Music Ensemble Placement Auditions

September 4 – September 8, 2014

Membership in a music ensemble is based on the results of the ensemble placement auditions held in Mary Baker Russell Music Center during orientation weekend (September 4-8, 2014).

The audition process is:

  1. Sign up for an audition time.  Sign-up sheets will be available the week of September 1st.  They will be posted on the Mary Baker Russell Music Center back stage area bulletin boards.
  2. Audition: complete any forms that may be needed prior to the audition and bring them with you.
  3. Watch MBRC back stage bulletin boards for ensemble personnel lists.
  4. Register in the Music Office (MBRC 206) on Monday, September 10th for your ensemble.

Schedule

Music Ensemble Placement Auditions

September 4 – September 8, 2014

Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Click on the link to view the 2014 Ensemble Placement Schedule.

Please contact the Music Office at 253-535-7602 if your have any questions.

Click here to view the 2014 Orchestra Ensemble Placement Information Letter

Click here to view the 2014 Band Ensemble Placement Information Letter

Click here to view the 2014 University Jazz Ensemble Placement Information Letter

Music Ensemble Placement Auditions

September 4 – September 8, 2014

Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Instrumental Auditions

Location:Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Room 322

Auditions for all instrumental ensembles are held at the same time.  Auditions times are based on the instrument (see audition schedule).  Students will be assigned to an ensemble(s).  Results of the auditions will be posted on the back stage bulletin board in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center back stage area.  Students should then register for their ensemble(s) in the Music Office (MBRC 206).
2014 First Year Student Orientation:

Incoming students should be aware of the new student orientation activities going on simultaneously with the Department of Music ensemble placement auditions.  Please do not schedule your audition time during one of these sessions. Click here to view the schedule of activities: New student orientation activities.

Audition Material:

Orchestra and Band: short etude or solo piece of the auditionee’s choice and a sight-reading passage selected from the seasons repertoire.
Woodwind and Brass Players may be asked to play a 2-octave scale in addition to their selection and the sight-reading material.
Jazz: sight-reading plus optional brief improvisation over a 12-bar blues in F concert.

Audition Schedule:

Friday, September 4

  • Flutes (Piccolo) — 10:30am – 1:15pm (Note: 10:30-12:15 Returning Students Only)
  • Oboes (English Horn) — 2:00pm
  • Clarinets (Bass Clarinet) — 3:00pm (Note: 2:00-4:30 Returning Students Only)
  • Bassoons (Contra Bassoon) — 5:00pm
  • Timpani and Percussion — 6:00pm        Note: All percussionists receiving a music scholarship must audition at this time if they also want to audition for the Jazz Ensemble. It is also highly recommended for non-scholarship percussionists.
  • Harp and Keyboards — 7:30pm

Saturday, September 5

(String players need not complete the audition form)

  •      Violins — 9am-12 noon
  •      Violas –  1pm
  •      Cellos –  3pm
  •      Basses — 4:30pm

Sunday, September 6: Orchestra, Band and Jazz Ensembles

  •      Euphoniums / Baritones / Tuba — 10am
  •      Horns –10:40am-noon
  •      Trumpets — 1pm
  •      Trombones — 2:30pm
  •      Saxophones — 3:30pm

Monday, September 7:

Jazz Rhythm Section (keyboards, guitar, bass, drums) 1:45 – 3:15

Documents:

Ensemble Start Up Letters will be available in August:

Questions, please contact the PLU Music Department at 253-535-7602.

Music Ensemble Placement Auditions

September 4 – September 8, 2014

Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Choral Auditions

Location: Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Room 306.

 

Click here to go to the PLU Choral Audition Blog.  This link will give new students detailed information about the ensemble placement auditions that will be held in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center during the weekend before fall classes begin.

2014 First Year Student Orientation:

Incoming students should be aware of the new student orientation activities going on simultaneously with the Department of Music ensemble placement auditions.  Please do not schedule your audition time during one of these sessions. Click here to view the schedule of activities: Link available in August.

Audition Material:

Sing a prepared song of your choice or choose a carol or hymn that is available at the auditions. The directors will then vocalize you to hear your range and ask you to sing some patterns by hear for tonal memory.

An accompanist will be provided for the audition.

Singers should be aware of taking care of their voices during dorm activities.

Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 5:  6pm-9pm
  • Friday, September 6: 9:30am – 12noon and 1pm-5pm (Note: 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30 returning students only) 10:30-noon and 2:30-5:00 all students may audition
  • Saturday, September 7: No Choral Auditions
  • Sunday, September 8:    2pm-6pm (Note: 2:00-2:30 Returning Students Only)
  • Monday, September 9 (1st day of classes) – 1:00-6pm

Choral Call Backs-Tuesday through Thursday/ Please check MBRC back stage bulletin board for call back lists.

The Choral audition schedule is tentative and may change.

Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities
Lauren Whitham, Visiting Associate Director of Choral Activities
James Brown, Director of Vocal Studies

Overview of Ensemble Placement Audition Schedule

Questions, please contact the PLU Music Department at 253-535-7602.

Music Ensemble Placement Auditions

September 4 – September 8, 2014

Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Ensemble Placement Results:

After the auditions have been held, ensemble personnel lists will be posted on the bulletin boards in the back stage areas of Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Please check this area often to determine which ensemble(s) you have been assigned too.

Ensemble Registration:

Once the ensemble placement result lists have been posted, all students must complete their ensemble registration in the Music Office (MBRC 206) on Monday, September 8.

Questions, please contact the PLU Music Department at 253-535-7602.