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Auditions for the 2018-2019 ensemble are now completed. Congratulations to all who auditioned, and be on the look out soon for a final posting of our full ensemble.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the ensemble rehearse?

We rehearse Monday-Friday from 3:35pm - 4:40pm. Your class schedule must be arranged around rehearsal time to avoid conflicts.

What are the audition requirements?

  1. Prepared selections: Please prepare two pieces of contrasting style from the following genres: Broadway, jazz, classical, pop, rock, soul, R and B, Great American Songbook. Plan to sing 32 measures (1-2 minutes) of each.

  2. Range check: you will sing a short series of scales accompanied by the pianist in order to determine your section/voice part.

  3. Sight-reading: The sight-reading excerpt will be short and is meant to assess proficiency with music reading. You will be given the starting pitch and will also have a brief period of time to examine the exercise before singing.

Does Singing Hoosiers require a separate audition from the other IU Jacobs School of Music ensembles?

Yes, we have our own audition process that is different from the IU Jacobs School of Music ensemble audition for concert choirs and opera choruses. 

Can I audition for Singing Hoosiers and another IU JSoM ensemble?

Absolutely! Just remember that the JSoM Choral Placement Audition considers you for all ensembles except Singing Hoosiers, so you will need to sign up for an audition with us and for a general Choral Placement Audition.

Who needs a choral placement audition?

Singing Hoosiers is open to any Indiana University student, regardless of major, by audition. While we have music majors within the ensemble, a majority of our membership comes from students outside of the music school. Singing Hoosiers allows those studying accounting or human biology to still have a creative outlet to sing, dance, and be part of a rich tradition as Indiana's Ambassadors of Song. 

If you are not a music major, it is an elective course. All members must enroll in the course each semester, but you receive TWO FREE credits for being in Singing Hoosiers! If you are a music major, then you are required to be in a concert choir, opera chorus, or Singing Hoosiers.

All students in the Jacobs School of Music participate in an ensemble each semester of enrollment. The exceptions are students enrolled in most doctoral degree programs and some master’s students who have successfully completed four semesters of fall and spring X70 ensemble.

Undergraduate and graduate master’s students who are not registered for an orchestra, band, piano accompanying or early music ensemble are required to audition for choral ensemble placement.

What are the Varsity Dancers?

The Varsity Dancers are members within the Singing Hoosiers who perform specialized advanced dancing and choreography during our performances. Dance auditions for Varsity are held a few weeks after classes resume in August. If selected, additional rehearsal time is required on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:40-6:00 and on Sundays 1-3pm. Varsity members receive an additional FREE academic credit for their participation. For more information on Varsity, contact Varsity Choreographers Emma Bowen and Sean Puent at: emebowen@iu.edu & skpuent@iu.edu.