CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 17, 2001
Public, students may audition for 2001-02 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 2001-02 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 held Sunday, Aug. 26 through Thursday,
Aug. 30, 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 to 70 singers, including university students and
community members. They present three concerts each year and rehearse 7:15
to 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 and tours to off-campus
performances. 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 to 60 singers, primarily
undergraduate students. The choir meets 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Auditions are open to any student with sight-reading ability.
Womens Chorale is a select chorus of approximately 40 women who sing
three or four concerts each year. They meet 3:30 to 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and
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, 8-9 p.m. Aug. 27 and 6-9 p.m. Aug. 28, with call-back
auditions including dance and movement 6-9 p.m. Aug. 29. Those wishing to
try out for the band may do so on any of the three nights. Prepared pieces
are not required for the auditions. 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 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.
Auditions for the Symphony, Concert and University Bands will be held Monday
through Thursday, Aug. 27-30. The Symphony Band, a select touring ensemble,
3:35 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Concert Band meets 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.,
also on Monday and Wednesday.
University Band, which is open to all UI students, meets 6:30 to 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, Sept. 10, in Voxman Hall of the Voxman Music Building.
Auditions are planned for low brass instruments on Monday, for oboe, bassoon
and horn on Tuesday, for clarinet and saxophone on Wednesday, for flute on
Thursday and for trumpet on Friday. 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)
A few positions for trumpet and trombone players are still open in the Hawkeye
Marching Band. Students interested in auditions for these positions should
contact the UI Band office at
Auditions for all jazz ensembles are organized by instrument and will occur
during the first week of classes, Aug. 27-30, in the office of John Rapson,
director of the UI jazz program, Voxman Music Building 1055. The audition
will include performance of a prepared selection, sight reading, scales and
improvisation. Auditions will be held for trombones 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, for
1-5 p.m. Tuesday, for trumpets 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, and for the rhythm section
1 to 5 p.m. Thursday.
The University Symphony will hold auditions for string players according
to the following schedule: Monday, August 27, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.,
violins and violas; Tuesday, Aug. 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m. 1:30 to 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 to 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.
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