Music

Choral Assessment and Auditions

2021-22 Academic Year

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University choral program has a place for ALL students who wish to sing in a choir. Students who would like to participate in one of our touring ensembles – Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Choir – must complete an audition for placement. You will be able to indicate your preference when you complete your online audition application. No audition is required to join the All-College Choir. Information about the audition process is below.

Sopranos/Altos:

If you want to be considered for Women’s Choir or Chamber Choir, you will need to complete separate applications and auditions for each ensemble. If you are interested in only one of these ensembles, you need only audition for that particular choir.

Tenors/Basses: 

Please indicate on the audition form if you have a group preference.

If you still have questions after reading the information, please contact department coordinator, Kelly Brueske.
Choral Ensemble Directors:

Audition Information

Chamber Choir and Men’s Chorus:

Where:

SJU – Stephen B Humphrey (Music Building), SBH #028, Choir Room

When:
  • Monday, August 30, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 31, 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 1, 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Audtion Process:
  • Auditions will be approximately 10-minutes.
  • Practice rooms are available in both the SBH (2nd floor) and BAC for warm-ups.
  • Please arrive at your audition room 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
  • Audition results will be posted on Thursday (9/2/21) afternoon, by 1:00 p.m.
Audition Criteria:
  • Sing (a) prepared selection (songs you might have sung for High School Solo/Ensemble events, scholarship auditions) or (b) favorites such as: “America the Beautiful,” “America,” (My Country ’Tis of Thee), National Anthem, “Happy Birthday,” a hymn or carol – choose a piece that you are comfortable singing that highlights your voice and ability. 
  • Range check (explore your comfortable singing range)
  • Tonal memory check (sing back 4-5 note sequences accurately)
  • Sight-reading assessment

Chamber Choir and Men’s Chorus Audition Form

Women’s Choir

Where:

CSB – Benedicta Arts Center (BAC), A118 (music faculty office across from The Recital Hall A135)

When:
  • Monday, August 30, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 31, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 2, 9:30 a.m - 12 p.m.
Audition Process:
  • Auditions will take approximately 10-minutes.
  • Practice rooms are available in both the SBH (2nd floor) and BAC for warm-ups.
  • Please arrive at your auditon 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time. 
  • Audition results will be posted on Thursday (9/2/21) by 1 p.m. in order to have the first rehearsal that afternoon.
Audition Criteria:
  • Sing (a) prepared selection (ex. songs you might have sung in past choirs or from a HS Solo/Ensemble event) or (b) sing a song you are comfortable singing that highlights your voice and ability.
  • Range Check (explore your comfortable singing range).
  • Tonal Memory (explore your ability to sing back 4-note sequence accurately)
  • Sight-Reading assessment (many singers are at varying levels of experience with sight-reading. This allows me to assess where your current skillset is and how I might increase all sight-reading skills during rehearsals).
  • Informal conversation with Professor Zemlin to explore your interest in Women’s Choir and, if accepted, what your singing goals and goals for the ensemble are. I welcome the opportunity to speak with each of you about Women’s Choir’s rehearsal structure and academic and performance goals for this year. 

Women’s Choir Audition Form

All-College Choir

No auditions required to join ACC. All singers are welcome.

Where:

SJU – Stephen B Humphrey (Music Building), SBH #028, Choir Room

When:

Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Contact the Music Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. David Arnott
Chair, Music Department

CSB BAC A119
320-363-5717

SJU Music 112
320-363-2132

Kelly Brueske
Coordinator, Music Department

CSB BAC A116
320-363-5796

SJU Music 110
320-363-3371