Ensemble auditions set next week

Published 2:17 am Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Ensemble will have auditions on Mon., March 12, and Tues., March 13, at 2 p.m. each day.

On Monday auditions will be held for vocals only at 2 p.m. and on Tuesday will be for instruments only at 2 p.m.

Every position in the ensemble is available for audition.

Vocalists will sing any song in any style. Vocalists may sing a cappella, with live accompaniment, or with a CD/tape accompaniment. It is important that the vocalist choose a song that best demonstrates his or her vocal abilities.

Vocalists will also be required to demonstrate ability to match pitches as sung to them by the directors.

Vocalists will also be asked to perform a dance routine as demonstrated to them by a current Ensemble member.

Guitar players should know all major and minor chords, both in standard position and in bar position. Guitar players should also be able to play two songs in contrasting styles.

Bass players should be able to follow a chord progression as told to them by the directors.

Keyboard players should know all major and minor chords and be able to play a short excerpt from any piece of music.

For drummers, their main concern is the ability to keep a steady beat. Drummers need only to bring sticks. Drummers will be asked to play along with varying styles of music.

Horn players (trumpet, trombone, and saxophone) will be asked to play three chromatically adjacent major scales (for example, F, F#, G or B, C, C#), with related arpeggios. They will also be asked to play a short excerpt from a prepared study. All-State audition material is good for this. Finally, they will be asked to sight-read a short piece.

Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 75 average. All others must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Scholarship recipients must enroll in an Ensemble class each semester while on scholarship.
The one-year scholarship will cover tuition and fees up to $3,000 ($1,500 fall semester and $1,500 spring semester.)