Ensembles Auditions

See how you can join our instrumental and choral ensembles!

The most up-to-date information about auditioning for our ensembles can be found below. 

Choral Ensembles Auditions

KSU Choral Ensembles are open to undergraduate and graduate students of any major.

Interested in joining a choir this spring?

Email Dr. Scott MacPherson at smacpher@kent.edu for information on how to join!

Fall Semester

KSU Choral Reception

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom, Room 306ABC

All students interested in joining a KSU Choir should plan to attend! Learn more about each ensemble, meet faculty, directors and sign up for your audition. Light refreshments will also be served.

Voice placement audition Information

  • Chorale, Coro Cantare, Cantique

    • Who should audition: Anyone interested in joining one of these choirs needs to audition for placement.
    • When are auditions: Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. 
    • Results: Students will be placed in the ensemble that best fits their abilities based on the voice placement audition.
    • Click here to sign-up for your placement audition
  • Gospel Choir and Kent Chorus

    • Placement auditions will be held during the first rehearsal for Gospel Choir (Aug. 26) and Kent Chorus (Aug. 27).
  • Here’s what you’ll do for the audition

    • Vocalizing to assess tone quality and range
    • Aural skills exercises such as pitch matching and melodic memory
    • Rhythm reading
    • Sight-reading
    • No need to bring a prepared song!
  • Nova Jazz Singers

    • Auditions are held with Dr. Chris Venesile. For more information about joining, please visit their page here

Audition Advice

Preparation

  • Don’t stop singing over the summer, keep using your voice!
  • Do the vocal exercises you’ve done with previous choirs.
  • Practice pitch matching. Play three notes and match each.
  • Play a four-note melody and sing it back.
  • Practice sight-reading and rhythm skills.
  • A little bit of practice will go a long way!

Audition Day

  • WARM UP! It is important that your voice is warmed up before you audition.
  • Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to fill out an audition form.
  • If you need to change your audition, please remove your reserved time on the online form and then set a new time.
  • Placement audition results will be emailed to you by Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Registration 

Leave room in your schedule for the choir of your choice. You can register after the audition results are announced. 

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Kent State's Bands, Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles are open to all Kent State undergraduate and graduate students!

Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and Orchestra

Auditions Now Virtual Only *Updated July 29*

  • In order to ensure the safety of all prospective ensemble members, we've moved to virtual-only auditions.
  • Deadline: Submit videos by Thu., Aug. 27

Instructions for Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instrumentalists

  • We offer a single audition for those interested in Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and/or Orchestra placement!
  • Please download the excerpts and upload your audition at the links below.

Download Excerpts Upload Your Audition

Questions or need assistance? Contact the Bands Office at bands@kent.edu.

Instructions for String Players

  • Please download the excerpts and upload your audition at the links below.
  • Videos should include the excerpts along with 3-4 minutes of a piece of your choice. 

Download Excerpts Upload Your Audition

Questions or need assistance? Contact Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra, at jkim73@kent.edu.


Jazz Orchestra, Workshop Ensemble and Combos 

Sign-up: Follow this link

The Audition (Instrumentalists)

  • Prepare the appropriate music for your instrument (posted two weeks before the audition date)
  • Play scales (depending on your jazz theory knowledge, you may be asked to play major, minor, diminished, or whole tone scales)
  • Sight-read
  • Option: Perform an improvisation.

The Audition (Vocalists)

  • Prepare a standard of your choice for the audition.
  • Play scales (depending on your jazz theory knowledge, you may be asked to play major, minor, diminished, or whole tone scales)
  • Sight-read
  • Option: Perform an improvisation.

University Band

  • No audition! Come to the first rehearsal Tue, Sept. 1 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Where: Room E112, School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Questions? Email bands@kent.edu.