Ensemble auditions

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To join an ensemble or take music lessons


New Student Ensemble Auditions dates:

  • Jump Start Days – July 14 and July 22, 2014.
  • Weekend of Welcome – August 23, 2014

You will be able to sign up for an audition time when you arrive on campus at Jump Start Days or Weekend of Welcome. Look for the music audition sign up table during registration.

Private Lessons

The Department of Music offers instruction to all students, regardless of major, in voice, organ, piano, guitar, percussion, and all major woodwind, brass, and string instruments. Lessons are offered for one or two credits to music majors and for one credit to non-music majors. Private lessons must be taken for credit (they cannot be audited) and have a course fee of $165 per credit hour. Contact your freshman advisor to register for lessons or further information.

Information for Music Majors

Music majors (see list of majors in music) should register for lessons on their principal instrument, one or more ensembles applicable to their program, Mu 102 (Aural Skills I) and Mu 103 (Music Theory I). 

There is no prerequisite for Music Theory, but it will be helpful if you know the names of the notes in treble and bass clef, note values (whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, dotted and tied notes), and terms such as measure, time signature, and key signature.  If these are unfamiliar, you might wish to ask someone to help you learn them, or teach yourself at a website such as www.teoria.com, www.musictheory.net, or www.emusictheory.com.  The material on these websites will occupy the first five weeks of the course, but the more you can learn before you arrive, then the further ahead you will be.  Especially important is the ability to identify notes on the treble and bass clef staves without hesitation.  The Note Name drill at www.emusictheory.com (under “free resources”) is particularly good at helping you learn this.

Choirs at Concordia and audition information

Concordia University offers students the opportunity to participate in one or more of the following choral ensembles. Each has a distinctive purpose and level of commitment. 

Choral auditions: No prepared solo necessary. You will be asked to sing scale patterns, perform short rhythm reading and sight-reading examples and sing one verse of a familiar hymn or patriotic tune (Amazing Grace, My Country Tis of Thee or Beautiful Savior). Auditions for the choirs occur on the Jump Start Visit Days of July 14th and July 21st and on the Saturday of new student orientation weekend. Look for the sign up table during registration. Music majors and non-music majors are encouraged to audition for the choirs.

University A Cappella Choir (Mu 236-01)

Open to all students by audition.

Founded in 1939, the University A Cappella Choir is one of the most well known choral ensembles in the Lutheran Church. It is Concordia’s premier choir and one of the most active performance ensembles in the music program. The choir is well traveled having toured to nearly every state in the union and many foreign countries. In addition, the choir has sung for regional, national and international conventions and competitions. Repertoire performed by the A Cappella Choir is of the highest level and includes both accompanied and unaccompanied contemporary sacred and secular works for the collegiate chorus as well as the standards of the repertoire from all historical periods.

Auditions are required and take place in the spring for returning students and on Jump Start Days and during the new student orientation weekend for new students. A Cappella rehearses Monday through Friday from 11:40 to 12:30 p.m. and members are encouraged to take applied vocal lessons.

If you do not pass the audition into the A Cappella Choir, you will be placed in the Male Chorus (Mu 232-01) or Women’s Chorale (Mu 233-01). You will need to register for these ensembles as soon as possible following auditions.

University Chamber Choir/Vocal Jazz Choir (Mu 237-01)

Members selected from current A Cappella choir

16-voice select choir that sings both a diverse repertoire of classical chamber vocal music and vocal jazz. The group is chosen from the membership of the University A Cappella Choir and rehearses twice weekly.

Each year during second semester the Chamber Choir takes an extended weekend tour. Past tours have taken the choir to Phoenix, Orlando, San Francisco and Denver. The Vocal Jazz Choir performs at the annual winter and spring JazzFest.

Male Chorus (Mu 232-01)

Open to all male voices.

Male Chorus is a non-auditioned TTBB chorus that performs easy to medium difficulty choral literature for male voices. Repertoire of the ensemble is chosen from the full spectrum of sacred and secular choral music from early historical periods to the present. Male Chorus sings for regular campus chapel services, Christmas at Concordia, and the spring Festival of Anthems and Lessons concert. Male Chorus combines occasionally with the Women’s Chorale to sing mixed choir (SATB) music.

The choir consists of students representing the diversity of academic programs at Concordia. Many members choose to study voice privately with Concordia’s voice faculty.

The Male Chorus rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:40 to 3:30 p.m.

Women’s Chorale (Mu 233-01)

Open to all female voices.

Women’s Chorale is a non-auditioned SSAA chorus that performs easy to medium difficult choral literature for women’s voices. Repertoire of the ensemble is chosen from the full spectrum of sacred and secular choral music from early historical periods to the present. Women’s Chorale sings for regular campus chapel services, Christmas at Concordia, and the spring Festival of Anthems and Lessons concert. Women’s Chorale combines occasionally with the Male Chorus to sing mixed choir (SATB) music.

The choir consists of students representing the diversity of academic programs at Concordia. Many members choose to study voice privately with Concordia’s voice faculty.

Women’s Chorale rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:40 to 3:30 p.m.