Music Auditions

Fall 2019 Auditions

ACADEMIC ENSEMBLES

General Auditions for Concert Choir & Chamber Singers
Voice Placement Auditions:

SIGN UP FOR Concert Choir & Chamber Singers General Auditions

Audition dates/times:

Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: McNeir Auditorium

Thursday, August 29 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 30 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 31 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: New North GE-02C

Preparation:
Voice Placement: The audition will consist of scales and sight-reading exercises - no literature need be prepared.

Contact Info:
Frederick A. Binkholder
Professor of the Practice
Director of Choirs, Georgetown University - Concert Choir & Chamber Singers
New North GE-02C
fab7@georgetown.edu
office: 202-687-3007
cell: 202-294-9910

Chamber Singers Presidents:
Alicia Zeng, ajz43@georgetown.edu and Isaac Kim, iek6@georgetown.edu

Concert Choir President:
Felipe Lobo Koerich, fl408@georgetown.edu


GU Chamber Singers Auditions
Prerequisite: A voice placement audition must be completed

SIGN UP FOR GU Chamber Singers Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Saturday, August 31 from 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 1 from 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8 (if needed) from 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Location:
McNeir Auditorium, New North Building

Preparation (prerequisite – you must complete a general voice placement audition):
The audition will consist of scales and sight-reading plus a performance of If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis with the returning members of Chamber Singers. Please contact Prof. Binkholder to receive a copy if you have difficulty downloading at the provided link.

Contact Info:
Frederick A. Binkholder
Professor of the Practice
Director of Choirs, Georgetown University - Concert Choir & Chamber Singers
New North GE-02C
fab7@georgetown.edu
office: 202-687-3007
cell: 202-294-9910

Chamber Singers Presidents:
Alicia Zeng, ajz43@georgetown.edu and Isaac Kim, iek6@georgetown.edu


GU Chamber Music Ensemble Program Auditions (Strings/Winds/Piano)

SIGN UP FOR GU Chamber Music Ensemble Program Auditions

Audition date/time:
Thursday, August 29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.   

Location:
Studio B, New North Building

Preparation:

Audition Repertoire for Chamber Music students:

  • A scale (for pianists: 4 octaves parallel scale; for string players: 3 octaves; for wind players: minimum 2 octaves)
  • A piece of your choice (could be performed with music or by memory, but bring a score for the committee)
  • Sight-reading excerpt to be selected by faculty

Contact:
For Chamber Music information:  Netanel Draiblate at nd411@georgetown.edu


 

GU Orchestra Auditions
Strings/Winds/Percussion

SIGN UP FOR GU Orchestra Auditions

Audition date/times:
Tuesday, September 3, from 8pm to 11:40pm

Location:
Studio B, New North Building

Preparation:
Audition Repertoire for Orchestra students: A slow and a fast piece or excerpt of your choice (could be performed with music or by memory)

Contact Info:
Music Director: Angel Gil-Ordoñez at ag1392@georgetown.edu


 

GU Jazz Ensemble Auditions

SIGN UP FOR GU Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Thursday, August 29 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 5 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location:
Studio A, New North Building

Preparation:

Alto Saxophone
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from letter “A-B” and letter “I” to the end.
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Tenor Saxophone
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from letter A-B” and letter “I” to the end.
Tune: Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Baritone Saxophone
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from the beginning and stop at “F”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Trumpet I
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from letter “B” and stop at “G”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Trumpet II
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from letter “B” and stop at “G”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Trombone I
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from letter “B” and stop at “E” and letter “F”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Trombone II
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from letter “B” and stop at “E” and letter “F”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Guitar
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from the beginning and stop at “D”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Piano
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from the beginning and stop at “D”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Bass
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from the beginning and stop at “D”
Tune:Joy Spring” – Play the melody and improvise for 1-2 choruses
IF YOU HAVE NEVER IMPROVISED BEFORE JUST LEARN THE MELODY
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Drums/Percussion
Excerpt:Our Delight”- Play from the beginning and stop at “D”
Percussionist should be prepared to play grooves in a variety of styles including but not limited
to, funk, rock, samba, and bossa nova.
Sight Reading: All students will be given one short excerpt to sight read.

Vocalist
Please prepare two contrasting pieces. One of them MUST be “In A Mellow Tone” by Duke
Ellington. The second song can be any song you’d like, the choice doesn’t have to be a song in
a jazz style. You may bring in a pianist to accompany you, a CD with an instrumental track, or
sing a cappella.

Contact:
For any questions or concerns please contact Professor Paul Bratcher at paul.bratcher@georgetown.edu


Guild of Bands Auditions

SIGN UP FOR Guild of Bands Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Thursday, August 22, 3pm-6pm
Friday, August 23, 2pm-5pm
Thursday, August 29, 5pm-7pm
Friday, August 30, 5pm-7pm
Saturday, August 31, 10am-1pm, and 5pm-7pm
Monday, September 2, 7pm-10pm

Location:  
New North Building, Wenger Room/Studio D  
(Lower Level of the New North Building Studio D (check-in at Studio C) between Dahlgren Chapel and the Davis Performing Arts Center. Across the hall and downstairs from Old North.)

Preparation:
Auditions for this class are for pre-formed groups only, not individuals looking to join a band. All members must be present at the audition with prior experience on their respective instrument and in an ensemble setting.
Have one or more songs PREPARED to perform. Please bring your instruments and cables. We provide a sound system, electronic keyboard, guitar and bass amps and a drumset.

Contact: 
Prof. David Murray at dm1469@georgetown.edu or 703-231-9067


CO-CURRICULAR ENSEMBLES

Georgetown Phantoms Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Saturday, September 7, 2019 and Sunday, September 8 from 4pm-10pm

Location:
McNeir Auditorium, New North Building

Callbacks:
Saturday, September 14 from 12pm-5pm

Location:
McNeir Auditorium, New North Building

Preparation:
Please prepare a verse and a chorus only of a pop, rock, or R&B song. No musical theater or Disney.

Contact: 
Gabriela Gura, Business Manager at gng11@georgetown.edu or 507-316-1601
OR also e-mail phantoms@georgetown.edu


 

Georgetown Superfood Auditions

Audition date/times:
Friday, September 6 from 4pm-12am 
Sunday, September 8 from 2pm-10pm

Location: 
Studio C, New North Building

Callbacks:
Sunday, September 15 from 2pm-10pm 

Location:
Studio C, New North Building

Preparation: 
Auditioning is pretty simple. All you have to do is prepare a verse and a chorus of any song that showcases your voice (preferably pop, rock, alternative, r&b, or country) and we'll teach you the rest. Here’s what to expect:

Part 1:
At the beginning of each audition round, everyone will warm up together by singing a couple of scales. Then we’ll ask you to sign up for an individual audition slot for later that day.

Part 2:
Your individual audition will last only about 6 minutes, so don’t sweat it! When you show up, the first thing we’ll ask you to do is sing a scale pattern up and down the piano (don't worry, we'll teach it to you!) so we can hear your range and get to know your voice. Next, you’ll sing back a few random notes that we play for you on the piano so we can get a better idea of how you match pitches. Third, you’ll sing your solo – the verse and chorus of the song that you prepared. Finally, we may ask you some general questions to let us get to know you better. Then you’re done!

Contact:

President Matt Loria at 585-353-1644 or mml138@georgetown.edu


Capitol Gs Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Friday, September 6, 2019 and Sunday, September 8 from 5pm-9pm
Tuesday, September 10 from 5pm-9pm

Location:
Reynolds 141

Preparation: 
Hello from the Capitol Gs! Just come prepared to sing a verse and chorus of a song of your choice! We would love to see you at the auditions!

Contact: 
thecapitolgs@gmail.com

or

Marie Merveilleux du Vignaux, president: mzm8@georgetown.edu or 202-696-0374

Adam Wathieu, business manager: ajw135@georgetown.edu or 202-281-0808


Georgetown GraceNotes Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 5pm-10pm   
Sunday,  September 8, 2019 from 3pm-8pm

Location:
Reynolds 132

Callbacks:
September 10, 2019 from 9:15pm-12am

Location:
Reynolds 132

Preparation: 
Please prepare a verse and chorus of a song of your choice (no musical theater, please).

Contact:  
Georgetown GraceNotes at gracenotes@georgetown.edu

or 
Olivia Giacomo owg2@georgetown.edu or 914-319-8910


Georgetown Saxatones Auditions

Audition dates/times:
Saturday, September 7 from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. (please note these new audition times)
Sunday, September 8 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Location:
Reynolds 141

Callbacks:
Tuesday, September 10 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Location:
Reynolds 141

Preparation: 
Auditionees will be asked to perform a verse and a chorus of a song that showcases their talent. Think about having two songs prepared, in case we want to hear more. Please, no Disney or Broadway.

Contact:
Alexandra Schlesinger at aps117@gmail.com or 305- 812-1483


Resonant Essence Live Auditions

Audition dates/times: 
Monday, September 9 from 7pm-8pm
Wednesday, September 11 from 7pm-8pm

Location:
Reynolds 141

Preparation: 
Auditionees should come prepared to sing a verse and chorus from two songs of their own selection.

Contact: 
Resonant Essence Live at resonant@georgetown.edu

or David Friedman at dsf47@georgetown.edu


Check back for more audition opportunities to be announced.