University of Pittsburgh

2017 Ensemble Auditions and Sign Ups

Auditions will be held for Department of Music student ensembles at the beginning of the fall term. Our choirs and instrumental ensembles are open to students throughout the University and you are encouraged to apply regardless of your major. Below, please find specific audition requirements for each of our ensembles.

African Music and Dance Ensemble

No audition is required for African Music and Dance Ensemble. All are welcome! To get a taste of what the course is like, please come to the first meeting, 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29 at 309 Bellefield Hall.

Carpathian Music Ensemble
No audition is required for the Carpathian Music Ensemble. All are welcome! No prior formal music performance experience or training is required; only basic competency and comfortability with an instrument – any instrument! – and the willingness to learn new music. To get a taste of what the course is like, please come to the first meeting, 6–8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 28 at 309 Bellefield Hall.

Heinz Chapel Choir

HCC auditions are Monday, August 28 through Thursday, August 31 in 128 Music Building. Interested students can read about the audition components and sign up for an audition appointment using the online scheduler at or by visiting the HCC table at the Activities Fair at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, August 27.

Men’s Glee Club

Audition sign-ups for Glee Club will be held at the at the Activities Fair at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, August 27. Auditions will be held at First Baptist Church on August 29th, 30th and 31st between 4-9 p.m. 

Pitt Jazz Ensemble

Open auditions for all students:
August 28th 4:30–5:45 p.m. and August 30th 4:30–5:45 p.m.
132 Music Building

Instrumentation - Standard Big Band

Saxes

Trumpets

Trombones

Guitar

Piano

Bass

Drums

Percussion/Vibraphone 

No prepared music needed.

Students will sit in with the band and sight read through a variety of arrangements of different jazz styles and difficulty levels. Improvisation is optional but encouraged.

Amps for bass and guitar will be provided.
Bari sax provided.
Drum set and Vibraphone provided

University Gamelan
No audition is required for the University Gamelan. All are welcome! To get a taste of what the course is like, please come to the first meeting, 4-5:25 p.m. on Monday, August 28 at 309 D Bellefield Hall. (Please note that the Wednesday meeting for the Gamelan will be from 6:15–7:50.)

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Auditions will be held in 216 Music Building (on the Mezzanine Level) on

Friday, August 25 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Monday, August 28 from 2 - 6 p.m. and 

Tuesday, August 29 from 12 noon - 4 p.m.

Sign-up sheets will be posted in the main hallway of the Music building on Monday August 21st.

Please prepare two examples of solo music from the Romantic period or after (ca. 1840 - 1890 or after) for your instrument — they don't have to be complete pieces but it is certainly OK if they are. They could also be from the same extended movement or larger work and should provide examples of both slow, lyrical and fast, articulate music. Additionally, I would like to hear a few orchestral excerpts for your instrument selected from major works by Beethoven through Copland, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. There may be some sight-reading and I may request a scale or two.

Women’s Choral Ensemble

Auditions for the Women's Choral Ensemble will be held on Monday, August 28 from 3–8 p.m. in Bellefield Hall Auditorium, and Tuesday, August 29 from 4–8 p.m. in 115 Music Building. Students may sign up for an audition time at the WCE table at the Student Activities Fair at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday, August 27, or by contacting WCE President, Kathleen Shedlock, at kas399@pitt.edu. Auditions consist of vocal exercises, aural and rhythm exercises and sight singing. No preparation is necessary.

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