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Ensemble Auditions

You will find audition instructions, excerpts and sign-up times below. Please read the audition instructions very carefully and thoroughly.

As many of you know, the nature of auditions is such that they may run behind or ahead, so please make room in your schedule to allow for this. Sign up as soon as possible to get your preferred time slot for auditions. Please note there are no other available audition times than the designated times that are already listed.

On the day of your audition, please check in at the check-in table with a manager no later than 20 minutes prior to your audition.

Please contact the Manager of Ensembles, Alix Saba via email if you have any further questions. For those of you who do not own a particular auxiliary instrument, there are a few that can be loaned out to you through BU. Please contact the Manager of Ensembles directly to set up an appointment to sign out an instrument to practice and use for auditions. Please note instruments will not be available for sign-out until late August.

Also, do take the time to navigate the Ensembles website – it will prove to be a useful tool throughout the year as it will have the most up to date information regarding concerts, rehearsals and other important details.

Instructions for Ensemble Placement Auditions Fall 2014


String Placement Audition Sign-ups 

Woodwind Placement Audition Sign-ups

Brass Placement Audition Sign-ups

Harp Placement Audition Sign-ups

Percussion Placement Audition Sign-ups

Piano Placement Audition Sign-ups


Chorus Audition Information for Non-Voice Majors:

(Voice Majors please see below)

If you are interested in joining Symphonic Chorus, please join us at our first rehearsal. You will have the opportunity to take a short audition at that time, details are below:

Date: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Location: CFA Concert Hall, located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue

What to expect:

There will be a short rehearsal and information session starting at 7:00pm. You will then be asked to sing individually for the faculty to test your range and sight singing. You DO NOT need to prepare any solo work for this short audition.

More information:

Symphonic Chorus rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in the CFA Concert Hall. The end of the semester culminates in a performance downtown at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra. You may sign up for .5 credit under CFA MU 199 or for 0 credit under CFA MU 099.


Chorus Audition Information for Voice Majors:

For placement auditions into Chamber Chorus, Concert Choir and Symphonic Chorus, please sign up for audition time slot via the link provided below.

All auditions will take place in Dr. Ann Howard Jones’ studio located in Room 228 in the College of Fine Arts building.


What to prepare:

One solo piece between 2-3 minutes in length. Accompanist will be provided.

Your range and sight singing will also be tested during the audition.