CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI School of Music and dance department hold auditions Aug. 24-29
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Performing groups in the University of Iowa School of
Music and the UI dance department will hold general auditions during the week
of Aug. 24-29. Most groups are open to all UI students, and some are open
to members of the general public, as well.
Auditions for choral groups will be held Aug. 24-27 in the Voxman Music Building.
Each group presents one or more concerts of its own, in addition to singing
choral concerts with the University Symphony.
Camerata Singers has 50-70 singers, including university students and members
of the local community. They present three concerts each year and rehearse
7:15-9:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music. It is a touring
ensemble limited to 28 singers, most of whom are graduate students. The group
meets 1:30-3:20 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Auditions are open to all UI students.
Superior sight-reading ability is desirable.
University Choir is a select, advanced choir of 50-60 singers, primarily
undergraduate students. The choir meets 1:30-3:20 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Auditions are open to any student with sight-reading ability.
The University Chorale is a select group that performs as two separate groups,
a women's group known as the Women's Chorale and a men's group known as the
Men of Iowa. Each consists of approximately 40 singers, and they both meet
3:45-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Both groups sing three or four concerts
during the year.
For choral auditions, singers are asked to prepare an aria, art song or any
other song they know well, although a prepared song is not required. The audition
also includes vocalizing, sight-reading and testing for pitch accuracy. An
accompanist will be provided.
For further information on choral auditions, or to sign up for an audition
time, check the bulletin board outside Room 1033 of the Voxman Music Building,
or contact the choral department at (319) 335-1677 or 335-1638.
Auditions for Old Gold Singers, the UI touring show choir, are held separately
from other choral groups. Their auditions will be held Aug. 26 and 27, with
callbacks and dance auditions Aug. 28. Singers should bring one prepared piece
-- classical, pop or Broadway -- and will be asked to vocalize and sight read.
An accompanist will be provided, and a tape recorder will also be available.
The Old Gold Singers, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year,
is typically made up of students from all areas of the UI. Interested persons
should sign up for specific audition times outside Room 2063 of the Voxman
Music Building, or call the Old Gold Singers office at (319) 335-2548 for
information. The Old Gold Singers rehearse 3:45-6:15 p.m. Mondays and 3:45-5:45
Auditions for the Symphony, Concert and University Bands will be held Aug.
25-29. The Symphony Band, a select touring ensemble, rehearses 3:35-5:30 p.m.
Monday and Wednesday. Concert Band meets 3:45-5:30 p.m., also on Monday and
Wednesday. University Band, which is open to all UI students, meets 7-8:30
p.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Students should sign up for the auditions in the band office in the UI Music
Building, or by calling (319) 335-1635. It is recommended that new students
bring a prepared solo or etude. Percussionists who wish to audition for the
concert bands should contact Daniel Moore in Room 1057 of the Voxman Music
Building, or call (319) 335-1632.
The University Symphony will hold auditions for string players according
to the following schedule: Monday, Aug. 25, 8-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.,
violins; Tuesday, Aug. 26, 9-11:30 a.m., violas; and Tuesday, Aug. 26, 1:30-4
p.m., cellos . Players should prepare a short solo work for the audition,
which will also include sight reading.
University Symphony rehearsals are 7:15-9:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The
orchestra, which plays three concerts each semester in Hancher Auditorium,
is open to all students. Information, schedules, and sign-up sheets are posted
outside Room 1036 of the Voxman Music Building. For further information, call
the orchestra manager at (319) 335-1631.
Auditions for Dancers in Company, the dance department's touring repertory
ensemble, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Loft of Halsey
Hall. Auditions for the Nov. 14-15 Dance Gala will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 27, in the Loft. For further audition information, including rehearsal
and performance schedules, call the dance department at (319) 335-2228.