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 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 take place during Orientation Week and the first week of classes. Auditions are held either in-person or via pre-recorded video, depending on the ensemble or program. The ensemble directors want to get to know you and hear how you play or sing, so choose repertoire that demonstrates your musical skills and allows you to put your best foot forward! Learn more about requirements for instrumental ensembles, choral ensembles, jazz, chamber music, piano, and vocal studies below.
Online registration for audition appointments and ensemble participation is open now!
If you have questions or would like to speak to a Dept. of Music staff member, please consider attending one of the following Virtual Office Hours:
- Monday September 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. CT
- Friday September 24, from 1 p.m, to 2 p.m. CT
Choral Ensemble Auditions — Video Submissions
All new vocalists interested in participating in the University Chorus, Motet Choir, Rockefeller Chapel Choir, or Women's Ensemble are required to submit a pre-recorded audition video. Students who are unable to submit a pre-recorded audition video should email choral directors Mollie Stone and James Kallembach to inquire about alternative options. The deadline to submit a video audition is Saturday, September 25.
Singers returning to the choral ensembles are required to submit the 2021 Auditions online form to confirm their interest in participating in the 2021-22 academic year. Returning singers do not need to re-audition.
Instrumental Ensemble Auditions — Logan Center 703
All new and returning instrumentalists interested in participating in the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chamber Orchestra, University Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble are required to audition in order to be considered for 2021-22 membership. Auditions are held in person at the Logan Center for the Arts in room 703 beginning September 20 and continuing through September 27. Audition sign-up is open now!
Jazz Ensemble Auditions — Logan Center 901
All new and returning musicians who are interested in participating in the Jazz Ensemble must audition. Auditions are held in person on Wednesday, September 29, 6–9:30 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts in room 901. Audition sign-up is open now!
Chamber Music Program Placement Auditions — Fulton Recital Hall
All new musicians interested in participating in the Chamber Music Program, as well as returning musicians who do not have an established chamber group, must play a short audition for placement in an appropriate ensemble. Auditions are held in person on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3 in Fulton Recital Hall. Audition sign-up is open now!
Returning musicians who have an established chamber group may register their interest in participating during the 2021-22 season — without re-auditioning — through the audition form.
Piano Program Auditions — Logan Center 405
New individuals interested in participating in the Piano Program, along with those who joined the Piano Program in the 2020-21 academic year, are required to audition. If you have questions about whether or not you should re-audition, please email Eugenia Jeong. Auditions are held in person on Thursday, September 30, and Friday, October 1 in the Logan Center for the Arts, room 405. Audition sign-up is open now!
Vocal Studies Program Auditions — Logan Center 803
All singers interested in participating in the Vocal Studies program this year are required to audition. Auditions are held in person on Sunday, October 3 in the Logan Center for the Arts, room 803. Audition sign-up is open now! The deadline to schedule a Vocal Studies audition is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 1.