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Auditions: Fall 2015

Information for New and Returning Students Regarding Auditions for Private Performance Lessons and Performing Ensembles, Updated August 2015

THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT INFORMATION AND WELCOME HOUR

Join us for the Music Department Information and Welcome Hour (MDIWH) on Thursday, September 3, at 5:15 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall. At this meeting, all of your questions about music at Smith can be answered. You will have the opportunity to meet current students and faculty and to sign up for auditions.

AUDITIONS FOR PERFORMANCE LESSONS

Performance lessons are for credit and require an audition. Why have auditions? They allow us to meet and listen to you! Think of them as placement hearings. The primary concern of all faculty is that you are ready to do college-level work, understanding that it requires a good basic level and commitment on your part. Because our classes have limited space we do not currently offer beginning instrumental lessons. Prior study is not required for students of voice.

Soon after arriving on campus students should sign up for an audition time slot. Audition sign-up sheets will be at the MDIWH and thereafter posted outside the music office in Sage Hall (the music building). Audition times are as follows:

Voice (in Room 201—Karen Smith Emerson's Office)

An accompanist is provided, so please bring a prepared piece and a copy for the accompanist. You don't need to have the piece memorized. Note that these auditions are for lessons and not for choral ensembles (see below for information on these).

Piano (in Room 202—Judith Gordon's Office)

Strings (in Room 302—Joel Pitchon's Office)

Please bring a prepared piece. There will not be an accompanist.

Winds, Brass and Percussion (in Earle Recital Hall)

AUDITIONS FOR ENSEMBLES

Soon after arriving on campus students should sign up for an audition time slot. Audition sign-up sheets will be at the MDIWH and thereafter posted outside the Music office in Sage Hall (the music building) unless otherwise noted.

ORCHESTRA Audition Information

Returning orchestra members who play strings will not need to re-audition.
Returning orchestra members who play winds and brass MAY be asked to re-audition.

Strings (in Room 302—Joel Pitchon's Office)

Please bring a prepared piece. Orchestral excerpts are optional. There will not be an accompanist.

Winds, Brass and Percussion (in Earle Recital Hall)

Please be prepared to play a three-octave scale and an excerpt from a solo piece (which doesn't need to be memorized). Orchestral excerpts are optional. There will not be an accompanist.

CHOIRS Audition information for New and Returning Students

 

CHORUS (in Room 2—Amanda Huntleigh's studio)
NOTE: First-year students audition for Chorus (not Glee Club).

All are encouraged to audition—new and veteran singers alike! Auditions will include vocalizing, sight reading and a discussion of your commitment to the chorus. You may bring a song to sing (a cappella or with piano accompaniment), but that is optional. Singers will be chosen based on their potential, musical background and skills, and commitment to the group. Please attend the Music Department Information and Welcome Hour or contact Amanda Huntleigh (ahuntleigh@smith.edu or x3177) for more information.

GLEE CLUB (in Room 1—Jonathan Hirsh's studio)
NOTE: Glee Club is open only to sophomores, juniors, seniors and Ada Comstock Scholars.

Please contact Jonathan Hirsh (jhirsh@smith.edu or x3166) or attend the Music Department Information and Welcome Hour for more information.
AUDITION DATES AND TIMES—by appointment.

WIND ENSEMBLE
NO audition required. Please contact Ellen Redman (eredman@smith.edu) for more information. Rehearses Monday nights in Sweeney Hall from 7–8:30 p.m. Attend the open rehearsal on September 14 if interested in participating.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE
NO audition required. Please contact Genevieve Rose (grose@smith.edu) for more information. Rehearses Wednesday nights in Earle Recital Hall from 7–9 p.m. Attend the open rehearsal on September 9 if interested in participating.

THE WAILING BANSHEES—Celtic Music Ensemble
NO audition required. Please contact Ellen Redman (eredman@smith.edu) for more information. Rehearses Thursday nights in Earle Recital Hall from 6–8 p.m. Please attend the Music Department Information and Welcome Hour for more information. No prior experience with Celtic music necessary.

GAMELAN
NO audition required; no prior experience necessary. Please contact Margaret Sarkissian (msarkiss@smith.edu) for more information. Rehearses Tuesday nights in the Gamelan Room (Sage 312) from 7–10 p.m. Attend the open rehearsal at 7 p.m. on September 8 if interested in participating.

HANDBELL CHOIR
Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life. Please contact Grant Moss (gmoss@smith.edu or x3181). Rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5–6 p.m. in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. No prior experience necessary.

FIVE COLLEGE EARLY MUSIC GROUPS
Auditions (in Room 103—Bob Eisenstein)
Collegium choir, baroque orchestra and chamber music, medieval and Renaissance ensembles and Voces Feminae.

For more information, please go to https://www.fivecolleges.edu/earlymusic/ or contact the director, Bob Eisenstein, at reisenst@mtholyoke.edu.

CHAMBER MUSIC GROUPS

For information regarding playing in small chamber ensembles please contact Professor Joel Pitchon at jpitchon@smith.edu or talk to him during the strings audition times noted above.