Additional Performance Groups

Chamber Ensembles

(2975y/3975y/4975y/9566y/9867y/Special Topics)

All students wishing to be considered for the Chamber Ensembles program must play an audition. The Chamber Ensembles program coordinators, professors Thomas Wiebe and Jana 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 Ensembles are by audition, and are only open to students in the following areas:

  • woodwinds, brass & percussion
  • strings
  • piano

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.

Audition Guidelines

Enrollment for Chamber Ensembles are by audition only.

Auditions will be conducted online for the 2022-23 academic year, except for in-person percussion auditions. Percussionists must contact Jana Starling jstarli@uwo.ca by August 1, 2022, to arrange an in-person audition for September 7, 8, or 9, 2022.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form including links to your audition recording by August 12, 2022 at noon.

Using a personal private YouTube channel, upload two contrasting excerpts from your solo repertoire (e.g. concertos, sonatas, concert pieces). These recordings should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. The recordings should represent the student's most recent playing, or student's playing within the last year. 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.

If you cannot submit a recording, contact professors Jana Starling at  jstarli@uwo.ca or Thomas Wiebe at  twiebe@uwo.ca before August 1, 2022.


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

Enrollment for Early Music Studio is by audition only.

Auditions will be conducted online for the 2022-23 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.

Students will need to submit a completed online ensemble audition form including links to your audition recording by August 12, 2022 at noon.

Prepare two excerpts, featuring two contrasting pieces in solo repertoire (e.g. concertos, sonatas, chamber music excerpts), using a personal private YouTube channel. Both excerpts need to be repertoire from the baroque, or if necessary, the classical period. The excerpts should total no more than five minutes in length, combined. The recording can be with or without accompaniment. If this is a recording with other musicians, please be sure to choose an excerpt where we can hear your playing clearly.

If you cannot submit a recording, contact professors Joseph Lanza at jlanza@uwo.ca or Borys Medicky at bmedicky@uwo.ca before August 1, 2022.


Contemporary Music Studio

(3976y/9507y/Special Topics)

This course gives advanced performers great opportunities to learn and perform interesting and challenging works written in the past 60 years by international composers, developing an intellectual and technical awareness of performance practice for current music through study and performances. Works include those for 1 to 10 performers and may include world premieres.

Contemporary Music Studio may be taken for credit by third and fourth year Performance majors, and all levels of graduate students. The course can also be taken under a Special Topics course number, or by special permission. All interested vocalists and instrumentalists are encouraged to apply.

Audition Guidelines

Enrollment for Contemporary Music Studio is by audition only.

Auditions will be conducted online for the 2022-23 academic year, except for in-person percussion auditions. 

Percussionists must submit a completed online ensemble audition form by August 12, 2022 at noon, and will be contacted by Patricia Green and Paul Frehner regarding an in-person audition time.

All other Music majors must submit a completed online ensemble audition form including links to their audition recording by August 12, 2022 at noon. Prepare a recording featuring two contrasting pieces in solo repertoire (e.g. arias, concertos, songs, sonatas, concert pieces), using a personal YouTube channel. The excerpts should total no more than ten minutes in length, combined. The recording can be with or without accompaniment. If you cannot submit a recording, fill out the online form, and contact Paul Frehner at pfrehner@uwo.ca and Patricia Green at mezzo@uwo.ca before August 12, 2022. 

Rehearsals

Mondays | 1:30–3pm
MB 227, MB 254, MB 341, MB 241

First Class
Monday, Sep 12 | 1:30pm
MB 227


Jazz Combo

(Music 3952y 001)

Jazz Combos are performing musical groups that are open by audition to all Western students. Students rehearse and perform standard and contemporary repertoire for small jazz ensemble. Special emphasis is given to interactive playing, improvising, arranging, composing, and developing appropriate stylistic competency.

Audition Guidelines

Enrolment for Jazz Combo is by audition only.

Students whose auditions are successful will be assigned to a combo by the Director based on instrumental needs and ability/experience level. Auditions for the 2022-23 academic year will be conducted online for all students, except percussionists.

Percussionists must complete online ensemble audition form must come to Music Building, Room 48 on September 8, 2022 at 5:30pm for an in-person audition.

All other Music majors must submit a completed online ensemble audition form, including links to their audition recording, by August 12, 2022 at noon. Using a personal YouTube channel, upload a performance of both audition selections. Preferably, recordings will be performed with accompaniment (live or with the use of a play-along track), however recordings without accompaniment will be accepted. If you cannot submit a recording, fill out the form and contact Dr. Watson before August 12, 2022.

Please contact Dr. Watson at kwatso54@uwo.ca with any questions.

Audition Selections

Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Vocals
Both selections 1 and 2 are required

  1. Perform two choruses of "How High the Moon" by Morgan Lewis
    a. First chorus: perform the melody of the tune
    b. Second chorus: perform an improvised solo through the chord changes.
  2. Perform three choruses of "Billie's Bounce" by Charlie Parker
    a. First chorus: perform the melody of the tune
    b. Second and Third choruses: perform an improvised solo through the chord changes

Drum Set
Both selections 1 and 2 are required

  1. Perform three choruses of "Billie's Bounce" by Charlie Parker
    a. First chorus: Play swing groove
    b. Second and Third choruses: perform an improvised solo while keeping the time/form
  2. Perform each of the following grooves (approximately 30 seconds on each groove)
    a. Shuffle groove
    b. Jazz ballad straight groove (brushes)
    c. Funk/Rock groove

Pop Band

(Music 3952y 002)

Audition Guidelines

Enrolment for Pop Band is by audition only, and is also open to non-Music majors.

Auditions for the 2022-23 academic year will be conducted online for all students, except percussionists.

Non-Music majors must submit a completed online ensemble audition form, including links to their audition recording (uploaded to a personal YouTube channel), by DEADLINE EXTENDED: September 9, 2022 at noonIf you cannot submit a recording, fill out the form and contact Denis Jiron before September 7, 2022.

Percussionists must submit a completed online ensemble audition form and must visit Music Building, Room 48 on September 8, 2022 at 5pm for an in-person audition.

All other Music majors must submit a completed online ensemble audition form, including links to their audition recording (uploaded to a personal YouTube channel), by DEADLINE EXTENDED: September 9, 2022 at noonIf you cannot submit a recording, fill out the form and contact Denis Jiron before August 12, 2022.

Please contact professor Denis Jiron at djiron3@uwo.ca with any questions.

Audition Excerpts

Instrumentalists should learn all songs. Vocalists should learn the song appropriate to their voice type and duet. Vocalists must use the provided backing track or a similar one for their audition. Contact Denis Jiron if your voice type is outside the range of the audition selections. Students wishing to audition on alto sax or baritone sax will be considered, and should contact Denis Jiron for sheet music, where not available below. 

All excerpts are for educational purposes only.

"At Last"
Bass (PDF)
Drums (PDF)
Guitar (PDF)
Piano (PDF)
Tenor Sax (PDF)
Trombone (PDF)
Trumpet (PDF)
Vocals (PDF)

Female voice reference (YouTube)
Voice backing track (YouTube)

"Uptown Funk"
Alto Sax (PDF)
Bass (PDF)
Drums (PDF)
Guitar (PDF)
Synth (PDF)
Tenor Sax (PDF)
Trombone (PDF)
Trumpet (PDF)

Male voice reference (YouTube)
Voice backing track (YouTube)

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Baritone Sax (PDF)
Bass (PDF)
Drums (PDF)
Guitar (PDF)
Keyboard (PDF)
Tenor Sax (PDF)
Trombone (PDF)
Trumpet (PDF)
Vocals (PDF)

Male/Female voice duet reference (YouTube)
Voice backing track (YouTube)


Salsa Band

(Music 3952y 003)

Audition Guidelines

Enrolment for Salsa Band is by audition only, and is also open to non-Music majors.

Vocalists are not required to already speak Spanish to participate, but will be required to sing in Spanish in the band. 

Auditions for the 2022-23 academic year will be conducted online for all students, except percussionists.

Non-Music majors must submit a completed online ensemble audition form, including links to their audition recording (uploaded to a personal YouTube channel), by September 7, 2022 at noon. If you cannot submit a recording, fill out the form and contact Denis Jiron before September 7, 2022.

Percussionists must submit a completed online ensemble audition form and must visit Music Building, Room 48 on September 8, 2022 at 5pm for an in-person audition.

All other Music majors must submit a completed online ensemble audition form, including links to their audition recording (uploaded to a personal YouTube channel), by August 12, 2022 at noon. If you cannot submit a recording, fill out the form and contact Denis Jiron before August 12, 2022.

Please contact professor Denis Jiron at djiron3@uwo.ca with any questions.

Audition Excerpts

Trombone and trumpet students may choose one of the excerpts to play for their audition. Vocalists must use the provided backing track or a similar one for their audition. Contact Denis Jiron if your voice type is outside the range of the audition selection. Students wishing to audition on alto sax, flute, violin, viola or tres will be considered, and should contact Denis Jiron for sheet music.

All excerpts are for educational purposes only.

"Carnaval"
Baritone Sax (PDF)
Bass (PDF)
Percussion (PDF)
Piano (PDF)
Tenor Sax (PDF)
Trombone 1 (PDF)
Trombone 2 (PDF)
Trombone 3 (PDF)
Trumpet Bb 1 (PDF)
Trumpet Bb 2 (PDF)

Voice reference (YouTube)
Voice backing track (YouTube)


Collaborative Musicianship

(4976y)

This course is intended to teach the pianist and orchestral instrumentalist the principles of ensemble playing as well as the literature of the Solo Instrumental Works with piano, and is designed for students majoring in Piano or Orchestral Instruments in Honours Performance, in third or fourth year. Available to other students by permission of the Department.

Fourth year piano performance majors will be registered in the course.

Instrumentalists should contact Catherine Fraser at mpsdept@uwo.ca to be placed on a waiting list for the course.