Audition Information

Performance Ensembles: 140 series

African Music Ensemble: Music 149
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.

Auditions for Fall 2017: 6-9 on Wednesday, August 23 and 6-9 ThursdayAugust 24 in room 125. Sign up on the bulletin board outside room 104 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
Everyone must audition in the fall semester. Separate auditions will be held at the start of the spring term for those wishing to join. Preference is given to enrolled students who will join for both Fall and Spring semesters. For the Fall of 2017, auditions will be on Wednesday, August 23rd from 7:00 – 8:30 PM and on Friday, August 25th from 3:10 – 5:00PM in room 116. Sign-up sheets are on the door of room 116. Players and singers should prepare a piece of baroque music, by Handel, Bach, or Vivaldi, or something comparable. e

For questions please contact Christine Brandes at .

UBE rehearsal times are:  Monday 6:10 – 8:00 and Friday 3:10 – 5:00 in Hertz Hall

University Chamber Chorus: Music 145
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 the Spring 2017 Chamber Chorus are accepted, but must sign up in an audition spot to heard). Auditions for Fall 2017, are in Morrison Hall on Monday, 8/21, Tuesday, 8/22, and Thursday, 8/24. 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.
Audition description: Each audition will last 15 minutes; you will audition for Dr. Solomon alone. You will be asked to: vocalize up and down,  sing and identify intervals,  sight-read several excerpts (a cappella), and sing a prepared piece. We want to hear you at your best, so choose something which you know very well (it need not be memorized) that displays the beauty of your voice, your musicality, diction, and your technical skills (rhythm, intonation, etc). Options: a hymn, Christmas carol, an art song, a folk song, your part from a choral work (2-3pp is sufficient). BRING TWO COPIES. The list of accepted singers will be posted on the Morrison 1st-floor bulletin board under “Chamber Chorus” 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.

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.

Spring 2018 University Chorus and 150B audition time signup sheets are located on the bulletin board outside the music office on the first floor of Morrison Hall

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 can be fund on the UCBSO Requirements Page. 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 the following link (unless stated otherwise, ALL listed excerpts must be prepared): See this link: University Symphony Orchestra Spring 2017 audition dates and more information.

University Wind Ensemble: Music 142
Auditions for Fall semester 2017 will be held during the first week of instruction. Information and sign up sheets are posted outside room 43 Cesar Chavez. Call (510) 643-9644 or stop by Room 43 César Chavez Center to schedule an audition. Students auditioning for Wind Ensemble will be asked to play 2-3 scales, a 2-3 minute prepared piece, and sight-read.

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 fill out the online application. 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

Music 150B auditions for the Spring 2018 Semester will be held 3:30-6:30 on Tuesday, January 16th.  All students (new and returning) interested in participating in 150B should sign up on for one of the times on the University Chorus audition sign-up sheet posted outside the music office in Morrison Hall.  Students can not participate in the 150B program without auditioning or re-auditioning at the beginning of the academic year. New community members or students interested in joining the chorus or auditioning for the 150B program can sign up for an audition time on one of the signup sheets located on the bulletin board outside the music office

Music 150B auditions for the Spring 2018 Semester will be held at the above times (Music 144).  Students interested in participating in 150B should sign up on for one of the times on the University Chorus audition sign-up sheet.

Director Nackley will make your first acquaintance at the audition, and if you wish to be considered for placement in the University Chorus as well, your audition will serve as your choral and 150B audition. Please note, if you are only planning to audition for Chamber Chorus but wish to be considered for 150B, you must still sign up for an audition Director Nackley using the above link. Since Music 150 is open to Music Majors only, you should also be sure to declare the Music Major or fulfill the entrance exam for the Music Major.

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
Auditions for 150C (Keyboard) for Fall semester 2017 are Thursday, August 31, and Friday, September 1, in Hertz Hall. 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 will audition separately – that information will be available soon.

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 will be held Friday, August 25, from 1-4pm in Room 134 Morrison. 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: Information on auditioning for Music 150G will be available soon. Please check back 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 2017 will be held on Friday, August 25, from 1-4pm in Room 134 Morrison. 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 2017 take place during Fall semester 2016. 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 2016 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.