CHOIR ENSEMBLE ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS PAGE for FALL 2020

No auditions necessary for Men's Chorus (MWF), Women's Chorale (MWF), or All-Collegiate Choir (Thursday evening). Register and attend, see below.

2020-21 UNIVERSITY SINGERS & CHAMBER SINGERS:

Auditions for University Singers and Chamber Singers are through this audition form only—no live audition this year. (You must be signed in using your UNL information in order to complete the audition.) Record yourself (video with audio) singing a major scale ascending and descending (any comfortable key), a chromatic scale ascending and descending (any comfortable starting pitch), and each song for your intended voice part. Upload a separate file for each scale and each song. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 16, 5pm CDT.

 If you are only interested in one ensemble, learn the two songs for that ensemble. If you are interested in either ensemble but can only participate in one, learn both songs for both ensembles. If you are interested in being a member of both ensembles, learn both songs for both ensembles.

 Please direct all questions—no matter the ensemble—to BOTH Dr. Pete Eklund (pae@unl.edu) and Dr. Marques L. A. Garrett (marques.garrett@unl.edu).


 
Chamber Singers audition music (two pieces):
1. Amazing Grace (downloadable music for sopranos and altos)

 


VARSITY MEN'S CHORUS:

website: https://arts.unl.edu/music/ensembles/varsity-chorus

No audition necessary.  Simply register for the ensemble. Attend the first rehearsal on Monday, August 26th at 3:30pm on the Kimball Recital Hall stage. Enter through the west stage doors (not the north audience doors). Proceed to the stage.



UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S CHORALE:

website: https://arts.unl.edu/music/ensembles/university-chorale

No audition necessary. Register for the ensemble. Attend the first rehearsal on Monday, August 26th at 3:30pm in Westbrook room 119. 



COLLEGIATE CHOIR:

website: https://arts.unl.edu/music/ensembles/all-collegiate-choir

No audition necessary. Register for the ensemble. It meets Thursday evenings at 7pm in Westbrook room 130.



JAZZ SINGERS:

website: https://arts.unl.edu/music/ensembles/jazz-singers
 

Audition Materials:

 

Please contact their director, Dr. David von Kampen if there are additional questions at dvonkampen@gmail.com



BIG RED SINGERS:

website: https://arts.unl.edu/music/ensembles/big-red-singers

Auditions for the 2021 Spring Semester:

Time and Place:
TBA

We are seeking...

• Students who are willing to make a year-long commitment to this pre-determined student-friendly schedule of rehearsals/performances (Sunday and Tuesday evening rehearsals). Students who are capable and willing to participate in the total choral experience at Nebraska. Priority consideration will be given to those enrolled in another curricular choral ensemble (can register for 0 credit and $0).

• Students who are eager to learn more about how show choir shows are run and perfected (those future teachers who will one day, run their own ensemble).

• Flexible individuals who can work as a team/ensemble.

Audition Expectations:

• Use this GoogleDoc (link TBA) to complete requested pre-audition information. Additional questions, contact pae@unl.edu before your audition date.

• Prepare the piece of music below ("Nebraska Hymn" — there are learning tracks listed under the downloadable music below — it need not be memorized at the audition. You will vocally audition in assigned quartets of similar voicing (SA, TB, for example). During your assigned 10-minute time slot, quartets will sing through sections of "Nebraska Hymn" (sheet music posted below), be individually vocalized by an instructor, and asked a few interview-like questions. Music sight-reading might be requested.

• Be prepared to change into more comfortable clothing for the dance portion of the audition. You will be asked to learn and memorize a short secment of music and choreography from a passage from a piece of music to be performed in the fall show. Auditonees will not be judged during the learning portion of this process. After a healthy amount of repetitions both singing and dancing, groups of four (SATB) will be asked to sing and dance the music and choreography for the BRS Leadership Team. Multiple categories in both singing and dancing will be scored.

• Have your hair configured to represent the look you will recreate on stage for future performances.

• Please complete this form by Friday, August 21st. Complete the form and list any conflicts that you may have with either night, so that you may be scheduled accordingly. You may or may not get your preferred audition day depending on all preferences, so please be flexible.

Downloadable sheet music for "Nebraska Hymn")
——mp3 recording of all balanced parts

——mp3 recording of predominant soprano1 part
——mp3 recording of predominant soprano2 part


——mp3 recording of predominant alto1 part
——mp3 recording of predominant alto2 part

——mp3 recording of predominant tenor1 part
——mp3 recording of predominant tenor2 part

——mp3 recording of predominant bass1 part
——mp3 recording of predominant bass2 part

To clarify:
• Vocal audition is formal, there will be time to change into dance attire

Mission of the ensemble:

• To prepare future performers for careers in performing and to audition well.

• To prepare tomorrow's music educators.

• To create a great environment for those desiring to continue their performing and enhance their performance skills.