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College Choir Auditions

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

Initial individual auditions last about 15 minutes, and include a vocal warm up followed by singing a few music excerpts with the conductor. It is a friendly, supportive meeting and ideally not a stressful one. Please see the schedule below after you read the following information!

Singers in College Choir are generally expected to be familiar with reading music and have some experience singing in choirs. The College Choir learns most 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. We seek to build an ensemble of similar experiences and goals in choral music.

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 (available later).

A linked file below is suggested as preparation for auditions. If possible, please prepare one voice part, any section or all of the piece, or as noted on the links below. Singers who can and will prepare themselves to even a modest extent are extremely helpful in a choir!

Please contact Professor Buettner with questions.


Fall 2021 Auditions Schedule

The following hours are available for walk-in or scheduled auditions. You may contact Jeff Buettner, or you may come to MAC 308 and sign up/walk in as available!

Orientation Week

Tuesday, September 7: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, September 8: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thursday, September 9: by appointment (Professor Buettner may not be available)

Friday, September 10: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

First Week of Classes

Monday, September 13: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Tuesday, September 14: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday, September 15: 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Thursday, September 16: 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM


AUDITION EXCERPTS

 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.

Department of Music

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