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 31st 2:00 - 6:30 PM 
                    Tuesday, September 1st 1:00 - 6:30 PM
                    Wednesday, September 2nd 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, September 3, 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 31st 2:00 - 6:30 PM 
                     Tuesday, September 1st 1:00 - 6:30 PM
                     Wednesday, September 2nd 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, September 3, 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 31st 2:00 - 5:30 PM 
                    Tuesday, September 1st 1:00 - 4:30 PM
                    Wednesday, September 2nd 2:00 PM - 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.
Travelled to Europe in May of 2015, there are no tours scheduled for the 2015 - 16 academic year.
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: Andre Heywood - (363-3228), 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 31st at 2:15 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • Monday, August 31st, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Percussion Only)
  • Tuesday, September 1st, 4:45 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, 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 Instrumental 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, September 6th, 2014

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

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

Performances (in Escher Auditorium):

  • October 21, 2015, 7:30 PM
  • December 8, 2015, 7:30 PM
  • March 2, 2016,  7:30 PM
  • April 27, 2016, 7:30 PM

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

SYMPHONIC BAND -- (MUSC 230)

First rehearsal: Monday, August 31st at 6:30 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: None

Requirements: Playing experience on an instrument

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
6:30-7:50 PM
Monday and Wednesday

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

Performances (All performances are in Escher in conjunction with the Wind Ensemble):
October 21, 7:30 PM
December 8, 7:30 PM
March 2, 7:30 PM
April 27, 7:30 PM

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

Additional Information:
If you need an instrument please contact Dan Rassier to check out on owned by the Music Department.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE -- (MUSC 238)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, September 1st at 2:40 PM (regularly scheduled class time – audition materials to be handed out at this time), Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: 
All auditions except rhythm section will take place in the Small Ensemble Room (D-048)
Rhythm section auditions will take place in BAC Do43
Auditions will take place following the information session on Tuesday, September 1st and will continue on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Additional Information:
 Pick up audition excerpts at the jazz ensemble informational meeting on Tuesday, September 1st in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB. 

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

Requirements:

  • Sax, Trumpet, and Trombone
    Prepared excerpts
    Improvisation - Blues in F (optional)
    Sight-reading
    Scales
  • Guitar
    Prepared excerpts
    Blues in F: 1st time comp chords
                         improvise on repeats
    Sight-reading
  • Bass
    Prepared excerpts
    Blues in F: 1st time walking bass line
                         improvise on repeats
    Sight-reading
  • Piano
    Prepared excerpt: 1st time melody only
                                       2nd time comp chords
    Blues in F: 1st time comp chords
                         improvise on repeats
    Sight-reading
  • Percussion
    Play in a variety of styles: Medium Swing
                                                 Up-tempo Swing
                                                 Your preferred style
                                                 Bossa nova and/or samba
                                                 Funk
    Trade 4's with yourself while in Up-tempo swing style (i.e. 4 bars of time - 4 bars of solo - 4 bars of time - etc.)
    Sight-read portions of big band charts

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

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

ORCHESTRA -- (MUSC 233)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, September 1st at 1:05 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB
First Rehearsal: Tuesday, September 8th, 1:05 PM - 2:25 PM

Auditions: Tuesday, September 1st, 1:30 - 7:00 PM and Thursday, September 3rd, 5:00 - 8:00 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). must be at least 2 minutes in duration
  • 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:
W: Strings Only: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
T-Th: Tutti: 1:05 PM - 2:25 PM

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

Performances:
October 25, 7:30 PM
December 13, 2:00 PM

Director:
Alexander Corbett, D.M.A., BAC D-045, CSB (Interim director)
David Arnott
: (363-5389), BAC D-045, CSB (On leave for the fall semester)

 

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: Instrumental 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!