Join a music ensemble and contribute your talents to performances—and earn credit doing it! Music ensembles are open to all majors via audition. You can also fulfill the Fine Arts core requirement by participating in ensembles for 2-4 semesters
For the Fall 2023 semester, ALL students (new, transfer and returning, any major) who wish to participate in a Department of Music Ensemble must audition in person on Tuesday, August 22. The music faculty is excited to hear you.
Please use the link below to select your audition time. You will be able to sign up for an audition time until midnight on Monday, August 21. Be sure to select the correct audition category (choral, strings, woodwinds & brass, percussion or jazz ensemble). You may sign up to audition in more than one category should you wish to participate in multiple ensembles. Music majors may be asked to play specific excerpts from the repertoire for the upcoming year.
Ensemble rosters will be announced by the ensemble director via email to each auditioning student before the first day of classes. ALL students can register for their ensemble on my.gordon.edu when add/drop begins on August 23. Students must be registered for the ensemble (0/1 credit) to participate.
The bookings page is open but will not be live until August 1. If you have any issues with your booking please email [email protected].
Singers may sing one selection of their choice. A hymn or popular song will suffice (e.g., "Amazing Grace" or "My Country ’tis of Thee"). For music majors (vocalists only), please prepare a classical repertoire. Please bring one extra copy for the collaborative pianist. Additionally, there may be a sight-reading assessment for music majors and minors.
Woodwind and brass players must prepare one solo piece, etude or excerpt from an ensemble piece for their audition. Music majors may be asked to play specific excerpts from the repertoire for the upcoming year. Excerpts will be emailed at least one week prior to the auditions.
String players should prepare one solo piece for their audition. Music majors may be asked to play specific excerpts from the repertoire for the upcoming year. Excerpts will be emailed to music majors. It is strongly encouraged that all other string players (music minors and students of other majors) also prepare these excerpts for their audition in addition to their solo piece, but it is not mandatory.
Percussionists are required to prepare a solo piece, etude or excerpt from an ensemble piece on two of the following instruments: timpani, snare drum or marimba.
All instruments except drums should perform one jazz standard, Real Book tune or popular tune that demonstrates your best playing.
Scales for wind and brass players
Rhythm Section: Additional requirements
Voice auditions for jazz ensemble solos will happen later in the semester.