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Public, UI students are invited to audition for 1998-99 performing ensembles

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Auditions have been scheduled for several 1998-99 University of Iowa performing ensembles in music, theater and dance, including ensembles that are open to participation by members of the public as well as UI students.

Public auditions will be held for University Theatres fall productions 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building with callbacks posted Monday, Aug. 31.

A detailed University Theatres audition guide is available from the UI department of theatre arts in the Theatre Building, by phone at (319) 335-2700, or by fax at (319) 335-3568. Auditioners must sign up in advance for an audition time on the Theatre Building callboard. A sign-up sheet will be posted at noon Monday, Aug. 24.

No affiliation with the department of theatre arts or the UI is required to participate in University Theatres productions, and theatre arts majors are not given special consideration in auditioning or casting. The department is committed to "non-traditional" casting except in cases where a character's race, gender, handicap or age is stipulated in the script.

Theatre arts faculty members will offer an audition workshop at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 26 and 27, open free of charge to all interested persons.

Auditions for the UI Dance Company's annual Dance Gala in Hancher Auditorium are open to all registered students. A pointe audition will be held by faculty choreographer David Berkey at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 in the Loft. Berkey will also hold a men's audition at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Faculty choreographers Alicia Brown and Alan Sener will also hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 in the Loft, and faculty member Armando Duarte's audition will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 in the Loft. Guest choreographer Gail Gilbert will hold an audition at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 in the Loft. For additional information about Dance Gala auditions, call the dance department at (319) 335-2228 in advance.

The UI dance department will hold auditions for Dancers in Company, the department's touring repertory company, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 in the Loft of Halsey Hall. Dancers in Company is open to all dance majors.

Auditions will be held for many of the ensembles in the School of Music during the week of Aug. 23-28. Most ensembles are open to all UI students, and some are open to members of the general public as well.

Auditions for choral groups will be Aug. 23-26 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. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year, tours to off-campus performances and participates in major choral works with the University Symphony. 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.

Women's Chorale is a select chorus of approximately 40 women who sing three or four concerts each year. They meet 3:30-5:20 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

This year there will also be a Men's Chorale of up to 40 singers who will present three or four concerts during the year. They will meet 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

For the auditions for these choral groups, 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 these 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, will be held separately from other choral groups, Aug. 25 and 26, with call-back auditions including dance and movement Aug. 27. Singers should bring one prepared piece (classical, popular or Broadway), and will be asked to vocalize and sight read. A pianist and tape recorder will be provided.

The Old Gold Singers rehearse 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the group 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 Madrigal Singers, a 14-voice mixed voice select ensemble that will perform for the annual Elizabethan Madrigal Dinners in December, will also have separate auditions. Interested singers should sign up for an audition time outside Room 1033 of the Voxman Music Building, or contact the choral department at (319) 335-1677 or 335-1638.

Auditions for the Symphony, Concert and University Bands will be held Monday through Thursday, Aug. 24-27. 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 6:30-8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Students should sign up for the auditions in the band office in the Voxman 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, August 24, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., violins and violas; Tuesday, Aug. 27, 9-11:30 a.m. 1:30-4 p.m., cellos and basses. 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.