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Aug. 21, 2007

2007-08 UI Performing Arts Auditions Are Scheduled

Auditions will be held for many of the ensembles and productions in the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts at the beginning of the fall semester. Most productions and ensembles are open to all UI students, and some are open to members of the general public as well.

Auditions for choral groups will take place during the week. Interested singers should come to Room 1033 of the Voxman Music Building (VMB) Saturday through Monday, Aug. 25 to 27, to sign up for an audition time. Auditions will be available for four choral groups:

-- Camerata Singers has 50 to 70 singers, including university students and members of the local community. They present three concerts each year and rehearse 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

-- 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 to 3:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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 to 5:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For the auditions for these choral groups, singers may prepare an aria, art song or any other song they know well, if they wish. The audition, lasting no more than six minutes, also includes vocalizing, sight reading and testing for pitch accuracy. An accompanist will be provided.

For further information, contact Timothy Stalter, director of choral activities, at, or David Puderbaugh, assistant director of choral activities, at

Auditions for the Symphony, Concert and University Bands will be held Monday through Thursday, Aug. 27 to 31. The Symphony Band, a select touring ensemble, rehearses 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Concert Band meets 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. University Band, which is open to all UI students, meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Students should sign up for the auditions in the band office, 1064 VMB, on Monday, Aug. 27, or contact Rita Schmidt at 319-335-1635 before classes start. It is recommended that new students bring a prepared solo or etude.

Auditions for all jazz ensembles and all new improvisation students will also be held Tuesday through Friday in Room 1055 VMB. Students can sign up for the auditions at Room 1055 VMB, where the auditions will be held according to the following schedule:

-- trumpets and trombones: Tuesday, Aug. 28

-- saxophones: Thursday Aug. 30

-- drums, guitar, piano, bass: Friday Aug. 31

Auditions for orchestra string players will be held Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27 and 28. To sign up for a string audition, use the sign-up sheets posted on the orchestra bulletin board outside Room 1036 VMB or call 319-335-1631. Each audition is five minutes in length and includes a short excerpt of a concerto, sonata or etude plus a three-octave scale and sight reading.

The University Symphony plays several concerts each semester, tours outside of Iowa City, and accompanies productions of the UI Opera Theater. The University Symphony rehearses 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Other orchestras are open by audition as well. The Chamber Orchestra, designed for graduate students, rehearses 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Philharmonia, an undergraduate chamber orchestra, rehearses 2:30 to 3:20 Tuesdays and Thursdays. The All-University String Orchestra (AUSO), which typically includes students from diverse academic areas across campus, is open without audition. AUSO rehearses 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays.

Auditions for the UI Dance Department's Dance Gala 2007 will be held in E203 Halsey Hall at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27; at noon Saturday, Sept. 8; and at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. The roster of Dancers in Company, the department's touring repertory company, will also be chosen during the Aug. 27 audition. For additional information, contact the Dance Department at 319-335-2228.

General auditions for early-season productions of University Theatres will be held 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 30 and 31 in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building. Callbacks will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2. Sign up for an audition time on the callboard in the north hallway of the Theatre Building. An audition guide, with detailed information on preparation and procedures, is available from the Department of Theatre Arts.

University Theatres auditions are open to anyone, and no connection to the Department of Theatre Arts or the UI is required. "Non-traditional" casting is the norm for all directors in all productions, except those in which race, gender, handicap or age is the explicit issue. Casting is "non-traditional" when all roles in a script are open to casting without bias in terms of race, gender, disability or age, so long as the actor can fulfill the artistic requirements of the role.

The School of Music and departments of Theatre and Dance comprise the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, see their Web sites at, and

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Music: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; (cell) 319-541-2846,; Theater/Dance: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; (cell) 310-430-1013,