Ensembles and Keyboard

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UAH has a wide range of musical opportunities for student participation including a variety of choirs such as Men's and Women's Choirs as well as Chamber and Concert Choirs. For instrumentalists, we offer Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combos. Membership in music ensembles is open to all UAH students regardless of major.

Ensembles

Ensemble Scholarships

A limited amount of scholarships are available to all students, regardless of major, for each ensemble, upon successful audition. One audition will serve for both ensemble membership and scholarship eligibility.

Ensemble Auditions

All students must audition for ensembles each semester. There are five primary categories of ensembles: choirs, bands, jazz, opera, and strings. You only need a single audition to be considered for multiple ensembles within each category, but you do need separate auditions for ensembles that cross categories. Auditions can be held on the same day. Auditions can be arranged individually by contacting the appropriate ensemble director.

Ensemble Audition Materials

Wind Ensembles

Major Scales and any prepared solo that demonstrates student's technical and musical abilities. An etude, technique study, All-State band solo, or concerto will be sufficient, so long as it accurately demonstrates technical and musical proficiency. No accompaniment is necessary. Audition material should not exceed 5 minutes in duration.

Choral Ensembles

The audition, which only takes about 15 minutes, includes vocalization to determine vocal quality and range, tonal memory exercises, and short rhythm and sight-reading exercises. No need to prepare any material beforehand. Please note that singing with a UAH Choir is considered a full-year commitment; as such, we require that students sign up for both semesters.

Jazz Ensembles

UAH Department of Music has two large jazz ensembles (big bands) and two smaller jazz combos. Assignment to a specific group will depend on the jazz auditions.