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 music.dept@unc.edu.

Carolina Bluegrass Band 

Russell Johnson, Carolina Bluegrass Band
Russell Johnson, Director of the new 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, russelljohnson@grasscats.com.

For more information, go to the Carolina Bluegrass Band page.

Questions? Contact:

Russell Johnson, Director, russelljohnson@grasscats.com

Charanga Carolina

Charanga 4 WebAuditions 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 daga@email.unc.edu. 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.

Questions? Contact:

Professor David Garcia, Director, daga@email.unc.edu

Choral Ensembles

Klebanow and SingersAuditions 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.

Questions? Contact:

Professor Susan Klebanow, Choral, skleb@email.unc.edu

Classical Percussion Ensemble

The UNC Kenan Flager School of Music holds it's dedication service on April 1, 2009.

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 jbunting@email.unc.edu. 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.

Questions? Contact:

Professor Justin Bunting, Director, jbunting@email.unc.edu

Jazz Band and Jazz Combos

15-02 UNC Jazz-80Auditions 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.

For more information, go to the jazz ensembles auditions page.

Questions? Contact:

Professor Jim Ketch, Director of Jazz Studies, jketch@email.unc.edu

UNC Guitar Ensemble

UNC Guitar Ensemble 4-12-15The 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 wstewart@email.unc.edu. 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.

Questions? Contact:

Billy Stewart, Director, wstewart@email.unc.edu.

Wind & Percussion for Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and UNC Symphony Orchestra

20160424 AL UNC Bands Concert-193 WebIf 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.

For more information on Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, click here. For more information on the UNC Symphony Orchestra, click here.

Questions? Contact:

Professor Tonu Kalam, Orchestra Director, kalam@email.unc.edu
Professor Evan Feldman, Wind Ensemble Director, evanfeldman@unc.edu
Professor Arris Golden, Symphony Band Director, agdrums1@gmail.com

UNC Symphony Orchestra

857049_10151881765113591_1640887295_oOrchestra 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.

Questions? Contact:

Professor Tonu Kalam, Orchestra Director, kalam@email.unc.edu

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