Ensembles are open to all UNC Asheville students, regardless of major!

Fall 2021 UNCA Music Ensemble Audition Information

  • Location: Lipinsky 018
  • Audition Date & Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Note: You will need to sign up for an audition time slot. The sign-up sheet will be posted no later than Monday, August 16, 2021, outside LIP 215.

Fall 2021 Ensembles

EnsembleCourse #DirectorMeetsAudition Info
Asheville SingersMUSC 114.001Melodie GallowayMon. & Wed. 12:30-1:45 p.m.;
Lobby / Outside Lipinsky
Contact Melodie Galloway, mgallowa@unca.edu
Wind EnsembleMUSC 121.001Fletcher PeacockMon. & Wed. 3:30-5:10 p.m.; Lipinsky 125Contact Fletcher Peacock, fpeacock@unca.edu
Bluegrass EnsembleMUSC 123.0014Wayne ErbsenTues. 5-7 p.m.; Lipinsky 018Audition Required - see below
Contemporary Guitar EnsembleMUSC 123.005Tim DoyleTBAContact Tim Doyle, tdoyle@unca.edu
String QuartetMUSC 123.003TBATBAContact TBA
AfroMusics EnsembleMUSC 123.006Toby KingTues. & Thurs. 5-7 p.m.; Lipinsky 018Audition Required - see below
Studio 018 Vocal Jazz EnsembleMUSC 125.001Brent LaCasceTBAContact Brent LaCasce, blacasce@unca.edu
Percussion EnsembleMUSC 128.001Matthew RichmondMon. & Wed. 2-3:15 p.m.; Lipinsky 018Contact Matthew Richmond, mrichmon@unca.edu
XTETMUSC 129.001William BaresTBAAudition Required - see below
Funk Fusion EnsembleMUSC 129.003Mike BarnesTBAAudition Required - see below
Blue Note Grooves EnsembleMUSC 129.002Zack PageTBAAudition Required - see below
Others EnsembleMUSC 129.005Steve AlfordTBAAudition Required - see below
UNCA Large Jazz EnsembleMUSC 122.001Steve AlfordTues. & Thurs. 9:55-10:45 a.m.; Lipinsky Auditorium 125Audition Required - see below
Songwriters EnsembleMUSC 123.008Carolina PerezThurs. 3:15-5:15 p.m.; Lipinsky Auditorium 125Contact Carolina Perez, cperez4@unca.edu
University ChoraleMUSC 113.001Melodie Galloway2:00-3:15 p.m.; Lipinsky 125No Audition Required


Jazz Ensemble Audition Requirements

Jazz Instrumentalists and Vocalists (except drummers):

  1. A jazz blues - with a head and at least 2 choruses of improvisation (can be any head, ie. Straight No Chaser or Billie’s Bounce). Please submit a video with yourself playing to a backing track.
  2. Any standard of your choosing including the head and at least 1 chorus of improvisation. Please submit a video with yourself playing to a backing track. (Note: If you are interested in a particular combo, please choose a piece that demonstrates your playing in that style. See individual ensemble requirements below.)
  3. Scales - F major scale, G harmonic minor scale, chromatic scale

1) Display competency in a variety of styles (jazz swing, jazz ballad, funk, bossa, rock) Note: If you are interested in a particular combo, demonstrate your playing in that style.

Ensemble Descriptions and Specific Requirements

Asheville Singers: The Asheville Singers is an ensemble of gifted and talented pre-professional singers, music educators, and dedicated amateurs. The ensemble performs a wide variety of music in concerts throughout the semester. It also serves as an ambassador ensemble for UNC Asheville, representing the university at local, state and regional events. By audition. Please perform 2 contrasting songs that you are confident singing. Styles may include: classical, folk, musical theater or gospel. Indicate which voice part you usually sing (if you know it) and a brief summary of your choral singing experience - you may talk about your experience just before or after one of your songs in your video recording. There may be a follow-up Zoom singing interview with the director. Contact Dr. Melodie Galloway mgallowa@unca.edu.

Wind Ensemble: Performance course emphasizing reading and technique. Ability to perform on a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument required. Contact Fletcher Peacock fpeacock@unca.edu.

String Quartet: The UNCA String Quartet studies and performs music from the Baroque to Today, including original works for string quartet as well as arrangements and transcriptions from many genres of music. The ensemble is comprised of two violins, viola, and cello. The Quartet performs for the public and for University events. Contact Ben Smith bsmith7@unca.edu.

Bluegrass Ensemble: Bluegrass music is a 20th century amalgam of popular and traditional music styles that coalesced in the 1940s in the American southeast, emphasizing vocal performance and instrumental improvisation. This ensemble will highlight through performance many of the influences and traditions that bluegrass comprises, including ballads, breakdowns, “brother duets,” gospel quartets, Irish-style medleys, “modal” instrumentals, “old time” country, popular song, and rhythm and blues, among many possible others. Though experienced players will have plenty of opportunities to improvise, participants need not have played bluegrass before. The ensemble should include fiddle, 5-string banjo, steel string acoustic guitar, mandolin, resophonic guitar (Dobro®), upright (double) bass. Audition requirements: please perform two contrasting songs from a ‘roots” genre (folk, blues, country, roots-rock, Celtic, Tejano…), on an appropriate instrument (see above). At least one of the two should feature your voice. Contact Wayne Erbsen, banjo@nativeground.com.

Contemporary Guitar Ensemble: The CGE focuses on music from contemporary composers who have written for the guitar or for guitar ensemble, including compositions by CGE members themselves. This group also engages in improvisation and approaches that facilitate spontaneous composition. CGE members are expected to have access to a steel string acoustic guitar. On occasion, we play electric guitars, but having access to one is not mandatory. We would ask those who can commit to both semesters to plan to do so, so they can participate in our performances in the spring. We will also be releasing some virtual content during the semester in lieu of live performances. Contact Tim Doyle, tdoyle@unca.edu.

String Quartet: The UNCA String Quartet studies and performs music from the Baroque to Today, including original works for string quartet as well as arrangements and transcriptions from many genres of music. The ensemble is comprised of two violins, viola, and cello. The Quartet performs for the public and for University events. Contact TBA.

Afro-Percussion Ensemble: This ensemble explores the melodies, rhythms and textures of African and African derived musical practices. Ensembles will include traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Experience in African-related performance traditions is desirable, but not required. For auditions, please prepare a piece on your primary instrument that demonstrates notable polyrhythm, cross-rhythms, compound meter, and/or syncopation. Contact Dr. Toby King, jking6@unca.edu.

Studio 18: Studio 18 is a competitive vocal jazz ensemble whose members are advanced, skilled singers. The group performs in a variety of jazz styles at performances held on campus and in the Asheville community as part of the professional music environment. Contact Brent LaCasce, blacasce@unca.edu.

Percussion Ensemble: Performance course emphasizing percussion literature of all styles. Contact Matthew Richmond, mrichmon@unca.edu.

X-Tet: This flagship ensemble will perform several concerts and functions at UNCA and in the greater WNC area. Members of this group receive a scholarship for their participation in the group. See general audition requirements for instrumentalists, listed above. Open for additional members in Fall 2021. Contact Bill Bares, wbares@unca.edu.

Funk Fusion Ensemble: This Ensemble will focus on the classic Jazz Fusion repertoire from the 70’s and beyond. Jazz Fusion is a musical style that combines Jazz with many other genres of music. Fusion draws from musical styles such as Funk, Rock, Indian, Classical, Blues, Country, Soul, RnB, World, and many other genres. Fusion combines all styles of music into a melting pot of musical expression. Improvisation is a big part of this style and ensemble members should have a basic grasp of chart reading, chord/scale relationships and be familiar with odd time signatures. This Ensemble will combine acoustic and electronic instruments and will feature 4-6 performers. The core rhythm section instruments needed for this ensemble are Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, and Drums. Contact Mike Barnes, mbarnes@unca.edu.

Blue Note Grooves Ensemble: Blue Note Grooves Ensemble will celebrate the iconic artists and recordings associated with Blue Note Records. We will feature some of the "classic" recordings of the Blue Note catalog as well as recent artists. Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists. For more information email Zack Page at zpage@unca.edu.

Others Ensemble: Multi-lateral ear-training combined with an introduction to multi-media and beginning performance skills on the three main rhythm section instruments. Only offered in the Fall, this ensemble is highly recommended for those pursuing the BFA. You will be required to purchase a practice pad and drumsticks, and it is recommended that you own or have access to a fretless electric bass, though there will be instruments available to practice on. Recommended co- or pre-requisites: MUSC 130, 131. Contact Steve Alford salford2@unca.edu.

UNCA Large Jazz Ensemble: Essential to the study of contemporary instrumental music, the Large Jazz Ensemble focuses on section performance, sight reading, instrumental blend, and a variety of styles ranging from 1920's and 30's swing and dance era musics to the modern music of today. Ensemble participants will develop music reading skills, sectional rehearsal techniques, and appropriate performance practice for a variety of styles on large ensemble playing. Audition requirements: [standard requirements as outlined by contemporary music ensemble auditions in toto]. For questions contact Steve Alford salford2@unca.edu.

Songwriters Ensemble: The students in this ensemble will perform each other’s original songs. The songs can be written in, or influenced by, any music genre. Songwriters will explore notation styles and rehearsal practices that best suit the music, the instrumentation and the players. Singers, spoken word artists and rappers are welcome. Instrumentation will be based on what the students in the course can play. Acoustic, electric and electronic instruments, as well as MIDI controllers are welcome. The course will culminate with a public concert featuring songs by each of the ensemble members. Contact Carolina Perez cperez4@unca.edu.

University Chorale: University Singers is an ensemble that prepares singers for a lifetime of choral participation as experienced singers, music educators and enthusiastic amateurs. The choir performs a full range of literature including major works with orchestra, standard repertoire for choral ensembles, and other works representing a global diversity of musical styles. No audition required. Fall and Spring. Contact Melodie Galloway mgallowa@unca.edu.