Ensemble Auditions and Information

Interested in joining a CSB/SJU musical ensemble this fall?

Audition dates and times for Vocal Ensembles

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

Auditions:
Monday, August 26th, 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 27th, 1:00 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 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 29th, 2:50 pm SJU, SBH, 028

Regular Rehearsal Schedule:
MWF: 3:00 - 4:10 pm; TR: 2:50 - 4:10 pm

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

SJU MEN’S CHORUS (TTBB) – (MUSC 234)

Auditions:
Monday, August 26th, 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 27th, 1:00 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 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 29th, 5:15 pm SJU, SBH, 028

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: 
MTWR: 5:15 - 6:30 pm

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

CSB WOMEN'S CHOIR (SSAA) – (MUSC 235)

Auditions:  Monday, August 26th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
                   Tuesday, August 27th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
                   Wednesday, August 28th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
*If none of these times work, please email Dr. Vollbrecht

First Full Rehearsal: Thursday, August 29th, 2:40 - 3:55 pm, Recital Hall (BAC A-135)

Location: BAC A-118 - Dr. Vollbrecht's office
Sign up for an audition on Dr. Vollbrecht'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

Regular rehearsals:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:20 - 4:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:40 - 3:55 pm 
Recital Hall (BAC A-135), CSB

Performances

  • Oct 26 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Festival of Styles
  • Oct 27 - 2:00 pm Sacred Heart Chapel
  • Dec 6 - 8:00 pm Christmas at St. John's (SJU Great Hall)
  • Dec 7 - 2:00 pm Christmas at St. John's (SJU Great Hall)
  • Dec 7 - 8:00 pm Celebrating the Season - Basilica of St Mary - Minneapolis
  • Mar 29 - 2:00 pm - Sacred Heart Chapel
  • April 24 - 8:00 pm Choral Masterworks, SJU Great Hall

Director: Dr. Susan Vollbrecht: (363-5888), BAC A-118, CSB

CHORAL ARTS ENSEMBLE (SATB) – (MUSC 240D)

Prerequisite: Membership in an auditioned choir.
Travelled to Europe May 2019
For further information - including cost and payment schedule - contact:
Director: Axel Theimer: (320) 363-3374

ALL-COLLEGE CHOIR (SATB) – (MUSC 239)

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

Requirements: Ability to match pitch; musical reading not required

Director: Dr. Susan Vollbrecht    363-5888   BAC - A118, CSB

First rehearsal: Tuesday, August 27th, 7:00 pm

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
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 26th at 4:05 pm (class meeting time due to opening day convocation schedule), Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • Monday, August 26th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Percussion Only)
  • Tuesday, August 27th, 4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 28th, 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 control of your instrument.
    • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at a 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 30th, 2019

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 16th, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • December 9th, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • February 26th, 2020, 7:30 pm
  • April 29th, 2020, 7:30 pm

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

SYMPHONIC BAND – (MUSC 230)

First rehearsal: 

  • Monday, September 2nd, 6:00-7:15 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • None

Requirements:

  • Playing experience on an instrument

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

  • MW, 6:00-7:15 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances (All performances are in Escher in conjunction with the Wind Ensemble):

  • October 16th, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • December 9th, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • February 26th, 2020, 7:30 pm
  • April 29th, 2020, 7:30 pm

Additional Information:

  • If you do not own your own instrument, contact Prof. Campbell about the availability of school instruments.

Director: Scott Campbell ( 363-5796) BAC A-112, CSB

JAZZ ENSEMBLE – (MUSC 238)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, August 27th at 2:40 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions will take place beginning Tuesday, August 28th after the informational meeting and continue
on Wednesday, August 28th.

All auditions are held in the Small Ensemble Room (BAC D048).
On the first day of classes, the audition sign-up list will be located on the wall outside of the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040).

Requirements:

All Horns:

  1. Play just the melody of “All the Things You Are” on your own.
  2. Sight reading
  3. Improvise over an F(concert) blues (optional) 

Rhythm Section:
Piano, bass, and guitar

  1. Play the melody of "All the Things You Are" and comp as well
  2. Sight reading
  3. Comping and improvising over an F-blues

Drums:

1. Be able to play the following styles:
-medium swing
-up-tempo swing
-bossa, samba
-funk/pop
2. Trade fours with yourself (four bars time & four bars solo)
3. Sight reading

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

For any questions please contact Pete James Johnson.

Director: Pete James Johnson, BAC A112, CSB

ORCHESTRA – (MUSC 233)

Informational meeting: August 28th (at first class) 1:05 -2:25 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: Monday, August 26th 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
                  Tuesday, August 27th 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: TBD; 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 imagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument
  • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at a minimum, two octaves, preferably three octaves)

Woodwind/Brass:

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

Percussion:

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

First Full Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 28th,  6:45 - 8:15 pm (Strings)

Regular rehearsals for the fall semester:

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

Performances:

  • October 13, 2019 – 2:00 pm Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • December 8, 2019 - 2:00 pm, Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • February 23rd, 2020 - 2:00 pm, Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • April 19th, 2020 - 2:00 pm, Escher Auditorium, CSB

Director:
HyeYoun Jang

 

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):

  • Informational meeting:  
    • Tuesday, August 26th at 4:25 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB
  • Auditions:
    • No formal audition but permission of instructor required
  • First Full Rehearsal:
    • Tuesday, September 2nd, 2019
  • Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
    • Tuesdays, 4:25-5:25 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB
  • Performances:
    • November 25, 2019, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 pm, Escher Auditorium
    • December 6, 2019, Christmas at SJU, 8:00 pm, Great Hall
    • December 7, 2019, Christmas at SJU, 2:00 pm, Great Hall
    • December 7, 2019, Celebrating the Season, 8:00 pm, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
    • April 20, 2020, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 pm, Escher Auditorium
    • May 9, 2020, Commencement: CSB, 2:00 pm, HCC Field House
    • May 10, 2020, Commencement: SJU, 2:00 pm, Abbey Church

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 lifelong activity. We hope you arrange your schedule to sing and/or play with us!