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Choral Department

Ensembles: Audition Information

Choral Audition Information - Fall 2013

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Jacobs School of Music 2013 – 2014 academic year. We hope you have a great year of music study and music making.

Below you will find the dates and times for choral ensemble placement auditions. One audition will suffice for consideration in any of our concert choirs and opera choruses. The Singing Hoosiers and Vocal Jazz Ensembles require different auditions and you will see those auditions posted separately.

Auditions begin on Wednesday, August 21st and conclude on Saturday, August 24th.

The audition process is a simple. Please prepare a short song in any style or language (no opera arias, please) and bring a copy of your music to the audition for the accompanist.  Art songs, popular tunes, hymns, folk songs or any music you feel comfortable singing for the choral faculty is acceptable.

We understand that students who are not voice majors frequently do not have song repertoire for auditions. In such cases we will provide a commonly known piece of music for you to sing, or have you vocalize in order to determine your vocal range.

All students will sight-read a melodic and a rhythmic excerpt and the entire audition will last approximately seven minutes.

Audition Dates and Times:

Wednesday August 21: 10am-6pm in Auer Hall Greenroom

Thursday August 22: 10am-6pm in Auer Hall Greenroom

Friday August 23: 10am-6pm in Auer Hall Greenroom

Saturday August 24: 10am-4pm in Auer Hall Greenroom

Who needs a choral placement audition?

All students in the Jacobs School of Music participate in an ensemble each semester of enrollment. The exceptions are students enrolled in a doctoral degree program and masters voice majors who have completed four semesters of fall and spring X70 ensemble.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are not majoring in an orchestral or band instrument are required to audition for choral ensemble placement. Also, any non-music major who wishes to sing in a Jacobs School of Music Ensemble must audition.

How do I sign up for an audition?

Sign up for your audition in the Choral Office, MA051, on the ground floor of the round building, beginning August 1st.

What happens after your audition?

If callbacks are required, announcements and other information will be posted outside the Choral Office on Monday, August 26. Ensemble assignments will be posted by Thursday, August 29 with instructions on when to begin attending rehearsals and where to pick up your music.

Can't find your name on a choral roster once they are posted?

Don't worry. We frequently update the rosters throughout the first week of classes, so simply keep checking the lists outside the choral office until you find your assignment.

Singing Hoosiers & Vocal Jazz Ensemble Audition Information

WHEN: Wednesday through Friday, August 21-23; Call Backs, Saturday August 24

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION: Go to the Choral Department Office in MA051 (the round music building) beginning August 1st to sign up. Visit our website: ( for important information about the auditions (i.e. how or what to prepare) or general information about the Singing Hoosiers.  

WHERE ARE THE AUDITIONS:  Jacobs School of Music Musical Arts Center room MC040

WHEN DO THEY REHEARSE:  Monday thru Friday, 3:35-4:40 PM.  No class conflicts are allowed for new members.

REGISTERING: Students who are selected to be in the Singing Hoosiers may enroll in Music X70, class number 4771 plus the drill number corresponding to your enrollment status (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, etc.) The two-hour credit is free.  You are encouraged to register during orientation so that your schedule is set.  If, however, you are not selected for the Singing Hoosier remember to drop the class from your schedule. 


1. If you are a music major, participation in the Singing Hoosiers can fulfill your ensemble requirement. Participation in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble fulfills your ensemble requirement ONLY if you are a vocal jazz major.

2. Students who audition for the Vocal Jazz Ensemble are required to prepare a "24 hour piece". This is a piece of music that will be available to you 24 hours prior to your audition which you should learn and bring to your audition. The day before your scheduled audition pick up the music at Dr. Zegree's studio, MA161, located on the second level if the round building.

NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SESSION: On Wednesday, August 21 from 8-9 p.m. in MC040, the student leadership of The Singing Hoosiers host an informal information session. This meeting is not required but will answer any questions you may have about the auditions and will give you an opportunity to meet the student leaders of The Singing Hoosiers

OTHER QUESTIONS: For further information or questions regarding any aspect of The Singing Hoosiers (after you have thoroughly read all of the audition information!) please contact Jared McElroy, 2013-14 Singing Hoosier Student Manager, at

Audition times for the Singing Hoosiers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, August 21st

9:30 – 1:30, Singing Hoosiers

3:00 – 5:30 Vocal Jazz Ensemble

7:00 – 9:30, Singing Hoosiers

Thursday, August 22nd

10:00 – 12:00, Vocal Jazz Ensemble

1:30 – 4:30, Singing Hoosiers

6:00 – 8:00, Singing Hoosiers

Friday, August 23rd

10:00 – 12:00, Singing Hoosiers

1:00 – 5:00, Singing Hoosiers

6:00 – 8:00, Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, August 24th

10:00 – 12:00, Singing Hoosiers

2:00 – 5:00, Singing Hoosiers call-backs