Perform with Us!

The School of Music welcomes a​ll students to participate in vocal and instrumental ensembles, regardless of major! Ensemble placements for fall 2021 will take place during Orientation week. Check below for details. We look forward to seeing you!

CHORAL ENSEMBLES

Adelphian Concert Choir, Dorian Singers, and Voci d’Amici
Contact: Dr. Steven Zopfi

All Choral Placements will be held in Music Room L6 and will consist of:

  • Singing a song that best shows off your “classical” choral voice (art song, aria, classically arranged folk-song). You may sing to a prepared accompaniment track or a cappella.
  • Tonal Memory patterns
  • Short Sight-reading excerpts

Incoming (new) student placements will be Monday, Aug. 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 27, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Returning student placements will be Sunday, Aug. 29, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and
Monday, Aug. 31, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (all students welcome).

Incoming Choral Student Placement Signups

Returning/Transfer Choral Student Placement Signups

You may sign up for Chorale directly without a Choral Placement if you wish. Please contact Dr. Steven Zopfi for more information.


Instrumental Ensembles 

Audition Placement Form Required for All Students

STRINGS AND HARP

Symphony Orchestra
Contacts: Dr. Maria Sampen, Violin and Director of Strings; Dr. Anna Wittstruck, Director of Orchestra; and Professor Alistair MacRae, Cello and Director of Chamber Music. 

Students will need to prepare a 3-5 minute solo (or excerpt of a solo) that best represents your current playing.

Incoming (new) student placements will be Monday, Aug. 23, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 27, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Returning students will need to complete the placement questionnaire and submit a recent recording of their playing.

Incoming Strings Student Placement Signups 
 

WOODWINDS AND PERCUSSION

Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra
​Contacts: Dr. Gerard Morris, Director of Bands, and Dr. Anna Wittstruck, Director of Orchestra. 

Woodwinds & Brass –
The placement consists of two contrasting excerpts demonstrating both lyrical and technical ability, a chromatic scale (full range, slurred, ascending and descending), and sight-reading.

Percussion 
The placement process is twofold. First, sign up for a “get to know you” interview with our Director of Bands and Director of Orchestra during one of the time slots provided on Monday, Aug. 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Friday, Aug. 27, 12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall. Second, all percussionists must attend a mandatory meeting and audition for Ensemble placements on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6 – 8 p.m., Music L1.

You may sign up for Concert Band without completing an ensemble placement. Please email Dr. Gerard Morris for more information.

Incoming Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion Student Placement Signups
 

JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Contact: Tracy Knoop, Jazz Director.

The placement consists of two contrasting jazz excerpts, one fast and one slow. You will also be required to sight-read. If you are interested in improvising, be prepared to demonstrate your ability. 

Monday, Aug. 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Friday, Aug. 27, 12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the music building Room L1. Second, all percussionists must attend a mandatory meeting and audition for Ensemble placements on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 6 – 8 p.m., Music L1.

Incoming Jazz Student Placement Signups

Important Dates:
Concert Band first rehearsal: Monday, Aug. 30 at 5:45 p.m. (no instruments required – informational meeting)
Wind Ensemble first rehearsal: Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m.
Symphony Orchestra first rehearsal: Thursday, Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.
Jazz Orchestra first rehearsal: Thursday, Sept. 2 at 6:15 p.m.

CHAMBER MUSIC

For information regarding membership in chamber music ensembles visit pugetsound.edu/chambermusic or contact Professor Alistair MacRae.