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Attention Masters in Music interested in registering for:

MM Chamber Performance (MUS 944a)

  • It is not a recital
  • It is one chamber piece (chosen in conjunction with your studio teacher)
  • book a performance day/time (Ward, or any other space)
  • book a hearing with Orchestral Instruments Area Head, at least 2 weeks before performance

Orchestra Auditions Fall 2020

  • Auditions will be by video only.
  • Students are required to record excerpts in any order and send video(s) to orchestra manager Andrea Vela: velaa@cua.edu and librarian William Esterling: esterling@cua.edu by Monday Aug 24 midnight ET
  • Video should show students set up to assess posture while playing; please check light for better exposure.  No need to use sophisticated equipment, a smartphone should be fine, but feel free to upgrade with an external mic or other if you like, just know that technology won't affect evaluation.
  • Please no editing of any kind, we want to just see how you really sound like a live audition
  • Suggested media: youtube unlisted, but other ways are fine as long videos can be opened without being downloaded.
  • ONLY BM, MM, AD, DMA majoring in one orchestral instrument are also required to record a 3-4 minutes max additional material from any solo of their choice or any other excerpts from standard repertoire.
  • Harp players should send a video with a solo of their choice no longer than 6 minutes
  • Percussion players do not need to send video, where needed auditions will be done live.
  • If you have any question please feel free to email Area head at: tartaglione@cua.edu
Music Excerpts

Please practice only the music in brackets. You are free to play one solo if you would like.  You will choose one excerpt to start and the others will be chosen for you, but not all may be played at the audition. Non-Music Majors: Number of excerpts could be reduced upon maestro's approval if list of excerpts exceeds your preparation time/level.  Please contact him directly. 

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