All About Music: Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Lessons, and Theory

Auditions for choral and instrumental music ensembles will begin Saturday, September 5, at 8 a.m. (Some early auditions are scheduled for Friday, September 4) Auditioning students should receive notification of the time and place of their audition in a letter from the Department of Music by August 1.

A master audition schedule will be posted on the bulletin board in the front lobby of Christiansen Hall of Music (CHM).

Ensembles

First-year students are welcome to audition for:

  • St. Olaf Band (meets Monday 3:15–4:45 p.m., Tuesday 4:30-6 p.m., and Thursday 4:50-6:15 p.m.)
  • Norseman Band (meets Monday 4:50–6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 4:30–6:00 p.m.)
  • St. Olaf Orchestra (meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4:30–6 p.m.)
  • St. Olaf Philharmonia (meets Tuesday 3:15–5:15 p.m. and Thursday 3:45–5:45 p.m.)
  • Manitou Singers (first–year women; meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:15–4:15 p.m.)
  • Viking Chorus (first-year men; meets Tuesday, Wednesday 4:30–5:30 p.m. and Thursday 4:50–5:45 p.m.)
  • Early Music Singers (meets Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. and Thursday. 12:45- 2:05 p.m.)
  • Collegiate Chorale (women only — no audition required; meets Tuesday 6–7 p.m.)
  • Collegium Musicum (meets Tuesday 6:30–8:30 p.m.)
  • Jazz Ensembles (3 ensembles for one each hour; meets Monday and Wednesday 7–10 p.m.)
  • Handbell Choirs (two ensembles; meets Tuesday 3:45–4:55 p.m or Tuesday 5:05–6:15 p.m.)

Transfer students may audition for:

  • St. Olaf Band  (see above times)
  • Norseman Band  (see above times)
  • St. Olaf Orchestra  (see above times)
  • St. Olaf Philharmonia  (see above times)
  • St. Olaf Choir (meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 4:30 – 6pm)
  • St. Olaf Cantorei (meets Tuesday and Wednesday 3:10 – 4:20 p.m. and Thursday 3:50- 4:50 p.m.)
  • St. Olaf Chapel Choir (meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3:10 – 4:14 p.m.)
  • Early Music Singers  (see above times)
  • Collegiate Chorale (see above times)
  • Collegium Musicum  (see above times)
  • Jazz Ensembles (see above times)
  • Handbell Choirs  (see above times)

Hard copies of the ensemble rehearsal schedule are available in Christiansen Hall of Music (CHM).

Auditions

All instrumental and vocal ensemble auditions, except Jazz Bands, take place in Christiansen Hall of Music (CHM), where times and locations are posted on bulletin boards.

Jazz Band auditions take place in HOM (Hall of Music) 226.

If you already have an audition time, please arrive a few minutes early to fill out a form and warm up.

If you wish to sign up for an audition, change your audition time, or ask any questions, report to CHM 204 (vocal) or CHM 140 (instrumental).

Keyboard placement assessment for music majors only

All first-year and transfer music majors must take a keyboard assessment on Friday, September 4, between 2 and 4 p.m. or between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. Students should have received notification of the time and place of their audition in a letter from the Music Department. The schedule is posted on the bulletin board in the front lobby. 

• In a five-minute appointment, music faculty will assess your playing, music reading, and theory-at-the-keyboard knowledge to determine your piano placement.

• If you have studied piano, please prepare a short piece or excerpt to demonstrate your level of achievement.

• Keyboard placement results will be posted no later than Sunday evening, September 6, along with other information on how to enroll for a piano class or lessons.

Music composition information

Meet composition faculty member Justin Merritt to learn about program options, expectations for admission to the major, and degree requirements during one 30-minute session Monday, Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m. in CHM 224.

Music education information

Meet music education faculty member Linda Berger to learn about program options, expectations for admission to the major, and degree requirements during one 30-minute session Monday, Sept. 7, at 2:10 p.m. in CHM 233.

Music theory advanced placement

First-year students who received a score of 5 on the AP theory exam and are interested in advanced placement must take an exam on Monday, Sept. 7, 3–5 p.m. in CHM 232. This is the final examination for Theory I and Aural Skills I and will last approximately two hours. Transfer students should contact David Castro (CHM 231, 507-786-3801), associate professor of music theory, for more information.

Music lesson registration

Registration for music lessons — not to be confused with classes — takes place in person in the Music Office (HOM 245) at the following times:

  • Accepted Music Majors: Saturday, September 5: 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Non-music Majors: Monday, Sept. 7: 9:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.  (piano lessons)

**Non-music majors requesting lessons on piano will be screened between 10:00 a.m. and Noon  in CHM 213 or between 12:30-2:15 p.m. in CHM 216. Students will pick up a registration form first in HOM 245, then report to the screening site.

  • In a 5-minute appointment, music faculty will assess your playing and music reading.
  • If you have studied privately, prepare a short piece or excerpt to demonstrate your level of achievement.
  • Students will be emailed their studio placement along with the assigned instructor’s name once they have been placed in a studio.

Registration for other music courses takes place on Tuesday, Sept 8 during new student registration in TOH Atrium.

Lockers and St. Olaf instrument use

Contact Tim Wells (CHM 101, 507-786-3119),  Music Department instrument music coordinator, to be assigned a locker and/or an instrument.