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

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. The College Choir does learn most of its repertoire from the printed page. 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 all singers feel as much support and accomplishment as possible.

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.

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 2019

AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE IN MCA 308

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS may audition during orientation week!

  • Email Professor Buettner to request an audition time, or
  • SIGN UP in the music department,MAC 307 bulletin board.

Orientation Week

Tuesday 9/3 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Wednesday 9/4 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Thursday 9/5 12:45 - 2:30 PM

Fall Semester

Monday, 9/9: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuesday 9/10: 12:15 - 1:00 PM; 2:15 - 4:30 PM (AM by appointment)

Wednesday 9/11: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Thursday 9/12, 9:00 - 10:30 AM (1:00 - 2:30 PM may be available by appointment)

Other time may be available by appointment! Walk-ins are always welcome, but it is best to contact Professor Buettner in advance if possible, buettner@middlebury.edu.

FEB AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT - contact Professor Buettner .

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.

Department of Music

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