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Spring 2021 instrumental ensemble auditions for Music Majors will take place virtually. An online submission form and additional information are available further down on this page. Auditions for Chamber Singers will take place in person. There is no audition for Concert Choir. 

Available Ensembles

Placement in ensembles is open to all CMU students (music majors and non-majors) by audition. Available ensembles include: 

  • Symphony Orchestra

  • Symphony Band
  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Singers


General Information for Choral Auditions

The CMU Choral Department continues to grow in number and diversity. We offer an ensemble for virtually any kind of singer, regardless of age, experience or development.  One unique aspect of choral singing at CMU is that all the ensembles get the opportunity, each semester, to sing together. Whether it's an anthem, octavo, or major work, we make sure to celebrate the act of singing and to do so all together. All the choirs at CMU rehearse weekly and perform concerts each semester.

Due to our present circumstances, there will be no audition for either section for concert choir, MUS 183 A (Soprano/Alto) and MUS 183B (Tenor/Bass). If you are not interested in auditioning for Chamber Singers, please register for MUS 183A or MUS 183B, depending on voice part, and look on Blackboard for details about how we will begin the year.

For more information about auditioning for choir, please contact Dr. Amon Eady at eady1ca@cmich.edu.


General Information for Band & Orchestra Auditions

Spring 2021: Auditions will take place virtually. 
Tuesday, January 12 by 12:00 pm: Deadline for all woodwinds & brass
Tuesday, January 12 by 12:00 pm: Deadline for all strings 
Tuesday, January 19 : Percussion auditions will take place live. A sign-up sheet will be placed onthe bulletin board in the music building.  

Creating Your Video

We ask that you send an unedited video of no longer than 9 minutes of playing (12 minutes for graduate strings) by the above deadlines. When creating your video, make sure you state your name, year at CMU, and major prior to playing. Videos should be uploaded as unlisted YouTube videos, or available through a URL. 


Band this Spring

We’re excited to announce that the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Christopher Chapman; the Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. James Batcheller; the Symphony Band, conducted by Dr. Christopher Chapman; and the University Band, conducted by Ryan Cupp, will be rehearsing and performing again this spring semester. 

The success of our band program over the many years has allowed us opportunities to perform the finest music of the wind band repertoire, and this spring is no exception. Music composed by Igor Stravinsky, Ruth Gipps, Joan Tower, and Paul Dooley highlight this semester’s repertoire choices. We are thrilled to get the chance to work with each of you! If you should have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Chapman at chapm4cc@cmich.edu.

Concert Band Audition Material

Students auditioning for the CMU concert bands will need to prepare a short concert piece, sonata, or etude/s of their choice. If not auditioning for orchestra, students do not need to prepare the orchestra audition music.


Symphony Orchestra this Spring

After a successful fall semester, we are getting ready for more exciting performances in the spring! In addition to our CMU Symphony Orchestra concert in April, we will perform with the CMU Choirs in February. Our varied (and fun!) repertoire includes music from the 17th through the 21th centuries. Once again, we will use a configuration that will allow for social distancing and the necessary safety measures as implemented last semester. We look forward to your audition!

Orchestral Audition Excerpts

(Please adhere to the deadlines above and follow the "Creating Your Video" instructions. Submit all your pieces in one video, or as a video playlist. 

For your audition, please prepare the following:

  • A solo piece of your choice: Preferably, a movement from a standard concerto or sonata, or a concert/solo piece that highlights your musical ability (tone, phrasing, technique, musicality, etc.)
  • Orchestral excerpts (for orchestra auditions only): 
    Prepare one orchestral excerpt of your choice. Make sure you pick an excerpt that is different from the one you played in your audition last fall. In your video, make sure you mention all the pertinent information about the music you are going to perform. You do not need to provide copies of the music.

​ ​Percussion

​No excerpts available, see Dr. Spencer for audition requirements.

All string students must audition for the Symphony Orchestra.