Percussion Ensemble viewed from the side of the stage, showing mallet players and instruments
The Choraliers hold candles and sing Britten Ceremony of Carols on a darkened stage
Wind Ensemble in concert
The Men
Steel Band in concert
Symphony Orchestra in concert

Ensemble Auditions

2017-2018 Ensemble Auditions

Miami University music ensembles are open to all Miami students regardless of major. The directors of the ensembles welcome all students interested in auditioning and try to make the auditions a comfortable experience. If you have additional questions, please email or call the director of the ensemble.

Fall 2017 auditions occur at the very beginning of the semester, as follows.


Choral Ensembles

Miami’s choirs perform several concerts on campus each semester and travel locally, regionally, and internationally on tour. Students receive 1-2 credit hours for each semester of enrollment.

Choral Ensembles include the following:

Chamber Singers (MUS 100Q) 

Mixed choir; 28 members
Rehearsals are 4:25-5:45 p.m. Mondays & 1:15-2:35 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Choraliers (MUS 100D) 

Female choir; approx. 100 members
Rehearsals are 6:15-7:35 p.m. Mondays & 2:50-4:10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Collegiate Chorale (MUS 100A) 

Mixed choir; approx. 100 members
Rehearsals are 4:25-5:45 p.m. Mondays & 1:15-2:35 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Men’s Glee Club (MUS 100B) 

Male choir; approx. 100 members
Rehearsals are 6:15-7:35 p.m. Mondays & 2:50-4:10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Students may register for a choral ensemble during orientation for scheduling purposes, however a choral audition is required for admittance. Audition signups for Miami’s choral ensembles are in the Armstrong Student Center during the first week of the fall semester. No prepared solo is required. Also watch for additional information on the Department of Music website.


Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble (MUS100K)

The Jazz Ensemble performs classic and contemporary music for big band.

Rehearsals: TR 1:15 p.m.–2:40 p.m.

Director: Jeremy Long (jeremy.long@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-1576)

Auditions: Interested students should attend the first class (Tuesday at 1:15-2:40 p.m. in Presser 007) and bring their instruments. Information about the ensemble will be shared and a playing session will follow for the rest of the class. Auditions will be held on Thursday during the first week of classes. For more information, please contact Dr. Long. 

Jazz Combo (MUS 100T)

Director: Jeremy Long (jeremy.long@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-1576)

Please contact Dr. Long for audition music. Combos rehearse once per week on a T, W, or R from 2:50-4:10 p.m. Only one audition is needed for those interested in both Jazz Ensemble and Combo.


Marching Band (MUS 100E)

Open to all students, regardless of major, including students enrolled in any of the local regional campuses. The MUMB performs at all home football games and select away games along with special opportunities. The MUMB is comprised of 80% non-majors in music. Class conflicts with other courses may be accommodated. 

Rehearsals:  MTWRF 4:25 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.

Director: Stephen Lytle (lytlesc@MiamiOH.edu)                 

Auditions: Students audition during the week before classes begin as part of marching band camp. Percussion auditions are the day before and first day of pre-season week. Students must register for pre-season week by visiting MiamiOH.edu/mumb. Please contact Dr. Lytle with any questions.

Pep Band (MUS 100U)

The Pep Band performs both in the fall and spring and provides services for select women’s volleyball games, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey.   

Rehearsals: M 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Director: Stephen Lytle (lytlesc@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-9739)

Auditions: No audition is required. Please contact Dr. Lytle with any questions.


Percussion Ensemble (100M)

Rehearsals: TR 2:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Director: Michael LaMattina (lamattm@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-3094)

Auditions: No audition is required. Please contact Professor LaMattina for information.


Steel Band (MUS 100N)

The Steel Band performs a broad variety of music, with a special emphasis on contemporary repertoire of high quality. The Steel Band comprises two sections, a preparatory, beginner section (section B) for those with no experience on steel pans, and an advanced section (section A). An information session for the beginner’s section is held each semester on the first Tuesday of classes at 6:30 P.M. in room PRS 007.

Rehearsals:  TR 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. (Section A), TR 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Section B)

Director: Chris Tanner (tannerc@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-3014)

Auditions: held during the first week of classes. Please contact Dr. Tanner for further information.


Symphony Band (MUS 100F, 1-2 credit hour) SPRING SEMESTER ONLY

The Symphony Band, a spring semester-only ensemble, performs traditional wind band music, chamber works, and new music. The Symphony Band presents two programs per semester.

Rehearsals: MWF 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Director: Stephen Lytle (lytlesc@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-9739)

Auditions:  Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra take one audition to be considered for either or both ensembles. Audition music is student choice, representing their best attributes. Auditions are held in November for spring semester placement. Please email Dr. Lytle for access to an audition link.


Symphony Orchestra (MUS100C)

The Symphony Orchestra performs the standard orchestral repertoire as well as contemporary music. Generally, the Orchestra presents two full programs each semester. Programs often feature guest soloists or may include other ensembles (e.g., choral ensembles) from the Department of Music.

Rehearsals: MWF 2:50 p.m.–4:10 p.m.

Director: Ricardo Averbach (averbach@miamioh.edu, 513-529-8351)

Auditions: An audition is required to enroll in Symphony Orchestra, and auditions occur during the first three days of class in a semester.

Strings: Students perform specific excerpts, available in advance online during the summer: Audition Excerpts

Woodwinds/brass: A single audition serves both the Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. Please see the Wind Ensemble information (below) for details.

Percussion: Contact Michael LaMattina (lamattm@MiamiOH.edu) for information.


Wind Ensemble (MUS100G)

The Wind Ensemble performs traditional wind band music, chamber works, and new music. Generally, the ensemble presents two programs per semester, and touring to regional and national venues is common.

Rehearsals: MWF 1:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Director: Gary A. Speck (speckga@miamioh.edu) 513-529-3080)

Auditions: Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra take one audition to be considered for either or both ensembles. Students perform specific excerpts, available online. Auditions are typically held during the first three days of classes, in the evening; however, prospective members should note that auditions for 2017-18 may begin on the weekend prior to the start of classes. Sign-up for audition times will be available during the week before classes start.