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

Sign-up sheet below:

  • Voice Auditions - Wednesday, September 5 from 1–5 p.m. in Pratt Room 308
  • Piano Auditions - Wednesday, September 5 from 1–4 p.m. in Pratt Room 211
  • Flute ONLY Auditions (students interested in Orchestra auditions should sign up for the Orchestra page) - Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6 from 1:15-4 p.m. in Pratt 203
  • For orchestral instruments, please see the orchestra section of this page.
  • For all other instruments, please contact the instructor directly.

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 take place the first week of classes in Stephanie Council’s office, Pratt 302.

Select Your Audition Time

The audition times are as follows:
Tuesday, September 4: 2–4 pm and 7–10 pm (All choirs)
Wednesday, September 5: 1–3 pm, 3:30–5 pm and 7–10 pm (All choirs)
Thursday, September 6: 2–5 pm and 7–10 pm (Chorale only)
Friday, September 7: 1–4 pm (Chorale only)

If you are unable to make it to any of the available audition times, email Stephanie Council to schedule an appointment.

You will be notified of your placement in either Glee Club or Chorale via email after all of the auditions have been heard on Friday, at which time you will be given permission to register in MyMountHolyoke. Singers who have been selected for a callback audition for Chamber Singers will be notified on Friday evening via email.

Chamber Singers Callback Audition
The Chamber Singers callback audition (by invitation only) will take place Sunday, September 9, from 3–5 p.m. in McCulloch Auditorium in Pratt. The results of this audition will be posted and emailed Sunday night. Please prepare measures 1-22 of the attached piece before the callback. This should be prepared on a neutral syllable such as “doo” or “dee” at eighth note = 140.

What to expect in your audition:
This audition is a chance for Stephanie 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. Stephanie 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!

FAQ

Where is Pratt 302 (Stephanie's Office)?
As you enter the front double doors of Pratt Hall, take the stairs (or elevator) on your right to the next floor up. Her office is down the short hallway on the right.

When should I arrive?
Please arrive 10 minutes before your audition time. It is recommended that you warm up on your own before the audition. You will be given a form to fill out upon arrival.

What should I prepare for the audition?
If you are only auditioning for Chorale, please choose one of the following familiar tunes: “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 as well, 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. 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 Stephanie Council with any questions.

Jazz Ensembles

Pratt Room 202 - All instruments and voice parts as follows:

Jazz auditions will be on the following days:

Tuesday, September 4 from 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5 from 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, September 6 from 4-8 p.m.
Friday, September 7 from 1-4 p.m.

Please use this online sign-up sheet to select an audition time.

Orchestra

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

Fall Semester Auditions

To sign up for an audition time, please use this online-up sheet.

Orchestra auditions will held as follows:

Sept. 4: 6–9 p.m.: Pratt Hall, Room 301, all instruments
Sept. 5: 2–5 p.m.: Pratt Hall, Warbeke Room, Strings only
Sept. 6: 1–2 p.m.: Pratt Hall, McCulloch Auditorium, Percussion only
Sept. 6: 4–10 p.m.: Pratt Hall, Warbeke Room, all instruments

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. 

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

Early Music

Please use this online sign-up sheet to select an audition time.

Wednesday, September 5 from 1-4 p.m. 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.