The Concert Band performs

Our ensembles are open to all UVM students regardless of major and auditions generally take place during the first week of each semester.

If you have questions about ensemble auditions, contact the group director or e-mail


University Catamount Singers

(MUE 211)

Conductor - David Neiweem,

The group is open to the best singers on campus, regardless of major. In fact, many of the best singers in the group have been majors in departments other than music, working side by side with music majors in both performance and music education. Singers typically make a two semester commitment to the group.

Auditions for the group are held each semester, during the first few sessions of the group. The audition consists of an open rehearsal and choral exercises during the first meeting and performing the taught music in small groups during the second meeting. Just come to the first meeting for more information. Selection is based upon creating a balanced ensemble.

Chamber Ensembles

(MUE 201B)

Director - Evelyn Read,

Chamber Music is a program in which students perform in duos, trios, quartets, and larger groups while learning the art of rehearsing on their own as well as working with an accomplished chamber music coach. These students perform in a concert at the end of each semester and often have other opportunities to play at events such as community gatherings and weddings.

Interested students should contact Evelyn Read about auditions at the beginning of each semester. Audition requirements: a scale of your choice plus 3 minutes of a prepared piece, as well as a short interview with Ms. Read. This aids in proper placement in a chamber group.

University Concert Band

(MUE 121)

Conductor - D. Thomas Toner,

Concert Band welcomes all students regardless of major. Each student must take a placement audition for seating once per year (if you auditioned in the Fall, there is no need to audition again in the Spring). Since these are primarily placement auditions, students should register for Band (MUE 121) before they audition. View Concert Band audition info details, including online sign up for the placement audition. Auditions are scheduled at the beginning of each semester; new members are welcome in the Spring.

University Concert Choir

(MUE 122)

Conductor - David Neiweem,

Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester, during the first class meeting. Students are not required to prepare material for the audition, but will be tested for range, pitch/rhythm/melody memory, and basic music reading ability. These are auditions for section placement. Please come to the first rehearsal if you are interested.

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) Director - Alex Stewart,
Latin Jazz Ensemble, Nonet & Post-Bop Director - Ray Vega,
Guitar Ensemble Director - Joe Capps, Joseph
Chromaticats (Tuesday Jazz Combo) Director - Tom Cleary,

The Music Department organizes several jazz ensembles. Placement in groups is based on the student's ability and experience, the needs of the ensembles, and, when possible, student preference. Co-enrollment in MUE 124 (University Jazz Ensemble) is required of participants in jazz combos unless no positions on their instruments are available in that group.

The main auditions are held in the fall (generally the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the semester). In order to build group cohesion, students typically remain in their assigned ensembles for the entire year (i.e., including the spring semester). At the discretion of the directors, participants may be asked not to continue for a second semester for missed rehearsals, lack of preparation, or other cause. Additionally, students may be asked to re-audition if another student wishes to join an ensemble on their chairs. Auditions in the spring (on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the semester) are intended primarily for students not currently in jazz ensembles or those who wish to join a different ensemble.

For auditions, students should prepare two contrasting pieces (jazz etude, transcription, improvised solo, classical piece, etc.) and demonstrate ability to sight read. Improvisation is optional, and audio equipment will be provided if you wish to bring a play-along CD.

Pianists, guitarists and bassists should be able to read chord charts. Drummers will be asked to play several different grooves including: fast and medium swing, ballad tempo (with brushes), Latin grooves, jazz waltz, funk, etc. Emphasis is on good time and a strong sense of swing. Amplifiers and a drum kit will be provided. Bring your own patch cords/wires and sticks and brushes.

Please sign up for a time slot (8 minutes) on the sheet posted outside the Department Office in Southwick Hall during the first week of classes. If you are unavailable during these times, you may contact Dr. Stewart or Prof. Vega to find another time to audition.

Jazz Vocal Ensemble

(MUE 112)

Director - Amber deLaurentis,

Previous members: You need not audition, but please make sure you register for the course (MUE 112), so we know who is returning.

Prospective members: Audition requirements are as follows: One prepared piece, preferably jazz, performed either a cappella, or, if you provide sheet music/chart, accompanied by one of the directors. If you do not have written music for your audition piece, make sure you know your key or starting note for the piece. The audition will also include sight reading. (The ability to read music is preferred, but not required.)

University Symphony Orchestra

(MUE 123)

Conductor - Yutaka Kono,

All students regardless of major are welcome to audition for the University Symphony Orchestra. Faculty, staff, and community members are also welcome to audition, although students are given priority for positions within the orchestra. In general, most woodwind, brass, and percussion positions are filled by students, while the string sections are a mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

New students who wish to join the orchestra in spring should contact the conductor before the beginning of the spring semester in January. Auditions will be scheduled at the first week of the semester. If new students audition, then certain current woodwind and brass players may need to re-audition for the spring term.

Percussion Ensemble

(MUE 101D)

Conductor - D. Thomas Toner,

If you have not played percussion for Dr. Toner before, please come to the first rehearsal ready to play a short piece for snare, timpani, and/or mallets. Contact Dr. Toner with questions about repertoire.

Vermont Wind Ensemble

(MUE 213)

Conductor - D. Thomas Toner,

Auditions take place during the first week of each semester by appointment. You should plan to play a two octave scale of your choice to demonstrate tone quality and range; approximately three minutes of a standard solo work for your instrument; sight reading from standard wind literature. UVM students are given priority over non-UVM people for acceptance into the ensemble (Note: students who perform in the Vermont Wind Ensemble are required to also perform in the UVM Concert Band). While it is hoped that everyone who is qualified will be offered a spot in the group, ensemble balance issues will occasionally make that impossible.

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