FALL 2022 UNCA Music Ensemble Audition Information

Thursday, August 18 at 4:30 pm, unless otherwise noted

Location: Lipinsky 018, 044

You will need to sign up for an audition time slot.

The sign-up sheet will be posted no later than Monday, August 15, outside LIP 215


University ChoraleMUSC 113.001Chuck Taft12:30 PM - 1:45 PM | LIP 125NO AUDITION REQUIRED
Asheville SingersMUSC 114.001Melodie GallowayMW 12:30-1:45 Lobby / Outside LipinskyCONTACT MELODIE GALLOWAY mgallowa@unca.edu
Wind EnsembleMUSC 121.001Emily EngMW 3:30 PM - 5:10 PM

LIP 125

CONTACT EMILY ENG eeng@unca.edu
Bluegrass EnsembleMUSC 123.001Wayne ErbsenM 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM LIP 107AUDITION REQUIRED - see below
Contemporary Guitar EnsembleMUSC 123.005Tim DoyleTBACONTACT TIM DOYLE tdoyle@unca.edu
String QuartetMUSC 123.003Joseph FalconerTBA




AfroMusics EnsembleMUSC 123.002Toby KingTBA


Little Shop of HorrorsMUSC 123.006Matthew RichmondTBACONTACT MATTHEW RICHMOND mrichmon@unca.edu
Symphony- Blue Ridge                                                                              O     OrchestraMUSC 124.001Brian FelixW 7:00-9:30 PMCONTACT BRIAN FELIX bfelix@unca.edu
Studio 018 Vocal Jazz EnsembleMUSC 125.001Brent LaCasceM 5:30-7:30 LIP 018CONTACT BRENT LACASCE blacasce@unca.edu
Percussion EnsembleMUSC 128.001Matthew RichmondMW 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

LIP 018

X-TETMUSC 129.001Justin RayTBAAUDITION REQUIRED - see below
The Breakfast ClubMUSC 129.002Zack PageTBAAUDITION REQUIRED - see below
Stormy Weather EnsembleMUSC 129.004Will BoydTBAAUDITION REQUIRED - see below
The UNCA Blues Ensemble MUSC 129.003Mike BarnesTBAAUDITION REQUIRED - see below
Songwriters EnsembleMUSC 123.007Emily EngTBACONTACT - EMILY ENG eeng@unca.edu



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 - D major scale, C 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

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 Chuck Taft  ctaft1@unca.edu

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 Emily Eng eeng@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 Joseph Falconer jfalcone@unca.edu

Afro Musics 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

Little Shop of Horrors: This ensemble will be the band for UNCA Theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors! It’s a very fun show with music based on 50s/60s rock AND a human-eating alien plant. Musicians will be interacting with the cast in some scenes but won’t have speaking roles.

Piano/keyboard (1 player), guitar, horn (preferably sax),  bass (ideally can play upright and electric), drums/percussion (1 or 2 players). Music students are also encouraged to audition for the cast!

For more info on the band contact Matthew Richmond mrichmon@unca.edu

For info on cast auditions: TheatreUNCA Spring 2022 Shows - Drama

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: This group plays music of all styles, either written for or adapted for percussion. We focus mostly on student compositions and arrangements; new ideas are always welcome! Percussion experience isn’t required but you must be able to read music at least moderately well. 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. Contact Justin Ray jray3@unca.edu or jkray75@gmail.com

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.  Songwriters Ensemble Audition Requirements: For in-person auditions, please prepare any piece of your choosing that demonstrates your skills on your primary instrument. In addition, send an email to Dr. Emily Eng at eeng@unca.edu with the following:

  • A link or audio file of a recording of an original song. Rough sketches recorded on a smart phone will suffice. If lyrics are a work-in-progress, humming the melody will do.
  • Written answers to the following questions:
    • List all the instruments that you play and at what level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).
    • Would you like to sing in this ensemble? You don’t have to be a trained vocalist to sing in this ensemble.
    • Have you written or co-written songs before? Approximately how many?
    • What music genre(s) do you like the most?
    • Which musical artists have influenced you the most?
    • Have you performed with an ensemble or a band before? If so, what type of ensemble/band?

Contact Emily Eng eeng@unca.edu

The Breakfast Club will explore the songs and sounds of the 80s. MTV and VH1 videos along with the soundtracks from classic 80s movies will provide us with plenty of material to choose from.  This group is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists.  Applicants should prepare a song from the 80s for the auditions (a vocal melody, or key instrumental melody/part and drum part would be appropriate).  Please submit any questions to zack.page@gmail.com

Stormy Weather Ensemble: This ensemble will look in-depth at compositions written by one of the most prolific composers of the American Songbook Harold Arlen. Much of his music can be found in most Real, Fake, and Jazz Standards books. His music has endured the test of time with such compositions like Stormy Weather, Get Happy, and of course the music from The Wizard of Oz. This ensemble will be great for those students looking to build their jazz repertoire. All performers (vocal and instrumental) are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Will Boyd wdboyd1@gmail.com

The UNCA Blues Ensemble: The UNCA Blues Ensemble will perform in a wide variety of blues styles that will draw from a repertoire that has blues as its foundation. The ensemble will focus on traditional blues along with other influences such as funk, Latin, jazz, rock, etc. The ensemble will examine works of the early blues masters like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and B.B. King on through to more modern blues artist of the present day. Students will gain a foundation in America’s indigenous music and perform in a wide variety of blues styles. The ensemble will examine the elements of blues with focus on stylistic integrity, harmonic, melodic and rhythmic accuracy. Students will gain a better understanding of the foundations of blues and the influence it has had on the music world. ashevilleguitar@gmail.com