezerman
abezerma@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 15
2:00–3:30 PM, Music 110
Cello Audition Packet (PDF)
Double Bass Prof. Craig Brown
cmbrown4@earthlink.net
Sunday, August 15
1:00–1:45 PM, Music 110
Double Bass Audition Packet (PDF)

Audition Information Form and Sign-Up

Complete the Audition Information Form and select your audition time at the link below, submit, then follow the instructions to select your specific audition time. Once you are in the correct calendar, you will need to advance through it to find the day and block of times for your instrument—check it carefully. You must be logged into your iSpartan account to complete this process. Please sign up for the earliest available time slot.

AUDITION INFORMATION FORM AND SIGN-UP

Ensembles

Wind Ensemble
Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor
ENS 393-01 | ENS 693-01 (1 credit)
TR (2:00 – 3:40 pm)
Music 111
Membership by audition

Symphonic Band
Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
ENS 394-01 | ENS 694-01 (1 credit)
MTWR (1:00 – 1:50 pm)
Music 111
Membership by audition

University Band
Cole Hairston, conductor
ENS 392-01 | ENS 692-01 (1 credit)
TR (4:00 – 5:40 pm)
Music 111
Open to non-majors by brief seating audition

Symphony Orchestra
Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor
ENS 391-01 | ENS 691-01 (1 credit)
MW (2:00 – 3:15 pm), F (2:00 – 2:50 pm)
Music 111
Membership by audition

Sinfonia
Rebecca MacLeod, conductor
ENS 390-01 | ENS 690-01 (1 credit)
Fall Term: MW (5:00 – 6:30 pm)
Spring Term: MW (2:00 – 3:15 pm), F (2:00 – 2:50 pm)
Music 111
Open to all students without audition

University BandsUniversity Orchestras

If you have questions regarding auditions or the instrumental ensembles, contact Dr. Kevin Geraldi.