Audition Updates

Spring 2022 Ensemble Auditions

Choral Ensembles:

Our choirs have been lending their voices and bringing spirit to occasions at Cornell since the beginning of the university's history. Touring, recording, and outreach offer truly unique experiences for members -- perks which bring us together and motivate our members to lead and inspire. The four department choral ensembles (Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, and Chorale) hold joint auditions.

Please explore for a comprehensive overview of all the choral ensembles at Cornell, including audition information.

Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra:

For information, please contact Michelle Di Russo, Interim Director of Orchestras (

Wind Symphony

If you wish to audition for the Wind Symphony, contact James Spinazzola, Director of Winds (, no later than Saturday, January 22.


Jazz audition information is on Jazz Packet. For more information, please contact Paul Merrill ( and visit

Chamber Flute Ensemble:

For information, please contact Juliana Pepinsky (

Chamber Music Ensembles:

For Spring 2022: To apply for chamber music, please fill out this form and include a link to a video audition. The video audition should consist of two short, contrasting selections. Excerpts of longer pieces are fine. Be sure the video is set to Unlisted. All students, including those who have participated in chamber music in the past, will need to submit the form, but if you applied last semester, you do not need to submit a new video. All materials are due by 11:59 pm on January 21. Students will be notified of groups and coaches during the first week of classes. For more information, please contact Juliana Pepinsky (

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:

The Music Improvisation Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to explore the elements of music from an improviser's perspective. This ensemble is open to any level of musician. An audition is required at the beginning of the semester simply as a means of introduction. Please contact instructor Annie Lewandowski for more information:

Steel Band:

For information, please contact Christopher Miller (

Percussion Group:

For information, please contact Mike Sparhuber (

Individual Lesson Auditions

Jazz Lessons:

Jazz audition information is on Jazz Packet. For more information, please contact Paul Merrill ( and visit

Piano Lessons:

Students can sign up for in-person piano auditions on Sunday, January 23 from 2 to 4 pm on the homepage here: The audition is 10 minutes long, and students should prepare two contrasting works of their choosing, and we will have you sight-read. Students can also send a video. Contact Ryan McCullough( for more information.

Violin Lessons:

For violinists and violists wishing to be considered for the Lessons Program in Violin or Viola for Spring 2022, please contact Dr. Kim at to set up an audition time via Zoom on January 22 and 23.  Repertoire requirements are two 3-octave scales and two contrasting solo works.

Voice Lessons:

Voice lesson auditions for the Spring 2022 semester will be held in 142 Lincoln Hall from January 23-25*. Sign-up is available here; students must also fill out this pre-audition questionnaire. Prospective students should prepare two pieces that best demonstrate their current level, both musical and vocal, as well as reflect their musical interests. Placement options are sometimes available for singers without repertory; please write to Ms. Fitz Gibbon to inquire about this possibility.

For more information, please see the Vocal Program website or contact Lucy Fitz Gibbon (

*Students who are unavailable this weekend are welcome to schedule an earlier audition time.

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.