Ensemble and Audition Opportunities

Student Arts at UR

Learn more about private music lessons and ensemble and audition opportunities in the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Music Ensembles  

Nearly 200 students enroll each semester in faculty-led ensembles, which are open to all student musicians regardless of major. Students can receive academic credit for participating and can fulfill the FSVP general education requirement by successfully completing two semesters in the same 0.5-unit ensemble. Opportunities include the University Symphony Orchestra, University Band (Wind Ensemble), Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Groups, Choirs (Schola Cantorum mixed-voice; Women’s Chorale), and Global Ensembles (Taiko Drumming, West African Drumming, Gamelan).

Music Ensemble Auditions  

•  Attend first rehearsal on Monday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall. Bring your instrument.
•  No audition required.
•  Contact Mr. Barton (sbarton@richmond.edu) for more information.

Chamber Ensembles
•  Contact Dr. Kong (jkong@richmond.edu) for details.

Choirs – Schola Cantorum (mixed choir); Women’s Chorale
•  Auditions Monday and Tuesday August 24th and 25th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in North Court Choir Room.
•  Contact Dr. Riehl (jriehl@richmond.edu) to schedule an audition, which consists of
      1) singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”
      2) vocalizing
      3) sight singing
      4) aural skills exercises

Global Ensembles (no auditions required)
•  Gamelan – contact Dr. McGraw (amcgraw@richmond.edu) for details.
•  Taiko Drumming – contact Mr. Denvil (adenvil@richmond.edu) for details.
•  West African Drumming – contact Mr. Davis (rdavis6@richmond.edu) for details.

Jazz Groups 
Jazz Ensemble and Little Big Band – contact Dr. Davison (mdavison@richmond.edu) for details.
•  Brazilian Ensemble – contact Mr. Harding (khardin2@richmond.edu) for details.
•  Guitar Ensemble - contact Mr. Harding (khardin2@richmond.edu) for details.
•  Swing Ensemble – contact Dr. Esleck (desleck@richmond.edu) for details. 

University Orchestra (strings only this semester)
•  Contact Mr. Kordzaia (akordzai@richmond.edu) to schedule an audition.

Private Music Lessons  

Private lessons in voice, keyboard, band/orchestral instruments, guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set are offered every semester for academic credit (0.5 units). Learn more about this opportunity and how to submit a private lesson request. 

Theatre and Dance Productions  

The Department of Theatre and Dance is a home for collaboration and creativity. Students whose interest is either avocational or pre-professional are welcome in classes and to work on our productions in any number of ways. Each year, the Department produces four faculty led theatre productions that often feature professional artists in residence. Also, the department produces the annual concert of the University Dancers that features some of the nation’s leading choreographers. In addition to these productions, student theatre groups produce performances throughout the academic year.

Theatre Performance Auditions  

Auditions are held throughout the year and are publicized throughout the campus community.

Richard III
Auditions for our first production, Richard III, will be September 1 and 2. No experience necessary! Contact Mr. Schoen (wschoen@richmond.edu) for more information and to sign up.

University Dancers 

Students in this auditioned student dance company study a variety of dance and movement techniques such as African, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, modern, and non-traditional partnering in company classes (three per week), master classes, and rehearsals. Students receive academic credit for participating in University Dancers. The University Dancers perform one main stage concert every spring and there are often additional performance opportunities throughout the academic year. Watch University Dancers' 35th Anniversary Dance Concert.

University Dancers Auditions  

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, August 29, 2020 beginning at 10:00am in Alice Jepson Theatre.