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2018 ensemble auditions and music lessons

Music Department Open House

8:30-9:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

Students may sign up for audition times, ask questions, and find a private instructor’s name and room number for lesson information. Plan to attend if you are a music major, have a scholarship, are interested in singing/ playing in any ensemble or would like to take lessons.

All instrumentalists will attend a short meeting from 8:30-8:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in Larson Hall, in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts.

Augustana choirs

Audition sign-up: During the Music Open House, outside Bergendoff Hall 137 (Dr. Jon Hurty’s office).

Auditions: Friday, Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon; Saturday, Aug. 18, noon-1:45 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Prepare: Nothing in advance. Auditions will include range testing and singing a familiar song.

All new and returning singers are invited to sing at the first chapel service of the year. Rehearsal will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. The rehearsal and service will be in Ascension Chapel in Founders Hall.

Augustana Symphonic Band and Concert Band

8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, Larson Hall in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

Interested students play one audition for both bands.

Audition sign-up: During and after the Music Open House, outside Bergendoff Hall 26.

Auditions: Monday, Aug. 20-Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Bergendoff 26

Prepare: 3-5 minutes of music that will demonstrate tone quality, different styles and technical ability. Short excerpts in different styles are fine. There also will be some short sight-reading passages. Students who need to use school instruments should call or email the appropriate applied studio teacher.

Augustana Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos

8:30 a.m.,Friday, Aug. 17, Larson Hall in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

All students must complete a student information sheet prior to an audition. These will be available at the Music Open House and in Bergendoff Hall 26.

Audition sign-up: During and after the Music Open House, outside Bergendoff Hall 26.

Auditions: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m. (saxophone, trombone, trumpet); Wednesday, Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m. (bass, drums, guitar and piano); Thursday, Aug. 23, remaining auditions.

Prepare: Horns – play a brief jazz etude and sight-read a brief excerpt. Students interested in improvisation may demonstrate their skills in this area. Rhythm section – be prepared to demonstrate swing, Latin and contemporary styles. Sight-reading charts and lead sheets.

Augustana Symphony Orchestra

8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17, Larson Hall in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts

Audition sign-up: During and after the Music Open House, outside Bergendoff Hall 66.

Auditions: Monday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Bergendoff Hall 66. Rehearsals are Mondays/Thursdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. (The first rehearsal will take place on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bergendoff Ensemble Room.)

Prepare: 2-4 minutes of a prepared piece of your choice that will demonstrate tone quality and technical ability. Short excerpts in different styles are fine. Students needing to use school instruments should call or email the appropriate applied studio teacher.

Who: Wind, brass, percussion, harp, piano and string players interested in playing in the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. Returning and scholarship students are asked to sign up for an audition each fall.

OperX ensemble

Auditions for the fall opera production will be held during the first week of fall term. Opportunities to be involved in winter opera scenes, and the spring cabaret and musical theatre programs will follow later in the year. Contact Dr. Michelle Crouch or stop by Bergendoff Hall 14B for more information.

Music majors

All music majors registered for Musicianship 111 will take a placement test on the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 17. This test will assess what skills students already have mastered and which ones need work. Dr. Jacob Bancks will contact students registered for the class to coordinate this placement exam. Please respond to his email so that we can confirm that you can attend. For more information, contact Dr. Bancks.

Applied music lessons

All instructors schedule lessons around your schedule and their schedule. If you are registered for lessons with a specific instructor, either the instructor will contact you or you can email the instructor. If you are registered for voice or piano lessons, we have several instructors, and we assign teachers to every student registered. So that we do not miss anyone, we wait until classes begin to finalize these lists. Please check in at the voice or piano table during the Music Open House.

If you have any questions, please see or call:

Dr. Daniel Chetel
Director of Orchestral Activities
Bergendoff Hall 66

Dr. Michelle Crouch
Director of OperX Ensemble
Bergendoff Hall 14B

Margaret Ellis
General Information
Bergendoff Hall 132

Dr. Jon Hurty
Director of Choral Activities
Bergendoff Hall 137

Dr. James Lambrecht
Director of Bands
Bergendoff Hall 26

Joseph Ott
Director of Jazz
Bergendoff Hall 62

Quad City Bass Fest tuning up for Sept. 14

Augustana College will host the first Quad City Bass Fest, a day-long workshop for bassists at all levels and all ages and a public recital.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers to perform in Barcelona

The Augustana Chamber Singers will perform five concerts in Barcelona, Spain, during a tour in July.

jacob bancks

New opera to give voice to cancer survivors

Dr. Jacob Bancks, Augustana associate professor of music, is writing a new opera for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra that will be performed in May 2020.

Choir reception and performance

Alumni, parents and friends of the college are invited to a performance by the Augustana Choir, led by Dr. Jon Hurty, and hear about plans for the renovation of Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts and what it means for Augustana’s music programs.

Student recital

Augustana students will perform in a vocal and instrumental recital.

Student recitals are offered most Fridays during the term from 11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall in the Denkmann Memorial Building. (Nov. 8 and April 17 will be in Centennial Hall.)