Fall 2021 ensemble auditions
Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra
September 2-5, 2021
Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra auditions are required for:
- All UW-Madison undergraduate music majors with a classical focus degree in woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings.
- All UW-Madison music majors who have been awarded a scholarship while pursuing a classical focus degree in woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings.
- All Summer Music Clinic Tuition Waiver recipients.
Any UW–Madison student wishing to be considered for placement in the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra can audition.
Note: If a non-major undergraduate or graduate student wishes to play in a non-auditioned ensemble, they are invited to register for either All University Strings (Mus. 60, section 1 or 2), or a University Band (Music 43, section 1, 2, or 3.) These ensembles meet one evening a week and perform regularly throughout the semester.
Registration is required to audition for the 2021-22 University of Wisconsin Marching Band.
Are you auditioning for Marching Band? Please plan to attend one or more Summer Clinics to prepare for auditions and the upcoming marching season.
Saturday, June 19
Saturday, July 24
Saturday, August 7
Attendance is REQUIRED of prospective drumline members; optional for prospective brass/woodwinds.
MARCHING BAND REG WEEK
On-campus rehearsals required for ALL (returning and auditioning): Starting Wednesday, August 18
A full schedule of August events will be sent via email by Friday, July 30.
Early move-in to on-campus housing (if needed): Wednesday, August 18
Registration is required for early move-in. The deadline to opt-in has now passed.
* If you selected on-campus early move-in, you will be charged a NON-REFUNDABLE fee of $35/person per night. Details will be sent directly from University Housing.
Every single singer will be placed in one of the UW-Madison choirs regardless of their major. We welcome students of all levels of ability to study and perform outstanding choral music from all historical periods and from a variety of cultures. We have several ensembles that differ by size, skill level, and repertoire.
All new and returning students must audition for choir regardless of their major and objectives. No student will be allowed to sing in a choir without an audition. Auditions for the UW-Madison choral ensembles are held in a very relaxed environment and allow both faculty and students to discuss goals and expectations for each choir.
When: September 2, 3, & 4, 2021
Where: Mosse Humanities Building, Morphy Recital Hall
*All new and returning students need to fill out an audition form and schedule a time for your 10-minute in-person choral audition. Returning students must update their information.
WHO CAN AUDITION:
Auditions are open to music majors and non-majors on all instruments (jazz ensembles consist of roughly 50% music majors and 50% non-majors). Students must be enrolled in classes at UW–Madison and, upon a successful audition, be able to add a 1-credit section of MUS 262 or MUS 562 to their schedule.
Students wishing to audition on more than one instrument should sign up for multiple audition time slots (one per instrument). Saxophonists who would like to be considered for multiple saxophone chairs (alto, tenor, baritone) should audition only on their first-choice saxophone but indicate their available doubles on their audition form.
There is a wide range of skill and experience levels represented in the UW–Madison jazz ensembles. However, rhythm section players (piano, guitar, vibraphone, bass, drums) should have prior jazz ensemble experience. Improvisation experience is required for most instruments, but there are some ensemble opportunities for brass players who are novice improvisers.
ABOUT ENSEMBLE PLACEMENTS:
Students take a single audition, after which they are considered for placement in any of the Mead Witter School of Music’s six jazz ensembles. The jazz ensembles are not ranked by experience or skill level. Each ensemble has a different curricular and repertoire focus. For example, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble focuses exclusively on music of that diaspora.
Click here for descriptions of each jazz ensemble. The jazz faculty attempts to rotate participating students through different ensemble experiences from each year to the next.
Upon a successful audition, students will be assigned an ensemble based on multiple considerations, which include the student’s schedule availability, instrument distribution, and available space within the ensembles, among other pedagogical decisions. Attempts are made to match similar skill and experience levels and factor in the student’s stated ensemble preference. Once students have been assigned to an ensemble, they will receive a permission code for enrollment and must then register for the corresponding section of the 1-credit class: MUS 262 (for undergraduate credit) or MUS 562 (for graduate credit).
Wisconsin Singers Band
Visit wisconsinsingers.com for updated information.
Do you have a passion for the stage? Interested in gigging with other great instrumentalists? Looking for a way to gain performing experience in a variety of popular music styles while sharing the stage with some of UW’s top talents? Wisconsin Singers, the UW’s premier Broadway-caliber pop music entertainment troupe, has openings for instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and stage technicians.
As a Wisconsin Singer, you will work with professional choreographers and arrangers while learning how to stylize all genres of pop music. Band members work with arrangements written to challenge and showcase your individual strengths. We are also interviewing for theater techs in sound, lighting, and stage management. All performers and techs receive scholarship dollars and UW course credit.
Visit wisconsinsingers.com/bandauditions or call 608.263.9499 or 608.609.1303 to schedule your audition time.