The Concert Band performs

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, some ensembles may be meeting and performing remotely. Please contact the ensemble director for details.

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. 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,

Out of an abundance of caution, the jazz faculty have decided to waive auditions for all returning students who have played in an ensemble in the past. In order to place you in the most appropriate group, we ask that you let us know your availability for the different ensembles IN THIS POLL. Also tell us if you are interested in playing in more than one ensemble. Please note that the University Jazz Ensemble will be directed by Brian McCarthy in the fall semester.

We will hold auditions only for new students or those who have not participated in ensembles in prior semesters. As usual, these auditions will be held during the first week of classes, but only on Wednesday 9/2 and Thursday 9/3 afternoons. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board next to the Music Dept office. New students are also invited to send recordings instead of a live audition. These recordings may consist of a single short piece of music such as an etude, solo transcription, big band part, jazz tune, classical piece, improvisation, etc. We just need to get an idea of your sound and ability in order to better place you.

Jazz singers will be contacted by Amber deLaurentis regarding instructions for vocalists. Feel free to reach out to her at:

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: !  I would like you to submit a video recording.  This recording is not an audition, but rather a way to gauge where you are vocally, primarily your range and which part you sing.  (If you do not know which part you sing, not a problem!  I will make that determination from your submission.). All videos should be sent either as links to an online location like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or UVM File Transfer Service.  Zip files are also acceptable (no mp4 or .mov attachments, please).  If you do not have the capacity to record video, an audio file link attachment using a format like mp3 will also work (no WAV files, please.).

Please submit a video recording to by Wednesday 9/2 at 12 p.m.  Ideally it would be helpful if you could submit both of the following, but please include at least the major scale:

1)   Choose a note in the middle of your range and sing an ascending major scale on a neutral syllable like ‘la’ or ‘loo’, going as high up in range as you feel comfortable.  Following this, sing a major scale descending from the same note, going as low as you can comfortably go. 
2)   16-32 bars of a song you enjoy singing and that you think showcases your vocal strengths, either a cappella or with accompaniment.  Singing a jazz tune is helpful but not required. 

I would encourage you to include in the email with your recording a bit about your musical and singing background. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  A reminder that our first class will be Wednesday 9/9 at 5 p.m.

I look forward to meeting all of you and making music!

University Symphony Orchestra

(MUE 123)

Conductor - Yutaka Kono,

Fall 2020 - video auditions only; more info here

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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