Fall 2021 Ensemble Audition Info below. Some info may be out of date - in that case, please reach out to the instructors directly (contact info found below):
Balinese Gamelan Ensemble
Chamber Music Workshop
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Experimental Music Ensemble
Early Music Ensemble
Small Jazz Ensembles
Large Jazz Ensemble
Latin American Ensemble
North Indian Music Workshop
Resident String Quartet Program
University Concert Choir
University Opera Theater
The UCSC Music Department has openings for singers who wish to take individual and group voice lessons. Priority will go to Music majors/minors and Theatre Arts majors, but all UCSC students are invited to audition.
Sign up for auditions by filling out this Google sheet.
Singers should bring one or two contrasting songs with sheet music for the pianist. Singers must sing with piano accompaniment - bring written out music in the correct key.
Google form for lesson audition signups: https://forms.gle/ivbv4NCjdxVG5qCH6
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 21st. Auditions will be held in person at the UCSC music center in room 277. Virtual auditions will be held if you are unable to make it to the in-person audition. Please let us know below. You can email the guitar teachers William Coulter or Chris Mallett at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Students meet with their instructor for private lessons ten times each quarter, once a week for an hour. Students will have a variety of performance opportunities including a weekly performance class, recitals, masterclasses, and the UCSC guitar ensemble. We look forward to hearing from you!
To enroll, email the instructor, Brian Baumbusch, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Our multi-layered ensemble contains both simple and complex parts to suit multiple student levels.
Working with a Balinese musician and Balinese dancers, the class prepares across the three quarters for two open rehearsals and a Spring quarter public concert–so please consider your enrollment a year-long commitment. We explore various topicsin Balinese culture and perform on two types of traditional Balinese gamelans.
Music 8 is graded on attendance and progress in playing parts starting at your own level, so do plan on coming every time and putting your best effort into every rehearsal.
Music 8 is open to all students.
Chamber music ensembles are established at the beginning of each quarter.
A recommendation from your applied music instructor is required to participate in Chamber Music
this quarter, and possibly a recommendation about suitable literature for your chamber music experience.
An option for those who like Handel, Bach, Mozart or Haydn, will be to enroll in Early Music Consort (Music 163)
for an early chamber music experience.
Director: Michael McGushin, <email@example.com>
Class Meeting Times: Mon/Wed, 3-5PM Rm 131.
Online Sign Ups for auditions are posted on this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pnRDBGmzm6wNWaE-Y0dWTj1mP76QFnLLMP52qm2VW30/edit#gid=0
Auditions consist of the following:
- new auditionees will be asked to sing a prepared aria or art song; please bring a copy of sheet music for the instructor to play accompaniment from
- scales and vocalises led by the instructor
- sight reading of a few short excerpts from choral repertoire (from easy to advanced)
- ear training (hearing and singing back melodic excerpts)
Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Auditions are held 1-2 days before the quarter begins or at the first class meeting. Audition information will be posted 2-3 weeks before Fall quarter begins. Students who and are accepted will be given a permission code to enroll.
Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Auditions are held 1-2 days before the quarter begins or at the first class meeting. Students who audition in the Fall and are accepted will be given a permission code to enroll. Check back for updated times and dates.
Email the ensemble director for audition information for Winter 2018.
Bill Coulter, Director.
Offered Winter '17 only. Email the ensemble director directly to join the ensemble for Winter 2017.
Please contact instructor Amy Beal (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the first rehearsal on Friday, January 12th.
Amy Beal, Director
Admission by instructor; determination at first class meeting.
For more information, please contact Amy Beal at: email@example.com
Admission by permission of the instructor. Please contact Nina Treadwell prior to the beginning of the quarter to meet and receive a permission code.
Instructor: Nina Treadwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The class is open to all those interested in exploring early ensemble repertoire for voices and instruments. We will be focusing on Renaissance and Baroque repertories. No prior experience necessary.
Admission by instructor determination at first class meeting. Online enrollment before instructor determination at first class meeting is not possible. Students will be given a permission code to enroll at first class meeting.
Contact Tanya Merchant <email@example.com>, 459-5762 with any questions.
All students are welcome to audition for all UCSC ensembles. Consideration is given to Jazz Minors and Music Majors needing ensemble credit.
Email Instructor for enrollment directions.
Instructor: Stan Poplin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Small Jazz Ensembles class is organized in groups of 4-8 players working with music traditions of the Jazz idiom. Groups perform composed arrangements and work to develop original arrangements of Jazz standards and student compositions. The class performs in concert each quarter.
New guidance for auditions in the up coming fall quarter are as follows.
Auditions will no longer be held in person using the jam session format. Auditions may be submitted via video and sent to me at <email@example.com>.
Your audition video should show a sample of your jazz playing skills. Anything from a blues or a standard tune where you play a melody and show some improvisational soloing. I will also be looking for an example of your comping (piano and guitar) as well as your ability to establish a groove.
The online version of the class will rely on working together through various recording platforms. Bandlab, GarageBand and Logic Pro are platforms commonly used. It is recommended thatn students develop audio interface capabilities. Plug in instruments will greatly benefit from an
audio interface device. Wind instruments and singers will benefit from an external mic. It is possible to use the onboard microphones in most laptops and computers but results are much improved with an audio interface device.
There will be several projects which students will engage in. At the start of the class I will present a few projects to help students engage in the process. We will progress to projects originating from students in collaboration with others in the class. The make up of the class will determine how these collaborations will unfold. The purpose of the class is to provide each student an opportunity to engage with others remotely while working with music traditions of the jazz idiom. Projects will include preforming composed arrangements and working to develop original arrangements of jazz standards and student compositions.
I will meet via Zoom with each student on a weekly bases. The schedule of these meetings will be developed at the start of the quarter. The weekly meetings will occur on Tuesdays between 11:40 and 1:15. The duration of these meetings will depend on the number of students in the class. There will be other materials presented to the class during the quarter. These materials are intended to help the student engage and progress in the process of the class projects.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. Stan Popiln <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Auditions for UCSC JAZZ BIG BAND Remote Auditions!
Here is what you need to know about auditioning for the big band.
For the audition:
Be prepared to play two octaves ascending and descending of Major and minor scales.
Drummers and percussionists will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of the basic jazz idioms: swing, bossa nova, rock, samba.
Have a prepared jazz piece on which you will also improvise.
You will be asked to sight read a jazz chart with music notation, chord (symbols) changes, and improvise on them.
Please note: because the big band must be taught online, the audition will also be online. Please send a phone number and you will be called and a time set for the audition. The sight reading music will be sent to you at that time via email or text.
Jazz ensemble meets Weds only, from 5:20- 6:55 PM.
ONLINE CLASSES: the class will be taught via zoom. Weekly recordings will be required. We will be using BandLab. https://www.bandlab.com/
You may use a computer or tablet with either iOS or windows, or smart phone, either iPhone or android, for both programs. If you have a chance to get a mic before the semester starts, it will be helpful.
Recordings and mixing of final product will be available on the UCSC website. Being accepted to the Jazz Big Band means you agree to being recorded and having it available on the website or elsewhere.
Please contact Mr Hamilton at email@example.com to set up the time.
We are really looking forward to seeing you!
Online enrollment before an first class meeting is not possible. Auditions are held 1-2 days before the quarter begins or at the first class meeting. Audition information will be posted 2-3 weeks before Fall quarter begins. Students who audition in the Spring and are accepted will be given a permission code to enroll. Check back for updated times and dates.
Offered in Fall and Winter quarters only.
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-7:00 p.m., 131 Music Center
Sheila Willey, director.
William Winant, Director
Contact William Winant: firstname.lastname@example.org to join for Fall 2021.
William Winant Percussion Ensemble will start the first Wednesday of the Fall 2021 Quarter 5-6 p.m. (Sep. 29th, 2021). Please contact in advance: email@example.com
No Audition necessary. Contact William to join the ensemble.
Director: Nathaniel Berman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Class Meeting Times: MW, 5:20-6:55 PM, Music Center 114.
Please note: Concert Choir is meeting IN PERSON this Fall, with participants distanced and wearing appropriate singing masks (provided by the department).
This quarter, there are two options for auditioning for Concert Choir.
Option 1: In-person audition during the first week of school.
An in-person audition is nice so that I can meet you and hear you live, but singers must bring and wear a mask during the audition. If you wish to do this, please sign up online here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vjUnCtnXgkWBqoaTP0GHEscBzqM6PAa_2d_aDQXkOa8/edit?usp=sharing. In-person auditions are low pressure, and consist of sung scales and vocalises (accompanied), ear training, and a short sight-reading excerpt (accompanied). Auditions will be held on 9/21 and 9/26 as you’ll see on the linked document. If you audition in person, you do not need to follow any of the directions that appear below in Option 2, just sign up on the link above.
Option 2: Video audition (due by Tuesday 9/21):
If you choose to make an audition video, the process is more time-consuming and complicated, but you can audition in your own space without a mask. If you choose to do this, please read the rest of the directions below very carefully before proceeding. You will need to 1) fill out an audition Google Form, and 2) make a video audition following the video I’ve created, linked below.
To proceed with a video audition, here are the steps:
First, fill out this audition form (but read the rest of the instructions first!):
As part of that form, I’ll ask you to submit an audition video, which you’ll need to do by watching and singing along with this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H0I6Y5G1HM&t=339s. Note that the first few minutes are the instructions (basically what I’m writing below) and the actual sing-along portion begins at 4:45.
To do this, you’ll need two devices (phone, computer, tablet, etc.), one to listen with, and the other to make your video.
There will be two things asked for the video: sing along with three vocalises (scales and such) that I play on the piano, then sing a song of your choice. the song can be any song that you know, from an aria or musical theater song to something as simple as “Happy Birthday” or any pop song that you know. Don’t worry if you just sing Happy Birthday; that’s fine.
The best setup for listening to my video and singing along is to wear headphones or earbuds with one ear on and one off, with volume turned up well. Having one ear uncovered will help you sing more comfortably.
If you’re uncomfortable with using headphones, you can have my video playing out loud, as long as I can hear you clearly.
Finally, once you’ve created your video, please share it through the google form where asked, either on a private Youtube link, Vimeo, or any accessible platform. I know that this way of auditioning is awkward, and I encourage you to just do your best and know that I understand that it may be strange!
Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Auditions are held 1-2 days before the quarter begins or at the first class meeting. Audition information will be posted 2-3 weeks before Fall quarter begins. Students who audition in the Spring and are accepted will be given a permission code to enroll.
Email instructor for enrollment directions.
Offered in Spring Quarter.
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sheila Willey, Director <email@example.com>
Conductor: Bruce Kiesling <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Contact Bruce for audition information.
TTH 5:20–6:55 PM, Music Center 114.
Returning members do not need to audition to join the orchestra.
See Schedule of Classes for section times.
Gamelan Studio, 230B Music Center.
Undang Sumarna, Director
Admission by instructor determination at first class meeting.
ENROLLMENT INFO: Students will be given a permission code to enroll at the first class meeting.
Wednesday , 10:40-12:40 p.m., Gamelan Studio, 230B Music Center.
Undang Sumarna, Director
Admission by instructor determination at first class meeting.
Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Students will be given a permission code to enroll at the first class meeting.
Monday, 6:00-7:45 PM, Gamelan Studio, 230B Music Center.
Undang Sumarna, Director
Admission by instructor determination at first class meeting.
Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Students who audition in the Fall and are accepted will be given a permission code to enroll at the first flass meeting.
MW, 7:10-8:45 PM, 114 Music Center.
Instructor: Nat Berman <email@example.com>
For Fall 2021 there are two audition options:
1) in person, which simply requires signing up and appearing at your chosen time, or
2) creating a video audition, following the steps below. You may choose either option, but if you submit a video, please do so by Tuesday, 9/21.
For an in-person audition, please sign up on this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ht29Ed7Znl3XwJWSqoWjMWEA8ii0vGHn4JdGVIvbH0w/edit?usp=sharing
An in-person audition is nice so that I can meet you and hear you live. I’ll ask for a scale, a prepared piece of your choice (2-3 minutes of something that you’ve worked on recently and that shows your sound and technique as a player to the best of your ability). I’ll also give you a brief sight-reading excerpt. If you sign up for an in-person audition, you can disregard the steps below
For a video audition (due 9/21 or sooner), please follow the steps below:
Please start by filling out an audition form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7KOlGw4NyWcTHbSmt9OLygeOm-QegHpRdN3irQL4PANTTWQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
As the last step of the form, you’ll be asked to link to a video of your audition on your instrument. The audition consists of one scale (up AND down) and one prepared piece of your choice. Here are the details:
Winds: please play scales slowly, articulating on quarter notes at about q=60. The purpose of the scale is to demonstrate your tone and intonation throughout your range, so focus on playing each note as beautifully as possible. Note: If the requested scale goes above your comfortable range, you can either turn around at your highest comfortable note or choose a slightly lower scale. Contact me for consultation if the scales don’t work for you.
Please play the following scales, slowly, tongued, both ascending and descending:
Flute: A major, 2 octaves
Oboe: D major, 2 octaves
Clarinet: D major (C concert), 2 octaves
Bassoon: G major, 2 octaves
Alto sax: D major (concert F), 2 octaves
Tenor sax: D major (Concert C), 2 octaves
Bari Sax: D major (concert F), 2 octaves
Horn: A major (concert D), 2 octaves
Trumpet: Bb major (concert Ab), 2 octaves
Trombone: G major, 2 octaves
Tuba: G major, 2 octaves
Second: Prepared piece
Please play a piece, or excerpt of a piece, that is ~3 minutes long. 2-3 minutes is fine, and if you are not sure what to play you may contact me, but generally, I’d hope for something you’ve worked on in the past and feel excited about playing. The idea is to do your best to show your technique, range, and expressiveness. Please understand that I know that making a video audition is difficult and awkward, and I’m not looking for perfection, just to see where you are as a player. It’s fine if your scale and piece are two different cuts (even with two separate vids) but please don’t edit your final prepared piece, even if you make a mistake or pause. It’s fine to record in lower video quality to save a long upload, as long as your audio is clear.
Once you’ve recorded these things, you may share them to me by either a private YouTube link or google drive, vimeo, dropbox, etc. Please email me once you have submitted your audition so that I am sure that I don’t miss it for any reason.
Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Auditions are held 1-2 days before the quarter begins or at the first class meeting. Audition information will be posted 2-3 weeks before Fall quarter begins. Students who audition in the Spring and are accepted will be given a permission code to enroll. Check back for updated times and dates.