Auditions

Music Department Auditions Fast Facts – Fall 2022

Incoming freshmen: please join us during Orientation for more info on musical opportunities: Info Session on Choral Music and Singing on Wed. 8/17 at 3pm in Scales M208, and Info Session on Instrumental Music on Wed. 8/17 at 4pm in Scales M201. Families welcome and snacks provided!

See HERE for info on current music divisionals and electives open to students with no previous musical experience.

Interested in a possible music major or minor? A new section of Music Theory I (MSC131) has been added to our fall offerings! See the registration portal.


BAND: MARCHING (MSC 143)

It’s not too late to join the Marching Band! Contact Dr. Tim Heath at heatht@nullwfu.edu to learn more. If you have played an instrument before or you have marched, participated in color guard or been a majorette, Dr. Heath is eager to meet you. The Marching Band meets on TR 4pm to 6pm.

BAND: WIND ENSEMBLE (MSC 141)

PLAYING EVALUATIONS for NEW MEMBERS ONLY, By appointment any time during the normal class hours Monday, August 22 – Thursday, August 25. 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. Kevin Bowen at bowenck@nullwfu.edu to schedule an appointment time. Wind ensemble rehearsals are Mondays from 3:30-4:55 in Scales M201, and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:55 in Brendle Recital Hall.

BAND: JAZZ ENSEMBLE (MSC 142)

No audition needed – just come to our first rehearsal on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 in M201. E-mail Dr. Kevin Bowen at bowenck@nullwfu.edu with any questions. Jazz ensemble rehearsals are Tues/Thurs from 12:30-1:45 in Scales M201.

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES and COLLEGIUM MUSICUM (MSC 175)

To learn more about chamber music ensembles, contact Dr. Jacqui Carrasco at carrasj@nullwfu.edu. To learn more about Collegium Musicum Instrumental (early music ensemble), contact Dr. Stewart Carter carter@nullwfu.edu.

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 M208–the choir room across from Brendle Recital Hall. Auditions are low-key and relatively stress free, and 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 wakechoirs.com or contact Dr. Gilliam directly at gilliac@nullwfu.edu.

Chamber Choir MSC 146 (MTWR 5-6pm)
Wake Forest’s premier SATB concert & touring choir. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students by audition. Chamber Choir will tour abroad in Spring 2023.

Concert Choir MSC 145A (TR 3:30-4:45) – preferred;
MSC 145 B (M 6:30-9:00) – if schedule conflict
An SATB mixed ensemble for beginning to advanced singers. Concert Choir is 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)
Prerequisite 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.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MSC 140)

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).

String auditions will be scheduled during the first week of classes by Dr. Hardwick (hardwicj@nullwfu.edu). The audition day/schedule will be posted prior to the first week of classes.

Accompaniment is not required.

Wind, Brass, & Percussion Instruments
Woodwind, brass, and percussion players should schedule an audition for Wind Ensemble with Dr. Kevin Bowen (bowenck@nullwfu.edu). All woodwind, brass, and percussion players have the opportunity to perform with the Symphony Orchestra and come from within the Wind Ensemble.

Wake Forest University Symphony Orchestra
The Symphony Orchestra rehearses Monday and Wednesday in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales M201) from 4:30 to 6:15 pm. (Strings only 4:30-5:00; 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. Hardwick (hardwicj@nullwfu.edu).

PRIVATE LESSONS (MSC 181-182)

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 Spring 2023 funding are due by December 2 @ 5:00PM.

Piano students: Drs. Inkman and Weng will be interviewing incoming piano students 12-2pm on Tuesday August 23rd, 2-4pm on Wednesday August 24th, and 12-2pm on Thursday August 25th in Dr. Weng’s studio, M317. For students interested, please sign up for a 10 minute interview here. QR codes for the sign up form can also be found at the office, M309. Please contact  Dr. Weng if you have further questions.

VOICE STUDY: 15-minute long auditions for VOICE-related courses will be held on Monday and Tuesday of the first week of classes from 10:30-2:30 in M311a.*  This semester (Fall 2022), voice study includes Individual Instruction (30 or 50 minutes), Class Voice, and Theatrical Singing. PLEASE SIGN-UP HERE.

*If you are unavailable during these days/times or have any questions, please contact Dr. Bryon Grohman at grohmabc@nullwfu.edu.

WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLES (MSC 150-152)

No audition needed! To learn more about how to participate in Wake Forest Gamelan contact Dr. Elizabeth Clendinning at clendiea@nullwfu.edu. For information about the Chinese Music Ensemble, contact Dr. Chen at chenx@nullwfu.edu. For the Afro-Cuban Drumming ensemble, contact John Beck at beckj@nullwfu.edu.