Auditions

2021-2022 Audition Requirements

Marian Anderson Performance Program (MUSC 010)

Auditions for the Marian Anderson Performance Program will be held on Tuesday, September 7, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Location TBD. To schedule an audition time (beginning Monday, August 30), go to room 227 Lerner Center and sign up on the form on the door. Deadline to sign up: Thursday, September 2 by 5:00pm.

Reminder: this program is open to music majors and minors only. If you have not declared a major or minor yet, you need to have a course on your transcript (either this semester or in past semesters) that will count toward either program if you want to be eligible to audition for this year.

And, students in this program must participate in a Music Department ensemble, so please make sure you have signed up for an audition for one of our groups as well. For course and audition requirements, please check the program's page.

 

Ensemble Auditions (MUSC 007)

Please download and complete the form(s) that apply to the Ensemble you would like to audition for and submit to the Music Director of the ensemble you are auditioning for. See below for more information. 

 

Penn Symphony Orchestra & Penn Wind Ensemble

ALL INTERESTED MUSICIANS (INCLUDING PAST MEMBERS):  Please fill out the Penn Music Instrumental Audition Sign-up Form. ***Click here to complete the Audition Request Form.***

 

Audition Requirements (Penn Symphony Orchestra)

You will be asked to play 6-8 minutes of music of your choosing. Please prepare selections (which can be from the same piece) that contain at least two contrasting styles - i.e. both lyrical and technical. Memorization is not required. Also, for the orchestra you are asked to prepare excerpts from the current repertoire for the ensemble this year. Please contact Mr. Hong (hongthom@sas.upenn.edu) directly for those specific excerpts and links to parts.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Returning string players of the PENN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are NOT required to re-audition UNLESS you would like to be considered for the concertmaster chair or a section principal position.
  • All new or returning Wind/Brass players of the PENN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are required to sign up for an audition.

 

Audition Requirements (Penn Wind Ensemble)

You will be asked to play 3-5 minutes of music of your choosing. Please prepare selections (which can be from the same piece) that contain at least two contrasting styles - i.e. both lyrical and technical. Memorization is not required.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Returning members of PENN WIND ENSEMBLE are not required to re-audition. 

 

Audition Schedule

Tuesday, August 31 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Penn Wind Ensemble / Penn Symphony Orchestra - Wind/Brass/Percussion
1:00PM to 5:00 PM – Penn Symphony Orchestra - all instruments

Wednesday, September 1

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Penn Wind Ensemble / Penn Symphony Orchestra - Wind/Brass/Percussion
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM – For students interested in Penn Symphony Orchestra, AND Penn Chamber / Penn Baroque and Recorder Ensembles

Thursday, September 2

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Penn Wind Ensemble / Penn Symphony Orchestra - Wind/Brass/Percussion
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Penn Symphony Orchestra - all instruments

Friday, September 3

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Penn Wind Ensemble / Penn Symphony Orchestra - Wind/Brass/Percussion
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Penn Symphony Orchestra - all instruments

 

Penn Baroque and Recorder Ensembles & Penn Chamber

ALL INTERESTED MUSICIANS (INCLUDING PAST MEMBERS):  Please fill out the Penn Small Ensembles Audition Sign-up Form - DO NOT fill out the Instrumental Audition Form at the top of this page. ***Click here to complete the Audition Request Form.*** 

 

Audition Requirements

You will be asked to play 3-5 minutes of music of your choosing. Please prepare selections (which can be from the same piece) that contain at least two contrasting styles - i.e. both lyrical and technical. Memorization is not required.

Please listen to at least three minutes of each video (links below) and rank them in order of most to least appealing. Don’t worry if the instruments in the video aren’t the instrument you play; just consider if the music is interesting to you. 

 

Audition Schedule

Wednesday, September 1

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM – For students interested in Baroque Ensemble, Penn Chamber AND Penn Symphony Orchestra

Friday, September 3

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – For students ONLY interested in Baroque Ensembles and Penn Chamber 

 

Penn Chorale & Penn Collegium Musicum & Opera and Musical Theater Workshop 

ALL INTERESTED SINGERS (INCLUDING PAST MEMBERS):  Returning students please email the director to indicate your desire to return; new students please fill out the Penn Choral Ensembles Audition Sign-up Form - DO NOT fill out the Instrumental Audition Form at the top of this page. ***Click here to complete the Choral Ensemble Audition Request Form.***

 

Audition Requirements

Please prepare a solo piece of your choice. Any song in any genre is fine. Pick something that you know well, so that you can demonstrate your vocal abilities. Singers who wish to be considered for Penn Chorale, Collegium Musicum, or Opera and Musical Theater Workshop should prepare part of an art song or aria if possible. We will also do some vocalizing to get to know your vocal range and timbre, as well as a short sight-reading excerpt. The audition will last about 10 minutes.

IMPORTANT NOTE
  • Returning members of COLLEGIUM MUSICUM and PENN CHORALE are NOT required to re-audition

 

Audition Schedule

Monday, August 30

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM – All Choral Ensembles

Thursday, September 2

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – All Choral Ensembles

 

Penn Flutes

Students interested in the Penn Flutes Ensemble should contact the music director, Michele Kelly: michelerelache@gmail.com. Auditions will be held over Zoom and by appointment on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

Penn Jazz Ensembles (Formerly Jazz Combos)

Students interested in auditioning for Penn Jazz Combos should contact the music director Dan Paul: dan@danpaulmusic.com. Auditions are by video submission only. There will be no in-person auditions for the Jazz Ensembles. Please see the PDF below for information on the video audition.

Jazz Ensembles Audition Requirements (PDF Download)

 

Music Ensembles Without Auditions

Brazilian Samba Ensemble

No audition is required.  Students interested in the Brazilian Samba Ensemble are to attend the first session. For questions, contact Music Director, Michael Stevens by email: sambafreak13@gmail.com

Penn Arab Music Ensemble

No audition is required.  Students interested in the Arab Music Ensemble are to attend the first session.  For questions, contact Music Director, Khoury at hkhuri@sas.upenn.edu and Percussion Director, Hafez Kotain at hafez.kotain@gmail.com.