Ensemble Audition

Goshen College music ensembles are open by audition to any GC student, regardless of major. Auditions are held before each academic semester. Interested students can sign up for an audition at the Music Audition Table, located outside of the Music Center Main Office in late August, 2013.  Exact dates will be announced soon.

Below are listed requirements and procedures to audition for each music ensemble. Additional information will be added as it is made available.

Choirs (Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s World Music Choir)

Auditions for GC choral ensembles will be held in MC 217 (Dr. Hochstetler’s office). All interested singers should sign up for one audition slot; the sign-up sheet will be on the Music Audition table outside of the Music Center Main Office.

Singers may be in either Women’s World Music Choir or Men’s Chorus.  Singers who are members of Chamber Choir are also members of either Men’s Chorus or Women’s World Music Choir.

We aim to make auditions as painless as possible! The goal is to find out where you are in your singing ability and knowledge.

The following will be the components of your audition:

Prepared song
Prepare a short solo to sing a cappella or with piano accompaniment. Examples might be a verse from your favorite hymn, a song you sang at solo/ensemble festival, a worship song that you sang at church, an art song/aria that you learned in your voice lessons, etc. Please bring an extra copy if you have the music.
Sight-singing
You will sight-sing a short piece, 4-8 measures of music. No preparation necessary.
Range-check
We will have you sing a few vocal warmups to check your range.
Tonal memory
You will sing back several patterns of notes that we will play on the piano.

If you are auditioning for Chamber Choir:  In addition to the above requirements, please download “Ave Verum Corpus” by William Byrd (.pdf) and prepare your voice part up through measure 22 (“sanguine”). Feel free to use this YouTube video to help in your preparation.

PLEASE NOTE: All students who are music majors/minors or on scholarship with voice or piano as their primary instrument are required to audition for both Men’s/Women’s Choir and Chamber Choir.

Audition results will be posted on the music office window, around the corner from the sign-up table.

Students who will be on fall SST should either:

  1. Audition during the fall auditions for spring choir participation, if on campus OR
  2. Indicate interest in spring choir participation by email to Profs Brubaker (debradb@goshen.edu) and Hochstetler (scottmh@goshen.edu) before you depart.

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra Auditions will take place  in Brembeck Instrumental Hall (MC150).  Interested students can sign up for an audition at the Music Audition Table, located outside of the Music Center Main Office.  If you are not able to audition during one of the listed slots, please contact Dr. Fashun to schedule an audition.

Audition Requirements

Strings/Woodwinds/Brass

  1. Three-octave scale of your choosing (or scale commensurate to the range of your instrument, i.e. winds/brass/string bass)
  2. Three-minute excerpt of a concerto, sonata, or etude

Percussionists

  1. Solo on either xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, snare drum, or timpani.  Memorization is not required.  The solo portion should be three minutes or less.
  2. Three-octave scale of your choosing.

 

Lavender Jazz

Lavender Jazz auditions will take place in MC 150.  Interested students can sign up for an audition at the Music Audition Table, located outside of the Music Center Main Office.   If you are not able to audition during one of the above slots, please contact Dr. Fashun to schedule an audition.

Saxophones, Trombones and Trumpets: Each audition will include a three-octave scale of your choosing (or scale commensurate to the range of your instrument), a prepared jazz tune (i.e. from a real or fake book) OR a 3-minute excerpt of a concerto, sonata, or etude. Auditionees are encouraged to demonstrate their improvisation skills by improvising over blues changes (your choice – usually F or Bb) or a standard tune of your choosing. The audition will be accompanied by the jazz band director.

Piano, Guitar, Bass: You will be asked to demonstrate your comping ability in a number of different styles: swing, ballad, funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian. There will also be sight-reading of a melody. You are encouraged to demonstrate your improvisation skills by improvising over blues changes (your choice – usually F or Bb) or a standard tune of your choosing. All of this will be accompanied by the jazz band director.

Drums: You will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of different grooves – medium swing, up-tempo swing, ballad (with brushes), funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban. Also, you will show your sight reading ability by reading a drum chart and providing the appropriate time and feel as well as set-ups and kicks.