Audition/Ensemble/Lesson Info

Fall 2023

If you are an active performer or you just love learning about music, please stop by our Music Department Open House this WED. AUGUST 30 from 6-8pm in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall (in Scales FAC) to find out how a music major or minor might fit easily into your academic plans. Food, flyers, and more!


It’s not too late to join the Marching Band! Contact Dr. Tim Heath at to learn more.


PLAYING EVALUATIONS for NEW MEMBERS ONLY. By appointment any time during the normal class hours Monday, August 28 – Thursday, August 31 . Evaluations will take place in Scales M105 (band office). Evaluation consists of one prepared piece of the student’s choice, memorized major scales and a short sight-reading excerpt. E-mail Dr. Heath at to schedule an appointment time. Wind Ensemble rehearsals are Mondays from 3:30-4:55 pm in Scales M201, and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:55 pm in Brendle Recital Hall.


No audition needed – just come to our first rehearsal on Tuesday, August 29 at 12:30 pm in Scales M201. E-mail Prof. Jeri at with any questions. Jazz Ensemble rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45 pm in Scales M201.


No audition needed! To learn more about how to participate in Wake Forest Gamelan Giri Murti contact Dr. Elizabeth Clendinning at For information about the Chinese Music Ensemble, contact Dr. Clendinning at For the Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble, contact Prof. John Beck at

CHOIRS (MSC 145-147)

Auditions and hearings for new students (all classes) entering the choir program occur during the first week of classes by appointment in Scales Fine Arts Center M208–the choir room across from Brendle Recital Hall. Auditions are low-key and relatively stress free. All undergraduate and graduate students on campus are welcome to audition regardless of their major. Students particularly interested in being considered for the premier Chamber Choir, MSC 146, should SIGN UP HERE for an audition slot. Students who wish to sing in a choir but prefer not to audition formally may register immediately for Concert Choir, MSC 145 A or B, (with preference for Section A—Section B is for those who have time conflicts with Section A) or sign up for an audition using the link above. For questions or to learn more, visit or contact Dr. Christopher Gilliam directly at

Chamber Choir MSC 146 (MTWR 5:00-6:00 pm)
Wake Forest’s premier SATB concert & touring choir. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students by audition.

Concert Choir MSC 145 A (TR 3:30-4:45 pm) – preferred;
MSC 145 B (M 6:30-9:00 pm) – if schedule conflict
An SATB mixed ensemble for beginning to advanced singers. Concert Choir is a wonderful ensemble experience that requires fewer rehearsal and performing hours than Chamber Choir. No audition required—you may register for the course immediately and/or you may also sign up for an audition at the link provided above if you prefer.

Schola Cantorum MSC 147 (TBD)
Co-requisite membership in Chamber Choir. A select small vocal ensemble (8-12 members) that specializes in early music & vocal jazz. The ensemble will rehearse and perform on its own schedule and will be both faculty and student directed.


Wake Forest University Symphony Orchestra
The Symphony Orchestra rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays in Brendle Recital Hall from 4:30-6:15 pm (Strings only 4:30-5:00 pm; Full Ensemble 5:00-6:15 pm). If you would like to play, have experience playing in an orchestra, or have questions concerning the orchestra, contact our Orchestra Director, Dr. J. Aaron Hardwick at

AUDITIONS: String Instruments
A solo work, section, or movement from the standard literature (no longer than 10 minutes). One major and one minor scale should be prepared, preferably in three octaves (two octaves for bass).

Register here for WFUSO Fall 2023 string auditions. WFUSO Fall 2023 string auditions will be held on Monday, August 28 from 4:30-7:30 pm and Tuesday, August 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm. More details can be found on the registration form.

AUDITIONS: Wind, Brass, & Percussion Instruments
Woodwind, brass, and percussion players should schedule an audition for Wind Ensemble with Dr. Tim Heath ( All woodwind, brass, and percussion players have the opportunity to perform with the Symphony Orchestra and come from within the Wind Ensemble.


To learn more about string chamber music ensembles, contact Dr. Jacqui Carrasco at For information about joining the WFU Flute Choir or wind chamber ensembles, please contact Prof. Kathryn Levy at

To learn more about Collegium Musicum Instrumental (early music ensemble), contact Dr. Stewart Carter


Private lessons are offered for most major instruments, including piano, voice, strings, guitar, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Visit the Individual Instruction page to locate an instructor and learn more about lessons. There is also an Applied Lesson Scholarship Fee Application. Applications for Fall 2023 funding are due by Friday, September 1 at 5:00 pm.

Piano studentsPlease register here for a Fall 2023 Piano Individual Instruction Interview.

Each incoming piano student will need to register for a 10 minute interview using the form in the link above. Interviews will be held in M316 in Scales Fine Arts Center on August 28 and 29 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Please contact  Dr. Peter Kairoff or Dr. Joanne Inkman if you have further questions.

Voice students:  15-minute long auditions for VOICE-related individual instruction will be held during the first week of classes. Please complete THIS FORM to schedule an appointment.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Bryon Grohman at