Auditions

Attention all student performers!

AUDITION SIGN UPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!  CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW!

AUDITION SIGN UP

  • Only one audition is needed for chamber ensembles and lessons.

  • Jazz Ensembles and CU Orchestra require a separate audition.

  • If you are interested in taking music lessons for credit, joining an MPP classical or jazz ensemble, or joining the CU Orchestra, you must (re)audition for placement.

 


 

AUDITIONS OPEN TO

  • All jazz instruments
  • Strings
  • Winds
  • Brass
  • Harp, percussion, organ, classical saxophone, harpsichord (please read the ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS section)

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Private instruction and ensembles only require one audition.  
  • Students interested in participating in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to play separate auditions to be considered for both.
  • Students taking private instruction receive six hours of lesson each semester.
  • Students must register and will receive one credit and a pass/fail grade each semester.
  • No performance is required.
  • Lessons fees apply for non-music majors or concentrators.  Students who are on the track to becoming a music major or concentrator also are eligible for a lesson fee waiver.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION

  • Auditions are during the first week of classes (week of September 8).
  • Online audition sign up will be available AUGUST, three weeks before auditions.

 THE DAY OF AUDITION

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.  

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

For classical private instruction please prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.

For jazz private instruction: 

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.
  • Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
  • Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).

NEXT STEP

  • You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information or if we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the wait list.  
  • If you are placed with an instructor for lessons, you will need to contact your instructor and set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester. Your instructor will help you choose repertoire and establish a daily practice routine.

Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students re-audition each Fall

(no auditions are held in the Spring semester).

Placement in piano lessons requires an interview.  

  • Please go to Dodge 109 or 110 on September 6 and 7 between 10am-2pm to speak with Michael Skelly, Full-Time Piano Instructor. 
  • If you're interested in studying with Reiko Uchida (ru2001) or Dmitry Alexeev (da2695) please email them directly - last day to schedule piano lessons is September 9, 2016. 
  • For piano chamber music, a separate audition is required.  Please check out CHAMBER ENSEMBLES for audition requirements and online sign up. 

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Private instruction and ensembles only require ONE audition.  
  • Students interested in participating in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to play separate auditions to be considered for both.
  • Chamber ensembles receive 12 hours of coachings per semester.
  • Students receive one credit and a letter grade for your participation each semester.
  • Once you pass the audition, you will be placed in a group and will be expected to meet for rehearsals once a week outside of the coaching session.
  • A final performance at the end of each semester is required.  
  • There are no additional fees for your participation in a chamber ensemble
  • Multiple ensembles are possible so if you are interested, please note that on your audition form.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION

  • Auditions are during the first week of classes.
  • Online audition sign up will be available in AUGUST, three weeks before auditions.

 THE DAY OF AUDITION

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.  

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

  • Please prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to sight read a short music selection.

 NEXT STEP

  • You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information.  
  • If we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the wait list.  
  • You will need to contact your instructor and other members of the ensemble to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester.  

 

Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students must re-audition each Fall

(no auditions are held in the Spring semester).

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Private instruction and ensembles only require one audition.  
  • Students interested in participating in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to play separate auditions to be considered for both.
  • Jazz Ensembles meet weekly for 90 minute coaching sessions.
  • Students receive one credit and a letter grade each semester.
  • Registration is required.
  • A final performance at the end of the semester is required.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION

  • Auditions are during the first week of classes (week of September 8).
  • Online audition sign up will be available in AUGUST, 3 weeks before auditions.
  • First wednesday of the semester for instrumentalists and first Friday of the semester for vocalists.

THE DAY OF AUDITION

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.  

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.
  • Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
  • Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).

NEXT STEP

  • You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information or if we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the wait list.  
  • If you are placed with an instructor for lessons, you will need to contact your instructor and set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester. Your instructor will help you choose repertoire and establish a daily practice routine.

 

Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students re-audition each Fall

(no auditions are held in the Spring semester).

Auditions are required for placement in the Columbia University Orchestra

Auditions will take place during the first week of classes.

CUO Auditions Online Signup

  • Sign up online for an audition. You must audition separately for the CUO even if you are also auditioning for chamber music, lessons or jazz ensembles.
  • Please prepare a short solo piece.
  • Sight reading may be asked from the upcoming season's repertoire.

To audition for one of our World Music Ensembles, please contact the instructor directly.

Hogaku (Japanese Early Modern Salon Music): medievaljapan [at] columbia.edu

Gagaku (Japanese Court and Sacred Music): medievaljapan [at] columbia.edu

Bluegrass Ensemble: James Kerr jlk2001 [at] columbia.edu 

Klezmer Band: Jeff Warshauer jfw2102 [at] columbia.edu

Arab Music Ensemble: Taoufik Ben-Amor tb46 [at] columbia.edu

If you play harp, organ, harpsichord, percussion, classical saxophone please contact the instructor directly to set up an audition during the first week of  classes.

  • Harp: June Han jyh24 [at] columbia.edu 
  • Harpsichord: Kenneth Cooper kc7 [at] columbia.edu 
  • Classical Percussion: Mike Truesdell mt2966 [at] columbia.edu 
  • Organ: Paul-Martin Maki pmmaki [at] verizon.net
  • Classical Saxophone: Paul Cohen paulcohen.saxo [at] gmail.com

This merit and need based scholarship awards funds for students who wish to study an instrument that Columbia does not offer or with a teacher who is not a Columbia Music Associate. Auditions are required and take place during the first week of classes.  

These auditions can be used to place you in chamber music ensembles as well

Audition Requirements:

  • Sealed letter of recommendation from your instructor with details of their lesson fee per hour due by the end of the change-of-program-period.
  • Prepare two contrasting pieces or movements to showcase your technical and musical abilities.
  • Priority is given to Columbia College students who wish to study an instrument not represented at the College.
  • You should already have studied with this teacher for 6 months prior to auditioning for the Dolan Prize.  
  • You must be a participant of the Music Performance Program (one year commitment) in order to receive funding.