Ensemble Auditions and Information

Interested in joining a CSB|SJU musical ensemble this fall?

Audition dates and times for Vocal Ensembles

CSB|SJU CHAMBER CHOIR (SATB) – (MUSC 232)

Auditions:
Monday, August 27th, 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 28th, 1:00 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 29th, 1:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: Stephen B. Humphrey Music Building: MU 221 - sign up sheet posted at this site

Requirements:

  • Sing a song of your choice (no pop/rock please)
  • Range check
  • Assessment of sight-reading ability and tonal memory
  • Provide information about past choral experiences, voice lessons, and instrumental background

First rehearsal: 
Thursday, August 30th, 2:50 pm SJU, SBH, 028

Regular Rehearsal Schedule:
MWF: 3:00 - 4:10 pm; TR: 2:50 - 4:10 pm

Director: Axel Theimer: (363-3374), MU 221, SJU

SJU MEN’S CHORUS (TTBB) – (MUSC 234)

Auditions:
Monday, August 27th, 2:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, August 28th, 1:00 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 29th, 1:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: Stephen B. Humphrey Music Building: MU 221 – sign up sheet posted at this site

Requirements:

  • Sing a song of your choice (no pop/rock please)
  • Range check
  • Assessment of sight-reading ability and tonal memory
  • Provide information about past choral experiences, voice lessons, and instrumental background

First rehearsal:
Thursday, August 30th, 5:15 pm SJU, SBH, 028

Regular Rehearsal Schedule: 
MTWR: 5:15 - 6:30 pm

Director: Axel Theimer: (363-3374), MU 221, SJU

CSB WOMEN'S CHOIR (SSAA) – (MUSC 235)

Auditions:  Monday, August 27th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
                   Tuesday, August 28th, 2:30 - 4:00 pm
                   Wednesday, August 29th, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
*If none of these times work, please email Dr. Cogdill 

Location: BAC A-118 - Dr. Cogdill's office
Sign up for an audition on Dr. Cogdill's door (A118) in the BAC

Audition Requirements:

  • Sing song of your choice
  • Range check 
  • Assessment of tonal memory and sight-reading
  • Provide singing history

First Full Rehearsal: Thursday, August 30th, 2:40 - 3:55 pm, Recital Hall (BAC A-135)

Regular rehearsals:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:20 - 4:35 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2:40 - 3:55 pm 
Recital Hall (BAC A-135), CSB

Performances

  • Sept 29 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Festival of Styles
  • Oct 28 - 2:00 pm Sacred Heart Chapel
  • Nov 30 - 8:00 pm Christmas at St. John's (SJU Great Hall)
  • December 1 - 2:00 pm Christmas at St. John's (SJU Great Hall)
  • December 1 - 8:00 pm Celebrating the Season - Basilica of St Mary - Minneapolis
  • March 24 - 2:00 pm - Sacred Heart Chapel
  • April 26 - 8:00 pm Choral Masterworks, SJU Great Hall

Director: Dr. Susan Cogdill-Vollbrecht: (363-5888), BAC A-118, CSB

CHORAL ARTS ENSEMBLE (SATB) – (MUSC 240D)

Prerequisite: Membership in an auditioned choir.
Will travel to Europe in May 2019.
For further information - including cost and payment schedule - contact:
Director: Axel Theimer: (320) 363-3374

ALL-COLLEGE CHOIR (SATB) – (MUSC 239)

Auditions: None. Class size limited. First come first served.

Requirements: Ability to match pitch; musical reading not required

Director: Andre Heywood : (363-3228), MU 018, SJU

First rehearsal: Tuesday, September 6th, 7:00 pm

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Choral Rehearsal Hall (MU 028) in the Music Building, SJU

Audition dates and times for Instrumental Ensembles

WIND ENSEMBLE – (MUSC 231)

Informational meeting:  

  • Monday, August 27 at 4:05 pm (class meeting time due to opening day convocation schedule), Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • Monday, August 27th, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Percussion Only)
  • Tuesday, August 28th, 4:45 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 29th, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Audition Location:

  • Small Ensemble Room (D-048) in the BAC, CSB
  • Sign up for an audition on the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall door (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Requirements:

  • Woodwinds/Brass
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice demonstrating good sound, quality intonation,
      musical imagination, rhythmic integrity and technical control of your instrument.
    • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at a minimum, two octaves)
    • Sight-read one excerpt
  • Percussion
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for both snare and mallets
    • Sight-read one excerpt for timpani

First Full Rehearsal:

  • Friday, August 31st, 2018

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

  • MWF, 3:20 - 4:40 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances (in Escher Auditorium):

  • October 17th, 2018, 7:30 pm
  • December 5th, 2018, 7:30 pm
  • February 27th, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • May 1st, 2019, 7:30 pm

Director: Justin Zanchuk: (363-5924), BAC D-047, CSB

SYMPHONIC BAND – (MUSC 230)

First rehearsal: 

  • Monday, August 27th, 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions:

  • None

Requirements:

  • Playing experience on an instrument

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

  • MWF, 1:00 pm - 1:55 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances (All performances are in Escher in conjunction with the Wind Ensemble):

  • October 17th, 2018, 7:30 pm
  • December 5th, 2018, 7:30 pm
  • February 27th, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • May 1st, 2019, 7:30 pm

Additional Information:

  • If you do not own your own instrument, contact Dr. Thornton about the availability of school instruments.

Director: Bruce Thornton: (363-5606), BAC D-043, CSB

JAZZ ENSEMBLE – (MUSC 238)

Informational meeting: Tuesday, August 28th at 2:40 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions will take place beginning Tuesday, August 28th after the informational meeting and continue
on Wednesday, August 29th.

All auditions are held in the Small Ensemble Room (BAC D048).
On the first day of classes, the audition sign-up list will be located on the wall outside of the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040).

Requirements:

All Horns:

  1. Play just the melody of “All the Things You Are” on your own.
  2. Sight reading
  3. Improvise over an F(concert) blues (optional) 

Rhythm Section:
Piano, bass, and guitar

  1. Play the melody of "All the Things You Are" and comp as well
  2. Sight reading
  3. Comping and improvising over an F-blues

Drums:

1. Be able to play the following styles:
-medium swing
-up-tempo swing
-bossa, samba
-funk/pop
2. Trade fours with yourself (four bars time & four bars solo)
3. Sight reading

Regular rehearsals for fall semester: 
2:40 – 4:10 pm
Days: TR
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

For any questions please contact Pete James Johnson.

Director: Pete James Johnson, BAC A112, CSB

ORCHESTRA – (MUSC 233)

Informational meeting: August 29th (at first class) 1:05 -2:25 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Auditions: Monday, August 27th 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
                  Tuesday, August 28th 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Dr. Arnott's studio (D-045) in the BAC, CSB

  • Sign up for an audition on the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall door (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Requirements:

Strings:

  • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument
  • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at a minimum, two octaves, preferably three octaves)

Woodwind/Brass:

  • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument
  • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at a minimum, two octaves)

Percussion:

  • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for timpani, snare, and/or mallets

First Full Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 29th,  6:45 - 8:15 pm (Strings)

Regular rehearsals for the fall semester:

T, Th: Tutti: 1:05 pm - 2:25 pm, Instrument Rehearsal Hall (D-040), BAC, CSB
W: Strings Only: 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm, Recital Hall, BAC, CSB

Performances:

  • October 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • December 9, 2018 - 2:00 pm, Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • March 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm, Escher Auditorium, CSB
  • May 5, 2019 - 2:00 pm, Escher Auditorium, CSB

Director:
David Arnott: (363-5389), BAC D-045, CSB 

 

Additional Ensembles

STRING CHAMBER MUSIC – (MUSC 240)

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: TBA
  • Location: TBA

Director: David Arnott: (363-5389), BAC D-045, CSB

BRASS CHOIR – (MUSC 242):

  • Informational meeting:  
    • Tuesday, August 28 at 4:25 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB
  • Auditions:
    • No formal audition but permission of instructor required
  • First Full Rehearsal:
    • Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Regular rehearsals for fall semester:
    • Tuesdays, 4:25-5:25 pm, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB
  • Performances:
    • November 19, 2018, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 pm, Escher Auditorium
    • December 1, 2018, Christmas at SJU, 8:00 pm, Great Hall
    • December 2, 2018, Christmas at SJU, 2:00 pm, Great Hall
    • December 2, 2018, Celebrating the Season, 8:00 pm, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis
    • April 22, 2019, Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles, 7:30 pm, Escher Auditorium
    • May 11, 2019, Commencement: CSB, 2:00 pm, HCC Field House
    • May 12, 2019, Commencement: SJU, 2:00 pm, Abbey Church

Director: Justin Zanchuk: (363-5924), BAC D-047, CSB

VIOLA DA GAMBA ENSEMBLE – (MUSC 240N)

Auditions: Monday, August 26th 5:00-8:00 pm
Monday, September 9th 5:00-8:00 pm
Location: BAC Small Ensemble Rehearsal Room
Requirements:

  • Knowledge of bowed string technique (violin, viola, cello, double bass)
  • Ability to read bass, alto, and treble clef
  • Interest in historically informed performance

First rehearsal: Monday, September 9, 9:00 pm, BAC Small Ensemble Rehearsal Hall
Director: Joshua Schwalbach 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE – (MUSC 243):

  • Permission of instructor required
  • Rehearsals: Mondays, 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Location: Recital Hall (A-135) in the BAC, CSB

Director: Patti Cudd: (363-5796), BAC A-154, CSB

Music is truly a lifelong activity. We hope you arrange your schedule to sing and/or play with us!