Participation in Department of Music ensembles and activities is, in most cases, by audition. Your audition helps the Performance Program directors get to know you and your musicianship, enabling them to match you with the performance opportunities best suited to you.
Four ensembles do not require an audition: the Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble, the Early Music Ensemble, the South Asian Music Ensemble, and the Middle East Music Ensemble. These ensembles host open house rehearsals at the beginning of the Autumn Quarter that allow students to explore their performance opportunities.
In all cases, preference for membership in the Department of Music Performance ensembles is given to qualified University of Chicago students (both undergraduate and graduate). Faculty, staff, and interested community members are welcome to audition for the Department ensembles and are invited to participate as space permits.
Note that all interested musicians who are not directly affiliated with the University of Chicago will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to participate in the Performance Program during the 2021-22 season. (Students, faculty, and staff have already been required to submit proof of vaccination status, in accordance with University policy.)
Audition Information for Ensemble Membership
Auditions begin in late September. Auditions are held either in-person or via pre-recorded video, depending on the ensemble or program. Learn more about requirements for instrumental ensembles, choral ensembles, jazz, chamber music, piano, and vocal studies below.