Arts & Science Students


MUS 120Y1 & MUS 220Y1: Classical and Jazz Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles I and II

If you are looking for information on completing a Major or Minor in Music please check here (and select “Music for Arts & Science Students” from the drop down menu).

*For 2018/2019 we are in need of Classical Clarinet, Viola and Double Bass players especially.*

All Arts & Science students are required to successfully perform an audition in order to be placed in a Faculty of Music Classical or Jazz Ensemble. These auditions take place during Orientation week in the 2018-19 academic year:

  • Classical Instrumental Auditions will take place on September 4-6, 2018 (depending on instrument)
  • Classical Vocal Auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (after 5:00pm)
  • Jazz Instrumental Auditions will take place on September 4-5, 2018 (depending on instrument)
  • Jazz Vocal Auditions will take place on September 5, 2018

Faculty of Music 2018/2019 Ensembles are:

  • UT Symphony Orchestra: Mon, Wed & Fri 3:00-5:00pm
  • UT Chamber Orchestra: Tues & Thurs 3:00-6:00pm
  • Wind Ensemble: Mon, Wed & Thurs 3:00-5:00pm
  • Wind Symphony: Tues, Thurs & Fri 3:00-5:00pm
  • MacMillan Singers: Mon & Wed 3:00-5:00pm
  • Women’s Chamber Choir: Tues & Thurs 3:00-5:00pm
  • Women’s Chorus: Mon & Wed 3:00-5:00pm
  • Men’s Chorus: Tues & Thurs 3:00-5:00pm
  • Guitar Orchestra: Wed & Fri 3:00-6:00pm
  • UTJO: Tues, Thurs 10:00-11:30am & Fri 5:00-6:00pm
  • 11 O’clock Jazz Orchestra: Mon & Wed 11:00am-1:00pm
  • U of T 12tet: Mon & Wed 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Mon & Wed 11:00am-1:00pm

*rehearsal times are subject to change

All major ensembles at the Faculty of Music require a minimum of 4-6 hours of rehearsal per week not including dress rehearsals and performances. Students must keep their academic schedules free during ensemble rehearsal and performance hours.


What you must do before the audition:

  • CLASSICAL ENSEMBLES: Complete and return the MUS120Y220Y application form 2018 by Friday, August 17, 2018, 4:00pm. You will be notified of your audition time by e-mail on August 28, 2018.
  • JAZZ ENSEMBLES: Complete and return the MUS120Y220Y application form 2018 by Friday, August 17, 2018, 4:00pm.  You will be notified of your audition time by e-mail on August 28, 2018.
  • It is VERY important to submit the application form linked above to the Performance Office at the Faculty of Music by the required dates.
  • Obtain the relevant information/excerpts for your audition.
  • Rehearse!
  • If you have any questions about these auditions please contact us at performance.music@utoronto.ca.

2018 Classical Instrumental Ensemble Audition:

All classical instrumental auditions will be screened. The audition panel will sit behind a screen and will not be able to see candidates as they audition. Adjudicators will only be able to identify you by number.
Advice for taking screened audition

General Guidelines for Preparing Audition Material

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Fr Horn – Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
– Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Euphonium, Percussion – Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba – Thursday, September 6, 2018 (after 3:00pm)

*For 2018/2019 we are in need of Classical Clarinet, Viola and Double Bass players especially.*

Sorry, we do not have available positions for Saxophone this year.

Please prepare the following excerpts for the instrument you will be auditioning on:

Violin updated Aug 27 Viola updated Jul 5 Cello Double Bass
Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon Saxophone (not available 18/19)
Horn Trumpet Trombone Bass Trombone Euphonium Tuba
Percussion

2018 Classical Acoustic Guitar Audition:

  • prepare 2 contrasting pieces, minimum gr 8 level RCM
  • there will also be a sight reading assessment

2018 Classical Choir Ensemble Audition:

  • EITHER prepare a solo of your choice to demonstrate your best vocal sound in classical style, OR prepare Down By the Salley Gardens (m. 1–20) in ANY comfortable key, on text.  If the key of C is too low for you, for example, raise it.  We will have you sing unaccompanied.  NOTE: If you choose your own solo, you MUST bring two copies with you – one for the pianist and one for the panel.  A pianist will be provided.
  • Everyone will do aural skills tests, including “sing-backs,” where you hear patterns played on the piano and then you repeat them on “lah.”
  • Everyone will sight-sing a melody, either on a neutral syllable (like “lah”) or on solfege syllables (doh, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, doh), if you are comfortable with those.
  • Some people may be asked to do an additional example, a melody on text.
  • Sight-reading is an important part of the audition because all of our choirs work from notated scores and cover a lot of repertoire in a season.
  • Please complete and bring this CHOIR AUDITION/EVALUATION FORM to your audition.
  • U of T CHORAL ENSEMBLE ATTENDANCE POLICY 18-19
  • Choral Area Syllabus 2018-2019

2018 Jazz Instrumental Ensemble Audition:

Sight Reading Auditions for Jazz Instrumentalists will take place in the Upper Jazz Studio at 90 Wellesley StYou will be notified of your audition date/time by Eddy Aitken after your application form is received.

If you have questions regarding your Jazz audition, please contact Eddy Aitken at (416) 978-3733 edna.aitken@utoronto.ca

2018 Vocal Jazz Ensemble Audition:

Jazz Vocalist auditions will take place as a group in the Lower Jazz Studio at 90 Wellesley St on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.  You will be notified of your audition time by Eddy Aitken after your application form is received.

  • Please be prepared to sing one of the three charts: Jazz Voice Excerpts
  • Go to 90 Wellesley St. before your scheduled time. (Someone will meet and direct you at the front doors.)
  • Identify yourself as an Arts & Science student to the Vocal Jazz Conductor, Christine Duncan.
  • Be prepared to sight read and improvise.
  • A rhythm section will be provided.
  • If you have questions regarding your Jazz audition, please contact Eddy Aitken at (416) 978-3733 edna.aitken@utoronto.ca

What you must do after the audition:

  • A list of successful applicants will be posted across from the Performance Office (rm 107 in the Edward Johnson Building) on Friday, September 7, 2018, after 3:00pm.
  • If you are successful, you must pick up a permission form from the Faculty of Music Registrar’s Office (rm 145) and take it to your own College Registrar’s Office to be enrolled in MUS 120 or 220 by your own department.

If you have any questions about these auditions please contact us at performance.music@utoronto.ca

 


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