CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 16, 2000
Public, UI students invited to audition for School
of Music ensembles
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Auditions have been scheduled for
several performing ensembles in the University of Iowa School of Music for
the 2000-2001 academic year, including ensembles that are open to participation
by members of the public as well as UI students.
Auditions for choral groups will be Aug. 20-24 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 community members. 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 approximately 30 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
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.
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. All auditioners will be tested on their voice
range, timbre, music reading ability and listening skills. 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. 22 and 23, with
call-back auditions including dance and movement Aug. 24. 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 rehearses 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
Auditions for the Symphony, Concert and University
Bands will be Monday through Thursday, Aug. 21-24. 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. Although an audition is recommended
for the University Band, anyone wishing to play in this group may attend the
first rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 in Voxman Hall of the Voxman
Auditions are planned for low brass instrument and
horns on Monday, for oboe, bassoon and saxophones on Tuesday, for flute and
clarinet on Wednesday, and for trumpet on Thursday. Auditions may also be
arranged on other days, as needed. Students should sign up for the auditions
in the band office, Room 1064 in the Voxman Music Building, or by calling
(319) 335-1635. It is recommended that students bring an excerpt from a prepared
solo or etude. Percussionists who wish to audition for the concert bands should
contact Daniel Moore in Room 1049 of the Voxman Music Building, or call (319)
The University Symphony will hold auditions for string
players according to the following schedule: Monday, August 21, 9-11:30 a.m.
and 1:30-4 p.m., violins and violas; Tuesday, Aug. 22, 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 7:15-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. The orchestra, which plays three concerts each semester
in Hancher Auditorium, in addition to other concerts on the UI campus and
on tour in Iowa, 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.