Auditions will take place from September 19 through October 2
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.
Virtual Information Sessions
The Department offered several virtual information sessions in August and early September to provide more information about performance opportunities and auditions. Each of these sessions was recorded and is available to watch online.
- Performance Program Information Session
- Instrumental Ensembles and Programs Information Session
- Choral & Vocal Information Session
Audition Information & Requirements
The audition sign up form will be available from September 12 through September 26 and auditions take place from September 19 through October 2. Auditions are held either in-person or via pre-recorded video, depending on the ensemble or program. Learn more about the audition requirements for instrumental ensembles, choral ensembles, jazz, chamber music, piano, and vocal studies below.
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 membership. Returning musicians, and others who are on campus by September 19 or 20, are urged to sign up for an appointment as early in the audition period as possible. Learn more about Instrumental Audition requirements.
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. The deadline to submit a video audition is Saturday, September 24. Singers returning to the choral ensembles are required to submit the online form by September 24 to confirm their interest in participating in the 2022-23 academic year. Returning singers do not need to re-audition. If you would like to participate in a group that is different from your 2021-22 ensemble, please submit a video audition. Learn more about Choral Audition requirements.
All new and returning musicians who are interested in participating in the Jazz Ensemble must audition. Jazz auditions will be held in-person on Wednesday, September 28. Learn more about Jazz Audition requirements.
New individuals interested in participating in the Piano Program are required to audition. Returning Piano Program participants are NOT required to re-audition, but should register their interest in participating in the Piano Program during 2022-23 by filling out the online form.
For the 2022-23 academic year, Piano Program auditions should be submitted online in advance of the Friday, September 16 deadline if at all possible. For students who are unable to meet this early deadline, please submit your recorded audition as soon as possible. Submissions received after September 16 will be reviewed by the second week of the Autumn Quarter. Learn more about Piano Audition requirements.
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. Returning musicians who have an established chamber group may confirm their interest in participating in the Chamber Music Program by registering through the online form by Saturday, October 1 for Chamber Music auditions. Learn more about Chamber Music Program Audition requirements.
Singers new to campus who are interested in participating in the Vocal Studies program, as well as returning singers who have not participated in Vocal Studies in prior years, are required to audition. Singers who did participate during the 2021-22 season are not required to re-audition, but should indicate their interest in participating this year by filling out the online form by Sunday, October 2. Learn more about the Vocal Studies Audition requirements.