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Voice Ensemble Auditions - Fall

Fall 2022 Choral Placement Hearing Information

Fall 2022 Choral Placement Hearings will take place during the first week of classes, from Sunday, August 21 to Wednesday, August 24.  All School of Music majors for whom voice is their principal instrument must complete a hearing. Additionally, new members of The Singing Men of Ohio must complete a hearing.

STEP 1:

To participate in the placement process, please submit your information via this Google Form: 
https://forms.gle/N1x6j51UxpqdFkTS8

Hearings will take place in Glidden 446 and take approximately 5-7 minutes. Hearings include scales and vocalises to determine a singer's appropriate voice part.  

For voice students and students wishing to join University Singers, there will also be musicianship, aural, and sight-singing exercises to determine choral musicianship. Additionally, singers of all voice parts should prepare to sing on whatever syllable(s) are most comfortable the opening section of JS Bach's motet, "Lobet den Herrn."

https://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/b/bf/Bach-bwv230.pdf

  • Sopranos and altos should prepare from the beginning of the piece to the first note of measure 10.
  • Tenors and basses should prepare from the beginning of the piece through the second note of measure 10.

STEP 2:

While students do their hearings individually, you will sign up as one of three singers in a time slot. After you've completed the Google Form above, follow this link to go to the SignUp Genius page to sign up for your placement hearing time:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D48AFA92EABF49-fall1

 

Overview of School of Music Ensembles at Ohio University 

The School of Music at Ohio University offers a variety of musical ensembles designed to meet the educational and artistic needs of our majors, and also qualified students from other academic disciplines who wish to continue their involvement in music performance.

Music majors whose principal instrument is voice must complete a choral placement hearing each semester of ensemble requirement:

  • BM Voice Performance: each semester of residency
  • BM Music Therapy: each semester of residency except internship
  • BM Composition: each semester of residency
  • BMusEd Choral: each semester of residency except student teaching
  • BA Music: 4 semesters
  • Students new to choral music at OHIO or wishing to change or join an additional OHIO ensemble must complete a choral placement hearing.
  • Students who wish to continue singing the same voice part in Singing Men of Ohio or Ohio Women’s Ensemble may forego a choral placement hearing at the discretion of that ensemble's faculty director.

 

Choral Opportunities at Ohio University

All students, regardless of major, are welcome and encouraged to participate in the choral program. Interested singers should read this announcement fully. Below is a brief summary of each ensemble. At the end of the summary is important information about scheduling a placement hearing. Questions and concerns may be addressed to Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director of Choral Activities (naylorb@ohio.edu).

For more information about OHIO Choral Ensembles, visit our website: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/ensembles
 

OHIO UNIVERSITY SINGERS (MUS 2530) is the select concert choir of the Ohio University School of Music. They are a mixed ensemble of 32-48 voices devoted to the outstanding performance of choral repertoire of all styles and periods. Membership is open to all qualified singers; a significant percentage of members are music majors.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays, 2:00-4:00 PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:50 PM.
  • Placement hearing required.
  • Students must register.
  • Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director: naylorb@ohio.edu

CHORAL UNION (MUS 2531) is a large, mixed chorus of students, faculty, and community members. The ensemble unites annually with the University Singers and Ohio University Symphony to perform outstanding major choral works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Magnificat, and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM; and Thursdays 3:05-4:00PM
  • Placement hearing required for student members. Students must register.
  • Dr. Dominique Petite, Director: petite@ohio.edu

SINGING MEN OF OHIO (MUS 2533) is an ensemble of 80+ students drawn from diverse majors and degree tracks of the institution. Established as both a performing ensemble within the School of Music as well as a student organization that sponsors service projects, social activities, and makes numerous community appearances at university and alumni functions, The Singing Men of Ohio enjoy a unique blend of professional training in music with opportunities for creative expression in the spirit of fraternity.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: MWF, 11:50 AM-12:45.
  • Placement hearing required for NEW members.
  • Students must register.
  • Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director: naylorb@ohio.edu.

OHIO UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE (MUS 2534) is a 100+ voice ensemble made up of talented singers from diverse majors. Originally founded in 1924, the ensemble’s current name and brand were established in 2014. As a student organization, the mission of OWE is to create a “Sisterhood through Song,” such that each member becomes a better singer, musician, and performer.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: MWF, 11:50 AM-12:45.
  • Placement hearing required for NEW members.
  • Students must register.
  • Dr. Dominique Petite, Director: petite@ohio.edu.