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Ensemble Placement Auditions

The Bob Cole Conservatory features 12 major performance ensembles and over 20 chamber ensembles. All students must audition for placement. The auditions are highly competitive; students are expected to practice all excerpts and other requested material to the best of their ability. For guidance preparing the audition, contact your area director.

**If you are a Prospective Student looking for audition information for admission into the Bob Cole Conservatory, please visit the Prospective Students Page and follow the instructions there.

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Brass & Woodwinds

All students enrolled for Fall 2019 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

Brass and Woodwind students have blind auditions, meaning the adjucators will not know who is auditioning. Arrive 5 minutes before auditions for your instrument are scheduled to begin (see below). For example, oboe players must arrive by 8:55am. Audition order will be determined by a random drawing.

Bring your audition material with you into the room. While in the room do not speak or you will be asked to leave and audition at a later time. A graduate student will proctor the audition; you may whisper to them if necessary.

Articulation Studies

In addition to the repertoire listed for your instrument, prepare to perform all of the articulation and phrase studies from the table below.

Audition Times

Brass: Thursday, August 22, Room UMC-A311

  • Tuba/Euphonium 8:00am-9:00am
  • Trumpet 9:00am-11:00am
  • Horn 11:15am-1:15pm
  • Trombone/Bass Trombone 1:30pm-3:30pm

Woodwinds: Friday, August 23, Room UMC-A311

  • Oboe: 9:00am-10:30am
  • Bassoon: 10:30am-11:30am
  • Flute: 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Clarinet: 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • Saxophone: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Orchestra, Brass and Winds call-backs: Saturday, August 24, Room UMC-A311

  • All: 10:00am-12:00pm
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Instrument Repertoire Area Director
Articulation &
Phrase Studies
Articulation ep-articulation.pdf
Phrase Studies ep-phrase-studies.pdf
Brass Trumpet ep-trumpet.pdf
Horn ep-horn.pdf
Trombone ep-trombone.pdf
Bass Trombone ep-bass-trombone.pdf
Euphonium ep-euphonium.pdf
Tuba ep-tuba.pdf
Rob Frear rob.frear@csulb.edu
Woodwinds Bassoon ep-bassoon.pdf
Clarinet ep-clarinet.pdf
Flute ep-flute.pdf
Oboe ep-oboe.pdf
Saxophone ep-saxophone.pdf
Jermie Arnold jermie.arnold@csulb.edu

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Strings Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled for Fall 2019 MUST audition for ensemble placement.

Orchestra String Seating auditions Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at 1 PM in room UMC-A311.

All incoming and returning students have received their packets by email. If you have not, please email johannes.stosch@csulb.edu for more information.

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Choral Ensemble Placement

All students enrolled in voice lessons are required to audition for choral ensembles. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Alexander Hahn, Director of Voice, at alexander.hahn@csulb.edu.

Participation in the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, the CSULB University Choir and Bel Canto (choir for treble voices) is by audition only. All current CSULB students are welcome to join the SATB Forty-Niner Chorus without auditioning.

Audition Times and Signups

Tuesday-Friday, August 20, 21, 22, & 23 in the Frank Pooler Choir Room, UMC-A301.

  • You must sign up online ahead of time.

Choir Audition Signups will be posted on Google docs as of August 9th, 2019. Please check back then to sign up.

Chamber Choir Requirements

Note: The Chamber Choir has a mandatory retreat from September 4-6, 2019, **please DO NOT audition unless you have these days available.

To audition for the Bob Cole Chamber Choir, please prepare the following:

  • 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition).
  • Peter Quince at the Clavier—Argento and Os Justi—Bruckner (see table below for downloads)
  • You will also be expected to sight-read in the audition.

If needed, mandatory CALL BACKS will take place from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the Frank Pooler Choir Room, UMC-A301.

University Choir and Bel Canto Requirements

Note: The University Choir has a mandatory retreat from September 6-7, 2019, **please DO NOT audition unless you have these days available.

To audition for the University Choir and Bel Canto, please prepare the following:

  • 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition).
  • You will be expected to sight-read in the audition.

Forty-Niner Chorus

  • There is no audition for Forty-Niner Chorus as it is open to all members of the University Community.
Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Ensemble Director
Chamber Choir Os Justi: ep-bruckner.pdf
Peter Quince at the Clavier: ep-argento.pdf
—and also prepare 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition).
Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu
University Choir Prepare 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition). Joshua Palkki josh.palkki@csulb.edu
Bel Canto Prepare 32 measures of an accompanied classical piece of your choice (please bring your piano accompaniment in the proper key to your audition). Jonathan Talberg jonathan.talberg@csulb.edu
Forty-Niner Chorus No audition required. For questions, please contact Brian Dokko. Brian Dokko briandokko@gmail.com

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Opera Institute Auditions

Audition Times

Friday, August 23 from 12:30pm-6:00pm in the Daniel Recital Hall.
Call-back auditions will occur on Tuesday, August 27 from 3:00pm-5:00pm in the Frank Pooler Choir Room, UMC-A301.

  • You must sign up ahead of time.

There will be a sign-up sheet available outside the Choral Office beginning on Monday, August 19.

Questions: please email Dr. Anglin after August 5 at david.anglin@csulb.edu

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Opera Institute

Please be prepared to sing two selections from memory. Operatic arias are preferred but Art Song, Oratorio, Music Theatre are okay. At least one selection should be in a language other than English. An accompanist will be provided.

David Anglin david.anglin@csulb.edu

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Vocal Jazz Ensemble Placement

Participation in any CSULB Vocal Jazz Ensemble is by audition only. You must download all audition information (under "Ensemble Placement Repertoire" in the table below), print it, fill it out, and bring it with you to your audition.

Audition Times and Signups

Wednesday, August 21 from 4:00pm-6:00pm & Thursday, August 22 from 10:00am-5:00pm in room UMC-A504.

  • You must sign up online ahead of time.

Vocal Jazz Audition Signups: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ba5a622a0f58-csulb2

If you have any questions, please contact CSULongBeach.vocaljazz@gmail.com.

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Vocal Jazz ep-vocal-jazz.pdf Christine Guter christine.guter@csulb.edu

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Jazz Ensemble Placement

Jazz students audition the week before each Fall Semester and are placed in a Jazz Performance Ensemble based on the merit of their audition. Ensemble Placement Audition information is available in the Jazz Studies Handbook in the table below.

If you are planning to audition for Jazz Combos but will not be participating in any of the large Jazz Performance Ensembles, please see the Jazz Combo Placement section below. For Vocal Jazz auditions, please see the Vocal Jazz section above.

Individual auditions will be held in Room A307 from 9:00pm to 5:00pm on Monday, August 19, 2019 and Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Callback auditions will be held the evening of the 20th from 7:00 to 9:00pm. All incoming and returning jazz studies majors are required to audition. BCCM music majors and other CSULB students interested in performing with a big band or combo are invited to attend.

Select your desired day and time for your individual audition using the link below. No account registration is required. You are welcome to share this link with other interested BCCM music majors and CSULB students: https://doodle.com/poll/spzfn263yqnkfunq

At the placement audition, you will be asked to perform one prepared piece and a short sightreading excerpt that we provide. Saxophonists should prepare a short jazz or classical piece to be played on the woodwind doubles that correspond with their instruments: alto sax/flute, tenor sax/clarinet & flute, and baritone sax/bass clarinet & flute.

During the callbacks, candidates will take turns sight reading charts in a big band setting. At the conclusion of this procedure, saxophonists will stay behind to demonstrate woodwind doubling skills in a section setting.

The results of the big band placement auditions will be emailed to you and will also be posted on the jazz studies bulletin board outside the rehearsal complex the morning of August 21st. Rehearsals begin the first day of classes, Monday, August 26th.

Ensemble Placement Repertoire
Ensemble Repertoire Area Director
Jazz Please see pp. 16-18 of the Jazz Studies Handbook for audition requirements and repertoire. Jeff Jarvis jeff.jarvis@csulb.edu

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Jazz Combo Placement

If you already have a Big Band audition slot scheduled, or will be scheduling one, your Big Band audition will also cover combo placements. For those who would like to participate in Jazz Combos but are not taking a Big Band audition, please contact combo director Jimmy Emerzian at jimmy.emerzian@csulb.edu to provide a pre-screen recording and/or schedule a live audition (the week of August 19-23). Combo placements are completed by August 26.

Notes

  • Combo participation is open to all students, based on skill and our instrumental needs, but priority is given to Jazz Majors, then Music Majors, and then to other majors. Placement in a combo is by audition only and is not guaranteed with course registration.
  • Our groups rehearse Thursdays 5-7pm and 7-9pm, and Fridays 10am-12pm, but your placement in the time slot you register for is not guaranteed. We try to accommodate availability to avoid conflicts with other mandatory ensembles, but when you audition please know that you may be placed in any of these time slots. If you are a Jazz Major, you must participate in the group in which you have been placed.
  • Important information regarding the combo program will be discussed at the Jazz Studies Area Meeting on Friday, August 23rd at 11:00am. Those not in attendance may be removed from their assigned group, so be sure to mark this date in your calendar!
  • Combos begin rehearsing the first week of school.

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