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Ensemble Auditions

Specific Audition Requirements for Our Ensembles

 

Specific audition information for enrolled students seeking to join a UNM Ensemble

Bands:

Marching Band

No auditions necessary, but students must commit to attendance at Band Week, which is held the week before classes begin in the fall semester.

Not offered in spring semesters.

Contact: Chad Simons

Soundpack (Basketball Band)

Auditions (for fall semester) are required.

Audition dates: usually mid-to-late October, at locations TBA.

Appointment times are needed: Signup sheets are posted near the Kurt Frederick Room (large band rehearsal hall) in early October.

Contact: Chad Simons

Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band

Auditions for Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band are held during the week prior to classes in the Fall semester and at the end of the Fall semester for Spring. Call the Band Office at (505)277-8998 for specific information and scheduling.

Contact: Eric Rombach-Kendall, Chad Simons

Orchestra:

Strings

Auditions for UNM Orchestra and UNM Sinfonia take place simultaneously during the first Tuesday of classes EVERY SEMESTER. Please sign up for an audition time slot on the sheet posted outside Room 2111 (located on the second floor of the music building, in the UNM Center for the Arts.) Students must prepare specific symphonic audition excerpts which change every semester. Please contact Professor Kim Fredenburgh to obtain the link to download the excerpts, or if you have any string related questions.

Contact: Kim Fredenburgh

Winds

Auditions for the wind section of the UNM Symphony Orchestra are held during the week prior to classes in the Fall semester and at the end of the Fall semester for Spring. Call the Band Office at (505)277-8998 for specific information and scheduling.

Contact: Eric Rombach-Kendall, Chad Simons

Choirs:

Las Cantantes (Women's Chorus)

An audition is required. Auditions will be held during the first week of classes for each semester. Sign up for an audition time in the Fall semester by contacting the Music Department Office (Center for the Arts Rm. 1105; phone: (505)277-2126.)  If you’d like to schedule an audition time for the Spring semester, please be in touch with Dr. Maxine Thevenot directly.

The audition will last about 10 minutes. If you have a prepared vocal solo to sing, please bring it. An accompanist will be provided. We will also test your vocal range.  We will play short melodies and ask you to sing them back by ear. Sight reading will also be part of the audition.

Fall audition results will be posted as soon as possible after the conclusion of the auditions.  Spring audition results happen on an ad hoc basis. Please do not register for a choir until you have auditioned or spoken with the director of the ensemble.

Contact: Maxine Thévenot

Concert Choir

An audition is required. Auditions will be held during the first week of classes. Sign up for an audition time by contacting the Music Department Office (Center for the Arts Rm. 1105; phone: (505)277-2126.) If you’d like to schedule an audition time for the Spring semester, please be in touch with Juan Hernández directly.

The audition will last about 10 minutes. If you have a prepared vocal solo to sing, please bring it. An accompanist will be provided. We will also test your range by having you sing scales. We will play short melodies and ask you to sing them back by ear. Sight reading will be part of the audition.

Audition results will be posted on Friday afternoon. Please do not sign up choir until you have auditioned.

Contact: Juan Hernández

University Chorus

No audition is required

Contact: Juan Hernandez

Chamber Singers

An audition is required. Auditions will be held during the first week of classes. Sign up for an audition time by contacting the Music Department Office (Center for the Arts Rm. 1105; phone: (505)277-2126.) If you’d like to schedule an audition time for the Spring semester, please be in touch with Kristin Ditlow directly.

The audition will last about 10 minutes. If you have a prepared vocal solo to sing, please bring it. An accompanist will be provided. We will also test your range by having you sing scales. We will play short melodies and ask you to sing them back by ear. Sight reading will be part of the audition.

Audition results will be posted on Friday afternoon. Please do not sign up choir until you have auditioned

Contact: Kristin Ditlow

UNM Opera Theatre

The UNM Opera Theatre auditions take place the first Thursday of the Fall semester. An accompanist is provided for you. We encourage you to bring a memorized operatic aria for the audition. If you’d like to schedule an audition time for the Spring semester, please be in touch with Leslie Umphrey directly.

Contact: Leslie Umphrey

Other Ensembles:

Early Music Ensemble

For students who have not participated in the ensemble previously, audition is by appointment with the instructor, preferably before the beginning of the semester. No prior early music experience necessary, but students must be able to sightread with some proficiency. Contact Colleen Sheinberg at colleens@unm.edu, (505)277-8401, Room B233, Center for the Arts.

Contact: Colleen Sheinberg

Guitar Ensemble

No audition necessary. Just be aware that this is a group that plays classical music, so reading music and possessing a nylon string classical guitar are prerequisite.

Jazz Bands I & II and Jazz Combos

Auditions are required each semester. Information and sign-up sheets will be posted outside Prof. Kostur’s office, Room 2122. The audition etudes will be posted on the bulletin board starting January 12. They can also be downloaded from: http://glennkostur.com/unm-downloads

Contact: Glenn Kostur, Christopher Buckholz

Marimba Band

Auditions needed for students who are not percussion majors.

Interested students call Prof. Ney to set up an audition time:

Contact: Scott Ney

Percussion Ensemble

Auditions needed for students who are not percussion majors.

Interested students call Prof. Ney to set up an audition time:

Contact: Scott Ney

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