College Choir Auditions

The College Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble of Middlebury College. Singers of all voice parts are welcome!

Auditions last about 15 minutes, and include a vocal warm up followed by singing a few music excerpts with the Director of Choral Activities. It is a friendly, supportive meeting and ideally not a stressful one.

AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN MCA 308

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS may audition during orientation week!

Singers in College Choir are generally expected to be familiar with reading music and have some experience singing in choirs, but there is no specific  requirement. "Sight reading" ability is not graded or required but the College Choir does learn its repertoire from the printed page in most cases. We audition to make sure all singers are reasonably comfortable with music reading in the context of ensemble rehearsals, so that rehearsals are efficient as possible and singers feel support and accomplishment.

College Choir seeks students who are enthusiastic towards ensemble singing. Singers are required to commit to rehearsals and performances as outlined on the College Choir web page and syllabus.

AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN MCA 308

A linked file below is suggested, but not required, as preparation for auditions. Please prepare if possible one voice part, any section or all of the piece, or as noted on the links below. This preparation can replace the sight reading part of the audition - singers who can and will prepare themselves to even a modest extent are extremely helpful in a choir!

Audition Schedule Fall 2017

The following times are all open for auditions. Please excuse last-minute changes; email Professor Buettner to set a time, or sign up in the Music Department, to be certain.

AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN MCA 308

Orientation Week

Tuesday 9/5 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Wednesday 9/6 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Thursday 9/7 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fall Semester

Monday 9/11, 1:30-3:30 PM

Tuesday 9/12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (2:00-4:00 PM possible, subject to change/make an appointment to be sure)

Wednesday 9/13, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Thursday 9/14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Other time may be available by appointment! “Walk-ins” are always welcome, but there is a chance the time will be filled or Professor Buettner will have a conflict.

AUDITION EXCERPTS

AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN MCA 308

 Justorum animae - Orlando di Lasso

Option 2. This piece is essentially for students with fairly extensive choral music background. Feel free to try it, regardless of how well you think you might learn it - all efforts are appreciated! You may prepare only bars 1-15 if you wish.

Click here for a page with AUDIO PART LEARNING FILESPlease be patient with inconsistent behavior of the website.

**Note that neither option is required.

Feb auditions by appointment

Feb 1st year students, and students who have not before auditioned for College Choir are welcome to contact Professor Buettner to set up an audition. General information is below, but you do not need to prepare the example listed.

Preference is for the first week of classes, later auditions may be possible depending on space availabilty.

Please contact buettner@middlebury.edu / x5938 if you are interested!

Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753