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.

CHORAL PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS  |   Fall 2024

Fall semester choral placement assessments will occur on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20. Overflow hearings may be scheduled on Sunday, August 18 only after all other times have been filled. All placement assessments must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, August 20 to be placed in a choral ensemble for Fall 2024. Please sign up for a time using the link below. You must be signed in using your UNCG credentials.

Placement assessments involve vocalization to extremes of your range and a few, brief diagnostic musicianship exercises, including sight singing (with support if needed). You do not need to prepare anything specific.

Placement assessments are for:

  1. All music majors and music minors
  2. Anyone, regardless of major, interested in joining Chamber Singers or University Chorale.

Non-majors interested in joining Spartan Voices or Coro di Belle Voci (Treble Choir) do not need to complete an assessment.

Assessments will be held in Room 350.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time and be sure to fill out the registration form and conflict form. (Forms will be available in August.)

Sign Up for an Assessment

CHAMBER SINGERS

Chamber Singers (ENS 388/688) is primarily made up of advanced undergraduate and graduate student singers. Undergraduate students are eligible for membership in Chamber Singers only after participating in one of the other UNCG choral ensembles for at least one semester and passing a through the audition process.  Because of its more rigorous schedule of rehearsals and performances both on and off-campus throughout the year, this ensemble requires students to make a full-year commitment, with exceptions made for music education students in their final semester for student teaching.

Carole Ott Coelho, conductor
ENS 388-01 | ENS 688-01 (1 credit)
MW (11:00 am– 12:50 pm)
Music 110
Membership by audition

CORO DI BELLE VOCI/TREBLE CHOIR

UNCG Treble Choir (ENS 387/687) is an SSA(A) ensemble made up of music majors, minors, and singers from across campus. They rehearse T/Th 12:30-1:45 in Tew Recital Hall and perform under the direction of Prof. Lindsay Kesselman. This ensemble will appeal to those wanting to build knowledge and skill in the areas of musicianship, vocal development, and connective performance with audiences. Singers will explore historical and contemporary repertoire across a variety of genres/styles.

Lindsay Kesselman, conductor
ENS 388-01 | ENS 688-01 (1 credit)
TR (12:30 – 1:45 pm)
Tew Recital Hall
Music majors and minors must audition

UNIVERSITY CHORALE

The University Chorale is a mixed choir of 40 to 50 singers. The Chorale performs a full range of literature primarily representing the western choral tradition. In AY 2024–25, the University Chorale will be directed both by graduate student conductors as well as Dr. Carole Ott Coelho. The ensemble should appeal to those wanting to build knowledge and skill in the areas of sight-reading, conducting gesture, rehearsal techniques, choral repertoire, and free improvisation. University Chorale will perform programs of varied repertoire throughout the school year, spending 5-6 weeks on each program.

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

Spartan Voices (ENS 380/680) is a mixed ensemble of singers from across campus. No audition is necessary for students who are not music majors or minors. This ensemble sings literature from all historical periods and styles: classical, sacred, secular, serious and lighter works from broadway to pops.

Brett Nolker, conductor
ENS 380-01 | ENS 680-01 (1 credit)
TR (12:30 – 1:45 pm)
Collins Lecture Hall (Music 217)
Music majors and minors must audition


A note about singing in multiple choirs:

A student may sing in multiple choirs after consultation the conductor of the ensemble(s), the Director of Choral Activities, and the voice teacher (if applicable).

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
[email protected]

Monday, August 19
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Music 313

Drum Set

Prof. Chad Eby
[email protected]

Wednesday, August 21
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Music 111


Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble I
Thomas Heflin, director
ENS 395-01 | ENS 695-01 (1 credit)
MWF (12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Music 111

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

Small Jazz Ensembles
JC Martin, coach
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, Concert 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 Concert 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 Concert 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 16–18. 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 19. 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 Information Form and Sign-Up

Complete the Audition Information Form at the link below, submit, then follow the instructions to select your specific audition time. You will need to advance the calendar to your audition day to find the block of times for your instrument—check it carefully. Use your university (@uncg.edu) email address to complete the sign-up. Please sign up for the earliest available time slot.

Audition Information Form and Sign-Up

Ensembles

Wind Ensemble
Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
ENS 393-01 | ENS 693-01 (1 credit)
TR (12:30 – 2:10 pm)
Music 111
Membership by audition

Symphonic Band
Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
ENS 394-01 | ENS 694-01 (1 credit)
TR (2:30 – 4:10 pm)
Music 111
Membership by audition

Concert Band
Jonathan Caldwell, conductor
ENS 392-01 | ENS 692-01 (1 credit)
TR (4:30 – 6:00 pm)
Music 111
Open to non-majors by brief seating audition

Symphony Orchestra
Jungho Kim, conductor
ENS 391-01 | ENS 691-01 (1 credit)
MW (2:00 – 3:40 pm)
Music 111
Membership by audition

Sinfonia
Jungho Kim, conductor
ENS 390-01 | ENS 690-01 (1 credit)
Fall Term: MW (5:00 – 6:30 pm)
Spring Term: MW (2:00 – 3:40 pm)
Music 111
Open to all students without audition


University BandsUniversity Orchestras


You must complete the Instrumental Audition Form (linked above) to select an audition time.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS   |   Fall 2024

Instrument Contact Information Audition Date, Time, and Location Audition Materials
Flute Dr. Erika Boysen
[email protected]
Saturday, August 17
1:00–3:00 PM, Music 110
Flute Audition Packet (PDF)
Oboe Dr. Courtney Miller
[email protected]
Friday, August 16
1:00–2:30 PM, Music 111
Oboe Audition Packet (PDF)
Bassoon Dr. Michael Burns
[email protected]
Friday, August 16
3:00–3:30 PM, Music 111
Bassoon Audition Packet (PDF)
Clarinet Dr. Anthony Taylor
[email protected]
Friday, August 16
12:30–5:00 PM, Music 110
Clarinet Audition Packet (PDF)
Saxophone Dr. Steven Stusek
[email protected]
Sunday, August 18
4:30–6:30PM, Music 111
Saxophone Audition Packet (PDF)
Horn Dr. Abigail Pack
[email protected]
Friday, August 16
4:30–7:30 PM, Music 111
Horn Audition Packet (PDF)
Trumpet Dr. Garrett Klein
[email protected]
Friday, August 16
1:00–4:00 PM, Organ Hall
Trumpet Audition Packet (PDF)
Trombone Dr. Randy Kohlenberg
[email protected]
Sunday, August 18
1:00–3:30 PM, Music 111
Trombone Audition Packet (PDF)
Euphonium
and Tuba
Dr. Stephanie Ycaza
[email protected]
Saturday, August 17
3:30–5:30 PM, Music 110
Euphonium Audition Packet (PDF)
Tuba Audition Packet (PDF)
Percussion Dr. Eric Willie
[email protected]
Saturday, August 17
9:00 AM–12:00 PM, Music 146
Percussion Audition Packet (PDF)
Violin Prof. Marjorie Bagley
[email protected]
Dr. Fabián López
[email protected]
Saturday, August 17
1:00–3:00 PM, Music 111
Violin Audition Packet (PDF)
Viola Dr. Scott Rawls
[email protected]
Saturday, August 17
3:30–5:00 PM, Music 111
Viola Audition Packet (PDF)
Cello Dr. Alexander Ezerman
[email protected]
Sunday, August 18
2:00–3:30 PM, Music 110
Cello Audition Packet (PDF)
Double Bass Prof. Craig Brown
[email protected]
Sunday, August 18
1:00–1:45 PM, Music 110
Double Bass Audition Packet (PDF)