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

Please contact Cheryl Cobb at ccobb@mtholyoke.edu to reserve an audition spot on Monday, August 24, 2020 between 1-5 pm EST.

Piano

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

Flute

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

Auditions for placement into the Mount Holyoke College Choral Ensembles will take place during the first week of classes with Rachel Feldman on Zoom.

Select an audition time

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 all three 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 Zoom audition 5-10 minutes before your scheduled time. Please try to find a quiet place with a stable internet connection for the audition. 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.

Jazz Ensembles

Or by appointment with Mark Gionfriddo.

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

The orchestra listens to much fewer auditions in the Spring term because members who are admitted in the Fall do not need to re-audition. Please email Tian Hui Ng if you are interested in auditioning.

Students interested in auditions/interviews for private performance study should contact the instructor of the instrument directly.

Early Music

Sign up for Fall Auditions

Auditions are held in Pratt 210.

  • For Collegium, Voces Feminae, Baroque Band, Medieval Ensemble and viol, lute, recorder and Renaissance winds.
  • For singers, string players and all who wish to learn an early instrument or have some experience already. Don’t worry if you have no experience- we can find a place for you! For further information, visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/earlymusic or contact Robert Eisenstein: reisenst@mtholyoke.edu
  • Flute Private Performance Auditions, contact Adrianne Greenbaum: agreenbaum@mtholyoke.edu

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.