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 28th 2:00-5:30 PM
                   Tuesday, August 29th 1:00-6:30 PM
                   Wednesday, August 30th 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 31st, 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 28th 2:00-5:30 PM
                   Tuesday, August 29th 1:00-6:30 PM
                   Wednesday, August 30th 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 31st, 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 28th 2:00-5:00 PM
                   Tuesday, August 29th 1:0-4:00 PM
                   Wednesday, August 30th 2:00-5:00 PM
*If none of these times work, please email Dr. Cogdill at [email protected]

Location: BAC A-118 - Dr. Cogdill's office
Sign up for an audition on Dr. Cogdill's door (A118) in the BAC

Audition Requirements:

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

First Full Rehearsal:  Thursday August 31st at 2:40 - 3:55 pm Recital Hall (A-135) in the BAC

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

Performances

  • Nov 5 - 2:00 pm - Sacred Heart Chapel
  • December 1 - 8:00 pm Christmas at St. John's (SJU Great Hall)
  • December 2 - 2:00 pm Christmas at St. John's (SJU Great Hall)
  • December 2 - 8:00 pm Celebrating the Season - Basilica of St Mary - Minneapolis)
  • March 25 - 2:00 pm - Sacred Heart Chapel
  • April 7 - Still I Rise - Collaboration with MN Collegiate Women's Choirs (TBD)
  • April 27 - 8:00 pm Masterwork, SJU Great Hall

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 2016 - 17 academic year.
For further information - including cost and payment schedule - contact:
Director: Axel Theimer: (320) 363-3374: [email protected]

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 6th, 7:00 PM - 1st rehearsal
Tuesdays
7:00-8:30 PM
Choral Rehearsal Hall (MU 028) in the Music Building, SJU

Audition dates and times for Instrumental Ensembles

WIND ENSEMBLE -- (MUSC 231)

Informational meeting:  

  • Monday, August 28th at 4:05 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • Monday, August 28th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Percussion Only)
  • Tuesday, August 29th, 4:45 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 30th, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 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 demonstrating good sound, quality intonation,
      musical imagination, rhythmic integrity and technical contro of your insturment.
    • 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 1st, 2017

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

  • MWF, 3:20 -4:40 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances (in Escher Auditorium):

  • October 11th, 2017, 7:30 PM
  • December 6th, 2017, 7:30 PM
  • February 28th, 2018,  7:30 PM
  • May 2nd, 2018, 7:30 PM

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

SYMPHONIC BAND -- (MUSC 230)

First rehearsal: Monday, August 28th 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:
6:50-8:10 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 18th, 2017, 7:30 PM
  • December 6th, 2017, 7:30 PM
  • February 28th, 2018,  7:30 PM
  • May 2nd, 2018, 7:30 PM

Director: Bruce Thornton: (363-5606), BAC D-043, CSB
[email protected]

Additional Information:
If you do not own your own instrument, contact Dr. Thornton about the availability of school instruments.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE -- (MUSC 238)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, August 29th 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, August 30th and will continue on Wednesday, August 31st. 

Additional Information:
 Pick up audition excerpts at the jazz ensemble informational meeting on Tuesday, August 30th 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: Peter Johnson:` (363-5796), BAC A112, CSB (p[email protected])

ORCHESTRA -- (MUSC 233)

Informational meeting: August 29th (at first class) 1:05 -2:25 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: Monday, August 28th 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
                  Tuesday, August 29th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Dr. Arnott's studio (D-045) in the BAC, CSB

  • Sign up for an audition on the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall door (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Requirements:

Strings:

  • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imnagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument
  • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at minimum, two octaves, preferably three octaves)

Woodwind/Brass:

  • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imnagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument
  • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at minimum, two octaves)

Percussion:

  • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for timpani, snare, and/or mallets

First Full Rehearsal: Wednesday August 30,  6:45 - 8:15

Regular rehearsals for fall semester: 

T-Th: Tutti: 1:05 PM - 2:25 PM, Instrument Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB
W: Strings Only: 6:45 - 8:15, Recital Hall


Performances:

  • September 30, 2017 - 7:30 PM Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • December 10, 2017 - 2:00 PM, Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • March 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM, Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • April 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM, Escher Auditorium, CSB

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

 

Additional Ensembles

STRING CHAMBER MUSIC -- (MUSC 240)

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: TBA
  • Location: TBA

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

BRASS CHOIR -- (MUSC 242):

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4:25 - 5:25 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: Joshua Schwalbach

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!