Information for 2021-2022 ensemble auditions can be found below. Please pay careful attention to the music and submission requirements for each instrument or ensemble.

Brass, percussion, and woodwind ensemble audition information

Ensemble audition information for brass, woodwind, and percussion students

All DFOM woodwind, brass and percussion students will be placed into a large ensemble by audition. Auditions will be held electronically and recordings are to be submitted no later than August 27, 2021, at 11:59pm. Please fill out and submit the registration form below. If you have any questions, please contact Jacquie Dawson, Director of Bands.

Brass, woodwind, and percussion ensemble audition instructions

Brass, woodwind, and percussion ensemble audition registration form

Required audition excerpts

For piano ensemble audition excerpts, please see the audition instructions above.

Ensemble audition information for non-music majors and community members

For non-music UM students and community members who wish to register and audition for Concert Band only, and not for Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra, please fill out only the Concert Band registration form for non-music majors and community members found below, and follow the audition instructions listed within the registration form. Non-music students and community members who wish to register and audition for Wind Ensemble and/or Symphony Orchestra should still fill out the brass, woodwind, and percussion ensemble audition registration form above. The form below is not for the use of DFOM students.

Concert Band audition registration form for non-music majors and community members

 

Collegium Musicum

Brass, woodwind, and percussion students can opt to take Collegium Musicum for ensemble credit as their second ensemble. Collegium Musicum does not require an audition, but students wishing to take part in Collegium Musicum must submit the Collegium Musicum registration form. Students who have questions about the Collegium Musicum ensemble should contact Dr. James Maiello for more information.

Collegium Musicum Registration Form

Vocal ensemble audition information

General Vocal Audition Information

All voice students will be placed into either the Opera Theatre Ensemble or the Musical Theatre Ensemble by audition. Please review the instructions below carefully and submit the registration form by August 23, 2021 at 11:59pm.
 
Musical Theatre and Opera Theatre auditions for the 2021-2022 academic year will be held remotely. Students who have questions or concerns should contact Katherine Twaddle (Opera Theatre) or Donna Fletcher (Musical Theatre).

Musical Theatre and Opera Theatre Ensemble Registration Form

In lieu of Opera Theatre or Musical Theatre, voice students can opt to take Collegium Musicum for ensemble credit as their second ensemble. Collegium Musicum does not require an audition, but students wishing to take part in Collegium Musicum must submit the Collegium Musicum registration form. Students who have questions about the Collegium Musicum ensemble should contact Dr. James Maiello for more information.

Collegium Musicum Registration Form

 

Musical Theatre Audition Instructions

The Musical Theatre Ensemble auditions will take place over Zoom.  Students must prepare one musical theatre piece of their choosing no more than 4 minutes long.  Please prepare a piece that demonstrates your ability to create a great character arc, suits your vocal range and shows you at your vocal best!  All songs must be performed by memory so please choose something with which you are very familiar!

Students auditioning for Musical Theatre may choose a song that suits the above requirements.  All songs must be performed with an accompaniment track. Please do not sing a capella.

The scores and backing track links below are offered to assist students in the event that they cannot find an appropriate selection or for those who are having difficulty selecting a piece.

1. Bad, Bad Man (Male voices)
2. Good Thing Going (Male voices)
3. Gorgeous (Female voices)
4. Why Did I Choose You (Female voices)

Backing Tracks

 

Opera Theatre Audition Instructions

For students whose first choice is to be placed in the Opera Theatre Ensemble, please prepare and memorize a short aria or art song of no longer than four [4] minutes. All songs must be performed with piano  accompaniment. Students who will require a backing track for their audition should contact collaborative pianist Cary Denby at Cary.Denby@umanitoba.ca to arrange for a piano track to be made specifically for their piece of music. Requests for a backing track from Cary Denby must be made no later than August 20, 2021.

 

Audition Times

The Opera Theatre and Musical Theatre Ensemble auditions will be held remotely via Zoom.
 
Auditions will take place on the following dates and times:
 
Auditions
Audition Sign-Ups
 
Students should sign-up for their audition using the following link. Students should choose only one audition time, and should not remove the name of another student who has signed up. Auditioning students will be sent a Zoom link via their UM email address.
 
 
 

Choral ensemble audition information

All new choir member auditions will be held on September 3, 2021. Please contact Dr. Elroy Friesen to book an audition time and for further information. 

String ensemble audition information

Ensemble audition information for strings students

Strings student ensemble audition instructions

All strings students will be placed in an ensemble by audition. Participation in the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) is compulsory for all DFOM strings students, with the exception of guitar students. Auditions will be held electronically and recordings are to be submitted no later than August 27, 2021, at 11:59 pm. Please fill out the registration form below.

Strings students should prepare a solo piece of their choice (approximately 1-2 minutes in length). This should be unaccompanied solo repertoire or exposition of a concerto.

Students wishing to audition for a principal/leadership position within the ensemble should prepare ALL excerpts in the packet assigned for their instrument.

Students auditioning for sectional seating should prepare three (3) excerpts from the packet assigned for their instrument.

Non-music UM students and community members auditioning for the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra should prepare two (2) excerpts from the packet assigned for their instrument.

Strings ensemble audition registration form

Required audition pieces

Helpful tips to prepare for your strings audition

Is this your first time practicing a specific excerpt? Don't worry! A little research online can prove to be very successful! There are many available resources to research these excerpts and helpful practice tools online, such as https://orchestraexcerpts.com, which helps classical musicians prepare for orchestra auditions.

Students can also find resources for specific instrument areas. For example, cello students might gain insight from this Orchestral Excerpts for Cello Spotify channel, this London Symphony Orchestra masterclass for cellos, or the Orchestra Excerpts resources for cello.

We encourage students to start their audition practice early. If students need additional assistance to prepare for their auditions, they should contact Dr. Minna Chung, Coordinator for Orchestral Studies.

Collegium Musicum

Strings students can opt to take Collegium Musicum for ensemble credit as their second ensemble. Collegium Musicum does not require an audition, but students wishing to take part in Collegium Musicum must submit the Collegium Musicum registration form. Students who have questions about the Collegium Musicum ensemble should contact Dr. James Maiello for more information.

Collegium Musicum Registration Form

Piano ensemble audition information

Piano

All Piano students will be placed in an ensemble automatically, with 1st & 2nd year students being placed into Accompanying 1 & 2, and 3rd and 4th year students being placed into a chamber ensemble. 

All Piano students will meet individually with the Piano faculty to confirm their studio assignment schedule. This brief meetings will take place T2-166 on Tuesday, September 7, and Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 

Piano students should prepare a short solo piece to perform at this time, and bring a copy of their complete class schedule with them.  

Please fill and submit the registration form below no later than August 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the appropriate contact list below: 

Piano: Please contact David Moroz, Area Head for Piano 

Collaborative Piano: Please contact Judy Kehler Siebert, Area Head for Collaborative Piano 

Piano Ensemble Registration Form 

Piano Auditions Sign-up sheet 

Collegium Musicum

Piano students can opt to take Collegium Musicum for ensemble credit as their second ensemble. Collegium Musicum does not require an audition, but students wishing to take part in Collegium Musicum must submit the Collegium Musicum registration form. Students who have questions about the Collegium Musicum ensemble should contact Dr. James Maiello for more information.

Collegium Musicum Registration Form

Jazz ensemble audition information

All jazz students will be placed into a jazz ensemble by audition. Auditions will be held electronically. The Desautels Faculty of Music jazz faculty plan to hold the auditions via Zoom and will send auditioning students information about the remote auditions via their UM email address.
 
Students auditioning for jazz ensembles must complete the following form:

Jazz Ensembles Registration Form

 
Audition Requirements:
 
Auditioning students should prepare pieces that fulfill the following requirements:

1st/2nd Year Students
-         A blues selection of your choice (slow/medium tempo)
-         A rhythm changes selection of your choice (med/up tempo)
3rd/4th Year Students
-         A rhythm changes selection of your choice (med/up tempo)
-         Witchcraft (med tempo)
 
Questions:
 
If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate faculty member below:

Small Jazz Ensembles: Fabio Ragnelli
University of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra: Derrick Gardner

Non-music major ensemble scholarship

The Desautels Faculty of Music will  recognize the achievements of students who participate in the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, or the University of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra at the Desautels Faculty of Music, and who are not currently enrolled in the Desautels Faculty of Music.

Each year, scholarships will be offered to students who:

(1) are enrolled part-time or full-time in any year of study in University 1 or any faculty, college or school at the University of Manitoba, with the exception of the Desautels Faculty of Music;
(2) have achieved:
(a) as entering students, a minimum 80% average on those high school courses used for admission to the University of Manitoba;
(b) as continuing students, a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0; or
(c) as graduate students, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study; and
(3) have, through ensemble placement auditions, demonstrated a high level of performance in the applied areas of woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, or jazz.

Candidates will be required to fill out a Desautels Faculty of Music Ensemble Scholarship application, and Departmental Permission Form by August 15, 2021.