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 held on the Sunday/Monday prior to the start of the 2020 Fall Semester, August 23rd for Sopranos, Altos, and Basses. Auditions for tenors will be Monday, August 24th.
•Auditions for Sopranos will be Sunday, August 25th, at 1pm in Westbrook Music Building room 130 (please prepare the audition pieces listed below.
•Auditions for Altos will be Sunday, August 25th, at 3:30pm in Westbrook Music Building room 130 (please prepare the audition pieces listed below.
•Auditions for Basses will be Sunday, August 25th, at 7pm in Westbrook Music Building room 130 (please prepare the audition pieces listed below.
•Auditions for Tenors will be Monday, August 26th, at 1:30pm in Westbrook Music Building room 130 (please prepare the audition pieces listed below.
Both ensembles are tentatively rescheduled to tour to France during the academic year, TBA. Meeting the university and School of Music travel criteria and policy will strongly considered during auditions. Please complete this Google Form (link TBA) prior to auditions.
 
University Singers audition music (two pieces):
1. TBA (downloadable music)
 
 
Chamber Singers audition music (two pieces):
1. TBA downloadable music

 


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
Jazz Singers auditions will be Wednesday, August 28 from 3-7 pm 
Sign up at room 239
 

Audition Materials:

Learn your part of the SATB excerpt and prepare to sing along with the recording
Also learn the "Prepared Scales" PDF - you will sing the major, blues and chromatic scales, unaccompanied, from any starting pitch.

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 2020-2021 School Year

Time and Place:
Tuesday, August 25th, 5pm-11pm (may end at different times for different people) in Westbrook rm105 then to 130
or
Wednesday, August 26th, 5pm-11pm (may end at different times for different people) in Westbrook rm105 then to 130
(you only need to be present one of the audition days, not both).

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.