Consider joining one of the many student ensembles offered through the Department of Music. We have all sorts of groups: small and large, Western and world music traditions, voice and instrumental. Take a look at the audition information below and come try out! Information for other ensembles will be added on a rolling basis. See the full list of ensembles here. For questions about ensembles not listed on this page, contact the Department office at (919) 962-1039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolina Bluegrass Band
All traditional bluegrass instruments and vocals welcome; no prior bluegrass experience necessary. Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, August 22-23, 2016, 3-6 p.m. in Hill Hall 107. Come prepared to demonstrate proficiency on your instrument with a short piece or excerpt in any style. You may also be asked to participate in musicianship exercises. To sign up for an audition, email Director Russell Johnson, email@example.com.
For more information, go to the Carolina Bluegrass Band page.
Russell Johnson, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions for Charanga Carolina will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 8-10 p.m. To sign up for an audition, email Professor David Garcia at email@example.com. When the student emails Dr. Garcia to sign up, he will give the student information on what to prepare.
For more information, go to the Charanga Carolina page.
Professor David Garcia, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions for all of the choral ensembles (Carolina Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s Glee Club, and Women’s Glee Club) will be held on the first two days of each semester. Audition times are available by sign-up in Person Hall Room 106. Auditions consist of singing America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) or a song of your choice, and a check for voice range and sight-reading ability.
For more information, go to the Choral Ensembles page.
Professor Susan Klebanow, Choral, email@example.com
Classical Percussion Ensemble
Auditions for the Classical Percussion Ensemble will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 in Kenan Music Building, Room 1111. To sign up for an audition, email Director Justin Bunting at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested students will be asked to play any already prepared solo literature, excerpts, scales, rudiments, drum set grooves, etc. to adequately display their performance ability.
For more information, go to the Percussion Ensemble page.
Professor Justin Bunting, Director, email@example.com
Jazz Band and Jazz Combos
Auditions for the UNC Jazz Band and Jazz Combos will be held on the first few days of each semester. For Fall 2016, auditions will be held on August 23-25. Interested students should fill out the application form for the jazz band here and a separate form for jazz combos here (Note: these are two different forms that go to separate databases). Students should then sign up for an audition time – only one audition is required if trying out for both ensembles. For brass, saxes, woodwinds, and strings, select an audition time here with Professor Jim Ketch in Kenan Music Building Room 2125. For rhythm section players and vocalists, select an audition time here with Professor Stephen Anderson in Kenan Music Building Room 2119. Results will be sent via email. Information on what to prepare for auditions can be found on the jazz ensembles auditions page.
Professor Jim Ketch, Director of Jazz Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNC Guitar Ensemble
The UNC Guitar Ensemble studies music that is either composed or arranged for multiple guitars to be exhibited in performance at least once each semester. All UNC students that are currently taking or planning to take either MUSC 103.008, MUSC 203.008, or MUSC 303.008 are eligible to audition. Students must own or have access to a Spanish guitar (classical guitar) for rehearsal and practice. To sign up for an audition, email Director Billy Stewart at email@example.com. Students will be asked to perform a solo piece to demonstrate technical proficiency and pass a sight reading test. Auditions may occur at any time during the first week of class in Kenan Music Building Room 3129.
For more information, go to the UNC Guitar Ensemble page.
Billy Stewart, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wind & Percussion for Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and UNC Symphony Orchestra
If you play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument and are planning to audition for the Wind Ensemble or UNC Symphony Orchestra, you must complete and submit this form. To sign up for an audition time and download the required excerpts, please check the uncbands.org website after August 1. 3-4 minutes of material of your choice that demonstrate lyrical and technical abilities will be also be required. Percussionists should prepare short excerpts for timpani and snare drum as well as the mallet excerpt that will be provided. An additional mallet excerpt is not required. There are no auditions required for enrollment in Symphony Band.
UNC Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra auditions will be held during the first week of classes in August. Anyone interested in auditioning must first fill out the Player Information Form here. String players can find complete audition information at this link. Wind/brass/percussion players should refer to the previous section on this page for detailed instructions. A general orchestra informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Kenan Music Building Room 1201.
For more information on the UNC Symphony Orchestra, click here.
Professor Tonu Kalam, Orchestra Director, email@example.com