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SMTD Ensembles Office

Within the Ensembles Office, we believe that the ultimate success of a performance is dependent on the clear division of responsibilities between artists and producers. Although these aspects often overlap, artistry is given the greatest opportunity to flourish when supported by comprehensive and structured operations. It is our goal to create the most professional environment possible for each rehearsal, performance and event presented by the SMTD Large and Chamber Ensembles.

Ensembles for Music Majors

Symphony Band & Chamber Winds
Concert Band
Orpheus Singers
Chamber Choir
University Choir
Opera Chorus
Mens Glee Club
Womens Glee Club
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Lab Ensemble
Creative Arts Orchestra
Chamber Jazz Ensembles
University Symphony Orchestra
University Philharmonia Orchestra
Contemporary Directions Ensemble
Digital Music Ensemble
Early Music Ensemble
Javanese Gamelan

Ensembles for Non-Music Majors

University & Campus Bands
Michigan Marching Band
Athletic Bands
Arts Chorale
Resident College Singers
UMS Choral Union
Mens Glee Club
Womens Glee Club
Campus Jazz Ensemble
Campus Symphony Orchestra
Campus Philharmonia Orchestra
Javanese Gamelan

String Auditions

Single Audition for University Symphony Orchestra | University Philharmonia Orchestra
REGISTER FOR STRING AND PIANO AUDITIONS

Fall 2018 Violin Excerpts      Saturday, September 1, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fall 2018 Viola Excerpts        Sunday, September 2, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Fall 2018 Cello Excerpts        Friday, August 31, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Fall 2018 Bass Excerpts         Sunday, September 2, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Fall 2018 Piano Excerpts       Sunday, September 2, 9:00am – 9:30am

Wind, Brass, Percussion, Harp Auditions

Single Audition for University Symphony Orchestra | University Philharmonia Orchestra | Symphony Band | Concert Band
REGISTER FOR WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION AND HARP AUDITIONS

Fall 2018 Flute Excerpts                      Friday, August 31, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Fall 2018 Oboe Excerpts                      Sunday, September 2, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Fall 2018 Clarinet Excerpts                 Friday, August 31, 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Fall 2018 Bassoon Excerpts                 Sunday, September 2, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Fall 2018 Saxophone Excerpts            Saturday, September 1, 9:00am – 11:11am
Fall 2018 Horn Excerpts                       Friday, August 31, 9:30am – 11:00am
Fall 2018 Trumpet Excerpts                Thursday, August 30, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Fall 2018 Tenor Trombone Excerpts Thursday, August 30, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Fall 2018 Bass Trombone Excerpts    Thursday, August 30, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Fall 2018 Euphonium Excerpts           Friday, August 31, 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Fall 2018 Tuba Excerpts                       Friday, August 31, 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Fall 2018 Percussion Excerpts             Sunday, September 2, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Fall 2018 Timpani Excerpts                  Sunday, September 2, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Fall 2018 Harp Excerpts                        Friday, August 31, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Choral Auditions

Single Audition for Chamber Choir | University Choir | Orpheus Singers | Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Sunday – Tuesday, September 2 – 4: choose your time online during registration
REGISTER FOR CHORAL AUDITIONS

Prepare two contrasting art songs for the audition, please bring a copy of the music for the SMTD accompanist.  Additional sight-reading materials will be provided.

Jazz Auditions

Single Audition for Jazz Ensemble | Jazz Lab Ensemble
Auditions take place during the first week of classes.
REGISTER FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS

Please bring in one prepared piece that demonstrates your swing eighth concept. (a jazz etude, bebop head, transcribed solo, etc.) The rest of the audition will consist of sight reading and improvisation if  your feel comfortable with it. Piano accompaniment will be provided.
Download Rhythm Section Excerpt (PDF)
Download Rhythm Section MP3

Chamber Jazz
Auditions – Monday, September 10
REGISTER FOR CHAMBER JAZZ AUDITIONS

Players will be invited up in groups of 5-6 to perform a tune of their mutual choosing. Please have at least 5 tune memorized and prepared to expedite the process. No fake books allowed. If agreement cannot be reached as to a selected tune, a blues can be called.

Creative Arts Orchestra
Auditions – Thursday, September 6th, 5:30-7:30 PM

No pre-registration required. Audition will consist of first playing with the full ensemble and then followed by 2 short, contrasting solo improvisations.

Non-Major Auditions

Campus Symphony Orchestra | Campus Philharmonia Orchestra
REGISTER FOR CAMPUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CAMPUS PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS
Please prepare two selections in contrasting style and tempo that will best demonstrate your abilities.

Michigan Marching Band | Athletic Bands
Auditions TBA

University Band | Campus Band
Auditions TBA

Arts Chorale | Residence College Singers
Auditions TBA

UMS Choral Union
Auditions TBA

Mens Glee Club
Auditions TBA

Womens Glee Club
Auditions TBA

Campus Jazz Band
Auditions TBA

Ensembles Office | Room 1314, Earl. V. Moore Building
Monday-Friday
10:00am-6:00pm
(hours may vary with performance schedules)

Ensembles Library | Room 1315, Earl V. Moore Building
Monday-Friday
9:00am-5:00pm

Performance Library Policies

SMTD Large Ensemble Performance Repertoire (8.20.18)
Please note that this document is for reference only and is regularly updated with additional events and information.

SMTD Performance & Events Calendar
Please note that this document is for reference only and is regularly updated with additional events and information.

Venue Information

SMTD Inventory
Please note that the locked Ensembles Stands are available solely for Large Ensemble curricular rehearsals and performances. Keys are held solely by SMTD Staff and are unavailable for faculty or student use.

SMTD Mini Van

The Ensembles Office is the largest employer of student staff at the SMTD. With a core of nearly 50 student staff, we employ students with and without Work-Study Awards. Hiring and orientation information will be posted as available, but we accept applications throughout the year. Please complete the form linked below to apply for any of the positions listed.

Student Staff Application

Daily Operations

  • Orchestra Personnel Manager
  • Choir Personnel Manager
  • Ensemble Manager
  • Equipment Assistant
  • Library Assistant

Performance Operations

  • Large Ensemble Stage Crew
  • Large Ensemble Stage Manager
  • Chamber Ensemble Stage Manager
  • Chamber Ensemble Front-of-House
  • Chamber Ensemble Live-Streaming

Internships*

  • Performance Librarian Internship

*These positions require a separate application. For more information, please contact Paul Feeny.

Paul Feeny, Director of Concerts & Events

Anna Darnell, Ensembles Production Manager

Alizabeth Nowland, Performance Librarian

Jonathan Mashburn, Daily Operations