Music Ensembles

Performance is at the heart of your practice as a musician. In our music program, there are various student ensembles that you can join to perform with your peers while honing your craft. Membership in music ensembles is made up from the varied and talented GW community and is not limited to those only taking music classes and/or registered as a music major. All are encouraged to audition. Commitment requirements vary by ensemble.

 

Get more information about Fall auditions


CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Our chamber ensembles consist of two or more performers playing chamber music from across all musical eras. All instrumentalists and vocalists may have opportunities in our chamber ensembles. Chamber ensembes include weekly coaching with faculty and end-of-semester performances.

Auditions

Interested students are invited to attend walk-in info sessions on Monday, August 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Tuedsay, August 27 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Info sessions are held in Prof. Yu's office, Phillips B-146. Be sure to bring your instrument with you! No prepared pieces are required.

Contact

Email Prof. Ning Yu for more information.

Complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Within our chamber ensembles program, we have a standalone percussion ensemble. The percussion ensemble explores a variety of percussion techniques and percussion music and is the perfect place for percussionist to grow their craft.

 

Auditions

Auditions for Percussion Ensemble are held concurrently with University Band auditions. See University Band auditions for more information.

 

Contact

Email Prof. Joe Connell for more information.

Complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").


JAZZ ENSEMBLES

The Jazz Ensembles concentrate on small group jazz from the 1940s to today, focusing on such artists as Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Art Blakey. We currently have three instrumental jazz ensembles and one vocal jazz ensemble

UBER COMBO

The Uber Combo emphasizes polished, entertainment-oriented performances, ranging from late 1940's jump-blues to contemporary R&B. Instrumentation is horn section, rhythm section-drums, bass, keyboard, guitars and vocalists.

LATIN BAND

The Latin band is a vibrant group of young musicians who have embraced the cultural diversity that exists in the nation's capital. Cultural exploration is at the heart of the music the band performs. Here the students explore the nuances of playing samba, Bossa Nova and Partido Alto music styles from the former capital of Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro. From the Caribbean Islands the students learn how to make an Afro-Cuban danzón connect with the famous cha-cha-chá. Mambo, comparsa, songo and timba become familiar Cuban vocabulary the students speak through their instruments. Under the leadership of Professor Alejandro Lucini, born in Rio de Janeiro, and co-directed by saxophonist Peter Fraize, students in the ensemble add a rich and unique cultural experience to their education.

MIDNIGHT BLUE

Midnight Blue is a small jazz combo led by Prof. John Albertson.

 

JiVE (Jazz Vocal Ensemble)

The JiVE Jazz Vocal Ensemble, led by Prof. Alison Crockett, performs a variety of jazz vocal music. This ensemble has also worked with both children's and adult jazz choirs to encourage a lifetime of performance.

AUDITIONS

All ensembles are by audition only. These auditions are held during the first week of classes.

CONTACT

Please email Peter Fraize before the first week of class.

Complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").


UNIVERSITY BAND

The University Band class consists of two ensembles: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Both ensembles rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are auditioned concert band ensembles in the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. The ensembles perform classic, contemporary and newly composed wind music with on-campus performances in the Fall and Spring. Membership in both groups is open to students from all schools and departments at GW and requires instructor approval via audition.

Auditions

Audition dates and times are as follows. All wind auditions are held in Phillips Hall, Room B-120. Percussion auditions will be held in Phillips Hall, Room B-155.

Note: Auditions for Orchestra (winds and percussion only) and Percussion Ensemble have the same requirements as University Band auditions and will be held concurrently. A single audition allows you to be considered for the bands, the orchestra, or both if you so choose.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Woodwind Auditions: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Brass Auditions: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Percussion Auditions: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

Auditions will consist of the attached excerpts, chromatic scale (two octaves), and a piece of your choosing (about 1 minute in length). If you are auditioning and wish to be considered for Wind Ensemble and/or a principal chair, you should perform your chromatic scale over the range of your instrument. Some sight-reading may be required. 

Signups for individual audition times will be posted outside the Band office (Phillips B-113) during the first week of classes. Please be at your audition and check in with audition supervisor 15 minutes before your time slot. Practice rooms will be open for warm-up.

Excerpts for audition will be uploaded below by Friday, August 9, 2019. Seating and assignments for both groups will be posted on Friday, September 6, 2019.

 

Woodwinds:

Alto/Contra-Alto Clarinet

Alto Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Bass Clarinet

Bassoon

Clarinet

Flute

Oboe

Tenor Saxophone

 

Brass:

Baritone/Euphonium (Bass Clef)

Baritone/Euphonium (Tenor Clef)

French Horn

Trombone

Trumpet

Tuba

String Bass (Band audition ONLY. Bass players interested in Orchestra must audition at Orchestra auditions on Wednesday, September 4.)

 

Percussion:

Percussion (Zip file with six excerpts. Please prepare ALL excerpts.)

Contact

Email Band for more information, or contact the University Band Office at 202-994-9041.

Visit the GW Band website for more information.

Complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").


UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA

The University Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The orchestra rehearses and performs a wide array of music including current and traditional orchestral repertoire, often featuring soloists from within the ensemble, the faculty and the professional community. The Orchestra performs two or three concerts each year on campus (including in Lisner Auditorium) and in the community.

Auditions

Acceptance into the orchestra and section placement will be based on the quality of playing, prior participation in the GW Orchestra, anticipated attendance conflicts, and, in some cases, a willingness/aptitude for section leadership. Even highly-qualified players may not be accepted if sections are full, but we honor all musicians and hope to find a musical outlet for all within the orchestra or in other university ensembles.

Each fall, all orchestra musicians are required to audition. Mid-year auditions are held in January for students who did not participate in the fall.

Before setting up an audition, please review the Orchestra syllabus, taking special care to note any conflicts with the schedule.

 

Strings:

String auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Auditions require preparation of at least one minute of music that displays your technical and expressive capabilities. The audition may also require sight-reading and scales.

Sign up for Orchestra String Auditions

 

Winds (Woodwinds and Brass) and Percussion:

All woodwind, brass, and percussion auditions are held concurrently with University Band auditions. A single audition allows you to be considered for the bands, the orchestra, or both if you so choose. See University Band auditions for more information.

Contact

Email the Orchestra with general questions about the ensemble.

Complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").


UNIVERSITY SINGERS AND WOMEN'S ENSEMBLE

UNIVERSITY SINGERS

The University Singers is a mixed choir of undergraduate and graduate students. The group has two formal concerts each academic year. They have toured extensively, with overseas tours every two years. Past tours have included South America, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and South Africa.

Off-campus performance venues include Washington National Cathedral, Strathmore Concert Hall, Schlesinger Performing Arts Center, Princeton Chapel and The Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

WOMEN'S ENSEMBLE

The Women's Ensemble performs music for treble voice from the Renaissance to today and explores the power of women's voices. The ensemble has two concerts each academic year.

Auditions

Auditions consist of vocalising, ear training and sight-reading. No prepared solo is necessary.

Audition dates and times are as follows. All auditions are held in Phillips Hall, Room B-145. 

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Auditions: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

Women's Ensemble Info Meeting and Rehearsal: 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

University Singers Info Meeting and Rehearsal: 7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Auditions: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

To sign up for auditions, contact Prof. Blake Clark and complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").

Rehearsals

The Women's Ensemble rehearses on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. in Phillips Hall B-120

The University Singers rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. in Phillips Hall B-120.

Contact

Email Prof. Blake Clark for more information.

Complete the Music Ensemble Interest Form at the top of the page ("Get More Information About Fall Auditions").