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Audition Information

Hertz Hall Green Room

African Music Ensemble: Music 148
Come to first class meeting.

Balinese Gamelan: Music 146B
Come to first class meeting for audition.

Gospel Chorus: Music 143
The Gospel Chorus is open to all students and community members, by audition only, as well as those students taking it for credit. Sign up outside the Music Dept. Office (104 Morrison)
10-minute slots
Tuesday, 8/21, 6-9pm
Thursday, 8/23, 6-9pm
Auditions in Room 125 Morrison Hall

Javanese Gamelan: Music 140
Prospective students are tested for ability to match pitch and rhythm in the first class meeting. New students attend section 1.

University Baroque Ensemble: Music 149
Fall 2018 auditions will be held in Morrison 116 on Wednesday, August 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm. Sign up sheet is located outside 104 Morrison Hall. Everyone must audition each semester. Preference is given to enrolled students who will join for both Fall and Spring semesters. Auditions take place at the first class or by separate audition. Players should prepare a piece of baroque music, by Handel, Bach, or Vivaldi, or something comparable. For questions please contact Christine Brandes at

University Chamber Chorus: Music 145


Audition times:
Sign up for an 6-minute slot outside the Music Dept office (104 Morrison Hall)

Tuesday, 8/21: 4-5:30pm; 7-8:30pm*
Wednesday, 8/22: 10-11:30am; 1-2:30pm
Additional auditions times may be added if needed>>Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out any necessary forms
Audition description:
NB: If you are absolutely unable to audition before the first rehearsal, please attend the first rehearsal anyway. However, it is very possible that all slots will have already been filled.

Each audition will last 6 minutes. Please bring a prepared song – this is preferred, though not required. Bring 3 copies of the music (only 2 needed if performing from memory). An accompanist will be provided (*EXCEPT Tuesday, 8/21, 7-8:30pm).University Chamber Chorus is open to all students as well as members of the university staff, faculty, and community. All singers must pass an audition to take part in the Chamber Chorus (singers who participated in previous Chamber Choruses are accepted, but must sign up in an audition spot to heard). Singers in the chamber chorus are expected to have advanced musicianship skills and significant vocal/choral experience. Members of the chamber chorus typically regard music as their primary vocation or as a highly committed, passionate avocation.

University Chorus: Music 144  
University Chorus is open to all students as well as members of the staff, faculty, and university community.

All singer-musicians must audition in order to be admitted to the University Chorus.

Students interested in participating in 150B should sign up on for one of the times on the University Chorus audition sign-up sheet.

During the ten minute one-on-one audition session, singers auditioning for University Chorus will be asked to vocalize and sing scales with the director to demonstrate their range. Singers may be asked to read one or more short sight reading excerpts to determine musical ear and sight reading skill. We will evaluate all of your skills as a composite. Sometimes singers with excellent ears and a pleasant voice but less developed sight-reading are accepted. Sometimes singers with excellent musicianship skills but less vocal experience are accepted. Whatever your level of skill, we will help you find a singing home on campus either in University Chorus, Chamber Chorus, or in other choirs at Cal.

University Symphony: Music 141
Audition dates and times for University Symphony Orchestra for Fall 2018 open and available. To sign-up for an audition, fill out the UCBSO Audition Form.

For your audition, please prepare a solo piece that demonstrates fast and slow playing (may be two different pieces or movements), along with the orchestral excerpts listed at this link (unless stated otherwise, ALL listed excerpts must be prepared).

University Wind Ensemble: Music 142
Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester. To sign up for an audition, please visit the bulletin board outside of 43 César Chavez Student Center at the beginning of the semester. Additional information, including audition requirements, can be found on the UCBWE page.

Performance Courses: 150 series

Please note that Music 150 courses are open to Music Majors only and an audition is required. All students, both new and returning, who want to enroll in Music 150 must complete an online application that can be found on the Music 150 page.  Auditions take place at the very beginning of each semester. Details are below:

150A audition information
Incoming students taking the placement exam and other music majors must audition during the University Symphony audition times. If you are also auditioning to play in the orchestra, please see the requirements for orchestra auditions. Be sure to mention to Professor Milnes that you are interested in Music 150A during your audition time. At the audition, students should be prepared to discuss:

  • which ensemble piece on which they want to work and with which other students they want to work.
  • with which instructor the student would like to work (essentially confirming the choice the student made on their online application for 150 – or discussing alternatives).

Choosing a 150 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

150B audition information

Students interested in participating in 150B should sign up on for one of the times on the University Chorus or Chamber Chorus audition sign-up sheet on the first floor bulletin board in Morrison Hall.

For information on the chorus audition process, see the University Chorus and/or Chamber Chorus websites. For the 150B audition, please prepare two contrasting pieces of your own choice from your previous vocal study: an artsong, aria, folk song, etc. No accompanist will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own accompanist or to bring a recording: be sure to bring two extra copies of the music. At the audition, be prepared to discuss your aspirations as a singers, stylistic preferences, and previous singing experience. At the audition, students will be asked the name of the voice instructor they would prefer (see our roster). Students applying for the 150B program for the first time who would like assistance in choosing an instructor are highly encouraged to contact a voice teacher/voice teachers on our roster to schedule a sample lesson as soon as possible (at the instructor’s availability). Supervising faculty may provide guidance in selecting an instructor if the student so wishes, but choosing a 150 instructor is the responsibility of the student.

Students who wish to receive vocal instruction but are not Music Majors are encouraged to join the University Chorus or Chamber Chorus, both of which address vocal technique during rehearsals. Non Music Majors enrolled in University or Chamber Chorus who would like additional vocal instruction are highly encouraged to enroll in Music 410,Vocal Technique Class. For non-majors who are particularly serious about vocal study, some limited choral lessons may be available.

150C audition information
For auditions, preparing two pieces or works in contrasting style/from contrasting periods is recommended (like a Mozart Piano Sonata, a Bach Prelude and Fugue, or a Chopin Prelude). Sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board outside room 104 Morrison Hall. Organ and harpsichord students contact Christine Brandes to schedule an audition at

150D audition information: At the audition, students interested in Music 150D will be asked to perform a piece or section of a piece for the supervising faculty member. There is no standard for length or degree of difficulty. The supervising faculty member will discuss ensemble performance with the student, though that discussion will vary greatly, depending on the musical tradition to be studied. Choosing a 150 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

To arrange for a Music 150D audition please contact Professor Brinner at

150E audition information: Auditions are TBA. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of 104 Morrison Hall (150E audition sheet). Returning students do not need to re-audition, but do need to contact Myra Melford at to confirm your continuation. To audition, prepare to improvise on a piece of your choosing and to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge you have on your instrument – scales, modes, chords; you will also be evaluated on recognition of scales and chords (ear) and ability to read music. If you would like accompaniment, please bring an accompanist or a backing CD. 150E encourages ensemble participation, but it is not required. Choosing a 150 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

150G audition information: Auditions for Music 150G are TBA. Please check back soon for more information. If you are interested in auditioning for jazz guitar, please audition for Music 150E not 150G. If you are not sure whether you want to audition for jazz or classical guitar, you may audition for both 150G and 150E and decide after the auditions and once you have been accepted into the 150 program. If you cannot make the audition time or for further information please contact Matthew Hough at

150H audition information: For Music 150H, please contact Christine Brandes at to arrange an audition time.

Other Performance Courses

Carillon study 40, 41A,B, 42
Beginning students must audition on the instrument or voice of their choice before being accepted into the carillon program. The audition consists of a slow and a rapid work of your selection, both of which you are comfortable playing. The purpose of the audition is to appraise your musicality under the most favorable circumstances possible. To audition contact the University Carillonist, Jeff Davis at

Music 116A/B and Music 116AM/BM: Jazz Theory and Performance 1
Auditions will be held during the first day of instruction. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of 104 Morrison Hall.

Music 165: Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective
Auditions for Fall semester 2018 are TBA. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of 104 Morrison Hall (150E, MUS 164 & MUS 165 audition sheet).

Other performance opportunities

Noon concerts auditions
Auditions are scheduled on Nov. 18, 2016  for performances in the following semester, and end of spring semester for performance in the following fall semester. Noon concert auditions are not open to the public.

Concerto auditions
Auditions for a chance to perform with the University Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2018 take place during Fall semester 2017. See link above for details. Concerto auditions are open to the public.

Summer Symphony auditions
Auditions take place in mid-to-late June of each year. See summer symphony page for 2018 details.

Piano competition
This is a biennial competition. No current auditions scheduled.

DeCal classes
For policies for participation and audition information about any required auditions, check the DeCal website under “find a course” at the beginning of each semester.

Student Musical Activities (SMA)
Check the SMA website for specific audition information for each group.