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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.

January 23, 2020, from  6pm-9pm and possibly on Friday if more time is needed (extra audition time slots on Friday, January 25, 2019 TBA).  Those auditioning should be prepared to:
1. Sing scales in tune to determine intonation and the range of voice.
2. Sing a song you select to determine the quality of your voice.
3. Site read a portion of a selection which will be given to you to determine your music reading level.
4. Sing by rote (without music) a portion of a gospel song that you will be given.

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

The UBE is open to all students, music majors, minors, and non-majors, both enrolled and non-enrolled, as well as to community members.

New students must audition.

Spring 2020 auditions will be held in Morrison 116 on Friday, January 17 from 1:30 – 3:30pm. Sign up online

Players and singers should prepare a solo piece of baroque music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, or something comparable that demonstrates fast and slow playing/singing.  Excerpts from two different pieces, movements or composers are acceptable. Questions?  Please contact ensemble director Christine Brandes at cmbrandes@berkeley.edu

University Chamber Chorus: Music 145

Please see audition description under University Chorus.

University Chorus: Music 144  

All singer-musicians must audition in order to be admitted to Chamber Chorus and University Chorus. Please refer to the audition requirements for more details.

Auditions will be held January 20 – January 23, 2020.

To sign up for an audition, fill out the Choir Audition Form (no walk-ins allowed).

  • Returning singers from Fall 2019 do not need to re-audition, unless they wish to change ensembles. Rehearsals start the week of January 27th.
  • New students interested in participating in Music 168B should sign up for an audition slot on Thursday, January 23.

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.

Golden Bear Voices (treble chorus in conjunction with University Chorus)

Please see audition description under University Chorus.

University Symphony: Music 141
Auditions for the Spring 2020 semester will take place on Monday, January 20 in Hertz Hall. 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: 168 series

Beginning Spring Semester, 2019, Music 150 courses were renumbered to Music 168. Please note that Music 168 courses are open to Music Majors only and an audition is required. All students, both new and returning, who want to enroll in Music 168 must complete an online application that can be found on the Music 168 page.  Auditions take place at the very beginning of each semester. Details are below:

168A 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 168A during your audition time. At the audition, students should be prepared to discuss:

  • which chamber music piece they want to work on and what time of chamber music group they want to work with.
  • with which instructor the student would like to work (essentially confirming the choice the student made on their online application for 168 – or discussing alternatives).

Choosing a 168 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

168B audition information

Students must take Music 168B in conjunction with either Music 144 or Music 145.

Auditions will be held January 20 – January 23, 2020 (no walk-ins allowed). To sign up for an audition, fill out an Audition Form (no walk-ins allowed). Please see the Choir Audition Requirements for more details.

  • Returning 168B singers from Fall 2019 do not need to re-audition.
  • New students interested in participating in Music 168B should sign up for an audition slot on Thursday, January 23 unless slots are full.

168C audition information

1/23 & 1/24 Room 125
Thursday, 1/23: 9-12:30 & Friday, 1/24: 9-1:30

If you are a returning student, you may perform one piece. This piece should be different from what you have played in the Fall jury and not need to be memorized. If you have played the work-in-progress piece in the Fall Jury and would like to repeat that piece, it must show progress. Be ready to have a cut after 8 minutes. Fill out the Returning Student Form and bring it to the jury.

If you are a new student, bring two pieces (or two movements from a large piece) that are contrasting in style, period, and character. Be ready to have a cut after 10 minutes. Fill out the New Student Form and bring it to the jury. (The form is at the end of this document.)

Room 125 at
Thursday, 1/23: 9-12:30 & Friday, 1/24: 9-1:30
Sign up is here:

 

168D audition information:
At the audition, students interested in Music 168D 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 168 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

To arrange for a Music 168D audition please contact Professor Brinner at brinner@berkeley.edu.

168E audition information:
Auditions for MU168 E are in Morrison Room 134 on Tuesday, January, 21, 2020, 1 – 3pm.. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of 104 Morrison Hall (168E audition sheet). Returning students do not need to re-audition, but do need to contact Myra Melford at mmelford@berkeley.edu to confirm your continuation by January 21,2020, and remember to fill out your intention to take lessons on the department website. To audition, prepare to perform and 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. 168E encourages ensemble participation, but it is not required. Choosing a 168 instructor is the responsibility of the student, but supervising faculty can provide guidance.

168G audition information:
Auditions for Music 168G are TBA. Please check back soon for more information. If you are interested in auditioning for jazz guitar, please audition for Music 168E not 168G. If you are not sure whether you want to audition for jazz or classical guitar, you may audition for both 168G and 168E and decide after the auditions and once you have been accepted into the 168 program. If you cannot make the audition time or for further information please contact Matthew Hough at hough@berkeley.edu.

168H audition information:
For Music 168H, please contact Christine Brandes at cmbrandes@berkeley.edu 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 ucbells@berkeley.edu.

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 (168E, 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.