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 of this 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
RETURNING and
NEW Students
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
Choral Audition Excerpt 1 (PDF)
Choral Audition Excerpt 2 (PDF)

Rehearsal Tracks
Haydn: “Awake the Harp”

Recording
Runestad: Lift Mine Eyes (mp3)

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

  1. Learn the excerpts posted online.
  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 your art song/aria
      •  Sing your art song/aria. Accompaniment is not necessary.
      •  Sing excerpt 1 (sing the highlighted part that corresponds to your voice part)
      •  Sing excerpt 2 (if you wish to be considered for Chamber Singers)
    • 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.

Requirements for non-music students who wish to sing in the Spartan Voices:

No audition is required. Please register for ENS 380 (Spartan Voices I).


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 I
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
Open to all students without audition

Additional Information

MEMBERSHIP

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

MUSIC MAJORS AND MINORS

All students majoring or minoring in music are required to audition for choral ensemble placement. Even if you have already scheduled Spartan Voices I or II, 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.

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

 There will be no formal jazz ensemble auditions in Fall 2020.

Placement in Jazz Ensembles I and II will be equitably split between all registered jazz studies majors. Should there be an opportunity to begin some semblance in-person rehearsals, performances, or projects, groups will be split into combo-size ensembles and repertory selected accordingly.

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.



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

An audition is required of all students for membership in the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphonic Band. You do not have to be a music major to be placed in these ensembles. All music majors and minors must audition, and ensemble placements will be determined by the audition. Students who are not music majors, but wish to participate in the University Band or Sinfonia, are not required to audition for membership.

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 INFORMATION FORM and VIDEO SUBMISSION — NEW

Your health is our primary concern as we begin the Fall 2020 semester. Therefore, the audition process will be completed electronically by submitting a video recording. Go to the “Submit Your Audition” section on this page and complete the required form. You will be able to attach as many as two files or two links to your video audition. Your video is due at or before the time of the previously scheduled audition block for your studio. See the schedule for times and information specific to your instrument.

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.

EVALUATION PROCESS

After all submissions have been received, the Ensemble Office will send the information out for evaluation. Your video will be adjudicated by studio and conducting faculty, as normal. For some studios, the auditions will be heard “blind” – played by a proctor or with other protocols in place (talk to your studio professor if you have questions), while others will watch the videos knowing who is auditioning. Every effort will be made to ensure a fair and transparent process.

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 during the first week of classes. The first meetings of all UNCG bands and orchestras will occur over Zoom during the week of August 24. That allows the time necessary to evaluate the auditions through this new process and determine ensembles placements. Social distancing will not allow the entire ensemble to gather in a room together. 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.

RECORDING YOUR VIDEO

  • Follow the instructions specific to your instrument found on the audition schedule and requirements page
  • Contact your studio professor ahead of time if you have questions
  • Present a professional image – dress appropriately
  • Do not speak on your video as it removes anonymity
  • Communicate (long before the audition) if you have a legitimate problem

Audition Schedule and Requirements

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS   |   Fall 2020

InstrumentContact InformationAudition Submission DeadlineAudition MaterialVideo Submission Requirements
FluteDr. Erika Boysen
elboysen@uncg.edu
Friday, August 14
4:00 pm
Flute Audition Packet (PDF)

Revised 7/31

Record all excerpts provided in the updated audition packet.

Auditions are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video using the internal microphone of your device (phone, tablet, computer – no external microphones). You should not be visible on the video (either cover the camera, point toward the ceiling, or at an angle where you are no longer visible in frame). Please do not speak as it removes anonymity.

OboeDr. Ashley Barret
mabarret@uncg.edu
Friday, August 14
7:00 pm
Oboe Audition Packet (PDF)Record the four (4) excerpts provided in the updated audition packet.

Auditions are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video using the internal microphone of your device (phone, tablet, computer – no external microphones). You should not be visible on the video (either cover the camera, point toward the ceiling, or at an angle where you are no longer visible in frame). Please do not speak as it removes anonymity. There will be no sight reading.

BassoonDr. Michael Burns
mjburns@uncg.edu
Friday, August 14
7:45 pm
Bassoon Audition Packet (PDF)

Revised 7/31

Record the four (4) excerpts provided in the updated audition packet.

Auditions are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video using the internal microphone of your device (phone, tablet, computer – no external microphones). You should not be visible on the video (either cover the camera, point toward the ceiling, or at an angle where you are no longer visible in frame). Please do not speak as it removes anonymity. There will be no sight reading.

ClarinetDr. Anthony Taylor
a_taylo2@uncg.edu

Dr. Andy Hudson
hudsonad@uncg.edu

Thursday, August 13
4:00 pm
Clarinet Audition Packet (PDF)

Revised 8/6

Record the five (5) excerpts provided in the updated audition packet.

Audition materials are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video, using the internal microphone of your device (phone, tablet, laptop) only (no external microphones) and with no post-production of any kind. Any editing of any kind will result in immediate disqualification. These are blind auditions. Performers should not be visible on the video (either have the camera covered or the camera pointed upward at the ceiling). Performers are not to speak during the audition video as it removes anonymity. There will be no sight reading.

SaxophoneDr. Steven Stusek
scstusek@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
4:30 pm
Saxophone Audition Packet (PDF)Record the three (3) excerpts provided in the updated audition packet.

Auditions are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video using the internal microphone of your device (phone, tablet, computer – no external microphones). You may take your time going from one excerpt to the next. The audition will be evaluated blind. You may or may not be visible on the video. If you choose, cover the camera, point toward the ceiling, or at an angle where you are no longer visible in frame. Please do not speak as it removes anonymity. There will be no sight reading.

HornDr. Abigail Pack
alpack@uncg.edu
Thursday, August 13
4:00 pm
Horn Audition Packet (PDF)Auditions are to be submitted as one (1) continuous, unedited video using the internal microphone of your device (phone, tablet, computer – no external microphones). You should not be visible on the video (either cover the camera, point toward the ceiling, or at an angle where you are no longer visible in frame). Please do not speak as it removes anonymity. There will be no sight reading.

  1. Etude #50 “Moderato”
  2. Etude #13 “Allegro Moderato”
  3. Etude #35 “Allegretto” (Symphony Orchestra consideration)
    • Record in E-flat, D, or C (your choice, but not in F!)
  4. Choose one (1) of the following:
    • Tchaikovsky – Symphony 5, 2nd Movement
    • Franck – Symphony in D
    • Wagner – Long Call
TrumpetDr. Garrett Klein
glklein@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
4:30 pm
Trumpet Audition Packet (PDF)

Revised 7/31

You will upload two (2) videos for your audition. The videos that you submit must be your first and only attempt. If there is a mistake, you must keep going. Submit signed document to Dr. Klein after submitting your videos online.

Each of the two videos must be continuous, meaning that you cannot stop the recording in between selection. You should not be visible on the video (either cover the camera, point toward the ceiling, or at an angle where you are no longer visible in frame). Please do not speak as it removes anonymity.

TromboneDr. Randy Kohlenberg
rbkohlen@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
1:00 pm
Trombone Audition Packet (PDF)

Revised 7/27

Prepare two very brief excerpts from a solo or etude at your playing level (your choice). One excerpt should feature your melodic, legato playing style, and another passage should demonstrate your technical skill. The length of the video should be no longer than 5 minutes total. Please do not edit the performance on your video.

If you are able, add the text to the video of the title and composer of the solo or etude before you perform it.

Sight reading is not required.

Euphonium
Tuba
Dr. Justin Worley
jkworley@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 15
6:30 pm
Euphonium Audition Packet (PDF)

Tuba Audition Packet (PDF)

Please contact Dr. Worley for more information.
PercussionDr. Eric Willie
ejwillie@uncg.edu
  Please contact Dr. Willie for more information.
ViolinProf. Marjorie Bagley
mhbagley@uncg.edu

Dr. Fabián López
f_lopez@uncg.edu

Saturday, August 15
1:00 pm
Violin Audition Packet (PDF)Auditions are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video. You should be visible on camera during the audition.

All students should record the Brahms and Mozart excerpts. Those who wish to be considered for Symphony Orchestra should also record the Mozart Concerto excerpt (mm. 42-109) and Strauss.

ViolaDr. Scott Rawls
viola_studio@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 15
4:00 pm
Viola Audition Packet (PDF)Record all three (3) excerpts provided in one continuous take. You may record them in any order you wish.
CelloDr. Alexander Ezerman
abezerma@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
2:00 pm
Cello Audition Packet (PDF)Please contact Dr. Ezerman for more information.
Double BassProf. Craig Brown
cmbrown4@earthlink.net
Sunday, August 16
1:00 pm
Double Bass Audition Packet (PDF)Auditions are to be submitted as one continuous, unedited video. You should be visible on the video.

Record provided excerpts in the following order: Bach, Brahms, Berlioz

Submit Your Audition

The process of signing up for an instrumental audition is now entirely online. Visit the link below to complete the Instrumental Audition Form and upload your audition video recording or YouTube link (Unlisted). Auditions must be submitted by the deadline listed for your instrument on the Audition Schedule. Please use proper capitalization and formatting. You will need to be logged into your university (uncg.edu) email account.

SUBMIT MY AUDITION

Ensembles

Wind Ensemble
Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor
ENS 396-01 | ENS 696-01 (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
Ben Jones, conductor
ENS 392-01 | ENS 692-01 (1 credit)
TR (4:00 – 5:40 pm)
Music 111
Open to all students without 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.