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Audition Schedule

 

TO AUDITON FOR FALL 2020 ENSEMBLES, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM:

https://forms.gle/bdfnwvCkaQbPt5dn8

 

Balinese Gamelan Ensemble 
Chamber Music Workshop
Chamber Singers
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Experimental Music Ensemble
Early Music Ensemble
Eurasian Ensemble
Small Jazz Ensembles
Large Jazz Ensemble
Latin American Ensemble
North Indian Music Workshop
Opera Workshop
Percussion Ensemble
Resident String Quartet Program
University Concert Choir
University Opera Theater
University Orchestra 

West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Beginning

West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Intermediate

West Javanese Gamelan Ensemble: Advanced

Wind Ensemble

 

Individual Lessons:

Voice Lessons

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Sinclair at evsincla@ucsc.edu or Sheila Willey at swilley@ucsc.edu

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BALINESE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE (Music 8):

To enroll, email the instructor, Brian Baumbusch, at <bbaumbusch@gmail.com>.

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. 

 

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CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP (Music 165):

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.

 

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CHAMBER SINGERS (Music 166):

Director: Michael McGushin, <mjmcg@ucsc.edu>

Class Meeting Times: T/Th, 6:30-8:30pm PM 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 song; please bring a copy of sheet music for the instructor to play accompaniment from (NOTE: students who sang with the ensemble in the Winter Quarter of 2017 do not need to bring a prepared piece, and for students who have sung for the instructor [Mickey McGushin] in previous situations [repertoire class, vocal program auditions] this requirement may be waived)
  • scales and vocalises led by the instructor
  • sight reading of a short excerpts from choral repertoire (from easy to advanced
  • ear training (hearing and singing back melodic excerpts)

ENROLLMENT INFO:

 

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.

 

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CLASSICAL GUITAR ENSEMBLE (Music 6):

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.

Email: billski@ucsc.edu

 

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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE (Music 168):

Offered Winter '17 only. Email the ensemble director directly to join the ensemble for Winter 2017.

Please contact instructor Amy Beal (abeal@ucsc.edu) 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: abeal@ucsc.edu

 

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EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE (Music 163):

ENROLLMENT INFO:

 

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 <treadwel@ucsc.edu>

 

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.

 

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EURASIAN ENSEMBLE (Music 10):

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 <merchant@ucsc.edu>, 459-5762 with any questions.

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SMALL JAZZ ENSEMBLES (Music 164): 

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 (spoplin@cruzio.com)

ENROLLMENT INFO:

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.

No signup sheet will be posted. Upon arriving at the audition, each student will be ask to fill out a brief informational sheet and will be invited to play as needed until all students have been heard. The audition process is organized like a guided jam session where a rhythm section is formed from auditioning students. Rhythm players are rotated in and out of the mix to allow each student an opportunity to play. Horn players are added to the mix in the same manner allowing each student an opportunity to play. Each student will have an average of 10 ­ 15 min. and is expected to demonstrate reading and improvisational skills. Voice students are welcome to attend the audition but should contact me for additional information.
We will select tunes from various the fake books we have on hand. Players may also present sheet music of their own. Each student is encouraged to select a tune for the group to play. Students who choose to play from music not typically found in fake books should make copies for other players to read from.
Placement in an ensemble will be based on the ensemble's need of your instrument, your performance in the audition and your availability to meet the class schedule.
The class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 11:40a.m. ­ 1:15 p.m. Two groups will be formed and will meet in 45 min. sessions each day.
All students are welcome to audition for all UCSC ensembles. Consideration is given to Jazz Minors and Music Majors needing ensemble credit.
Students may contact the instructor at <spoplin@cruzio.com>

AUDITION INFO:

Interested students should contact Stan Popiln <spoplin@cruzio.com>. 

LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE (Music 3):

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.
In
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 flugelboneprod@aol.com to set up the time.

We are really looking forward to seeing you!

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North Indian Music Workshop
 Admission by instructor; determination at first class meeting.

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.

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OPERA WORKSHOP (Music 159A):

Offered in Fall and Winter quarters only.

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-7:00 p.m., 131 Music Center

Sheila Willey, director.

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PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (Music 165):

William Winant, Director

Contact William Winant: steakatto@hotmail.com to join for Fall 2020.

William Winant Percussion Ensemble will start the first Wednesday of the Fall 2020 Quarter 5-6 p.m. (Oct. 7tn, 2020).  Please contact in advance:  steakatto@hotmail.com

No Audition necessary. Contact William to join the ensemble.

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UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR (Music 1C):

Director: Nathaniel Berman <natberman1@gmail.com>

Class Meeting Times: MW, 5:20-6:55 PM, remotely.

AUDITION INFO:
 

Normally, I would ask each of you to meet with me live for an audition. Since we obviously can’t do that, I’m asking you (1) Fill out a Google Form with some simple questions about your experience, and (2) to make a short audition video for me, which you can submit as part of the form. In the video linked below, you’ll get full instructions for how to make your video, as well as hear me play the vocalises I’m asking you to sing. I do give instructions in the video, but here they are in written form so that you may prepare:

Please fill out the audition form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeaP21ZfptexrxymwLvt7cd_5ZVpUVBItVbSwmSZ9k_I1ARow/viewform?usp=sf_link

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!

ENROLLMENT INFO:

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. 

 

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UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATER (Music 160):

Email instructor for enrollment directions. 

Offered in Spring Quarter.

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sheila Willey, Director <swilley@ucsc.edu>

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UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA (Music 2 and 102): 

Music 2 (2 credits)

Conductor: Bruce Kiesling <bkieslin@ucsc.edu>. 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.

 

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WEST JAVANESE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE, BEGINNING (Music 5A) 2 sections:

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.  

 

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WEST JAVANESE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE, INTERMEDIATE (Music 5B):

Wednesday , 10:40-12:40 p.m., Gamelan Studio, 230B Music Center.

Undang Sumarna, Director

Admission by instructor determination at first class meeting.

ENROLLMENT INFO:

Online enrollment before an audition is not possible. Students will be given a permission code to enroll at the first class meeting. 

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WEST JAVANESE GAMELAN ENSEMBLE, ADVANCED (Music 5C):

Monday, 6:00-7:45 PM, Gamelan Studio, 230B Music Center.

Undang Sumarna, Director

Admission by instructor determination at first class meeting.

ENROLLMENT INFO:

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.

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WIND ENSEMBLE (Music 9):

MW, 7:10-8:45 PM, 114 Music Center.

Instructor: Nat Berman <natberman1@gmail.com>

AUDITION INFO: 

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.

 

ENROLLMENT INFO:

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.

 

 

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