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Aug. 19, 2004

UI School Of Music Holds Auditions For Performing Groups Aug. 23-27

Auditions have been scheduled for performing ensembles in the University of Iowa School of Music for the 2004-2005 academic year, including ensembles that are open to participation by members of the public as well as UI students.

Auditions for choral groups will be held the first week of classes, beginning Aug. 23. Each choral group presents one or more concerts of its own, in addition to singing choral concerts with the University Symphony. This year the combined ensembles will perform Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" in December and Mendelssohn's "Elijah" in May.

Four major choral groups will be filled by auditions.

--The Camerata Singers has about 50 singers, including university students and community members, and presents three concerts each year.

--Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music. It is a touring ensemble limited to approximately 30 singers, most of whom are graduate students. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year and tours to off-campus performances. Auditions are open to all UI students. Superior sight-reading ability is desirable.

--University Choir is a select, advanced choir of 50-60 singers, primarily undergraduate students. Auditions are open to any student with sight-reading ability.

--Women's Chorale is a select chorus of approximately 40 women who sing three to four concerts each year.

Singers are asked to prepare an aria, art song or any other song they know well, although a prepared song is not required. All auditioners will be tested on their voice range, timbre, music reading ability and listening skills. An accompanist will be provided. For more information on choral auditions, or to sign up for an audition time, check the bulletin board outside room 1033 of the Voxman Music Building (VMB), or contact Tim Stalter at 319-335-1677.

Auditions will be used to fill four orchestral groups: the University Symphony, the University Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia chamber orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra. Auditions will be held for violins and violas from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23. Auditions for cellos and double basses will be held during the same hours on Tuesday, Aug. 24. There is a sign up sheet outside Room 1036 VMB where students can sign up for audition times. Wind players must contact the respective instrument professor to set up an audition. Please contact orchestra manager Enaldo Oliveira at 319-335-1631 for more information.

Jazz auditions will also be held the first week of classes. Brass players will be heard on Tuesday, Aug. 24, saxophones and drums on Wednesday, Aug. 25, and guitar, piano and bass on Friday, Aug. 27. Sign up sheets are posted outside Room 1055 VMB for brass, saxophone, piano, guitar and bass, and outside 1059 VMB for drums. Please contact the jazz studio at 319-335-1633 for more information.

Finally, auditions for the three concert bands will be held Monday-Thursday, Aug. 23-26. Please contact the Band Office at 319-335-1635 to sign up for a 15 minute audition or for more information. Auditions can be arranged for any day, although most will follow a general schedule with low brass and horns on Monday, Aug. 23; oboes, bassoons and saxophones on Tuesday, Aug. 24; flutes and clarinets on Wednesday, Aug. 25; and trumpets on Thursday, Aug. 26. Percussionists should contact the office for further information.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.