GC Music Ensemble Audition Information – new for 2021-22!

Ensemble Audition Information

Information updated Tues. August 24, 2021

Goshen College music ensembles (Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Lavender Jazz) are open by audition to any GC student, regardless of major.  GC Choir sign-ups will be done in-person at the Music Center — please sign up for an audition time online by following the links in the appropriate ensemble section. See QR code in MC lobby or below. 

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, Vox Profundi, Voices of the Earth)

Profs. Scott Hochstetler and Roz Woll
Updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Full information and virtual audition sign-up form 

No matter your singing background, we’d love to have you audition for us at Goshen College!  We have three choirs: Voices of the Earth (a treble choir), Vox Profundi (a tenor/bass choir) and the Chamber Choir (an SATB choir).  All members of the Chamber Choir also sing in either Voices of the Earth or Vox Profundi. Voices of the Earth focuses on SSAA songs from world music traditions, Vox Profundi focuses on sacred a cappella TTBB songs, and the Chamber Choir focuses on SATB music from throughout history. However, all three choirs sing a wide variety of music from many cultures and styles, and this breadth of music is one of the hallmarks of the GC choral program.

Taking appropriate precautions of social distancing and masking, we’ve been able to rehearse and perform in person all last year.  We plan to do the same this year.  Many programs around the country aren’t able to rehearse in person due to size of program and/or facilities, so we are blessed to give our students this special opportunity.

Auditions will be held in-person Monday, August 30 through Friday, September 3 with both directors (Scott Hochstetler and H. Roz Woll) present. Please wear your best singing mask, and please be ready with a short song to sing (a hymn, worship song, pop song, camp song, Broadway song, classical song, any song from voice lessons). You may choose to sing it a cappella, or with an accompaniment (please bring us sheet music so we can play for you). For Chamber Choir auditionees, please prepare your part for the first section of “Lacrymosa” by WA Mozart (sing up to letter H). The score is here.  We’ll also check your range, have you do a little sight-reading, and have you sing back some patterns that we play on the piano. It’s painless, and everyone leaves smiling! We’ll be holding auditions in the choir room and Rieth (please check the schedule below for your audition location).

Those auditioning for both Vox Profundi/Voices of the Earth AND Chamber Choir only need to sign up for one slot. Please note: anyone on a music scholarship for voice must audition for Voices/Vox AND Chamber Choir, and, if selected, must participate. Anyone on a piano scholarship is required to be in an ensemble (Voices/Vox, orchestra or jazz band) and strongly encouraged to audition for Chamber Choir if auditioning for Voices/Vox. If you have questions about scholarship requirements and auditions, please contact Scott Hochstetler at scottmh@goshen.edu.

Vox Profundi and Voices of the Earth rehearse Monday from 4-5pm and Thursday from 4-5:30pm. Chamber Choir rehearses Monday from 5-6pm and Wednesday from 4-5:30pm.

All Music Department ensemble rosters will be posted by 10:00 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2021. 

Audition Procedure

  1. Please sign up for one (1) time slot on this Google Doc. 
  2. PRIOR to your audition, you must fill out this Google Form. Do this right away so you don’t forget, like right now!  

Symphony Orchestra

Brian Mast, conductor
Updated: Thurs. August 19, 2021

The main purpose of individual auditions  for the GC Symphony Orchestra is to give the conductor a chance to meet with each individual for the following purposes:

  • To learn more about each musician’s (new and returning) interests and goals for their participation in the orchestra, i.e. are you a Music Major planning on further musical study or you have another major and you participate because you enjoy collective music making. (Both great reasons to be a part of the orchestra!)
  • To learn what each musician’s musical background is, i.e. how many years have you played, have you taken private lessons, what other instruments do you play etc.
  • To hear each musician play their instrument to understand where they might best contribute to the ensemble.

Auditions will be held in MC 150 – Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (Wednesday, 8.31 – Friday, 9.3).  Please sign up for a slot on the Google sheet shared here and in the announcement.  If there are no slots available that fit your schedule, please email Brian to arrange another time.  Please arrive promptly for your audition and have your instrument unpacked and ready to play as there are only 10 minute per slot.  Feel free to tune and warm up in a practice room and then bring your instrument and music over at your audition time

Sign up for an audition slot here (Google Sheet)


I would like to hear each musician play the following:

  • 2-3 octave scale of your choice.  I may ask for several different rhythmic patterns, articulations,  or tempos, i.e  quarter, 2 eighths, triplets etc.
  • A short solo of your choice.  This could be something that you have prepared for a recital or played in church, or it could be a hymn or other orchestral part you have played.
  • Some basic sight reading from music that we will perform this fall.

This is not meant to be a stressful audition.  My goal is to find a place for everyone to contribute to the ensemble as we all work toward a common goal.  Feel free to email me with any questions at brianm@goshen.edu. I really look forward to making great music with each of you this semester!

Lavender Jazz

Greg Smucker, director
Updated Mon. August 23, 2021

Auditions are open to saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, drum set and vibes. Other instrumentalists with experience in jazz and/or improvisation are welcome to audition. In-person, socially-distant auditions will take place in Music Center 150 on Thursday, August 26 and Monday, August 30, 2021. If you are not able to audition in one of the listed time slots, email Greg Smucker to arrange an audition time.

Click here to sign up for an audition time slot!

Audition requirements


  • Two octave scale – your choice of key (demonstrate range and tone)
  • Two – three minute selection of your choice – jazz tune, hymn, or melodic etude
  • Sight reading

Bass, guitar, vibes and piano

  • Two octave scale – your choice of key
  • Two – three minute selection of your choice – jazz tune or hymn
  • Sight reading – both note reading and chord progression

Drum Set

  • Demonstrate swing pattern
    • Various tempos slow, medium, fast
    • with brushes
  • Demonstrate Bossa Nova pattern
  • Demonstrate Rock pattern
  • Solo demonstration i.e. swing pattern for 4 bars
  • Sight reading