Ensemble Auditions

Audition Requirements for Ensembles Fall 2021
You do not need to be a music major to participate in Department of Music ensembles. 
Please see below for audition dates, requirements, and registration. 

Ensembles

What, Where, When

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphonic Band

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

  • Monday, August 30  PCAC M220
    • 11:10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
    • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Horns
    • 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Trumpets
  • Tuesday, August 31   PCAC M220
    • 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oboes
    • 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Bassoons
    • 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Flutes
    • 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Saxophones
  • Wednesday, September 1
    • 11:10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Percussion   PCAC M226
    • 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Clarinets  PCAC M220
  • Thursday, September 2  PCAC M135
    • 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Violin, VIola, 'Cello, Double Bass

REQUIREMENTS AND REGISTRATION:

DOWNLOAD EXCERPTS HERE:

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Audition Excerpts 
String Audition Excerpts

OR HERE (Wind, Brass, and Percussion only):

Excerpts and Sample Pieces (UNH Bands site)

IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MAKE THE ASSIGNED TIME FOR YOUR INSTRUMENT,
PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP TO FIND A DIFFERENT TIME.
Studio faculty availability outside of the scheduled time is not guaranteed.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Boysen (Andrew.Boysen@unh.edu), Dr. Upham (David.Upham@unh.edu), or Prof. Goodwin (Casey.Goodwin@unh.edu)

 

Jazz Bands

All auditions this year will be live and in-person!

Horns and bass players  may play the excerpts with or without a play-along
(such as Aebersold, iRealPro, Youtube, etc.). 
(Bass players with ear training conflict, contact Bronek Suchanek:bronekbass@hotmail.com)

Drummers play with play-along (Drummers with ear training conflict,
contact Les Harris Jr. : lesharrisjr@comcast.net)

Download the tunes here

Pianists need to prepare these only:
Download jazz piano etude here
Download piano backing track here
Also, you will play a jazz song of your choice, which will include improvisation.

Guitarists need to prepare these only:
Download jazz guitar lead sheets here

Click the link for the jazz audition instructions and information page:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=kxgk1i1R3EaNK75H4l9WZpa0g5-oSXtPrIu6d_F_cYJURUFSWkZMWFJWOVhHN1FQNjZVUzI0STFFWS4u

 

Monday, August 30
2-3:45PM - Trumpet (M129)
2-3:00PM - Drum set (M301) ( those with ear training conflict contact lesharrisjr@comcast.net)
2-3:00PM - Bass (TBA) ( those with ear training conflict contact bronekbass@hotmail.com)

Wednesday, September 1  
3-5PM - Saxophone (M129)

Thursday, September 2
1-2PM - Piano (TBA)
1-2PM - Guitar (M113)
2-3PM - Trombone (M129)

IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MAKE THE ASSIGNED TIME FOR YOUR INSTRUMENT,
PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP TO FIND A DIFFERENT TIME.
STUDIO FACULTY AVAILABILITY OUTSIDE OF THE SCHEDULED TIME IS NOT GUARANTEED.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Dr. Jorgensen ( Nathan.Jorgensen@unh.edu)

Wildcat Marching Band

No audition is required to participate. If you are interested in joining the Wildcat Marching Band please visit the UNH Bands website for additional information. Participation form is due by July 26.

Drumline placement auditions will be held on August 7.

Beast of the East Pep Band No audition is required to participate in the Beast of the East Pep Band. The band performs primarily at UNH hockey and basketball games. If you are interested in joining, please visit the UNH Bands website
Chamber Singers
    • Sunday, August 29
      • 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PCAC M135 (Bratton)
    • Monday, August 30
      • 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. PCAC M135 (Bratton)
  • All auditions will be IN PERSON. Sign-in using your UNH login credentials. You will be brought to the bookings page to sign up for a time (10 minute audition slots) upon completion of the audition form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=kxgk1i1R3EaNK75H4l9WZnAVh13rW-VGn4eqJa4HkmpUODZOTkYxMEswOExRWDBSNDg1UEs5Q0lZRC4u
  • Please prepare one choral part from Jesu meine Freude, BWV 227 - J.S. Bach, mvt.VI. Fugue "Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich" (score, MP3, and IPA transcription available below)
  • All students (even previous members of UNH Chamber Singers) must audition to be considered
  • You may also be asked to vocalize for range, tonal memory, and sight-reading
  • Start date for UNH Chamber Singers will be Wednesday, September 1,  11:10 a.m - 12:30 p.m. PCAC M135 (Bratton)
  • IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MAKE ONE OF THE TIMES LISTED ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT Dr. Favazza (alex.favazza@unh.edu) ASAP TO FIND A DIFFERENT TIME.
  • DOWNLOAD EXCERPTS AND PRACTICE MP3 HERE:
    Bach: Jesu Meine Freude PDF

    MP3 Track
    Transcription

    If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Favazza (Alex.favazza@unh.edu)

    Enrollment in MUSI 441 (Concert Choir) is a co-requisite for this course. Concert Choir rehearses MWF 4:105:30 p.m.. Please list any conflicts on the audition form.

Concert Choir

No audition is required to sing in the Concert Choir. Any UNH students with RAC numbers can sign up for MUSI 441.

If you are an incoming freshman who is interested in singing in Concert Choir and are not currently registered for the course, you can still join. Please email Dr. Favazza and plan to attend the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 4:10–5:30 p.m. in the PCAC M135, Bratton Recital Hall

Treble Choir

No audition is required to sing in the Treble Choir. This choir is for sopranos and altos and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in PCAC M-135 (Bratton Recital Hall).
This ensemble will perform one concert per semester.

If you are an incoming freshman who is interested in singing in the Treble Choir, you can still join. Please email Dr. Favazza and plan to attend the first rehearsal Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in PCAC M-135, Bratton.

Vocal Arts Project

UNH VOCAL ARTS PROJECT will be presenting Dido and Aeneas, an opera by Henry Purcell (1688)
Carlos Martinez, director

Auditions will take place:

    • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
      • 3:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PCAC M135 (Bratton)
    • Thursday, September 2, 2021
      • 3:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PCAC M135 (Bratton)

**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**

  • All auditions will be IN PERSON. Sign-in using your UNH login credentials. You will be brought to the bookings page to sign up for a time (10 minute audition slots) upon completion of the audition form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=kxgk1i1R3EaNK75H4l9WZnAVh13rW-VGn4eqJa4HkmpUREpYQ1dVUVFTTjRJVUJUN0ZCQkMwMk8wQi4u
  • Please prepare one song or aria for your audition (pianist provided). Please bring sheet music for the collaborative pianist.
  • You may also be asked to vocalize for range or tonal memory
  • Friday, September 3, 2021 Cast posted (Bulletin board by M-127 and email)
    if you are offered a roll or ensemble part, you must accept by Saturday, September 4, 2021 to retain the offer
  • Dido and Aeneas read-through will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021 3:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PCAC M135 (Bratton)
  • IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MAKE ONE OF THE TIMES LISTED ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT carlos.martinez@unh.edu  ASAP TO FIND A DIFFERENT TIME.

Roles:
Dido, Queen of Carthage, soprano
Aeneas, a Trojan prince, tenor or baritone
Belinda, Dido's confidante, soprano
Sorceress or Sorcerer, mezzo-soprano. contralto, countertenor, or baritone
Spirit, in the form of Mercury, soprano
Sailor, soprano, tenor, or baritone
First Witch, mezzo-soprano
Second Witch, mezzo-soprano
Second Woman, soprano
SATB ensemble

Here is a YouTube of the opera you can watch (with English subtitles, the opera is in English)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GmJdPYC2Xw

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Martinez (carlos.martinez@unh.edu)

Guitar Ensemble Information is available from David Newsam.

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