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

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:

  1. sight-reading of medium swing jazz piece and ballad
  2. scales and arpeggios to hear one’s sound and range
  3. bassists, pianists, and guitarists will be asked to do sight-reading accompanying
  4. 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 17, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Music 313
Drum SetProf. Chad Eby
ceeby@uncg.edu
Wednesday, August 21, 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

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 SIGN-UP

The process of signing up for an audition is now entirely online. Go to the “Schedule Your Audition” section on this page and complete the required audition information form. After submitting, you will be redirected to a Google Calendar on which you will choose your audition time. Make sure you sign up for a time during the correct audition block for your instrument.

LARGE ENSEMBLE PREFERENCE – WINDS and PERCUSSION

You will state your preferences regarding ensemble placement on the Information Form discussed above. Students receiving School of Music scholarships or graduate assistantships are occasionally required to participate in a particular ensemble as a part of that agreement. Every attempt will be made to fairly consider student requests. 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).

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.

WHAT TO DO AT THE AUDITION

  • Present a professional image – dress appropriately
  • Be on time and warmed up – make sure your instrument is working properly
  • Have your instrument out and ready, and leave your case outside the room
  • Ask questions by whispering to the Proctor
  • Do not speak to the committee 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 Date, Time, and LocationAudition Material
FluteDr. Erika Boysen
elboysen@uncg.edu
Friday, August 14
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Music 110
Flute Audition Packet (PDF)
OboeDr. Ashley Barret
mabarret@uncg.edu
Friday, August 14
7:00 – 7:45 pm, Music 110
Oboe Audition Packet (PDF)
BassoonDr. Michael Burns
mjburns@uncg.edu
Friday, August 14
7:45 – 8:30 pm, Music 111
Bassoon Audition Packet (PDF)
ClarinetDr. Anthony Taylor
a_taylo2@uncg.edu
Dr. Andy Hudson
hudsonad@uncg.edu
Thursday, August 13
4:00 – 10:00 pm, Music 110
Clarinet Audition Packet (PDF)
SaxophoneDr. Steven Stusek
scstusek@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
4:30 – 6:30 pm, Music 111
Saxophone Audition Packet (PDF)
HornDr. Abigail Pack
alpack@uncg.edu
Thursday, August 13
4:00 – 6:00 pm, Music 111
Horn Audition Packet (PDF)
TrumpetDr. Garrett Klein
glklein@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
4:30 – 7:00 pm, Music 110
Trumpet Audition Packet (PDF)
TromboneDr. Randy Kohlenberg
rbkohlen@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
1:00 – 3:30 pm, Music 111
Trombone Audition Packet (PDF)
Euphonium
Tuba
Dr. Justin Worley
jkworley@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 15
6:30 – 8:30 pm, Music 154
Euphonium Audition Packet (PDF)

Tuba Audition Packet (PDF)

PercussionDr. Eric Willie
ejwillie@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 15
8:30 am – 12:00 pm, Music 146
Percussion Audition Packet (PDF)
ViolinProf. Marjorie Bagley
mhbagley@uncg.edu
Dr. Fabián López
f_lopez@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 15
1:00 – 3:30 pm, Music 111
Violin Audition Packet (PDF)
ViolaDr. Scott Rawls
viola_studio@uncg.edu
Saturday, August 15
4:00 – 5:45 pm, Music 111
Viola Audition Packet (PDF)
CelloDr. Alexander Ezerman
abezerma@uncg.edu
Sunday, August 16
2:00 – 3:30 pm, Music 154
Cello Audition Packet (PDF)
Double BassProf. Craig Brown
cmbrown4@earthlink.net
Sunday, August 16
1:00 – 2:00 pm, Music 154
Double Bass Audition Packet (PDF)

Schedule Your Audition

Schedule 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. After submitting, you will be redirected to a Google Calendar on which you will choose your audition time. Make sure you sign up for a time during the correct audition block for your instrument. Please use proper capitalization and formatting. Provide your university (uncg.edu) email address.

SCHEDULE 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.