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.

KSU Choral Reception

Learn more about the choral program and auditions from directors Dr. Scott MacPherson, Dr. Chris Venesile, Mr. Jesse Reed and Mr. Bryon Black II. 

  • When: Wed., Aug. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Kent State Student Center Kiva.
  • Who should attend?
    • All KSU students who would be new to participating in the choral program at Kent State.

Fall 2020 Semester Auditions

Chorale, Coro Cantare, Cantique

KSU Gospel Choir

  • When: First day of rehearsal on Mon., Aug. 31.
  • Where: Virtually.
  • Contact: Bryon Black II to receive specific details at bblack15@kent.edu

Nova Jazz Singers and Nova Jazz Workshop Ensemble

  • Auditions will be held virtually with Dr. Chris Venesile. Email him at cvenesil@kent.edu for more details. 
  • For more information about these ensemble, please visit their page.

Kent Chorus

  • This ensemble will not meet this semester.
  • Please consider auditioning for a different choir that works with you schedule.

Voice placement audition Information

 

What does the placement audition consist of for Chorale, Coro Cantare and Cantique?

  • 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!

Placement materials for KSU Gospel Choir and Nova Jazz will be communicated by the directors of each ensemble. 


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.
  • Please register after the placement results are announced. Information will be provided. 
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 

No in-person auditions. Auditions will be held live via Zoom. 

Sign-up here

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

  • Due to Covid-19, this ensemble is only open to registered Kent State students for the fall 2020 semester. 
  • For information on how to join, email bands@kent.edu.