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 2017 is below.

Fall 2017 Audition Information


University Chorale, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus

Monday, August 28: 12-1:30pm, 3:30-7pm
Tuesday, August 29: 11am - 1pm, 3:30-4:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, August 30: 3:30-7:30pm
Thursday, August 31: 11am - 1:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm

Located in the Center for the Arts, Room 2106

Brief audition consists of:

  • Singing a song of your choosing (3 minutes or less – Folk song, patriotic tune, religious song, art song, or aria are all acceptable)
  • Brief vocalization, aural training, and sight-reading

Questions? Email

Sign up for an audition online!

*Singers should plan to attend first class meeting of their preferred class meeting regardless of audition time. 

University Chorale – Tuesday, September 5 (2-3:15pm)
Men’s Chorus – Tuesday, September 5 (5-6:15pm)
Women’s Chorus – Wednesday, September 6 (2-3:15pm)

 

Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra

All excerpts for the auditions can be found in the dropbox folder https://www.dropbox.com/sh/txgmz5urgf0ykbo/AADFiZoqXMaF1MXx1p1n1EpOa?dl=0

  • Auditions for both ensembles will take place CA 3089. You can sign up for a time on the door.

  • Auditions will take place on Tuesday August 29th, Wednesday August 30th, and Thursday August 31st.  The first rehearsals will take place the second week of classes, the Tuesday after Labor Day. Audition results will be posted Friday, September 1st.

  • Symphonic Band meets Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm – 3:20pm and Symphony Orchestra meets Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm – 5:20pm. Please let me know of any and all conflicts.

  • During the audition process you will be asked to play the attached excerpts in the dropbox link above. Please find your particular instrument, download the file(s), and prepare the selection(s). You only need to prepare the selections that are within the brackets. Please note, you excerpts may be over a span of 1 – 6 pages (depending on the instrument), be sure to download them all. For the winds, brass, and percussion your excerpts are from Bernstein’s ‘Profanation’ and Grainger’s ‘Lincolnshire Posy’ and now Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ (winds, reminder, you have two excepts to print). I have attached a YouTube link below to help you prepare the excerpts. For strings, your excerpts are from Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, one of the best pieces ever written, which we will do on our Fall Concert in collaboration with the advanced chamber strings from Hereford High School in Baltimore County. I have attached a video for that as well below.

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

 

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.

 

Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Have you always wanted to sing some jazz and pop?  Here’s your chance!

Auditions for both the TU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and for spots in Sara Jones’ Jazz Voice studio will be on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. in CA 4040.  Please bring a jazz standard or pop song to sing and I will accompany you.  Auditions are on a first-come first-served basis.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact .

If you are auditioning for a spot in the Jazz/Commercial Voice Studio, you must be aware that the Jazz Voice Masterclass meets on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.  This is separate from the Classical Voice Masterclass that meets on Thursdays.

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.