Pitt Ensemble Auditions Fall 2022

Auditions for the Fall are now closed. Thanks to all who auditioned!

Our choirs and instrumental ensembles perform a wide variety of music, including Western art music, jazz, folk music, popular music, and music of non-Western culturesare open to students throughout the University regardless of major. Find out how to audition or register for each ensemble below. 

African Music and Dance Ensemble

No audition is necessary to join the African Music and Dance Ensemble. Directed by Yamoussa Camara, the African Music and Dance Ensemble meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the temporary facility behind the Music Building from 5:30-7 p.m. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday, August 30. Please join the Ensemble to discover African Music and Dance.

Afropop Ensemble

The University of Pittsburgh Afropop ensemble is currently open for all interested musicians. In this course, students will learn how to perform and compose popular music styles that originated from or have a cultural connection to Africa. Through performance, the course exposes the interconnections between African music and the music of the African diaspora such as reggae and jazz. The ensemble, directed by Samuel Boateng, meets Mondays from 6-8:30pm in the temporary facility behind the Music Building. Come to the first meeting to join or learn more about the ensemble.

Gamelan Ensemble

No audition is necessary to join the University Gamelan. Directed by Andrew Weintraub and instructed by Jay Arms, the Gamelan meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m. in the temporary facility behind the Music Building. Please join the Gamelan to discover this rich Indonesian musical tradition. 

Heinz Chapel Choir

Auditions for Heinz Chapel Choir are open to all registered students at the University of Pittsburgh. You can sign up online for an audition time now. Auditions will be held on August 29, 30, 31, and September 1. This is typically the only audition period for the Choir - alternates are selected at this time, as well as the roster for the academic year.

Another way to sign up for an audition is to visit HCC during the Student Activities Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 28 from 12-2 pm outside the William Pitt Union. That's a great place to meet Dr. Rice and some of the current members and ask any questions you might have about the Choir.

If you have problems scheduling an audition or have any questions, please email HCC’s director, Dr. Susan Rice, at srice1@pitt.edu

Pitt Jazz Ensemble

Pitt Jazz Ensemble open auditions for all students: August 29th 4:30pm-5:45pm and August 31st 4:30pm-5:45pm Location TBD

Director Ralph Guzzi can be contacted at rpg12@pitt.edu for questions.

Instrumentation: Standard Big Band









Auditions will be basically sit in with the band. Sight reading will be in sections. No prepared pieces are needed and improvisation is optional. Rhythm section players will need to demonstrate different playing styles.

Small Jazz Ensemble

Students can enroll in the small jazz ensemble class, Music 0673 + 2740. Email Dr. Yoko Suzuki for more information.

Men's Glee Club

Interested students can sign up to audition for the Men's Glee Club at the Student Activities Fair on Sunday, August 28th, Noon–2 outside the William Pitt Union, or email Richard Teaster directly at rteaster@pitt.edu. You do NOT need to perform a prepared piece.

Women's Choral Ensemble

Auditions for Women's Choral Ensemble are being held via Zoom on August 29, 30, 31. Interested students may sign up for an appointment time at the Student Activities Fair on Sunday, August 28th, noon–2 outside the William Pitt Union or on the Women’s Choral Ensemble website.

University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Information on the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 2022/23 academic year

Symphony Orchestra and Auditions [revised August 12, 2022]

The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is composed of both music majors and non-music majors who have a strong devotion to music. Our level of performance improves substantially every year and all skilled musicians from throughout the University (students, faculty and staff) are welcome as well as people from the general community. The orchestra is offered as a 1 credit course called University Orchestra - Music 0620.  A successful audition is required for the permission code to register for the course, as it is to join the orchestra without registration for the course.

In Fall 2021 we returned to our scheduled time for rehearsals (and concerts) in Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Wednesdays from 7:30 pm until around 9:50 pm. Additional sectionals or individual coaching sessions can be held virtually through Zoom or FaceTime as needed. In our concerts we play a wide range of music from the Baroque period to the very latest music and support the activities of other areas in the Pitt Music Department, especially new music composition/performance and (increasingly) interdisciplinary studies.

A new feature for students registered for credit:
Chamber music studies will run concurrently with our rehearsal schedule. Each registered student will be directed to form a group with friends for chamber music practice in sight-reading, coaching and, if the group so desires, eventually, a performance.

Auditions are typically done virtually by means of an unedited video recording:

Please prepare two examples of solo music for your instrument. They don't have to be complete pieces but it is certainly OK if they are, and could also be from the same extended movement or larger work. They should demonstrate contrasting styles of music performance: slow/lyrical and fast/articulate, and should use most of the available range of the instrument, and demonstrate your intonation and rhythmic skills in styles from mid-19th century (Bruch, Brahms, Saint-Saens)  to recent music by living composers. (Baroque and Classical rep doesn’t really reveal enough technique for our usual orchestral repertoire, so please choose from about 1850 to 2020). 

Additionally, I would like to hear a few orchestral excerpts for your instrument which I can suggest or send to you selected from major works by Beethoven through Copland, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky.

- please contact me at rzahab@pitt.edu if you have any more questions on what to prepare.