Ensemble Auditions

The audition sign-up sheets will be available on the fourth floor, outside of room 408 by the Student Services Center on August 19th.For more information about specific ensembles, please visit our ensemble pages, where there will be further descriptions of each ensemble listed.

Baroque Ensemble Instrumental & Voice
The Conservatory Baroque Ensemble performs music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in orchestral and chamber settings. All instrumentalists and voice students are invited to audition at the beginning of each school year. The ensemble is divided between two courses, one for instrumentalists and one for voice students. No prior experience performing baroque music is required. Audition requirement for instrumentalists is to perform one movement from any baroque or Classical era work of your choosing, it does not need to be performed from memory. Audition material for singers is announced at the conclusion of the previous academic year. Keyboard players and guitarists new to continuo playing are required to enroll in the continuo course as well. Each year the ensemble performs one major work (a baroque opera or oratorio) during the spring semester as well as several chamber and aria concerts in both fall and spring semesters. Class sessions are divided between two weekly sessions for instrumentalists and one weekly session as well as private coachings for voice students. Please contact Corey Jamason (cjamason@sfcm.edu) with any questions.

Brass Department Auditions
Required for all new brass students. 2-3 contrasting pieces/movements/etudes. Additionally, all trumpets (new and returning students) players should be prepared to play the following in addition to contrasting solo works:

Pictures at an Exhibition- Promenade
Leonore 3- off-stage fanfare
Pines of Rome- off-stage solo

If you have questions, please contact Adam Luftman, aluftman@sfcm.edu
Chamber Choir

Students should prepare one art song or opera aria from any time period.The audition will last ten minutes.All instruments welcome to audition.

Students who previously enrolled do not have to audition for Chamber Choir.Please contact Ragnar Bohlin, ragnar.bohlin@sfcm.edu, directly to let him know that you are interested in returning.

Chamber Music Strings and Piano
String students should prepare amovement of Bach and the exposition of an additional work, either concerto or sonata, in addition to thefollowingchamber music excerpts:
Violin: Mendelssohn Quartet Op. 44 #2 1st mvt. bars 1-47
Viola: Bartok Quartet #6 mvt. 1 bars 1-13, Mozart KV589 trio
Cello: Mozart KV. 589 1st mvt. bars as indicated, Dvorak American quartet mvt.2 solo as indicated.
Bass: no excerpt

Piano: One piece that represents your best talents. Also, please be prepared for sightreading.

The audition should last no longer than 10 minutes, and may also include sight reading for string players.

Students who previously enrolled do not have to audition for Chamber Music Strings and Piano, but if you are interested in participating in the coming year, please be sure to contact chamber music chair jlevitz@sfcm.eduno later than the date of the placement auditionin order to continue in chamber music.

Guitar Ensemble
Students should prepare a solo piece of five minutes or less. There will also be sight reading for guitarists. The entire audition is ten minutes long. Non-guitarists are welcome to audition. If you have any questions regarding these auditions, please contact David Tanenbaum,dtanenbaum@sfcm.edu.

Students who previously enrolled do not have to audition for Guitar Ensemble. Please contact David Tanenbaum directly to let him know that you are interested in participating again.

Musical Theater
Audition Date: August 19, 2016 (Callbacks August 20)
Audition Requirements: Two Musical Theatre pieces, preferably one written before 1965 and one written after, and a one-minute monologue*, all to be performed from memory. (*If you do not prepare a monologue, you wil be given scnes to cold read.)
Questions? Contact Michael Mohammed, Director, Musical Theatre Workshop, mmohommed@sfcm.edu.

Music to Go and Conservatory in Schools
Any solo of choice or two contrasting solos. Sight-reading may be required for instrumentalists. If a style other than classical is available (jazz, Latin, musical theater, pop/rock, fiddling, singing pianist, singing guitarist, other) please prepare a selection in this style as well.If anyone plays the saxophone, accordion, sitar, or any other alternative instrument, please audition!

The audition should last 8 minutes for instrumentalists and 4 minutes for singers.

Students who previously enrolled do not have to audition for MTG and CIS. Please contact Rachael Smith, rasmith@sfcm.edu, directly to let her know that you are interested in participating in the coming year.

Repertoire: The Turn of the Screw (Britten), Suor Angelica (Puccini), Le portrait de Manon (Massenet), Dido and Aneneas (Purcell), Mavra (Stravinsky)
Audition Dates: August 17 & 18, 2016 (Callbacks August 20)
Audition Requirements: Two arias* of contrasting styles and a brief passage of secco recitativo from the baroque or classical period, all to be performed from memory. If you would like ot be considered forDido and Aeneas, one of your arias should be from the baroque period, preferably in English. (*Undergraduate students may substitute an art song in place of one aria.)

Questions? Contact Jose Maria Condemi, Director of Opera, jmcondemi@sfcm.edu; Curt Pajer, Musical and Managing Director of Opera, cpajer@sfcm.edu

Orchestra auditions are required for all Violin, Viola, Double Bass and Cello students. For audition repertoire, please check the orchestra page.

Non-Orchestral instruments cannot audition for Orchestra.

All orchestral instruments are required to participate in Orchestra.

Woodwind Chamber Music
Students should prepare any two contrasting movements or three contrasting excerpts. The audition will be 5-10 minutes long. Non-woodwind players are encouraged to audition, as Woodwind Chamber Music is a good home for mixed instrumentation ensembles.

Students who previously enrolled do not have to audition for Woodwind Chamber Music. Please contact Jeff Anderle, janderle@sfcm.edu, directly to let him know that you are interested in participating again.