Music Auditions

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This page lists ensemble audition requirements for incoming and returning students.

WIND ENSEMBLE – MUSC 110  

Frederick Lowe, director
flowe@luc.edu

NOTE: AUDITIONS IN MUNDELEIN, FIRST FLOOR RM. 165B–DOWN HALL THAT RUNS INTO MUSIC LOCKERS. PERCUSSION AUDITIONS IN 166

JAN 12, 2015, 9:30AM-11:30AM AND 2:30–6:00PM

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AUDITIONS IN SPRING WILL ONLY LAST 6 MINUTES

Woodwinds & Brass

• Chromatic scale spanning the full range of your instrument (ascending/descending), or at least two octaves. Be able to play tongued or slurred. A demonstration of major/minor scales is a plus, but not required.

• Required audition excerpts for each instrument posted on Sakai.

• If you did not audition in the Fall, you may prepare in addition: Two short, contrasting excerpts from an etude, solo, or other work(s) that highlight your lyrical (slow) as well as technical (fast) capabilities. Prepare no more than 2-3 minutes worth of excerpts.

Percussion

• Required audition excerpt posted on Sakai. There will be a keyboard excerpt.

• Be prepared to demonstrate technique on timpani, suspended cymbal, hand crash cymbals, tambourine, triangle, etc.

Remember to sign up for the course before selecting your audition time. Only those enrolled in the class will be able to audition.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE– MUSC 109
JAN 12 | 3-7 PM | Mundelein 1017

Requirements:

Please prepare the following for your audition. If needed, sample etudes for each instrument will be emailed to registered students at their LUC email account in early August. If you have any questions regarding the requirements, please email Director Scott Burns at sburns5@luc.edu.

Saxophone/Trumpet/Trombone/Piano/Guitar/Vibraphone:
• Chromatic scale spanning the entire range of your instrument (ascending & descending), or at least two octaves. A major or minor scale of your choice is also required (piano: play scales two-handed).
• A short etude or excerpt in the jazz style (a jazz etude, a piece of jazz ensemble music, a published solo transcription, etc.) that demonstrates moderate technical facility on your instrument. No more than 2-3 minutes worth of music are required.
• Pianists, guitarists, and vibraphonists should demonstrate ability to play both melodic material and chord voicings.
• OPTIONAL: If you have improvising experience (not required for eligibility to participate!), play a brief improvisation on the blues form in the key of F or Bb. A play-along for you to practice with can be supplied to you if you don’t have one.

Bass:
• Chromatic scale spanning the entire range of your instrument is (ascending & descending), or at least two octaves. A major or minor scale of your choice is also required.
• Walk a bass line on the following chord progressions (if needed, sample bass lines can be provided for you).

-12 bar blues in the key of Bb or F
– Bb rhythm changes (the chord progression to “I Got Rhythm”).

Drums:
• Demonstrate basic time-keeping ability in the following styles at a variety of tempos: swing, bossa-nova, straight 8th Latin, rock/funk.

More audition information will be sent to registered students via their LUC email account in early August. Remember to sign up for the class before selecting your audition time. Only those enrolled in the class will be able to audition. Auditions take place during the first few days of the fall semester, August 25-28.

Click here to sign up for an audition time.

UNIVERSITY CHORALE (MUSC 107) and CHAMBER CHOIR (MUSC 207)

JAN 12 | 4-6 PM | Mundelein 1016

Auditionees for both University Chorale and Chamber Choir will be asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner and sight read
These auditions will take place in the Mundelein Center, Room 1016.
If you are accepted to University Chorale you will need to register for MUSC 107-11E.
If you are accepted to Chamber Choir you will need to register for MUSC 207.
Students interested in Women’s Chorus (MUSC 107-12E) are encouraged to come and audition during this time as well, although an audition is not necessary to gain entrance into this class.
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APPLIED MUSIC AUDITIONS

  • Re-Enrolling Student Guidelines: Click here if you are currently enrolled in applied lessons and would like to re-enroll for next semester. If you missed a semester, please follow the new student guidelines.
  • New Student Guidelines: Click here if you are a currently enrolled student at Loyola and you are new to applied music lessons.
  • Incoming Freshman/Transfer Student Guidelines: Click here if you are an incoming freshman or transfer student that has not yet started classes at Loyola and want to take applied lessons next semester.

 

For questions about University Chorale and Women’s Chorus, contact Kirsten Hedegaard (khedegaard@luc.edu). For information about Chamber Choir, contact Father Charles Jurgensmeier (cjurgensmeier@luc.edu).

Auditions take place during the first few days of the semester. Prior to auditions you are encouraged to sign-up for your first-choice chorus, but you may be asked to switch sections following the audition.

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