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Ensemble Auditions

Ensemble auditions are held during the first week of the Fall semester. Specific information about auditions/enrollment in each ensemble will be posted in mid-August.

TCNJ Bands

Wind Ensemble or Concert Band

  • Monday, August 28: 3:20-5:30pm – Percussion
  • Monday, August 28: 5:30-9:30pm – Brass
  • Tuesday, August 29: 3:30-9:00pm – Woodwinds
  • By appointment with Dr. Roach (roachj@tcnj.edu) – Harp
  • By appointment with Dr. Roach (roachj@tcnj.edu) – Piano

If wish to sign up for an audition, email Dr. Roach at roachj@tcnj.edu. Be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your TCNJ ID number
  • Your Primary instrument and any additional instruments that you play
  • State whether you intend to enroll in Concert Band (seating audition only), or would like to audition for Wind Ensemble (audition required to register)

TCNJ Choirs

Chorale, Women’s Ensemble, or College Choir

  • Monday, August 28th, 12:30pm-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 29th, 2:15pm-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 30th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday, August 31st, 12noon-3:30pm

Information with exact times and a link to sign-up via doodle.com will be posted on the departmental website and outside the choral rehearsal room MB 027.

  • You do not have to be music major to be in any of the choral ensembles.
  • You must audition to be considered for the Chorale or Women’s Ensemble.
  • There is no audition required for College Choir. Basic singing and music reading skills and a desire to learn and improve as a musician are required.

Sometimes, freshman music majors don’t understand that a “beginning of school” audition is expected of them. Plan to audition. All Music Performance and Music Education majors are required to participate in a large choral ensemble at least two semesters during their career at TCNJ.

What to Prepare:

Auditions for the Chorale and Women’s Ensemble:

  1. A simple song a cappella, such as the National Anthem, Danny Boy, Amazing Grace, etc.
  2. Vocalizing (scales) for range
  3. Rhythmic and melodic sight reading

There is no audition required for College Choir. Basic singing and music reading skills and a desire to learn and improve as a musician are required.


TCNJ Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm. Music Building 019 ( basement)

Bring your instrument(s) and be ready to play – this will be a full rehearsal with all students participating.  If necessary, a formal audition will be organized for a later date.

If you are invited to the formal audition, (following the August 29 rehearsal) you will be asked to demonstrate the following:

  • A prepared solo of student’s choice, 1-2 minutes.  The solo should demonstrate the student’s strengths, preferably, but not mandatorily a jazz-oriented piece. Qualities to demonstrate are: accurate and controlled playing, clear and projecting sound, phrasing and interpretation appropriate to jazz music
  • Sight reading- all students will be asked to sight read.
  • Optionalblues improvisation in Bb or F. This is not a requirement, but players with this skill may be given preference
  • Bring your instrument(s) and be ready to play – this will be a full rehearsal with all students participating.  If necessary, a formal audition will be organized for a later date.Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TCNJ Orchestra

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 from 12:30 pm – 5:15 pm in Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall (Music Building)

  • To sign up please follow the link below and enter your name and instrument at a time that works for you.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fwuauOETK8iHauuSfBQapF1ZpWabv2KiW1Qxb-gOxDk/edit?usp=sharing

If none of the times work with your schedule or for any other questions please contact Prof. Uli Speth at spethu@tcnj.edu

 

  • For the audition prepare a portion of a solo piece (concerto, sonata or study piece) that represents your playing well (i.e. if you are familiar with higher positions don’t play a piece that stays in first position). The selection has to be at least 3 minutes long.