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Spring 2017 Audition Information


Choral Ensembles:

The four department choral ensembles (Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, and Chorale) hold joint auditions. The audition dates and times are as follows:

Thursday, 1/26
2pm – 7pm Sign-ups at Lincoln Hall Atrium
7pm – 9pm Walk-ins at Lincoln Hall Atrium

Friday, 1/27
2pm – 4pm Sign-ups at Lincoln Hall Atrium

To sign up for an audition, please visit

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Cornell Orchestras:
Students MUST sign-up for an audition at Once you complete the form, Professor Chris Kim will assign an audition time for you via email. For information, go to or contact Chris Kim (

CU Winds:
For information, contact James Spinazzola (

Jazz Ensembles:   
For information, please contact Paul Merrill ( and visit

Chamber Music Ensembles:
Auditions for Chamber Music for the Spring will be held from 7:45 pm to 9:45 pm on Tuesday, January 24th. Interested students should sign up for a 10 minute audition slot using the form on the door to Lincoln Hall 231. Cornell faculty meet with groups individually each week for an hour, in addition to a bi-monthly chamber music class, in which student play for each other and receive feedback from students and faculty alike. Groups will be expected to rehearse on their own at least once a week. All students will perform in a Student Chamber Music Recital near the end of the semester. Contact Miri Yampolsky ( for more information.

Chamber Flute Ensemble:
For information, please contact Juliana Pepinsky ( .

Cornell Baroque Orchestra:
One prepared piece, preferably composed before 1800 (e.g. J.S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, etc.). By appointment. Please contact Matthew Hall (

Deixa Sambar (Brazilian Ensemble):
Deixa Sambar performs several styles of samba, Brazil’s national music. Members need not have prior background in music-making, but a good sense of rhythm is desirable. Members include students as well as Ithaca community members, “brasileiros” as well as newcomers to Brazilian culture. No audition necessary. For more information, contact Professor Steven Pond (

Gamelan Ensemble:
The Gamelan Ensemble is open to the Cornell community by permission of the instructor. For information, please contact Christopher Miller (

Improvisation Ensemble:
Auditions take place during the first class meeting in B20 Lincoln Hall from 7:00pm to 9:30pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. For more information, please contact Annie Lewandowski (

Steel Band:
For information, please contact Christopher Miller (

Cornell Percussion Group:
For more information, please contact Mike Sparhuber (

Violin Auditions:
Please prepare two contrasting solo works of your choosing and contact Dr. Kim at for video audition information.


Individual Lesson Auditions

Piano Lessons:
Auditions will be held from 3 to 4 pm on Tuesday, January 24th in 331 Lincoln Hall. A sign up sheet will be posted on the door of 331 Lincoln. Students are asked to prepare two contrasting pieces for their ten-minute audition, and they will be asked to sight read a short selection. Those who are accepted to lessons must sign up for the course, and those receiving more than 1 credit hour must take a history or theory course concurrently (please see course catalog). Contact Professor Xak Bjerken ( for more information.

Violin Lessons: See ‘Violin Auditions’

Vocal Lessons:
Auditions for Vocal Lessons for the Spring will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am and 4:30 to 6:30 am on Monday, January 23rd in 342 Lincoln Hall. Please contact Patrice Pastore ( to set up the audition time. Other auditions are by appointment. Auditioners should bring one or two pieces that best demonstrate their current level, both musical and vocal. Placement options are sometimes available for beginners without repertory. Those students will be asked to vocalize for range identification and musical skill.

Students interested in taking lessons for the first time on any other instrument should audition during the instrument’s scheduled ensemble audition time.  Students do not need to re-audition if they have taken lessons in the past, unless they are taking lessons on a different instrument for the first time. Contact the Faculty Sponsor for your instrument (a list of these sponsors can be found at