Auditions

The following is the complete information 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 - Sept. 6: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Pratt Room 308 
  • Piano Auditions - Sept. 6 1:00pm - 4:00pm Pratt - Room 211
  • 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 are held in Stephanie Council's office, Pratt 302, and take less than 15 minutes--short and painless! After hearing you sing, you will be placed into one of our wonderful choirs. Audition results will be posted and e-mailed soon after the auditions.  To select an audition time, please use this online sign-up sheet.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5: 2:00-4:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6: 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 7: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 8: 1:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.

FAQ

  • Where is Pratt 302 (Stephanie's Office)?
    As you enter the front double doors of Pratt Hall, take the staircase (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 5-10 minutes before the time slot you sign up for, as there is a form for you to fill out.
  • What do I have to prepare for the audition?
    A short song selection of any genre that you feel best features your voice. Classical, pop, musical theater, a folk song, a hymn or spiritual, or even "Happy Birthday"!
  • 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. You are guaranteed a spot, even if you have never sung before or cannot read music.

Good luck, and have fun! E-mail choral director Stephanie Council with any questions.

Jazz Ensembles

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

Tuesday Sept. 5 7-9pm
Wednesday Sept. 6 7-9pm
Thursday Sept. 7 2-6pm
Friday Sept. 8 1-4pm

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 Tian Hui Ng 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. 5: 7:00 - 9:00pm: Pratt Hall, Room 301, all instruments
Sept. 6: 2:00 - 5:00pm: Pratt Hall, Warbeke Room, Strings only
Sept. 6: 6.30 - 7.30pm: Pratt Hall, McCulloch Auditorium, Percussion only
Sept. 7: 4:00 - 7:30pm: 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 6: 1:00 - 4:00pm Pratt Room 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.