Auditions

The following is the complete information and schedule for Individual Performance Study and all MHC Music Ensembles. Please select an audition time using the appropriate sign-up sheet.

Individual Performance Study

Voice

For voice auditions, please contact Sherezade Panthaki at spanthaki@mtholyoke.edu or Bode Omojola at bomojola@mtholyoke.edu.

Piano

Or by appointment with Mark Gionfriddo: mgionfri@mtholyoke.edu

Flute

Harpsichord & Organ

Orchestral instruments

  • See the orchestra section of this page.

Other instruments

More information about Performance Studies.

Chamber Music

Students interested in taking chamber music should complete the Chamber Music Form online.

At the end of the first week, the department will determine which chamber music groups can be formed, and contact all students who have signed up for chamber music with information regarding their assigned chamber music group, and the professor that they will be studying with.

Choral Ensembles

Choral Ensemble Auditions

Please sign up for an audition time slot. Once you have signed up for an audition, please fill out this form.

Auditions for placement into the Mount Holyoke College Choral Ensembles will take place with Rachel Feldman in Pratt. If you would prefer to audition via zoom, please email Rachel directly at rfeldman@mtholyoke.edu.

You will be notified of your placement in either Glee Club or Chorale via email by Friday after all of the auditions have been heard, at which time you will be given permission to register in my.mtholyoke.

FAQ

What should I expect in my audition?
This audition is a chance for Rachel to meet you and decide which choral ensemble is best suited to you at this time. First, you will be led through a series of vocal exercises, and then you will be asked to sing a familiar tune or song selection unaccompanied. Rachel will evaluate your range, tone quality, intonation, and musicality. Those wishing to be considered for both choirs will then be asked to complete short exercises demonstrating tonal memory, rhythmic and melodic sight-singing ability. Music reading is NOT a requirement to join the MHC Choral Forces!

When should I arrive?
Please be ready for your audition 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time. If you have not already filled out your audition form, please do so during the minutes leading up to your time. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Rachel directly.

What should I prepare for the audition?
If you are only auditioning for Chorale, please choose one of the following familiar tunes (or something similar): “Happy Birthday,” “Row, row, row your boat,” “My Country ‘tis of Thee,” or “Amazing Grace.”

If you are auditioning to be considered for Glee Club and/or Chamber Singers, you may choose one of the familiar tunes listed above or 60-90 seconds of an art song, folk song, or aria (to be sung unaccompanied) which you feel best demonstrates your vocal quality, breath support, phrasing, and musicality. Please, no pop songs for this audition. Art songs in languages other than English are welcome, but not required.

What if I've never sung in a choir before?
That's perfectly okay! Choral auditions are for placement in the ensemble(s) that will best suit you. E-mail choral director Rachel Feldman with any questions.
Please note that Chamber Singers will return in Spring 2022. Auditions will take place later in the fall semester. 

Jazz Ensembles

Or by appointment with Mark Gionfriddo during the first week of classes.

Orchestra

If you are auditioning for orchestra for the first time please enter your information into the contact/experience information online form. Please email Tian Hui Ng if you cannot make any of the listed audition times, if you would like to schedule an audition time for Spring Semester. Please review the audition details to prepare for your audition.

Spring Semester Auditions

Any students interested in auditioning for orchestra in the spring should email the orchestra director, Tianhui Ng to set up a time.

Early Music

Thank you for your interest in the Five College Early Music program. We hope you'll take a moment to fill out and submit this form so that we can be in touch and determine which ensemble or class will be right for you. Program director Michael Barrett (mrbarrett@mtholyoke.edu) will be in touch to follow up. We’d love to hear from you!

All auditions for the Five College Early Music Program will be held remotely this semester, in one of two ways:

If you would like to be considered for an intermediate or advanced instrumental ensemble, please make a recording (video or audio) of yourself playing a short excerpt of music (1-2 minutes) on a historical instrument, or a related instrument, and upload the file by Saturday, September 4 to this Google drive folder. (Beginners need not submit an audition recording.)

If you would like to be considered for one of the vocal ensembles, please sign up for an audition time. If you are unable to make any of the listed times, please email Michael Barrett (mrbarrett@mtholyoke.edu). A Zoom link will be shared with all auditionees shortly before the audition dates.

Flute Choir

Auditions take place after the first class meeting/rehearsal. For more information, contact Alison Hale.

KlezMova OrKestra — the MHC Klezmer band

Auditions take place after the first class meeting/rehearsal. For more information, contact Adrianne Greenbaum.