Ensembles

The Department of Music at Towson University has a variety of ensembles including a symphony orchestra, a symphonic band, several choirs, a “Music for the Stage” program, jazz ensembles, and small instrumental ensembles.  Audition information for Fall 2019 is below.

Fall 2019 Audition Information


TU Choirs

You are invited to join one of the first-rate choirs at Towson:

  • University Chorale
  • Women's Chorus
  • Men's Chorus
  • Choral Society*

There is no need to be a music major or minor, to sing with us. You only need previous choral experience and a love for singing. The repertoire will be challenging, diverse and fun. Consider joining and participating this semester!

Auditions will take place in Dr. Sáez’s office (CA 2099). Auditions will take place on August 26th, 28th, 29th and 30th. Sign-up sheets are posted on Dr. Sáez’s office door. For more information, please contact Dr. Diana Sáez at  .

Preparing for the auditions:

If you are a music major, prepare a song you know well that shows off your voice. Bring an extra copy for the accompanist. If not, choose something with which you feel comfortable (a hymn, a folk song or your voice part from a choral piece).

Class Schedule:

University Chorale meets Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15pm.  – MUSA 251/451/651.001

Women’s Chorus meets Monday and Wednesday from 2-3:15pm. – MUSA 252/452/652.001

Men’s Chorus (Stephen Holmes, director) meets Monday and Wednesday from 2:00-3:15 pm. – MUSA 252/452/652.002

Choral Society (non-auditioned) – Monday from 7-9:40pm – MUSA 151/351/651.101

All rehearsals are held in CA 3069. The final performance for the TU Chorale, Women’s and Men’s Choruses will be on Friday, December 4th at 8:00 pm and on Sunday, November 22ndat 3:00 pm for TU Choral Society in the Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall. Other performances and commitments will be announced during the first rehearsal.

*If you are not a student and like to sing, consider joining Choral Society. There is no need to audition and anyone from the TU community is welcome to participate. This semester repertoire will include Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez and Mass in G by Franz Schubert.

 

Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra

1. Auditions for both ensembles will take place in Dr. Cicconi's office, as usual, which is room CA 3089. You can sign up for a time on Dr. Cicconi’s door, CA 3089.

2. Auditions will take place on August 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th (Monday – Thursday, with a possibility of opening up Friday as well due to increased numbers). The first rehearsals with the Fall Ensembles will take place the second week of classes, the week of September 2nd (first actual rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 3rd

3. Symphonic Band meets TTh 2:00pm – 3:15pm and Symphony Orchestra meets TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm. Basically, both groups meet back to back. (There will be chamber winds, brass choir, sax band, and string orchestra again too!)

4. During the audition process you will be asked to play the attached excerpts in the dropbox link below. Please find your particular instrument, download the file, and prepare the selection. You only need to prepare the selections that are within the brackets. Please note, you excerpts may be over a span of 1-4 pages, be sure to download them all. Most are 2 pages.

5. Please sign up for the class, band and/or orchestra as soon as possible. 

Repertoire for the upcoming semester. Check it out and go listen to the music! 

Symphonic Band

Fandangos – Sierra/Scatterday (Audition Excerpt 1 for Winds)
First Light – Maslanka (Audition Excerpt 2 for Winds)
Winds of Nagual – Colgrass 
Serenade in D Minor – Dvorak 
(a special transcription) 
....and more!

Symphony Orchestra

Serenade for Strings – Tchaikovsky (Audition Excerpts for Strings)
Pavane – Faure 
Symphony – TBA!
.... and more!

Dropbox Link to Audition Music

 

Jazz Orchestra

Anyone interested in auditioning for the TU Jazz Orchestra, or who would like more information, please contact either Jim McFalls () or Dave Ballou () directly.

 

Non-Major?

Our large ensemble recruitment scholarship program is designed to recruit non-music majors to participate in Jazz Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and the TU Choirs.