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2022 Music Open House/Audition and Placement Info

Wed, September 7th, 2022
2:30 pm
- 4:00 pm

Auditions and Placement for Lessons and Ensembles

At Open House first-year students have a chance to meet with music faculty and consider options for the coming year. Returning students can reconnect and find out what’s new. It is a great opportunity for all to explore the possibilities: music courses, lessons, and ensembles. Come see who is making music at Williams!

We encourage all incoming students to contact us directly, even before Open House!

What courses are being taught this semester? Please go to our homepage and look for “Courses.”

Who teaches which instrument? This is a list of contacts by instrument or alphabetical list of instructors 

What can I join? This is a list of music groups

How do I find a comprehensive overview of people and faculty specialties? See this list of music professors, ensemble directors, and instrumental faculty


Ensembles & Lessons

The list below includes…
1) Ensembles and how to join them
2) Lessons requiring auditions (more about Courses)
3) Links to auditions which have online sign-up. [Note: you must be signed into your Williams account to sign up.]
4) Some lesson studios do not arrange placement through formal auditions. If there are no explicit instructions below for your instrument (e.g. jazz bass, trombone, jazz sax, songwriting, etc.) please contact the instructor directly. [For a complete overview: Instrumental faculty]


Fall 2022 Audition Sign-Up Sheets will go live at a later date!

Below audition links will remain deactivated until then.


African Musical Instruments, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions: Tue Sep 13 starting at 4pm
*for Zambezi Marimba Band
contact: Tendai Muparutsa about auditioning

African Drumming, Mbira lessons
*contact Tendai Muparutsa to arrange lessons


Brass and Woodwind, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions: Sat Sep 10 starting at 10am
Ensemble Audition SIGN-UP
General Audition Expectations
*for Brass Ensemble
*for Berkshire Symphony
*for Wind Chamber Music Workshop (MUS 291-298)

*brass ensembles contacts: Steve Felix, Travis Dobson
*woodwind chamber music workshop contact: Stephen Walt
*jazz winds – contact Kris Allen (see “Jazz groups” below)

Brass and Woodwind lessons
*contact the Artist Associate of your instrument to arrange lessons


Cello, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions: Sun Sep 11 starting at 12pm
Ensemble Audition SIGN-UP
General Audition Expectations
*for Berkshire Symphony
*for Chamber Orchestra at Williams
*for String Chamber Music Workshop 

Cello lessons
*by audition Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Julian Müller
Lesson Audition SIGN-UP


Choirs
Ensemble Auditions: Thu Sep 8 & Fri Sep 9, starting at 3pm, Choir Audition SIGN-UP


*for Williams Concert Choir
*for Williams Chamber Choir

(Looking for voice lesson auditions? see below under “Voice”)


Chinese Music Ensemble
Ensemble Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Wang Guowei
*for Chinese Music Ensemble

Chinese String Instruments lessons
*contact Wang Guowei or Susan Chen to arrange lessons


Jazz, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions/Placement: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5pm; Thu Sep 8, starting at 1pm
Ensemble Audition SIGN-UP
*for Williams Jazz Orchestra
*for Small Jazz Ensembles/Combos/Groups
contact: Kris Allen

Jazz instrumental lessons
*some instrumental categories offer specialized instruction: jazz drums, jazz bass, etc.
*see contacts by instrument to find jazz instructors – contact them directly


Piano: ensembles, accompanists, lessons
Ensemble and/or lesson auditions:
Thu Sep 8, starting at 2pm
Ensemble/Lesson Audition SIGN-UP
*for Ensembles/Piano Chamber Music Workshop (MUS 291-298)
*for Piano Lessons
contact: Doris Stevenson


Percussion, ensembles
Ensemble and/or lesson auditions: Fri Sep 9, starting at 4:15pm
Ensemble/Lesson Audition SIGN-UP 
General Audition Expectations
*for
Williams Percussion Ensemble
*for I/O New Music 
*for Berkshire Symphony
*for Percussion lessons
contact: Matthew Gold

*jazz percussion/drumset/lessons contact Kris Allen, see “Jazz groups” above
*tabla lessons contact Devesh Chandra
*African Instruments contact Tendai Muparutsa


Strings, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions: Sun Sep 11, starting at 12pm
Ensemble Audition SIGN-UP/INFO

General Audition Expectations
*for
Berkshire Symphony 
*for Chamber Orchestra at Williams 
*for String Chamber Music Workshop (MUS 291-298)
contact: Ronald Feldman

Stringed instrument lessons
*by audition, see “Violin, lessons”; “Viola, lessons”; “Cello, lessons”
*contrabassists: please contact instructors: see contacts by instrument
*guitar, sitar, harp, Chinese stringed instruments: see contacts by instrument


Viola, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions: Sun Sep 11, starting at 12pm
Ensemble Audition SIGN-UP
General Audition Expectations
*for
Berkshire Symphony 
*for Chamber Orchestra at Williams 
*for String Chamber Music Workshop 

 

Viola lessons
*by audition Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Ah Ling Neu


Violin, ensembles
Ensemble Auditions: Sun Sep 11, starting at 12pm
Ensemble Audition SIGN-UP
General Audition Expectations
*for Berkshire Symphony 
*for Chamber Orchestra at Williams 
*for String Chamber Music Workshop

Violin lessons
*by audition Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Joanna Kurkowicz
Lesson Audition SIGN-UP 


Voice, ensembles
* for Choir Auditions: Thu Sep 8 & Fri Sep 9, starting at 3pm, Choir Audition SIGN-UP
*for Williams Opera Workshop by audition (TBA) WOW Audition SIGN-UP

 

Voice lessons
*by audition Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm Vocal Lesson Audition SIGN-UP


Student Ensembles sponsored by the music department are represented at Open House:

Williams Gospel Choir
Music Department GC webpage
Davis Center GC webpage
GC Youtube channel

 

Handbell Choir
Music Department HC webpage

 

 

Chamber Orchestra of Williams

Music Department COW webpage

 

 


Calendar of Auditions (chronologically)

Many large Lesson Studios hold auditions right after Open House, Wed Sep 7

*Cello Lesson Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, SIGN-UP


*Chinese Music Ensemble Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Wang Guowei for placement


*Sitar and Tabla Lesson Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Veena Chandra and Devesh Chandra for placement


*Viola Lesson Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, contact Ah Ling Neu for placement


*Violin Lesson Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, SIGN-UP


*Voice Lesson Auditions: Wed Sep 7, starting at 5:15pm, SIGN-UP


Many of the departmental Ensembles hold auditions in the days following Open House:

*Concert Choir and Chamber Choir Ensemble : Thu Sep 8 & Fri Sep 9, starting at 3pm  SIGN-UP

*Jazz Ensembles/Williams Jazz Orchestra Auditions: Wed Sep 7 starting at 5pm, Thu Sep 8 starting at 1pm SIGN-UP

*Piano Lesson and Ensemble Auditions: Thu Sep 8 starting at 2pm SIGN-UP 

*Percussion Ensemble and Lesson Auditions: Fri Sep 9 starting at 4:15pm SIGN-UP

*Woodwind/Brasswind Auditions for Ensembles: Sat Sep 10 starting at 10am SIGN-UP

*String/Chamber String Auditions for Ensembles: Sun Sep 11 starting at 12pm SIGN-UP 

*Zambezi Marimba Band Ensemble Auditions: Tue Sep 13 starting at 4pm, contact Tendai Muparutsa for placement


 

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