Incoming Audition Information

Finding the Music Interest Form: https://www.stolaf.edu/deposited/forms/music-questionnaire.cfm

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Choir Audition Information

Thank you for returning your Music Interest and Information Questionnaire, where you indicated your interest in choral singing at St. Olaf. Auditions are held during the first days of WEEK ONE.

For your audition, please be prepared to sing an unaccompanied simple song or hymn. Your solo need not be memorized and hymnals will be available at the audition. You may also be asked to sing various exercises to test your vocal range, and to test your ear, sight-singing and tonal memory skills.

Please Note:
If your audition time conflicts directly with a WEEK ONE placement exam, a required orientation session, or an appointment with your faculty adviser, please reschedule for an alternate WEEK ONE audition time at the Choral Audition Table outside Christiansen Hall of Music (CHM) 204. Current and former chorus members will be staffing the table and can answer any questions you may have. If the audition conflict is a move-in time, please have your family continue the move in process while you run over to audition with the string group on Saturday morning. Check in times for the dorms are flexible in this situation.

The Manitou Singers (first year women) and the Viking Chorus (first-year men) participate in St. Olaf’s annual Christmas Festival. Mandatory final rehearsals begin on Saturday evening, November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend). If you are planning your travel dates early, please plan to be back on campus by this date, or delay your travel planning until after audition results are finalized.

If you have any questions regarding the St. Olaf Music Organizations, please visit www.stolaf.edu/depts/music/ensembles.  If you have questions about your audition, please email me at barth@stolaf.edu.

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Viking Chorus conductor; Therees Hibbard, Manitou Singers conductor and I all look forward to meeting you! We hope that your time at St. Olaf will be both enjoyable and rewarding.

Your Choral Audition date and time are listed below. Please report to CHM 204 (Viking Chorus—Men) or CHM 206 (Manitou Singers—Women) a few minutes early to check in and allow time to warm up.

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Choir Audition Information for Transfer Students (eligible for upperclass choirs)

Thank you for returning your Music Interest and Information Questionnaire, where you indicate your interest in choral singing at St. Olaf. Auditions are held during the first days of WEEK ONE.

Transfer students are invited to audition for St. Olaf Choir, Chapel Choir, or St. Olaf Cantorei. When you arrive on campus, you may sign up for an audition time in Christiansen Hall of Music (CHM) as follows:

St. Olaf Choir               CHM 205          (Armstrong)
Chapel Choir                CHM 204          (Wondemagegnehu)
St. Olaf Cantorei          CHM 212          (Bobb)
For your audition, please be prepared to sing an unaccompanied solo (a simple song or hymn). Your solo need not be memorized and hymnals will be available at the audition. You will also be asked to sing various passages to demonstrate your vocal range, and to test your ear, sight-singing, and tonal memory skills.

Please Note: St. Olaf Choir, Chapel Choir, and St. Olaf Cantorei all participate in St. Olaf’s annual Christmas Festival. Mandatory final rehearsals begin on Saturday evening, November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend). If you are planning your travel dates early, please plan to be back on campus by this date, or delay your travel planning until after audition results are finalized.

If you have any questions regarding the St. Olaf Music Organizations, please visit www.stolaf.edu/depts/music/ensembles.  If you have questions about your audition, please email me at barth@stolaf.edu.

Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf Choir conductor; Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Chapel Choir conductor; James Bobb, St. Olaf Cantorei conductor and I all look forward to meeting you! We hope that your time at St. Olaf will be both enjoyable and rewarding.

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Band Audition Information

Thank you for returning your Music Interest and Information Questionnaire, where you indicated your interest in playing in one of the St. Olaf bands. Auditions are held during the first days of WEEK ONE. Even if you are uncertain about participating during the 2019–2020 school year, we encourage you to follow through with an audition. This gives our conductors a chance to learn about your abilities and consider you for a future spot in one of the bands.

For your audition, please prepare a solo selection of your choice (3-5 minutes) that demonstrates both technical proficiency and lyrical expression. You may also be asked to play major scales and to sight read. Percussionists are required to have three solos for snare drum, mallets (either 2 or 4) and timpani, and all sticks and mallets must be provided by the student.

If it is impossible for you to play your own instrument (or the instrument you regularly play) at your audition, please contact Holly King, our Instrumental Music Coordinator (507-786-3119, king14@stolaf.edu). In many cases, we can provide you with a college instrument for the audition if we know of your need well in advance. Please let Holly know if you would also need a longer-term instrument loan in order to accept a position in a band.

Please Note: If your audition time conflicts directly with a WEEK ONE placement exam, a required orientation session, or an appointment with your faculty adviser, please reschedule for an alternate WEEK ONE audition time at the Instrumental Audition Table outside the Band rehearsal room—Christiansen Hall of Music (CHM) 138. Current band members will be staffing the table and can answer any questions you may have. If the audition conflict is a move-in time, please have your family continue the move in process while you run over to audition with the string group on Saturday morning. Check in times for the dorms are flexible in this situation.

If you have any questions regarding the St. Olaf Music Organizations, please visit www.stolaf.edu/depts/music/ensembles.  If you have questions about your audition, please email me at barth@stolaf.edu.

Timothy Mahr, St. Olaf Band, and Arthur Haecker, Norseman conductor, and I all look forward to meeting you! We hope that your time at St. Olaf will be both enjoyable and rewarding.

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Orchestra Audition Information

Thank you for returning your Music Interest and Information Questionnaire, where you indicated your interest in playing in one of the orchestras at St. Olaf. Auditions are held during the first days of WEEK ONE.  Even if you are uncertain about participating during the 2019–2020 school year, we encourage you to follow through with an audition. This gives our conductors a chance to learn about your abilities and consider you for a future spot in one of the orchestras.

For your audition, please prepare a short solo selection of your choice (3-5 minutes) that demonstrates both technical proficiency and lyrical expression. You will also be asked to sight read, and to play the orchestral excerpts provided to you by early August (hopefully, by end of July, I don’t know the process this year with our excerpt person retiring at the end of last year). You may also be asked to play major scales as part of your audition.

If it is impossible for you to play your own instrument (or the instrument you regularly play) at your audition, please contact Holly King, our Instrumental Music Coordinator (507-786-3119, king14@stolaf.edu). In many cases, we can provide you with a college instrument for the audition if we know of your need well in advance. Please let Holly know if you would also need a longer-term instrument loan in order to accept a position in an ensemble.

Please Note:
If your audition time conflicts directly with a WEEK ONE placement exam, a required orientation session, or an appointment with your faculty adviser, please reschedule an alternate WEEK ONE audition time at the Instrumental Audition Table outside the Orchestra rehearsal room—Christiansen Hall of Music 140. Current orchestra members will be staffing the table and can answer any questions you may have. If the audition conflict is a move-in time, please have your family continue the move in process while you run over to audition with the string group on Saturday morning. Check in times for the dorms are flexible in this situation.

The St. Olaf Orchestra  participates in St. Olaf’s annual Christmas Festival. Mandatory final rehearsals begin on Sunday, December 1 (Thanksgiving weekend) at 6:30 p.m. If planning your travel dates early, please plan to be back on campus by this date, or delay travel planning until after audition results are finalized.

To learn more about St. Olaf Music Organizations, please visit www.stolaf.edu/depts/music/ensembles. If you have questions, please email me at barth@stolaf.edu.

Steven Amundson, St. Olaf Orchestra conductor; Martin Hodel, Philharmonia Orchestra conductor, and I look forward to meeting you! We hope that your time at St. Olaf will be both enjoyable and rewarding.

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Early Arrival Information (Fri., August 30 audition date)

Because you are coming to St. Olaf to audition on Friday, August 30th, we have made available the option for you or your family to drop your belongings off in your room. We strongly recommend that you take this option — it will make Saturday go much more smoothly for you and for us. You will not be able to check into your room at this time, only drop off some of your belongings. We have time in the afternoon available for you and your family to drop off belongings:

Friday, August 30th, from 2 – 4 p.m.
(Please preregister at: https://wp.stolaf.edu/destination/)

Our staff will be training that day and will not be available at other times, so you will need to come during the time listed. Again, this is not a time where you will be able to pick up your key or stay overnight. The residence life staff will take you to your room, unlock it, you will be able to put stuff in your room and we will re-lock the room. In the past, family members have dropped the belongings in the room while the student was at their audition.

Also, on Friday, August 30th, we would like you to stop in Buntrock Commons and have your picture taken for your student ID card. This card is used as your meal card, library card, hall access card and a debit card for campus services. The hours are 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at mcdowell@stolaf.edu or (507) 786-3011.

Welcome to St. Olaf, good luck on your audition and we look forward to seeing you on campus.

Pamela McDowell
Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life.

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Music Theory & Aural Skills Placement Exam for music majors

All incoming music majors must take the Music Theory & Aural Skills Placement Exam, which consists of both written skills and sight singing. This placement exam is also recommended for students who are planning to audition for the music major during fall term. The purpose of this exam is to determine whether students should begin the Theory/Aural Skills sequence with Music 112 or Music 114.

The written portion of this exam is designed to take no more than an hour to complete and the sight singing portion will take no more than five minutes. Although students will not be assigned a specific time to take this exam, it will only be offered at the following times:

Friday, August 30, between 10AM and noon, in CHM 232
Saturday, August 31, between 10AM and noon, in CHM 232

Because it should take less than an hour to take this exam, students may begin any time between 10 and 11 on either morning.

Students who know that they will need to take Music 112 (due to musical background and experiences) do not need to take the exam. Students who don’t take the exam will automatically be placed in a section of Music 112.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Castro at dcastro@stolaf.edu.
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David Castro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music
St. Olaf College

 

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Attention all MEN interested in auditioning for an instrumental ensemble:

Please be aware that all St. Olaf bands and orchestras require that you wear a tux for each ensemble performance. This includes a white tux shirt, black tux coat, black pants, black bow tie, black cummerbund, and black dress shoes.

If you do not have a tux, you will have the opportunity (if you so choose) to order a tux from John’s Tailors. St. Olaf will have a representative from John’s Tailors (located in Lakeville, Minnesota) here on campus to do tux fittings and deliveries. Fittings will be in the Christiansen Hall of Music on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13 from 3-4:30 p.m.

The cost is $218.00 for a complete tux (coat, shirt, pants, cummerbund, and bow tie—NOTE: John’s Tailors does not provide shoes). They take cash or check only (no credit cards). The tuxes are sold as a fundraiser for local schools. The store does not take any profit, but gives $5 to the school system for each tux sold.

Please be sure to plan ahead for this, in case you will be needing to purchase a tux. If you would like to contact John’s Tailors with any tux-related questions, please call 952-892-7225 or email johnstailors@frontier.com.