Chamber Ensembles, Early Music Studio, Contemporary Music Studio, Collaborative Musicianship
All students wishing to be considered for the Chamber Ensembles program must play an audition. The Chamber Ensembles program coordinators, Profs. Wiebe and Starling, administer and evaluate these auditions. Please see Audition Guidelines below.
This half-credit course fulfills the requirements for Performance majors. It is available to undergraduate Performance Majors for at least two years in the second (2975y), third (3975y), or fourth (4975y) years of study, and to graduate performance majors majoring in piano or orchestral instruments for at least one year. Students in other degree programs are also eligible for consideration, depending on audition, coach availability and department permission.
Enrollment for Chamber Music 2975y/3975y/4975y/9566y/9867y and Special Topics, by audition only, is open to students in the following areas only:
- woodwinds, brass, percussion
Please note: Chamber music repertoire which has been coached or performed on a recital for chamber music credit as part of the chamber ensemble program cannot be used in a student credit solo recital.
Chamber ensembles formed for academic credit are not to be used in solo recitals.
Auditions will be conducted online for the 2020-21 academic year.
Students will need to submit a completed online application form including links to your audition recording by September 11, 2020.
Recording Option #1 (PREFERRED)
Using a personal private YouTube channel, upload two contrasting excerpts from recordings you’ve made this past year from your solo repertoire (e.g. concertos, sonatas, concert pieces), preferably recorded with superior audio equipment. These recordings should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. Recordings can be with or without accompaniment. Students who do not currently have a personal private YouTube channel will have to create one ahead of this submission.
Recording Option #2 (IF OPTION #1 IS NOT POSSIBLE)
Using a personal private YouTube channel, upload a new recording (preferably with audio and video) with contrasting excerpts from your solo repertoire. Please make the recording with the best equipment available to you. The sound quality of your recording is important for the chamber music coordinators to make an accurate assessment of your playing. This recording should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. Recording can be with or without accompaniment.
IF NEITHER OPTION #1 NOR OPTION #2 IS POSSIBLE
**Enrollment for Chamber Music 2975y/3975y/4975y/9566y/9867y and Special Topics is by audition only.**
Early Music Studio
(2971a/2972b, 3971a/3972b, 4971a/4972b, 9568a/9569b)
Early Music Studio (EMS) is available as a course credit.
The Early Music Studio focuses on music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - sometimes a little earlier, and sometimes a little later. We strive to recreate music of this period by discovering the performance style in use at the time of its composition. Because the ensemble includes performance on copies of period instruments, it operates at a lower pitch: usually, A=415, sometimes, A=430.
Audition Guidelines for the EMS
Please read the following carefully.
- Auditions will be conducted online for the 2020-21 academic year.
- EMS auditions are completely acceptable on modern instruments; this is normally expected. If you are in possession of a period instrument and wish to record your audition on it, that is also acceptable.
- Upload your audition recording to YouTube.
- You will need to submit a completed online application form including the link to your audition recording by September 11, 2020.
Recording Option #1
Submit a recording (audio or audio/video) of any baroque period excerpt. This can be a concerto, sonata, or chamber music excerpt. If this is a recording with other musicians, please be sure to choose an excerpt where we can hear your playing clearly. This recording should be no more than one year old, and preferably recorded with superior audio equipment. This recorded excerpt should total no more than three minutes in length.
Recording Option #2
Make a new recording (audio or audio/video) of any baroque period excerpt. This can be concerto, sonata, chamber music or orchestral repertoire. No accompaniments, please; just your playing alone. Please make a recording with the best equipment available to you - the sound quality of your recording is important for us to make an accurate assessment of your playing. This recording should be no more than three minutes in length.
IF NEITHER OPTION #1 NOR OPTION #2 IS POSSIBLE
Contemporary Music Studio is not being offered during the 2020-2021 school year.
Admission to the Contemporary Music Studio is by audition. This half course is available for credit to Performance majors in third and fourth year (3976a), and for all levels of graduate students in Performance (9507a). The course can also be taken under a Special Topics course number assigned by the Performance or Graduate Assistants. Other students may be accepted into the course by special permission. All interested vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to apply.
Audition Information for Contemporary Music Studio
**Enrollment for Contemporary Music Studio 3976a/9507a/Special Topics is by audition only.**
In 2020-21, this course will be available only to fourth year piano performance majors. These students will be registered in the course automatically by the MPS Office. Some third year piano performance majors may also be able to take it by permission of the MPS Department Chair. Please email Dr. Sophie Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.