Ensemble Auditions and Information

Interested in joining a CSU|SJU musical ensemble this fall?

Audition dates and times for Vocal Ensembles

CSB/SJU CHAMBER CHOIR (SATB) -- (MUSC 232)

Auditions:  Monday, August 25th 2:00 - 6:30 PM 
                    Tuesday, August 26th 1:00 - 6:30 PM
                    Wednesday, August 27th 1:30 - 6:30 PM

Location: Stephen B. Humphrey Music Building: MU 221 - sign up sheet posted at this site

Requirements:

  • Sing a song of your choice (no pop/rock please)
  • Range check
  • Assessment of sight-reading ability and tonal memory
  • Provide information about past choral experiences, voice lessons, and instrumental background

First rehearsal: 
Thursday, August 28, 2:50  PM SJU/SBH/028

Regular Rehearsal Schedule:
(MUSC 232) M,W,F: 3:00 - 4:10; T,TH: 2:50 - 4:10

Director: Axel Theimer: (363-3374), MU 221, SJU

SJU MEN’S CHORUS (TTBB) -- (MUSC 234)

Auditions: Monday, August 25th 2:00 - 6:30 PM
                     Tuesday, August 26th 1:00 - 6:30 PM
                     Wednesday, August 27th 1:30 - 6:30 PM

Location: Stephen B. Humphrey Music Building: MU 221 – sign up sheet posted at this site

Requirements:

  • Sing a song of your choice (no pop/rock please)
  • Range check
  • Assessment of sight-reading ability and tonal memory
  • Provide information about past choral experiences, voice lessons, and instrumental background

First rehearsal:
Thursday, August 28, 5:15 PM SJU/SBH/028

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: 
(MUSC 234) 5:15 - 6:30 PM, M, T, W, Th

Director: Axel Theimer: (363-3374), MU 221, SJU

CSB Women's Choir (SSAA) -- (MUSC 235)

Auditions: Monday, August 25th  2:00 - 5:30 PM 
                    Tuesday, August 26th 1:00 - 4:30 PM
                    Wednesday, August 27th 2:00 - 4:00 PM
*If none of these times work, please email Dr. Cogdill at scogdill@csbsju.edu

Location: BAC A-118 - sign up sheet posted at this site

Requirements:

  • Sing song of your choice
  • Range check 
  • Assessment of tonal memory and sight-reading
  • Provide singing history

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
Mondays and Wednesdays 3:20 - 4:35 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40 - 3:55 PM 
Recital Hall (A-135) in the BAC, CSB

Director: Susan Cogdill: (363-5888), BAC A-118, CSB

CHORAL ARTS ENSEMBLE (SATB) -- (MUSC 240D)
Prerequisite: Membership in an auditioned choir.
Will travel to Europe in May of 2015
Thursdays: 7:15-9:40 PM
Location: Quad 360 (SJU)
First meeting: (organizational and information): Thursday, August 29, 2013

For further information - including cost and payment schedule - contact:
Director: Axel Theimer: (320) 363-3374: atheimer@csbsju.edu

ALL-COLLEGE CHOIR (Two Options) -- (MUSC 239)

Auditions: None. Class size limited. First come first served.

Requirements: Ability to match pitch; musical reading not required

Director: Al Hawkins: (363-3371), MU 018, SJU

MIXED ENSEMBLE (SATB) -- (MUSC 239)
Regular rehearsals for fall semester: Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:00 PM - 1st rehearsal
Tuesdays
7:00-8:30 PM
Choral Rehearsal Hall (MU 028) in the Music Building, SJU

WOMEN'S ENSEMBLE (SSA) -- (MUSC 239)
Regular rehearsals for fall semester: Thursday, September 5th, 7:00 PM - 1st rehearsal
7:00-8:30 PM
Thursdays
Recital Hall (A-135) in the BAC, CSB

Audition dates and times for Instrumental Ensembles

WIND ENSEMBLE -- (MUSC 231)

Informational meeting:  

  • Monday, August 25th at 1:00 PM, Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • Monday, August 25th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Percussion Only)
  • Tuesday, August 26th, 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 27th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Audition Location:

  • Small Ensemble Room (D-048) in the BAC, CSB
  • Sign up for an audition on the Music Rehearsal Hall door (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Requirements:

  • Woodwinds/Brass
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice
    • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at minimum, two octaves)
    • Sight read one excerpt
  • Percussion
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for both snare and mallets
    • Sight read one excerpt for timpani

First Full Rehearsal

  • Friday, August 29th, 2014

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

  • MWF, 1:00 - 1:55 PM, Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances:

  • October 8, 7:30 PM
  • November 23, 7:30 PM
  • February 24, 7:30 PM
  • April 22, 7:30 PM

Director: Justin Zanchuk: (363-5924), BAC D-047, CSB

SYMPHONIC BAND -- (MUSC 230)

First rehearsal: Monday, September 2nd at 7:30 PM, Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: None

Requirements: Playing experience on an instrument

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
7:30-9:00 PM
Monday or Wednesday (One rehearsal per week)

Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances:
October 15, 7:30 PM
December 2, 7:30 PM
May 6, 7:30 PM

Director: Dan Rassier: (363-5924), BAC D-047, CSB

JAZZ ENSEMBLE -- (MUSC 238)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, August 26th at 2:40 PM (regularly scheduled class time – audition materials to be handed out at this time), Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: (Small Ensemble Room - D-048)
Tuesday, August 26th 3:30 - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 27th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: Pick up audition excerpts at the jazz ensemble informational meeting on Tuesday, August 26th in the Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB. 

(See the Music Rehearsal Hall door (D-040 in the BAC, CSB) to sign up for audition)

Requirements:

  • excerpts (available at informational meeting)
  • improvisation (optional)
  • sight-reading
  • scales (I won't ask you to play scales you don't know)

Regular rehearsals for fall semester: 
2:40 – 4:10 PM
Days: T,Th
Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

First full Rehearsal: Tuesday, September 2nd at 2:40 - 4:10 PM

Performances (all take place in Escher Auditorium):
October 21, 7:30 PM
November 24, 7:30 PM
February 23, 7:30 PM
April 15, 7:30 PM

Director: Bruce Thornton: (363-5605), BAC D-043, CSB (bthornton@csbsju.edu)

ORCHESTRA -- (MUSC 233)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, August 26th at 1:05 PM, Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: Monday, August 25th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM and Tuesday, August 26th, 1:30 - 7:00 PM
(See studio door D-045 to sign up for an audition)
Location: Dr. Arnott's studio (D-045) in the BAC, CSB

Requirements:

  • Play any solo piece of your choice (may include orchestral excerpts)
  • Play any scale of your choice (preferably 3 8va for strings, 2 8va for winds and brass)
  • Sight read one excerpt
  • Solo players - no lab conflicts permitted (includes principal strings and all woodwinds and brass)

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
M-W: Strings Only: 3:20 - 4:15
T-Th: Tutti: 1:05 - 2:25

Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances:
October 19, 2:00 PM
December 7, 2:00 PM
February 22, 2:00 PM

April 10, 7:30 PM
May 3, 2:00 PM

Director: David Arnott: (363-5389), BAC D-045, CSB

 

Additional Ensembles

String Chamber Music -- (MUSC 240)

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:15 - 9:15 PM
  • Location: Music Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

**If Tuesday nights prove impossible, we will attempt to adjust class times to suit participants.

Director: David Arnott: (363-5389), BAC D-045, CSB

BRASS CHOIR -- (MUSC 242):

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:15 - 5:15 PM
  • Location: Music Rehearsal Hall – D-040

Director: Justin Zanchuk: (363-5924), BAC D-047, CSB

VIOLA DA GAMBA ENSEMBLE -- (MUSC 240N)

Auditions: Monday, August 26th 5:00-8:00 PM
Monday, September 9th 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: BAC Small Ensemble Rehearsal Room
Requirements:

  • Knowledge of bowed string technique (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
  • Ability to read bass, alto, and treble clef
  • Interest in historically informed performance

First rehearsal: Monday, September 9, 9:00 PM, BAC Small Ensemble Rehearsal Hall
Director: Mark Kausch (612-384-7846)

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE - (MUSC 243):

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: Mondays, 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Location: Recital Hall (A-135) in the BAC, CSB

Director: Patti Cudd: (363-5796), BAC A-154, CSB

Music is truly a life long activity. We hope you will arrange your schedule to sing and/or play with us!

For any additional information about the CSB/SJU music ensembles or the Music Department, please contact Deb Guertin, Music Department Coordinator, on Mondays, Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd Fridays at 320-363-5796 (CSB) or on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2nd and 4th Fridays at 320-363-3371 (SJU).