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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)

The Choral Ensemble Placements are brief (8-minute) and non-intimidating meetings. A conductor will guide you through a simple process to determine your level of comfort with various aspects of choral singing, and discuss your background, experience, and goals for singing in a choir at UNM. We work hard to create a welcoming environment during this process and invite you to bring your passion and talents to the UNM Choirs! Two steps are required before your placement meeting:

Step 1: fill out the UNM Choir Information Form
Step 2: sign up for Choral Ensemble Placement Time

For all questions, contact Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Studies at dmedmonds@unm.edu.

Dolce Suono (Men's Choir)

The Choral Ensemble Placements are brief (8-minute) and non-intimidating meetings. A conductor will guide you through a simple process to determine your level of comfort with various aspects of choral singing, and discuss your background, experience, and goals for singing in a choir at UNM. We work hard to create a welcoming environment during this process and invite you to bring your passion and talents to the UNM Choirs! Two steps are required before your placement meeting:

Step 1: fill out the UNM Choir Information Form
Step 2: sign up for Choral Ensemble Placement Time

For all questions, contact Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Studies at dmedmonds@unm.edu.

Concert Choir

The Choral Ensemble Placements are brief (8-minute) and non-intimidating meetings. A conductor will guide you through a simple process to determine your level of comfort with various aspects of choral singing, and discuss your background, experience, and goals for singing in a choir at UNM. We work hard to create a non-intimidating environment during this process and invite you to bring your passion and talents to the UNM Choirs! Two steps are required before your placement meeting:

Step 1: fill out the UNM Choir Information Form
Step 2: sign up for Choral Ensemble Placement Time

 

NOTE: Students interested in singing in the Concert Choir must attend a callback rehearsal Wednesday of the first week of classes 3:00-4:30pm. Rehearsal skills will be assessed, along with the ability to prepare your own voice part of a short excerpt beforehand. Excerpt available at the placement meetings or online using THIS LINK.

For all questions, contact Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Studies at dmedmonds@unm.edu.

University Chorus

This is a self-selected choir. No placement meeting is required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, as well as Albuquerque area community members.

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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