Auditions schedules for CNU Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble / Jazz Combo  |  Opera CNU  |  University Orchestra  |  Wind Ensemble

 

  • Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus
    If you are only interested in singing in Women's Chorus (MUSC 106, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 a.m.) or Men's Chorus (MUSC 117, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.) then you do NOT need to audition prior to classes beginning. We will "audition" you in your first class period with us!
    However, if you want to audition for the chamber choir, then you will need to sing for me and our Assistant Conductor, Professor Sarah Frook, on Sunday afternoon the 24th, the day prior to classes beginning!
    Here is your audition schedule and requirements for the Chamber Choir:
    • Send me an email saying yes, I am auditioning for chamber choir. lfowler@cnu.edu
    • Come to the door Ferguson A183 when you arrive on campus and sign up for an individual audition on Sunday, August 24th in the early afternoon.
    • For this audition you will sing scales, sight-read, tonal recognition (pitch patterns), and one verse of "My Country 'tis of Thee." Words are provided. Sight-reading will be in minor, with no major skips or leaps.
    • I will let you know AT this audition if you are called back for the group audition with the current choir, which will be on Monday, the 25th from 1-2:45 pm. This time MAY be in conflict with your current course schedule, in which you should let me know ASAP if you are interested. I can excuse you from your first class that is a conflict for this call-back, but if you make the choir, you MUST re-arrange your schedule for the entire year to include Chamber Choir from 1-2:45 p.m. M and W, and 1-2 p.m. on Fridays.
    • This audition includes sight-reading, one on a part in mixed octets AND a prepared set of pieces that I will send you immediately if you are interested in this audition!
    • The final list will be posted on Tuesday morning, August 26 prior to Women's Chorus at 9 a.m. Students are responsible for changing their own schedules, but I can help with this process, as I am a core and master advisor at CNU.

    Please email me, lfowler@cnu.edu, immediately if you are interested in singing in the Chamber Choir!

  • Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo

    Monday, August 25
    1 - 3 p.m.
    Rehearsal Hall, Room A183

    Auditions will consist of a prepared jazz piece of the student’s choosing, sight-reading (for Jazz Ensemble), and optional improvisation (Ensemble and Combo).

    Each audition will be about 5 minutes long, so please sign up for an audition time to ensure your slot. If you are auditioning for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, please indicate that on the accompanying student information form. The student information forms will be available at the auditions. There will be a sign-up sheet posted outside the Jazz Director’s office (A147).

    You must audition and be accepted into the ensemble to participate in the Jazz Ensemble and / or Jazz Combos at Christopher Newport University.
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  • Opera CNU

    TBA

    Students are asked to prepare one selection in Italian – 3 to 5 minutes in length. An Italian aria or part of an aria, an art song, or an appropriate selection from a vocal anthology / collection. Printed music is required and an accompanist will be provided. All students must sing with the piano.

    Please contact J. Lynn Thompson at j.thompson@cnu.edu for questions or additional information.
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  • University Orchestra

    The University Orchestra is open to all students in good standing with the University. All students must have prior experience at the university, college or high school level in either their school program, youth orchestra, or other organized orchestra ensemble. Auditions are not required; however, each member of the ensemble is required to play for a seating and placement assessment.

    Students will sign up for placement assessment times on the first day of class and will play on the second day of class.

    Requirements for the placement assessment:

    • Scales / Arpeggios and a solo piece
    • Scales and Arpeggios. At least two scales / arpeggios (major or minor), two octave minimum

    Suggested scales/arpeggios and ranges:

    • Violin – G major/minor and A major/minor. Three octaves
    • Viola – C major/minor and D major/minor. Three octaves
    • Cello – C major/minor and D major/minor. Three octaves
    • Bass – E major/minor and F major/minor. Two octaves

    Solo piece:
    One movement from a standard concerto or sonata. An etude or other study piece is also acceptable as long as the selection is a "solo" composition for your instrument. Provide a copy of your solo to the assessment panel.
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  • Wind Ensemble

    Monday, August 25
    4 to 9:30 p.m.
    FERG A100

    You will find the sign-up sheet posted on the doors to FERG A183.

    Please download and prepare the appropriate excerpt. Also included will be major scales and sight reading.

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Our ensembles include students from every major on campus as well as music majors. All music ensembles, including the Marching Captains, are offered as one-credit courses, and many fulfill the *Creative Expressions requirement for graduation. Included is a listing of all the exciting music ensembles available.

*Creative Expressions
These courses focus on the human drive for creativity and self-expression in a wide range of forms and over a wide variety of cultures. Students examine creative works both structurally and within a larger context; they may also produce works of creative expression.

Our ensembles include students from every major on campus as well as music majors. All music ensembles, including the Marching Captains, are offered as one-credit courses, and many fulfill the **Creative Expressions requirement for graduation. Included is a listing of all the exciting music ensembles available.

  • Brass Quintet
  • Clarinet Quartet
  • Flute Choir
  • Horn Ensemble
  • Saxophone Quartet

* Ensembles marked with an asterisk are student-led and not currently offered for credit.

**Creative Expressions
These courses focus on the human drive for creativity and self-expression in a wide range of forms and over a wide variety of cultures. Students examine creative works both structurally and within a larger context; they may also produce works of creative expression.