Ensemble Auditions

Chamber Singers pose in concert attire near a gazebo in Fall 2016
 Men and women in the Collegiate Chorale hold folders and sing in concert at Hall Auditorium
Members of the Choraliers hold candles and sing in a darkened chapel during the annual Ceremony of Carols performance, 2016
 The Mens Glee Club sings in concert at Hall Auditorium
 The Jazz Ensemble in concert
 The Miami Marching Band leads a cheer at the Notre Dame Football Game, fall 2017
 Miami Symphony Orchestra performs at Hall Auditorium
 The Miami Opera performs a scene from Pirates of Penzance
 Members of the Percussion Ensemble perform on marimbas onstage at Hall Auditorium
 The Steel Band in concert at Hall Auditorium
 Symphony Band performs at Hall Auditorium
The Wind Ensemble performs at President Crawford's inauguration at Millett Hall

2019-2020 Ensemble Auditions

Ensembles are the public face of Miami's Department of Music. In a given semester more than 10% of all Miami students participate in a music ensemble or performing group. Student ensembles frequently travel and have been received warmly from the halls of Europe to Carnegie Hall.

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 2019 auditions occur at the very beginning of the semester, as follows.


Vocal Ensembles

During the first week of classes, ensemble members are at informational tables located in the Armstrong Student Center to sign students up for audition times and to answer questions about the ensembles.

Chamber Singers (MUS 100Q) 

The ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire from the Renaissance era to the contemporary. In addition to their performances on campus, the Chamber Singers have compiled a distinguished record of invited performances at state, divisional, and national conferences of MENC and divisional conferences of ACDA and have toured throughout the Midwest where they have established a reputation of excellence in performance.

Director: William Bausano, bausanwp@miamioh.edu
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)

The group was established in 1908 as the Miami University Women's Choral Society. The ensemble has grown from an informal, 25-member society into a premier women's chorus composed of singers representing majors from every division in the university.

Director: William Bausano, bausanwp@miamioh.edu
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)

This is a mixed choir of approximately 85 students. The choir enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire from Bach, Brahms, and Britten to a variety of multicultural music. Students from various academic disciplines join together in song to grow through music as individuals and as a collective unit.

Director: Jeremy D. Jones, jeremyd.jones@miamioh.edu
Mixed choir; approx. 85 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)

Founded in 1907 by Raymond Burke, the composer of Miami's Fight Song and Alma Mater, the Miami Men's Glee Club has maintained a tradition of excellence for over a century. The ensemble is comprised of nearly 100 singers, selected by audition from the Miami University community, open to all majors. The Club is among the oldest and largest groups of its kind in the nation. The Glee Club's repertoire encompasses everything from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance motets to modern popular music, folk songs, and spirituals.

Director: Jeremy D. Jones, jeremyd.jones@miamioh.edu
Male choir; approx. 100 members
Rehearsals are 6:15-7:35 p.m. Mondays & 2:50-4:10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

Opera (MUS 426)

Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to assume mentored leadership positions in directing, conducting, marketing, and producing. Auditions are open to all Miami students and occur in the spring semester of each academic year.

Director: Benjamin Smolder, smoldebw@miamioh.edu

For Fall Semester 2019

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 (MUS 100K)

MUJE is the premiere big band at Miami and performs in a wide variety of styles with a focus on the enduring music made famous by the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Count Basie, and composers such as Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Charles Mingus. Auditions are held during the first week of class each semester.

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)

The MUMB represents a diverse cross-section of the Miami community. Members of the MUMB come from every division and almost every major at the university. Music majors represent less than 25% of the group. Membership is for all woodwind, brass, battery percussion, sideline percussion, colorguard, twirlers, and dance team.

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: Brooke Humfeld (humfelb@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. Humfeld with any questions.


Pep Band (MUS 100U)

Open to all students regardless of major, including students enrolled in any of the local regional campuses. 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. No audition required.

Rehearsals: M 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Director: Brooke Humfeld (humfelb@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-9739)

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


Percussion Ensemble (MUS 100M)

The Concert Percussion Ensemble first performed in 1974. The ensemble regularly performs on the Miami University campus and at professional conferences. Recent repertoire includes works by composers such as Ivan Trevino, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bjork, Edgard Varese, Steven Snowden, Zivkovic, and Steve Reich. Please contact Professor LaMattina directly to inquire about becoming a member. No audition required.

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 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 beginners section is held each semester on the first Tuesday of classes at 6:30 P.M. in room PRS 007. Auditions are then held on the first Wednesday of classes at 7:00 P.M.

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

MUSB is offered every spring semester for students to study and perform the finest original and transcribed repertoire for wind band. The ensemble typically performs concerts twice a year for the Miami community. Comprised of approximately fifty-five performers, the Symphony Band consists of music majors and students across the entire university, providing a challenging rehearsal and performance experience for qualified students.

Rehearsals: MWF 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Director: Brooke Humfeld (humfelbe@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. Humfeld for access to an audition link.


Symphony Orchestra (MUS 100C)

The MUSO, with a history dating back to 1890, is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire from the Baroque era until our days, including world premieres by contemporary composers. The ensemble combines undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in pursuit of high artistic standards, as well as the professional and artistic growth of its members.

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 (MUS 100G)

The MUWE is comprised of the fifty finest wind and percussion performers on campus. Utilizing the player pool concept, the ensemble performs traditional wind band literature, chamber music, and new works entering the repertoire. True to the spirit of an outstanding liberal arts university, the ensemble is open to students of all disciplines by audition each semester.

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 the coming year 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.